Little Kids…Mold & Paint! by Teacher’s Friend TF-0439504120

Reproducible Activities for Early Learners!

Recipes, Patterns and Activities for Developing Fine Motor Skills!

ISBN 0-439-50412-0

Safety Warning! The activities and patterns in this book are appropriate for children ages3 to 6 years old. It is important that children only use materials and products labeled child-safe and non-toxic. Remember that young children should always be supervised by a competent adult and youngsters must never be allowed to put small objects or art materials in their mouths.Please consult the manufacturer’s safety warnings on all materials and equipment used with young children.

WORKSHEET & Sample PDF Activity

Sample PDF Activity


2 cups sand
1 cup cornstarch
1 1/2 cups liquid starch

Using a large, old saucepan, combine the cornstarch and sand together. Add the liquid starch and mix well. Cook over medium heat while stirring constantly. After a few minutes, the mixture will become thick and dough-like. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let stand until cool. Knead the clay before giving it to the children to mold and sculpt. Let creations dry overnight or until hard.

Children can create sand sculptures with real sea shells or make sand castles that can actually be taken home to share with parents!


2 cups of clean sawdust, well-sifted
1 cup flour
2 T. liquid starch
2 cups water

Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl.Knead the dough until it becomes stiff. Add a little extra water if needed. After the children have molded their creations, the wood dough will need two to three days to dry

A great dough to make beads, ornaments and paper weights. When dry, children can use sandpaper to smooth their sculptures. Finished creations can be painted with tempera paint or stained with water colors.

Little Kids…Mold & Paint! Table of Contents

Introduction – 4
Readiness Abilities Check List – 7
Certificates – 8
Old Fashioned Salt Clay/Fun Dough Clay – 9
Sand Sculpture Clay/Wood Dough – 10
Silly Dough/Color Clay – 11
Bread & Glue Clay/Mashed Potato Clay – 12
Gooey Goo/Paper Clay – 13
Oatmeal Clay/Cotton Ball Clay – 14
Plastic Clay/Fruit-Scented Clay – 15
Cinnamon Clay Ornaments/Soap Dough – 16
Quick-Setting Plaster Clay/Sand-Cast Plaster – 17
Non-Cooking Candy Clay/Chocolate Candy Clay – 18
Simple Cookie Dough/Easy Bread Dough – 19
Cake Frosting Clay/Peanut Butter Clay – 20
Traditional Finger Paint I and II – 21
Shaving Cream Finger Paint/Cornstarch Finger paint – 22
Sparkle Salt Paint/Milk Paint – 23
High-Gloss Finger Paint/Sticky Finger Paint – 24
Fluffy Snow Paint/Bath Time Body Paint – 25
Whipped Cream Finger Paint/Easy Wash Finger Paint – 26

Bright-Shiny Paint/Liquid Chalk – 27
Ice Cube Paint/Food Color Dye – 28
Scratch and Sniff Paint/Food Coloring Paint – 29
Gelatin Finger Paint/Pudding Finger Paint – 30
Paint or Mold a Circle – 31
Paint or Mold a Square – 32
Paint or Mold a Triangle – 33
Paint or Mold a Heart – 34
Paint or Mold a Star – 35
Paint or Mold the Number One – 36
Paint or Mold the Number Two – 37
Paint or Mold the Number Three – 38
Paint or Mold the Number Four – 39
Paint or Mold the Number Five – 40
Paint or Mold the Sun – 41
Paint or Mold a Cloud – 42
Paint or Mold a Tree – 43
Paint or Mold a Flower – 44
Paint or Mold an Egg – 45
Paint or Mold a Snake – 46
Paint or Mold a Candy Cane – 47
Paint or Mold a Letter – 48

About Teacher's Friend Publications, Inc.

Teacher's Friend Publications, Inc. was founded in 1986 by Karen Sevaly. Her vision was based on producing a series of motivational and fun monthly idea books that could be reproduced by teachers in elementary classrooms. These books were the first publications to give teachers cute, bold patterns and creative activities compiled in a reproducible monthly format. Scholastic has acquired Teacher's Friend.

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