Other craft ideas

Arts & Crafts for Kids

For more craft ideas we have researched some of these websites that have good activities for kids and the family. Note: Parents please use good judgment in choosing which activities are safe for your children. Adult supervision is strongly recommended in most cases.

www.Kaboose.com – Craft Ideas for Kids We have hundreds of ideas for your crafty kids. Easy, fun and free!

www.ThriftyFun.com – Free Craft Ideas Craft ideas submitted by crafty people!

www.artistshelpingchildren.org – Kids Craft Ideas Does Your Child Like Arts & Crafts? Find Fun Arts & Crafts Ideas Here!

www.FamilyFun.com – Activities for Kids All kid activities- 1000s of crafts printables, games, food & much more

Science and Science Projects

www.KidsLoveKits.com – In a basic starch test project you test different foods, fruits or products for presence

www.creativekidsathome.com – Each month we will post new ideas for children’s craft activities and science projects that kids and adults can do together.

Crochet, Doily and Quilting Projects

100 Craft Links: Browse the list of the Best Craft Sites on the web! And add your craft website!

Amazing Crochet: FIND AMAZING CROCHET DESIGNS! Free crochet patterns, ponchos, shawls, capes, tops, cardigans, infant outfits, sun-dresses, cute booties, bonnets and more… New designs added weekly. Be sure to check back often!

BrainsBarn: Handcrafted and decorative one-of-a-kind upscale wooden crochet hooks created from a variety of domestic and exotic hardwoods.

Crochet for Kids: The site specializes in patterns designed with young children in mind but will bring out the “kid” in all of us!

Crochet Pattern Central: Have fun browsing these crochet and craft related sites

PEAL Starch and Science Projects for the Kids

For the science minded kids PEAL Starch is a great candidate for science projects around the home. Even your youngest aspiring scientist can have fun in the exciting world of chemistry. Understanding reactions turns the ordinary things around us into extraordinary events.

PEAL Starch can be a candidate for: 

  • Finding the PH of things around the home using a PH paper
  • Baking soda can be used to test for acidity (try baking soda and koolaid and add water)
  • Expanding baby bottle with PEAL Starch (try baking soda and koolaid and add water)
  • Identify household items that contain Starch with iodine

How to Make Paper Mache Paste with PEAL Starch

Things You’ll Need

1 Cup of Peal Starch
Flour
Water

Directions:

I. Mix 1 part PEAL Starch and ½ cup flour with 10 parts of water until mixture is smooth.

II. Add more water or flour as necessary.

III. Mix well to get out all the lumps. The mixture should stick smoothly without dripping.

IV. Your paper mache is now ready to use.

How to Make Water Finger Paint with PEAL Starch

Things You’ll Need

1 Cup of Peal Starch
5 Cups of Water
2 Tsp. Salt

Directions:

I. Mix 1 part PEAL Starch, 5 parts water and salt to make the paste the consistency of thick gravy.

II. Sprinkle in the food coloring. Be sure to dress little ones in an old apron or shirt.

III. Put spoonfuls of paint on kitchen table or sheets of butcher paper and let them create. Cleans up fairly easy.

IV. Small margarine tubs work well for the individual colors.

How to Make an Erupting Volcano with PEAL Starch

Making a volcano that erupts is something that kids love! Have lots of “PEAL Starch mixture” on hand, as kids want to participate and see the volcano erupt again and again! Ages 6 and up..

Things You’ll Need

1 Cup of Peal Starch
1/4 Cup of Baking Soda 2 Drops of Dish Soap
Red Food Coloring
1 Cup Vinegar

Directions:

I. Mix 1 part PEAL Starch to 5 parts water to make the paste the consistency of thick gravy.

II. It is best if you paint the foil. If you have time dress the foil with playdough.

III. Mix the PEAL Starch with baking soda, and pour half way into the volcano/cup

IV. Mix food coloring with vinegar in a separate cup. Add 2 drops of soap (make sure you add soap, it slows the reaction)

V. When you are ready for the eruption, pour the vinegar mixture into the cup and watch the eruption!

Adult supervision required.

How to Make Soap Flakes Finger Paint

Things You’ll Need

1/2 Cup of Peal Starch
1 cup soap flakes
1 cup water
Food coloring or tempera paint

Directions:

I. Mix PEAL Starch with enough cold water to make a paste. Let stand for 2 minutes.

II. Add soap flakes and coloring.

III. Blend until thick and smooth. Store in air-tight container.

IV. Add 1 extra cup of flour and knead with your hand or a roller (helps prevent sticking).

How to Make Home Made Playdough with Peal Starch

This recipe is a winner! Kids can also help make this playdough. Mix, knead and play! To make a larger amount you can use an electric mixer. Add more water if it becomes dry. Ages 3 and up.

Things You’ll Need

2 Cups of Peal Starch
1 cup flour,
1 extra cup flour
4 tablespoons oil
1 cup water

Directions:

I. In a large bowl mix 2 cups of PEAL Starch, 1 cup of flour, and 4 tablespoons of oil.

II. Mix food coloring with water in a separate cup.

III. Pour the colored water into the bowl and mix well. Let it sit for 2 minutes.

IV. Add 1 extra cup of flour and knead with your hand or a roller (helps prevent sticking).

V. Your playdough is ready for use! Mold and play to your heart’s content.

Although nontoxic, this playdough doesn’t taste good, so remind kids that it is not edible.

PEAL Starch for Crocheted Doilies and Quilt Projects

How to Make Liquid PEAL Starch for Crocheted Doilies and Quilt Projects

PEAL Starch works well on crocheted doilies. Depending on your desired stiffness the more water you add to the starch solution, the less stiff your piece will be.

Things You’ll Need

1 Cup of Peal Starch
3 Cups of Water

Directions:

I. Get a large bowl that is fairly wide at the bottom. You will need this bowl to prepare the starch paste mixture.

II. Pour 1 cup of PEAL Starch into a bowl, add 3 cups of water and mix these two ingredients together. Stir until the starch mixture consistency is slightly thick. This will be your stock solution.

III. Let the mixture sit for 2 minutes.

Dilute with water unless you want it really stiff. Dip your piece into the starch, let it sit in the starch for a few seconds, then squeeze out excess (do not twist). Lay it flat on a hard surface, pin into shape with rust proof pins. You may also dip your piece into starch, roll it up in a towel (like a jelly roll) until it’s almost dry. Then using a warm iron (not hot) and covered with a white piece of material (in case the color bleeds), press until dry.

How to Make Liquid PEAL Starch for Washing Machine Dispensers

If you do not have a dispenser on your washer and the patience to wait for the rinse cycle, Good news! We also developed PEAL Starch to fill into manual ball dispensers such as a downy ball. Just follow these instructions.

Things You’ll Need

1 Cup of Peal Starch
3 Cups of Water

Directions:

I. Get a large bowl that is fairly wide at the bottom. You will need this bowl to prepare the starch paste mixture.

II. Pour 1 cup of PEAL Starch into a bowl, add 3 cups of water and mix these two ingredients together. Stir until the starch mixture consistency is slightly thick. This will be your stock solution.

III. Let the mixture sit for 2 minutes.

IV. You are now ready to use for the washer.

How to Make a Liquid Starch Paste from PEAL Starch

Making your PEAL Starch paste is fun and it’s easier than you might think. All you need to know is the details of making the starch mixture for your project and you’ll be off so you can enjoy making the rest of your creation.

Things You’ll Need

1 Cup of Peal Starch
2 Cups of Water

Directions:

I. Get a large bowl that is fairly wide at the bottom. You will need this bowl to prepare the starch paste mixture.

II. Pour 1 cup of PEAL Starch into a bowl, add 2 cups of water and mix these two ingredients together. Stir until the starch mixture consistency is slightly thick. This will be your stock paste.

III. Let the mixture sit for 2 minutes.

IV. Your paste is now ready to use.