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Picture of Cotton Ball Rocks
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My sweet children love to do crafts with me and when I have a spare hour - (said with a sarcastic tone and a smile) - I like to look up my Pinterest Board titled "To Do Another Day" and see if there is something I can throw together for my little ones to do.

Unfortunately, not many crafts can be done with a six-year old, a three-year old and a year-and-a-half year old all at the same time and that keeps them all interested. 
This one however, was a hit with all three.
The original blog for this is here: Play Create Explore.

These cotton ball rocks can be made in just over an hour, and got everyone involved.  They were both very messy and exciting to make, bake, and crack open.

My 6-year old was enthralled with the possibilities of what these rocks could be used for.  He put one on a stick and I shouted out loud, "that looks like a cake pop!"

I wonder what other crazy pranks could be made up from these....
 
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Step 1: Materials, Tools & Notes

Time: Prep - 5-min., Create - 15-min., Bake - 45-min, and Cool - 10-min = One (1) hour and fifteen (15) minutes or so

Materials:
  • 1-cup flour
  • 1-cup water
  • food coloring
  • cotton balls - we used both triple size and standard size
  • vegetable spray or other means of greasing the cookie sheet

Tools:
  • Cookie sheet
  • mixing bowl
  • disposable bowls or containers that could get food coloring on
  • plastic spoons or again, mixing items that can get food coloring on

A Few Notes:
  • We did this craft outside.  As I was with my three children, the youngest loved to get his hands dirty, but after the first 5-mintues of mixing, was off using the measuring cup to transfer water from the dog bowl to other areas of the yard.
  • Our mini poodle mix wanted to eat the "rocks", and at one point had one in his mouth.  (I was able to make him spit it out.)  He was very interested in what we were doing while we were making them.  I'm actually not sure if this would be common, but I wanted to mention it for those of you who have dogs.
  • Something to remember - The rocks turned out darker than the original color after baking.
  • Lastly, I strongly suggest using clothes that can get food coloring on them and be prepared for stained little arms and possibly faces.  I also used their play table and it got stained with food coloring.
ILoveOwls1 year ago
I did this with my nieces and they decided to play dodgeball with them before they were cooked........ I spent the rest of the day cleaning my parents house,...... and their dog, Muffin.
ILoveOwls1 year ago
If you use three or so cotton balls , fluff them up, and squash them together you can make ones that look like eggs
HollyMann2 years ago
That's awesome! Looks like a fun project for all ages! I wish my son would be more into doing crafts like he used to!!!! :(
Nice idea! They come out looking really cool!
Thank you! They were both fun and VERY MESSY to make.