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Winter Fun:
Boredom Blasters

"GOOP"
What you will need: Elmer's Glue, water, Borax soap powder, paint.

Mix 1 Cup Elmer's glue, 1 Cup water and a dash of tempera paint in a medium bowl. In a separate larger bowl, mix 1 Cup Borax soap powder and 1 Cup warm water until dissolved. Pour the glue mixture into the Borax mixture, stir until combined. Drain off any excess water and work with hands to get desired consistency. Store GOOP in an airtight plastic bag or container.

"OOBLECK"
What you will need: cornstarch, water, food coloring.

Mix 2 parts cornstarch to 1 part water in heavy (sturdy) bowl. Add desired food coloring. Mixture should be very thick, able to "ball up" in your fist yet, ooze through your open fingers. Check out Dr. Seuss' Article submitted by Alison Kaufman, mother of two, Cheverim 2's Teacher and a teacher of "Toddling Around Lunch Bunch" playgroup at the Jewish Community Center, Woodbridge.

"Cooked Playdough"
What you will need: 2 cups flour, 2 cups water, 1 cup salt, 4 teaspoons Cream of Tartar, 2 tablespoons cooking oil, food coloring.

In a nonstick pot, mix flour, salt and Cream of Tartar. Add food color to water and stir into dry ingredients. Add oil. Mix thoroughly, then cook on high heat stirring constantly. It will become very thick and sticky. When all liquid is absorbed, take off heat, remove from pot and knead into Playdough.

"Kool-Aid Play Dough"
What you will need: 1 3/4 cup flour, 1/4 cup salt, 1/2 tablespoon Cream of Tartar, 1 package unsweetened Kool-Aid, 1 cup boiling water, 1 1/2 tablespoon cooking oil, food coloring.

Mix dry ingredients. Add oil and water; cook over medium heat until mixture forms a ball. Knead on wax paper. Store in airtight container. To get extra mileage out of your "Dough", add glitter or uncooked rice for a tactile experience. Use different objects like slotted spoons or a large Lego piece to imprint your clay.

Article submitted by Alison Kaufman, mother of two, Cheverim 2's Teacher and a teacher of "Toddling Around Lunch Bunch" playgroup at the Jewish Community Center, Woodbridge.

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