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Rainy Day Fun For Kids!


by Cyndi Roberts

Need something fun for the kids to do on a rainy day?

Make your own play dough and finger paints for hours of creative fun!

Play Dough

Mix 2 cups flour
2 cups salt
4 teaspoons cream of tartar in a saucepan.

Gradually add: 2 cups water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
small amount of paste food coloring of your choice

Cook and stir over low heat for 3 minutes or so, until mixture sticks together.

Turn onto board and knead until smooth and of play dough consistency.

This will keep for several months and can be used over and over if you store it in an airtight container in the fridge.

Remember finger painting when you were young? It's so messy, but it can be a real treat for your children on a rainy day.

Homemade Finger Paints

Soak 1 envelope of unflavored gelatin in 1/4 cup warm water. Set aside.

Stir together 1/2 cup cornstarch
3 tablespoons sugar
in a saucepan and gradually stir in:
2 cups water
Cook and stir over low heat until blended.

Remove from heat and add softened gelatin. Divide mixture into individual containers for each color you want.

For each color, add a drop of liquid detergent first, and then add food coloring a drop at a time.

This will keep for several weeks in the fridge.

Every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day!

Cyndi Roberts is the editor of "1 Frugal Friend 2 Another" bi-weekly newsletter, bringing you creative, practical tips to help you with budgeting, cooking, shopping, parenting and much more as you strive to "live the Good Life... on a budget". To subscribe visit the "1 Frugal Friend 2 Another" website at

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