Liquid Sidewalk Chalk

I blogged about this at The Grand.



  • 1 part water
  • 1 part cornstarch
  • food coloring
  1. Mix up the water and cornstarch.
  2. Pour it in muffin tins or small cups, and add food coloring.

Homemade Playdough

With this winter storm I can only imagine the number of times “homemade playdough” or some variation has been googled in the past few days. There are lots of recipes out there, and this is the first one we’ve tried, but it was a winner for us. I just left it white this time, but I read a tip that if you’re going to add food coloring, add it to the water before you mix it in with the dry ingredients.


  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup corn starch
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • food coloring


Mix all ingredients with a fork until smooth. Boil until thick (about 4 minutes). Let cool.


I’ve wanted to make fingerpaint for quite a while now. Friday was the end of a looooong week, and painting was just the thing we needed to push through to the end. This was super easy. At it dries, it does crack a bit if it’s thick (and what kid doesn’t use LOTS of paint?). I’ve never actually tried storebought fingerpaint, so I have nothing to compare it to, but I think we got great results and will be doing this again (and again).


  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups cold water
  • food coloring


  1. In a medium saucepan, cook cornstarch, sugar, salt, and water over medium heat until smooth and thick (15-20 minutes), stirring frequently.
  2. Allow mixture to cool and divide into storage containers.
  3. Add a few drops of food coloring to each container and stir.
  4. Cover tightly when storing.

Laundry Detergent

Check out my blog for photos and more information about making detergent.

1/2 C washing soda
1/2 C Borax
1/3 bar of Ivory soap, grated

In a large pot, heat 6 cups of water; add grated soap and stir until dissolved. Add washing soda and Borax and stir until dissolved. Remove pot from heat.

In a clean 2 gallon pail, pour 4 cups of hot water and add heated soap mixture. Top pail with one gallon + 6 cups of cold water; stir well.

Use 1/2 cup per load, stirring detergent before use.