What toddler or preschooler doesn't love to express his creativity through crafts? Homemade ornament crafts are perfect for use in decorating a Christmas tree. You can also make them at any time of the year and give them as presents to a friend or loved one. These ornaments cost almost nothing to make, and feature such ingredients as baking soda and cornstarch.
Items you will need
- 2 cups baking soda
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 1 1/4 cups water
- Food coloring
- Rolling pin
- Cookie cutters
- Yarn or string
Lay several sheets of newspaper over your workspace area.
Pass out one apron for each child who is making an ornament. If you don't have extra aprons, use some old T-shirts.
Instruct the kids to measure and pour 2 cups of baking soda, 1 cup of cornstarch and 1 1/4 cups of water in a saucepan.
Heat the ingredients over medium heat on the stove until they become the consistency of dough, stirring continuously. This is your job, Mom.
Remove the dough from the heat and set it aside to cool.
Separate the dough so that each child has his own ball of dough to work with. Allow the children to choose a vile of food coloring to color their ball of dough. Drip five drops of food coloring into each ball and gently fold into the dough until the dough is one solid color.
Roll the dough out with a rolling pin to a thickness of 1/2 an inch.
Cut out the ornaments with cookie cutters, pressing each one firmly into the dough.
Stick a straw through the center tip of the ornament. Remove the dough from the straw. Set the ornaments aside to dry out. This may take several days.
Thread an 8-inch piece of yarn or string through the hole you created in the ornament. Tie a knot at the end. Hang your ornament around the house, or wrap it up as a gift.
- Paint the finished ornaments with non-toxic tempera paint to add more detail.
- Store any leftover dough in a plastic zipper bag. It will keep for a month.
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