Different types of Play dough you can make at home

shutterstock_94075969Play dough of any kind is fun! especially for children.  You can make several types of play dough right at home with your children.  They are not only fun but a great way to spend some quality time with your little ones.  Another great benefit to making your own play dough is that you know and can pronounce every ingredient that goes into it.  So you don’t have to worry about toxins in your clay.  Here is a list of clay recipes you can try at home. 

Colored play dough

Kool-aid play dough

Salt play dough

Basic uncooked play dough

oatmeal play dough

peanut butter play dough (now that one sounds pretty interesting :)

Everyone seems to have a favorite play dough recipe, and many old favorites have been included here. Some require cooking and some don’t; some are meant to be eaten and some are not. Choose the recipe that best suits your needs and the ingredients you have on hand. Store playdough in a covered container or Ziploc bag. If it sweats a little, just add more flour. For sensory variety, use playdough warm or cool as well as at room temperature

Read more on FamilyEducation: http://fun.familyeducation.com/sculpting/recipes/37040.html#ixzz3C0g2NyDu



Arts & Crafts & creativity in school age children

Do you have an creative child with a wild imagination? do your children have a  strong love for arts n crafts?  Some people overlook those who are creative or lovers of arts n crafts but it is important to know what benefits arts n crafts can provide for small children. This article will explain to you the types of skills that can be developed with arts n crafts, and help you further understand the concept of creativity. If  you have a creative child, make sure to encourage them so they can develop their skills and do what they love!   

Creativity is one of those words that is bursting with VITALITY. It’s full of life, full of passion, and full of spirit. Creativity has positive associations for nearly EVERYONE.

Do YOU make a habit of CREATIVITY? Do you ever think or say, “On our playground, creativity is a priority?” If creativity is one of your priorities, here are Seven Good Things for You to Know about the value of arts and crafts in child development.

Seven Good Things for You to Know . . . about How the Arts Help Children Grow

1.       Know the difference between arts and crafts

2.       Separate art as process from art as product (read more)

The great wonders of clay

To learn more about clay couldn’t be more fun and need I say, very interesting.  Some of the world’s most cherished works of art were made from clay!  Although there are many different types of clay around today, you can create great works of arts or even some great jewelry with the clay of your choosing.

Take a look at these gorgeous pieces listed on this site. Each piece speaks it’s own story and mystery to the wonders of clay! http://www.veniceclayartists.com/



Stacie Laurell Crafts is having a special sale

We are having a special July Summer Sale on clay on ebay. You can click on the link below to view!

Stacie Laurell Crafts July Summer Clay Sale


Office Supply DIYs

Originally posted on M&J Blog:

May usually marks the end of the semester at universities, which means many people are entering the workforce or even starting a cool summer internship! If you want to jazz up your desk, check out these cool DIYs that will take your office supplies to the next level!

IMG_8211 copyPlanning doesn’t need to be plain! This paint chip calendar from Me and My DIY is a fantastic way to introduce color into your daily routine.

pencils7Camille Styles created these fun printed pencils that will ensure your pencils will never go missing.

office4Camille Styles did it again with these fun embroidered office supplies!

mainimageModcloth doesn’t only office adorable office attire, they also created a bunch of cute office DIYs that are sure to make you the envy of all of your coworkers!

07 Binder ClipsWashi tape is a pretty amazing DIY supply. It can transform almost anything with a couple of strips!

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Victorian Salt Clay

ImageI have been considering selling Victorian Salt clay in my store. I’m not sure how popular this type of clay is and if anyone would buy it but it is easy to make. Ingredients are salt and flour. Of course I add other secret ingredients to make ours extra special :)  I love the way the clay looks when it’s finished. It looks just like stone. It does take longer to dry than our air dry cold porcelain clay but the great thing about Victorian Salt Clay is that it can be baked in the oven. It will typically take longer to bake than traditional polymer clay but you can bake it for at least up to 2 hrs on low moderate heat. It’s completely non toxic and when dried as hard as a rocki! very durable and lasts for a very long time. I would assume you would have to seal this clay with a sealant which shouldn’t be hard to do. However i’m not sure if it can hold water if you used the clay to make a bowl. I think I will definitely do some experiments with it before offering it for sale in my store. Would you buy Victorian Salt Clay or make it yourself? 


Stacie Laurell