Friday, February 18, 2011

Finger puppets @ WBCL

What a great project this was! Initially we were going to make presidential finger puppets to celebrate Presiden'ts day. I had a boxfull of tubes from serger thread that were donated to me last summer and home made clay from the project at school today.

This was a great combination to make these from. After the faces were constructed we added yarn for hair and put a bit of Aleen's tacky glue on the plastic to adhere the clay face to the plastic tube. we then used felt to create clothes and glue them onto the tube.

I ran out of the tubes and we tried out using old medication bottles as a base and they were great for the littler fingers of our last 2 kids. This class is truely a family class and more fun for that. Join us any Wednesday night at 6 pm for a great arts & crafts project.


f you missed the recipe for the clay, I'll share it again so that anyone who wants to make some can do that. I found it on the internet and am in love with it as you can make volumes of great colored clay for pennies!
Thanks to Susan Caplan at Suite101 for this great air dry clay. http://kidscrafts.suite101.com/article.cfm/salt_and_flour_craft_dough_recipes
Cooked Flour Dough
This is another play clay, although this one needs to be cooked.

· 1 cup flour
· 1 tablespoon salad oil
· 1 cup water
· ½ cup salt
· 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
· A few drops of food coloring or tempera paint until deep enough color is achieved
Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and use a wooden spoon to stir over medium heat. Stir constantly. The mixture will be soupy for several minutes and then will suddenly stick together and can be stirred into a ball. When the dough thickens, remove the pan from the heat and continue stirring. Turn the hot ball of dough onto a floured surface and knead as it cools.
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