Creative Mind
Child Development Center
A REGGIO INSPIRED EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

Flexible program options for Infant, Toddler, Preschool

Fun Stuff

Gak

* 1 cup hot water
* 1.5 teaspoons Borax
Mix until dissolved and set aside.

* 2 cups clear or white school glue (Elmer’s or similar)
* 2 cups warm water
* 1 teaspoon liquid watercolor or food coloring if desired
Mix these ingredients together in a large plastic bowl.

Using a metal spoon, pour the Borax mixture into the glue mixture slowly while stirring fast. Stir until the bowl is clean. Gak will be sticky!

Knead until gak isn’t sticky. The more you work it, the easier it will become to work with. Store in a Ziploc bag or airtight container. Works well with plastic or metal toys (cookie cutters, etc.) but will stick to fabric, carpet, or wood.


Playdough

* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 cup salt
* 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
* 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
* 1 scant cup warm water
* Liquid watercolor or food coloring if desired
* Vanilla or other scented extract if desired

Put everything into a large bowl. Mix together with your hands! Smooshing the mixture between your fingers is the best way to mix the ingredients. Remember to scrape the edges and add them to the dough until it is all mixed together.

If it is too sticky, add a little flour. If it is too dry, add a little water.

Store in a Ziploc or airtight container.


Homemade Sand Recipe

* 4 cups dry coffee grounds (used and dried okay)
* 2 cups corn meal
* 1 cup flour
* 1/2 cup salt

Mix and play! Stays fresh in Ziploc bags or airtight container.