playdough and fingerpaint recipes
Here you go:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 cup oil (I usually use canola, but any is fine)
Mix all ingredients in a large pan. Cook over med. heat, stirring constantly until stiff ball forms. Remove from heat. Put on cutting board and knead in food coloring (or Kool-aid, which gives very cool color and scent too!) until evenly mixed. Keep at room temperature in plastic bag or air-tight container. Usually last several weeks before it gets grungy.
I think it would be fine for a 13 mo. old, even if she ate some, there's nothing in it that would hurt her. I think we started playing with it about that age.
Here's a simple finger paint recipe:
mix equal parts tempera paint, liquid starch and ivory soap flakes. I couldn't find soap flakes at my grocery store, so I just used the starch and paint and it worked ok. If you get special finger paint paper it works better, the paper is really smooth and glossy so the paint glides on really nice. It's kind of expensive though, so I usually just end up using construction paper.