Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Kids Play Dough, Slime, paint--and so much more--recipes!

Chalk Paint
1 part water, one part corns starch plus a few drops of food coloring.

Smash Puffs

1 part white or clear school glue, two parts shaving cream. Mix and let dry over night. We used to review vowel sounds.

mix one part white school glue with one part water in one bowl (1/2 cup of each works well). In another bowl, mix the same quantity of Borax and water again in a 1:1 ration (half a cup of each works well, again). Mix until borax is dissolved or your slime will be grainy. Warm water works best. Add your food coloring to the water-glue mixture. Stir until blended. Pour your glue-water-color (if desired) mixture into the Borax mixture slowly using a whisk to stir in. Add glitter if desired. If  slime is left out for 10 hours uncovered, it will turn into a gak like substance that you can roll into a ball.

slime with glitter


Edible Play Dough recipe #1

1 part peanut butter to 2 parts powdered sugar

Edible play dough recipe #2 

Make another edible peanut butter play dough. Recipe: 1 3/4 cups peanut butter, 2 cups powdered sugar, 1 3/4 cups honey, 2 cups dry milk powder

Sensory Dough
1 cup of cornstarch. 1/4 cup of hand dish soap (add small amounts at a time). Choose a yummy smelling soap because that is what your dough will smell like. The tint of the dough will also be determined by your soap's color.1 tablespoon of olive oil

Play Dough 

Basic ingredient ratios:
2 cups flour
2 cups warm water
1 cup salt
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon cream of tartar (optional for improved elasticity)

Colored sugar free drink mix or food coloring

Corn Starch dough

1 part dish soap to 2 parts cornstarch. 

Kool Aid Play Dough

Kool-Aid Playdough Materials
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 cups water
  • Saucepan
  • Food coloring, tempera powder, or Kool-Aid powder for color
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 2 tablespoons alum
  1. Combine salt and water in saucepan and boil until salt dissolves.
  2. Remove from heat and tint with food coloring, tempera powder, or Kool-Aid.
  3. Add oil, flour, and alum.
  4. Knead until smooth.
  5. This dough will last 2 months or longer.

Bouncy Balls

1 part hot water and  1 part borax mixed. In another cup, one part white glue and cone part cornstarch with a few drops of food coloring if preferred. Slowly add borax mixture to glue-cornstarch mixture. Will harden and become more bouncy after five minutes. The shape will become permanent so roll your ball while it's soft. 

More directions for bouncy balls

Conditioner Dough
2 parts cornstarch 1 part hair conditioner 

Edible dough
1 part whipped cream 2 parts corn starch

Edible marshmallow dough
equal parts peanut butter, confectioners or powdered sugar and marshmallow fluff. No fluff? You can melt 4-5 marshmallows with peanut butter in the microwave for about 20 seconds before adding your powdered sugar.

Links to more recipes

Fossil dough

Six play dough recipes

Monday, July 28, 2014

July 2014

We played Mummy

We made real butter!

(Heavy whipping cream in a jar with lid. Shake like crazy for 20 min. Pour out butter milk and "wash" butter in ice water to make it last longer and solidify a bit more)

Fourth of July drinks
Cranberry Raspberry juice, ice, light calorie Gatorade

Had fun at the splash park (free!)

Got  his first pair of skates. Then took a break from skating to put plastic bags into an old Kleenex box to store away neatly.

Played wet marble paper towel drop, again!

Dinosaur Snow Globe

Painted with a roller

Name shoe stamp
I used Gorilla Glue because it dries fast and kind of foamy to get into the nooks of the foam pieces.

our dog walked across and added her "signature"

Made Gak and Slime RECIPE click here

Smash balls to review vowel sounds-- 1 part glue, 1 part shaving cream. Let dry over night.

bird feeders

crazy straw and felt squares to work on fine motor

muffin and rubber bands to work on fine motor and strength

toilet paper and chain octopus 
straw maze (again)

super hero photo shoot with Lincoln log buildings

Sidewalk tattoos

Rainbow Dino Eggs (mix baking soda with a bit of water (about 1/2 c baking soda and 1 tablespoon water) until you get  a thick paste. Hide mini dinos inside the paste and shape an egg. Drop food coloring on top. Let dry over nite. Use vinegar to melt the eggs.

Balloon Painting

Ice dinosaur excavation
Inflate a balloon with gas

Egg Surprise Alphabet activity
(M for marble, F for face)

Egg filled with paint throw! Next time it will be more educationally geared with letters or numbers as targets

costume display using curtain rod
Floss the teeth activity to get Caden to want to floss more

 hand print art

Kinetic sand is awesome! 

 Lava Lamp click for recipe
 Corn starch play dough (1 part dish soap to 2 parts corn starch)
want more recipes? Click here

Hula hoop pool noodle counting (remember the jump rope lacing pool noodles from June? I just cut each noodle ring so they could slide on the hoop.

a little hand art for Daddy

Outlined in white crayon, colored in with water color for a different than normal water color effect

Lots of hours of Perfection this month
Another craft for Dad

FREE and Bargains!
Where do I get so many cool things? I run a FB group where everything we post is free as long as we're willing to pick it up. Then, I look through craigslist often for freebies and deals. I also am a military spouse, and there are places--on military installations-- where I can shop for free up to once a week.

keyboard, awesome math addition toy, Tonka Chuck toys, Space themed felt board, jeans

bath crayons .79 cents

travel aqua doodle $3

 fresh plash pad from Pamper's Rewards

$35 for play house and a picnic table that I can't picture because I sold for $15 making the house $20!

$10 wagon

Magnetic Mosaic $2 no magnetic wand but we have some

free play doh and kitchen

$2 at Arc thrift store-- Connect Four is great for cognitive and fine motor development

 Back yard bug and nature exploration kit --Free

Thomas ride on train $30 off Craigslist. Amazon new for $400
Time out pad--even beeps when they get up too soon-- free

train table-- free off Craigslist
more free play doh off my free exchange FB group