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Garden Stone
Submitted by Cindy
What You Need:
  • 1 cup of sand
  • 1/2 cup of cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon powderded alum
  • 3/4 cup of hot water
  • Food coloring of child's choice
  • Assortment of items child would like to decorate with.
  • Plastic pastel butterflies
  • Colored stones
What You Do:
(This recipe only makes one stone) Might want to adjust to the size of your class.
We do a chart and ask the children what is their mother's favorite color and then go from there in making the dough.
  1. Mix sand, cornstarch, and alum in bowl.
  2. Add hot water, stirring vigorously until well blended.
  3. Add food coloring and blend.
  4. Cook over medium heat until thick, stirring constantly.
  5. When cooled, Encourage children to flatten the dough out and make it the shape they prefer. Encourage them to decorate their stone. We had the letters M and O cookie cutters on the table and some of the children put the word "mom" on their stone by pushing the cutters in the dough.
  6. Dry pieces in the sunshine for several days.
  7. Lay out tissue paper, tape and ribbon, encourage children to wrap their gift for their mom's and if they would like make a card to go with their gift.
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