This craft results in something similar to a stress ball. It could be made as a gift for Dad on Father's Day. We used this craft in a Sunday school class for preschoolers as an illustration/craft for the Old Testament story about God sending the promised son, Isaac.
Approximate Time: 15 minutes
Pour about a 1/2-cup of cornstarch into the bowl. You can eyeball this. Add water a tablespoon at a time until the cornstarch is similar in texture to clay. Again, this is not an exact science, you can eyeball the amounts.
Place the funnel's small end into the balloon's opening.
Spoon the cornstarch mixture into the funnel working it into the balloon until the desired amount of mixture is in the balloon.
Remove the balloon from the funnel and tie a knot in the open end of the balloon, close to the mixture.
Using a permanent marker, draw a simple face on the surface. This is the "baby".
Place the balloon into the small paper cup, which can be used to put the child's name on for identification. We explained the paper cup was the cradle for the baby.
It was fun to create and even more fun to squish the balloon after finishing it.
The ingredients are non-toxic but use caution, the balloon can open up with a lot of manipulation.
Over a week or two of play, throw this creation out. From all the use it gets from squishing the balloon, it can begin to take on an odor. You can always make another one. My husband made quite a few of them the week following this craft at church, he was hooked!
While this seems like a simplistic craft, the preschoolers loved it. Many of them would not put the baby down after creating it. And continued to refer to it as their baby.
Related scripture: Genesis 21:1-21
By Janet from Carmel, IN
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