Future Reflections                                                                                       Convention, 2002

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Recipes for Fun

Prepared by Visually Impaired Preschool Services
1229 Garvin Place, Louisville, KY 40203 * (502) 636-3207  *  www.vips.org

BUBBLES

1/3 cup Dawn or Joy dishwashing liquid

2 tablespoons sugar

1 cup water

Pipe Cleaners

Mix the first three ingredients in a plastic dish (one with a cover to save for later). Form pipe cleaners into different shapes and attach to unsharpened pencil for a bubble wand.

POKER CHIP BANK

Get an old coffee can and cut a one-half-inch by two-inch slit in the lid. Get some plastic poker chips (about one- and one-half-inches in diameter) to drop through the slit. They will produce a great clinking sound, which will encourage your child to do it again and again. Great fun while working on fine motor skills.

SIDEWALK CHALK

In a five-ounce paper cup, mix two tablespoons temper paint with one-half cup water. Add three tablespoons of plaster of Paris and stir until you have a creamy consistency. Once hardened (several hours), peel off paper cup to produce a giant piece of sidewalk chalk.

PLAYDOUGH

2 cups flour

1-1/2 cup water

1 cup salt

2 tablespoons cream of tartar

2 tablespoons cooking oil

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until mixture looks like dough. Store in airtight container or plastic bag.

HOMEMADE FINGER PAINT

1 cup flour

4 cups cold water

Food coloring

Combine flour and 1 cup of water and stir until smooth. Add remaining 3 cups of water. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture thickens and bubbles. Reduce heat. Cook and stir one minute more. Pour into bowls and tint with food coloring. Cover with plastic wrap until cool enough to paint with.

SCRATCH AND SNIFF PAINTS

1 tablespoon unsweetened powdered drink mix

1 tablespoon warm water

Several small containers

Mix water and drink mix in a small bowl. Repeat using several different flavors to create different smells and colors to paint with. Paint on chosen surface, and let finished work dry overnight before scratching and sniffing.

PUFF PAINT

1 cup flour

1 cup salt

1 cup water

Tempera paint powder

Plastic squeeze bottle

Stir together flour, salt, and water. Add several teaspoons of tempera paint. Stir and pour into clean, recycled squeeze bottle. Use paint within two to three days.

SIDEWALK CHALK

In a five-ounce paper cup, mix two tablespoons temper paint with one-half cup water. Add three tablespoons of plaster of Paris and stir until you have a creamy consistency. Once hardened (several hours), peel off paper cup to produce a giant piece of sidewalk chalk.

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