DIY Family Fun Ideas

Slime Recipes

Slime

Materials:

  • 6 oz bottle of glue like Elmer’s brand (optional: colored glue or colored glitter glue)
  • 2 tbsp liquid starch
  • (optional) If using white or clear glue, mix in a non-toxic paint to achieve a colored slime or add glitter for extra pizazz.

Directions:

In a bowl, mix all ingredients with a spoon or spatula until it thickens. Knead or mix with your hands until the desired consistency is reached. Slowly add additional the liquid starch to the slime to make less sticky.

I use a ziplock bag or an airtight container to store for future play. We only play with this at the kitchen table so that it does not get into the carpet. Supervise so kids do not try to eat. Wash hands after playtime.


Bubble Recipes

Bubble Solution

Materials:

  • 1 cup dishwashing soap, such as Dawn
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 10 cups water

Directions:

In a large pitcher or jar, carefully mix the cornstarch and baking powder together. Slowly add the water and stir to dissolve the dry ingredients. Next, add the soap and stir until mixed. Do not overmix solution. Let sit for one hour and then fill individual containers or bowls. Use bubble wands to blow bubbles. For extra large bubbles, fill a wide container with a lip (so the solution does not spill) and use string or a large bubble wand (I’ve made a large one out of a metal coat hanger carefully stretched and all pointy ends wrapped with duct tape).


Paint Recipes

Edible Finger Paint

Materials:

  • 3 boxes instant pudding, vanilla flavored
  • Milk (the amount needed to mix the pudding)
  • Food coloring

Directions:

Mix the pudding and milk. Allow to chill in refrigerator until set. Next, divide into 3 separate bowls (or more if more than 3 colors are desired) and mix a few drops of food coloring into each bowl. A clean egg carton is ideal to hold the pudding if using several colors.

Enjoy painting and licking fingers!


Bouncy Balls Recipes

Bouncy Balls

Materials:

  • 2 tbsp + glue, such as Elmer’s brand. Clear, colored, or glitter glue
  • 1 tbsp Borax
  • 1/2 cup warm water

Directions:

Wear plastic gloves to avoid skin irritation. Place warm water in a bowl and slowly mix in the Borax until dissolved. Next, add the glue to the water/Borax solution and stir. If a larger ball is desired, add more than the 2 tbsp of glue. Remove the glue glob from the bowl and knead and roll with your hands on a hard surface to create a ball.

Supervise so kids do not try to place the bouncy balls in their mouths, as it is a choking hazard. Wash hands after playtime.


Non-toxic Paint

Materials:

  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Food coloring
  • Water

Directions:

In a large mixing bowl or pourable measuring cup, use a whisk to mix the flour and salt and then add water. You will use even parts flour, salt, and water. Using the pourable measuring cup or a ladle and a funnel, separate the mixture into different containers (clean lunch meat containers or empty jars with lids work well). Once separated add drops of food coloring to each portion, combining food coloring colors to create additional colors, as desired. Stir each portion briskly with a clean spoon or shake the lidded container to mix the food coloring to the flour/salt/water mixture.

I use an airtight container to store for future play. We only play with this at the kitchen table so that it does not get into the carpet. Supervise so kids do not try to eat. Wash hands after playtime.


Playdough Recipes

Homemade Playdough

Materials:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup salt
  • 4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 cups water
  • Food coloring
  • vanilla extract, almond extract, peppermint extract (optional)
  • 2 tbsp oil, any kind such as vegetable oil, canola oil, coconut oil, or olive oil

Directions:

In a small pan, mix the dry ingredients together and then add the oil and water (and a drop of extract to add scent to dough, if using any). Use a whisk to work out any lumps in the mixture. Stir with a large spoon or spatula while cooking on medium for around 5 minutes, or until the mixture begins to form a ball in the pan.

Remove from the burner and let it cool for a few minutes so it does not burn your hands. Separate into portions and add a few drops of food coloring to each portion. Knead each separate portion until it has a soft, playdough consistency. It should not feel sticky to the touch. Please note: you may want to wear gloves while kneading in the food coloring, so as to not stain your hands.

I use a ziplock bag or an airtight container to store for future play. We only play with this at the kitchen table so that it does not get into the carpet. Wash hands after playtime.

Jell-O Playdough

I love this recipe because it smells so good!

Materials:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2 tbsp oil, any kind such as vegetable oil, canola oil, coconut oil, or olive oil
  • 1 tbsp cream of tartar
  • 1 box Jell-O, any kind/color

Directions:

In a small pan, mix the dry ingredients together and then add the oil and water. Use a whisk to work out any lumps in the mixture. Stir with a large spoon or spatula while cooking on low for around 5 minutes, or until the mixture begins to form a ball in the pan.

Remove from the burner and let it cool for a few minutes so it does not burn your hands. Knead the ball until it has a soft, playdough consistency. It should not feel sticky to the touch.

I use a ziplock bag or an airtight container to store for future play. We only play with this at the kitchen table so that it does not get into the carpet. Supervise so kids do not try to eat. Wash hands after playtime.


No-Bake Spice Ornaments

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp allspice
  • 2 tbsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup applesauce (not chunky)
  • 2 tbsp glue (like Elmer’s- for extra fun try clear glitter glue)

Also:

  • Cookie cutters
  • Drinking straw for poking holes
  • String for hanging
  • Rolling pin
  • Parchment paper or waxed paper
  • Optional: White puff paint

These ornaments smell fabulous and are fun to make. My kids had tons of fun using cookie cutters to make ornaments in different shapes.

Please note: even though they smell delicious and look like cookies they should not be eaten!

Directions:

In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients and then add the glue and applesauce. Continue to mix until it becomes a dough-like consistency. Form a ball and place onto parchment paper. Use the rolling pin to roll flat, about 1/4 inch thick.

Let the kids use cookie cutters to create shapes. I’ve also used a butter knife to create diamond shapes. When all the dough has been used to make shapes use the drinking straw to make a hole near the edge (but not too close!) of each ornament. Wash hands when finished.

Let dry for around 48-72 hours- the time may vary depending on how thick or thin the shapes are. Flip them over after 24 hours to ensure each side dries completely. When they are dry use string or ribbon to hang.

I use a ziplock bag or an airtight container to store for future use, so as to not attract mice or bugs to our Christmas storage boxes.

Optional: In the past I have used white puff paint to decorate the ornaments and give them a “royal icing” look. If using puff paint to decorate, wait until ornaments are completely dry on each side. Use the paint to decorate and allow to dry for 24 hours before adding the string.


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