Last week, I shared a quick and easy tutorial for a footprint ghost canvas to do with your kids. This week, I wanted to share some recipes for how you can do a non-candy treat for your neighborhood trick-or-treaters: DIY play doh and slime! I looked all around for some recipes and found some great choices, depending on your comfort level with different ingredients. These are all recipes that I have tried, with the pictures to prove it! Don’t worry, I didn’t include the rejected recipes.
PUMPKIN SCENTED DOUGH (makes 28 dough balls)
-4 cups white flour
-2 cups salt
-8 tbsp cream of tartar
-6 tsp pumpkin pie spice
-4 tbsp vegetable oil
-4 cups water
-orange food coloring
1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sized pot.
2. Cook on medium heat for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. When it gets clumpy, keep stirring.
3. Once it all lumps together (very little liquid left), transfer it to another bowl and let it cool. Knead it as much as possible, but it will be hot (so be careful)
4. Roll into balls, and put into individual baggies or small jars. Draw a Jack-O-Lantern face on the outside. Tie with a string and attach a label.
PUMPKIN SLIME – makes 8 four-ounce jars
-1 eight-oz bottle red glitter glue
-1 eight-oz bottle gold glitter glue
-1 tsp Borax
1. Mix glitter glue in one bowl. Fill glue bottles with warm water and mix into glue.
2. Mix Borax and 1 and 1/3 cup of warm water in another bowl.
3. Combine both bowls together and mix well. Leftover water can be discarded.
4. If the slime is too sticky: dissolve Borax in water and add mixture to the slime.
5. Add to mason jar or air-tight container. The slime will seem like a mess, but it should come off of your hands (and hard surfaces) fairly easily.
MELTING PUMPKIN DOUGH (Borax-Free Recipe) – makes about 6 four ounce jars
-2 and 3/4 cups cornstarch
-1/2 cup shampoo
-10 tbsp water
-liquid watercolor or food color
1. Mix shampoo and coloring.
2. Add the cornstarch, mixing well.
3. Add the water, one tablespoon at a time until you can roll your dough into a ball.
4. Store in an air-tight container. As you play, you may need to add more water to keep the desired consistency.