This activity will not only keep the kids busy for a while, but it will work their hand muscles-- which they're still strengthening for smooth writing. And this Heart Brooch is sure to make Mom (or Grandma) really happy, whether it's Mother's Day or just the right time for a heartful gift!
1 package of pin backs (available at any craft store)
watercolor or tempera paint and small paintbrushes
What You Do:
Mix together the flour, water, salt, cream of tartar, oil, and food coloring. Stir over medium heat until smooth. Remove from pan and knead until blended smooth.
When mixture is cool, place in a plastic sandwich bag or airtight container. To make the brooch(s), shape the dough into hearts. Before they're totally dry, press pin backs into the backs of each of the hearts.
When the hearts are totally dry, have the kids paint them with their favorite colors. Voila! Instant jewelry, either to give someone special, or for your kids themselves!