finger paint: 1/4 c cornstarch 1/4 tsp salt 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar 1 c cold water Food coloring 1. Mix cornstarch, salt, sugar, and water in pot. Cook over low heat for about 10 min, stirring constantly. 2. The mixture will start thin, but eventually thicken. When it does, remove from heat and let it cool. 3. Once cool, divide it into small containers and add a few drops of food coloring to each.
The first time I made a batch of playdough for my son I was amazed. Amazed that the recipe worked, amazed at how quick and easy it was and, mostly, amazed at how much nicer it was than the kind that comes in a can. Smooth, supple and soft, even months later. If you're still buying dough in a can, I urge you to convert. And there's a whole world of art supplies you can make in your own kitchen - some I've never even heard of like flubber, glurch, gak and oobleck.