With early spring fast approaching there is still time for plenty of indoor crafting projects before the shift to outdoor weather play begins. Getting your kids to sit down at the craft table can sometimes be a challenge. Time and organization is one hurdle and having useful basic materials in the house to get the process started spontaneously is another.
Having a few simple materials on hand can help make crafting a creative outlet rather than a dull chore. That is very good for everyone! One simple item to have on hand whenever you want to get started at the craft table is good old-fashioned paste. It’s easy to make, non-toxic, and easy to store for your children’s daily and weekly craft time.
When you make homemade paste with your kids, you are teaching them the very basics of being resourceful—that you don’t always have to go to the store to buy everything. Many crafting and art items can be made at home using everyday materials. That can be part of the fun.
Organize the Project with Your Kids
Let’s be honest, sometimes it’s much easier to not have the help of children but it is valuable to your child when they learn to listen to directions and are involved in the process.
Before you begin, here are a few extra steps to do in advance of the paste project. Definitely get your kids to help in this stage of the project.
- Make a list of necessary items you will need and gather all materials such as craft sticks for stirring, measuring cups, measuring spoon, and a mixing bowl.
- Gather and collect small yogurt containers. Have a washing session in the sink with soap and water. Wash and dry and set containers on a clean dish towel.
- Set out newspapers or a plastic tablecloth on your work surface.
- Once this is ready you can begin making the paste.
Making the Paste
Here’s my favorite simple no-cook paste recipe to try. It is perfect for pasting collages, homemade cards, or paper chains. I like it a little watery but if you want a thicker paste then add one or two tablespoons of flour to get the consistency you desire. I prefer to start with small batches to avoid waste. This recipe makes about 6 oz (a small yogurt container). These 6 ounces will go a long way in one day. If you have several children you can let them each make their own batch or divide the recipes into small containers. Adding a dab of tempera craft paint to each container can make this an exciting project as well. Cover with a lid and refrigerate when not in use for about 1 week.
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cold water
pinch of salt
Craft stick or fork for stirring
1. Measure 1/4 cup of flour and place in a small mixing bowl.
2. Gradually add water to the paste and stir well with a fork to combine.
3. Add the remaining flour and stir until the consistency is smooth and creamy.
4. Pour the paste into a clean plastic container and cover with a fitted lid or waxed paper and a rubber band until ready to use.
Kara here. Thanks for sharing your paste recipe, Rae! My kids and I are excited to give it a try. What about you guys? What are you and your kids going to make with your paste?