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Make your own non-toxic sidewalk paints, play dough

June 3, 2012
By Shikha Pasrija , Times-Republican

Hello summer vacation! It can be the best or the worst time depending upon how well we are equipped to fight back boredom. This month's reuse projects are super fun and creative ways to get kids involved into practical learning of creating paints and play dough from simple household items.

Sidewalk paints

For each color what you will need

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1/2 cup cornstarch

1/2cup cold water

Foods coloring (approx. 12-14 drops) add more for desired color.


Jars with lid

1. In a jar, mix together the cornstarch, cold water and food coloring. Place the lid tightly and shake until the contents are uniformly mixed.

2. Use a paintbrush to make fun designs on the sidewalks. To wash the paint off, simply spray the area with water.

Play dough

For each color what you will need

3 cups all purpose flour

3 cups of water

1.5 cups salt

3 tbsp of cooking oil

Food coloring

6 tsp cream of tartar

1. Pour all ingredients into a large saucepan.

2. Stir constantly over medium heat until a dough ball forms by pulling away from sides.

3. Take it off the stove to cool. Once it has cooled, knead it until it is blended smoothly and the texture matches play dough (approximately 1-2 minutes)

4. Store the dough in an airtight container.

5. The dough can last up to 3 months


Shikha Pasrija has a passion for art. She has organized several successful art workshops which have been immensely popular both with kids and their families. For more ideas like colormehappy on Facebook at or visit



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