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Baked Cotton Balls

028Smashing ball fun for you and your 2-5 year old.

Materials and Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • food coloring
  • cotton balls
  • little bowls and spoons
  • aluminum foil lined baking sheet

Directions: Mix together  water and flour. Spoon the mixture into little bowls. Add 5 to 8 drops of food coloring into each bowl.  For Halloween/Fall you may want to make orange, brown, red, and black. Stir and mix well.  Add a cotton ball into each bowl, and cover it with the water/flour mixture. Place it on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet. Repeat until you have done as many as you want to make. Bake at 300F for 45 minutes.  Wait until they cool, and then smash them!

They kind of look like candy coated marshmallows, but don’t eat them!!!!

Tips: The outer coating is too thick for a child’s toy plastic hammer. Use something heavier. Some people have allowed their children to use real hammers with close supervision. You can also stomp on them.

Note : As an adult, you may not think these are much fun.  But young children love it! The author suggests 2-5 years old.

Bonus: The cotton ball inside does not get spongy or gooey. It stays the same texture as a cotton ball that had a hard shell on it:

Here’s what your child can experience through this activity:

  1. Mixing the ingredients together and stirring everything up
  2. Spooning the mixture into bowls
  3. Adding the cotton balls to the mixture and stirring them up
  4. Playing with the leftover “slime”
  5. Making a big mess and it’s okay
  6. Playing with an adult hammer (optional)
  7. The end product is all sensory and apparently pretty cool to young children.

Craft complements of One Little Project.

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