Funny, silly, goofy things for crafts-minded kids to make

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As spring approaches, I thought we'd do a fun consult with the folks at McCormick & Co. on things you didn't know you could do with food coloring. Here are a few things kids ages 7-12 might enjoy creating. (McCormick, of course, recommends using McCormick Assorted Food Color):

* Funny Putty. Start with a cup of white glue in a plastic container. Add 1 cup liquid starch a little at a time, stirring constantly, along with any color of the food coloring, until the mixture is rubbery. Store in an airtight container.

* Homemade play dough. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 1 cup water and 1/4 cup cream of tartar with about 20 drops of food coloring in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for about five minutes. Cool on wax paper, then knead slightly until dough is smooth. Store in an airtight container.

* Goofy Goo. Mix 2 tablespoons white glue with 2 tablespoons water in a paper cup. In another cup, mix 1/4 cup water, 3/4 teaspoon borax laundry booster and about 10 drops food coloring. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the borax mixture into the glue mixture and stir well.

* Water colors. Instant paint! Combine 1 tablespoon white vinegar with 2 teaspoons baking soda. Slowly add 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 1/4 cup glycerin. Pour 1 inch of the mixture into six to eight paper cups and let dry overnight. Once the mixtures are dry, add the food coloring, making sure to use a lot, as the color isn't as deep when it dries. To use, dip a paint brush into some water, then into the paint.

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