Habitot is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization that relies on community support
Habitot Children's Museum
2065 Kittredge Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 647-1111 www.habitot.org
4 cups baking soda
1 zip-loc freezer bag
1 large spoon
1 large saucepan or pot
2 cups powdered cornstarch
washable tempera paints
yarn or leather cord
paint and glitter
Combine 4 cups baking soda, 2 cups powdered cornstarch and 4 cups of water in a large pot.
Turn the heat on high and stir continuously until the mixture comes to a boil. The mixture will slowly thicken as you stir.
When the mixture has reached a texture similar to mashed potatoes, turn off the heat and immediately scoop the mixture into a large zip-loc freezer bag.
Once the mixture has cooled to the touch, scoop out nickel-to-quarter sized amounts for each bead.
Demonstrate for your child how to roll the mixture into a ball with their hands or using the surface of the table. Beads can remain round or can be pressed into cubes. The eraser end of a pencil can be use to make indentations on the beads.
After the beads are hardened slightly, gently stick a toothpick through and wiggle it to create a hole large enough for yarn to go through.
Remove the toothpick and allow the bead to dry over night. The beads will be very hard and sturdy enough to string into a friendship bracelet!
Paints and glitter can be used either before or after drying to decorate the beads.
To seal the beads, mix equal parts white glue and water (make certain you aren’t using washable glue). Paint over the beads and allow them to dry clear. Apply three or four coats of this sealant.