The kids have been out of school for weeks now. You’re lying in your hammock with a gentle summer breeze softly cooling you and the sweet smell of summer flowers fills the air. Yeah, Right! Reality check! You have probably heard “I’m bored. I have nothing to do” a hundred times today!
Don’t run down the street panicking, wildly flinging your arms and screaming like a mad woman. I say this not because of what the neighbors might think. Most of the other moms would probably be hard on your heels. I just don’t believe in using any more energy than necessary.
Instead, peel Tarzan off the chandelier and catch Superman in the midst of his fifth flight from the top bunk bed, trying carefully not to tear his cape made from your favorite red silk blouse. With your free hand grab child #3 who is painting a great copy of the Mona Lisa on your bedroom wall. March the kids to the kitchen (there may be some resistance but you will prevail) and try these recipes. Who knows? Between these and a small miracle you might just get to swing in the hammock yet. (But then again, probably not!)
Try these easy craft recipes including a homemade play dough recipe, a homemade slime recipe and other stuff your kids will love!- Jill
Homemade Slime Recipe
1/2 cup white glue
6 Tbsp. water
1-4 tsp. Borax
1-4 Tbsp. water
Mix the glue, 6 tablespoons water and food coloring until it is dissolved. In a separate bowl, dissolve 1 teaspoon borax into 1 tablespoon water. Add to the glue solution. You will get a very thick clump of slime when the two mix. Pull the clump of slime out of the glue mixture and put it in a separate bowl. Mix another batch of the borax solution and add it to the remaining glue mixture. Repeat until all the glue mixture is used (about 3-4 times).
With clean hands, knead the slime to mix. This will take about 10 minutes and is not very difficult as the slime easily separates between your fingers. If a looser, more slimy texture is desired, knead in a bit more water. The more water you add, the slimier it gets. The slime doesn’t leave a residue and doesn’t get stuck on anything. This is great for Halloween entertaining. Store in an airtight container. This can easily be doubled, tripled or quadrupled.
Edible Play Dough Recipe
1/3 cup margarine
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract or flavorings
1 lb. powdered sugar
food coloring (optional)
Mix first 4 ingredients together. Add powdered sugar. Knead it. Divide and add food coloring. Keep the homemade play dough refrigerated to keep from spoiling when not in use. You can replace vanilla with flavored extracts to give flavor other than just plain sweetness.
Homemade Bubbles Recipe
1/4 cup liquid dishwashing detergent (Non-ultra Dawn works best)
1/2 cup water
1 Tbsp. sugar
Put the dishwashing detergent in the water. Carefully stir in sugar trying to avoid suds. Take a regular drinking straw and cut into 4 pieces. Then dip into the solution and blow your bubbles. Tie a rope loop up to a foot in diameter on the end of a stick and make a gallon of bubbles. Dip the rope in the bubbles and run with them. This will give you giant bubbles.
Tip: A friend who made bubbles professionally (The Bubble Man) told us on many occasions that Non-Ultra Dawn liquid soap makes the best bubbles.
For more fun homemade kids recipes like these, check out our Dining On A Dime Cookbook!
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Slime, whether jiggly slime, water slime, or another variety, is always popular. The reason is simple––because it’s a lot of fun! It is cheap and easy to make at home, and can even be made by younger kids with the right care and supervision. As well as being fun, it’s a tactile way to relieve stress. Pick one of the four ways below to make slime, each one different to match your time, availability and budget.
Be aware that this slime is poisonous if swallowed. Always supervise children using the borax solution.
- You can also separate the glue mixture evenly into smaller bowls and make each one a different color, then mix them together.
- If you chose to make smaller amounts of slime in separate containers, evenly divide the borax solution among the containers.
- Start kneading the slime with your hands at this point. It might be sticky, but keep mixing. Add more activator (borax) if needed.
When making this type of slime (also known as oobleck) it’s possible to make some substitutions for cornstarch.
- Wiggle the styrofoam around and the slime should follow it. Your kids will be amazed!
About This Article
To make basic slime, first mix 3/4 cups of water (180 milliliters) with 1/2 a cup (125 milliliters) of glue. Add a few drops of food coloring if you want colored slime. Then, in a separate bowl, mix 1 cup of water (240 milliliters) with 1 teaspoon of borax until it’s fully dissolved. This mixture is the slime activator. Slowly add 1 teaspoon of the slime activator at a time, stirring after each addition, until the slime starts to thicken. Finally, knead the slime until the ingredients are fully combined. If your slime still feels a bit too slimy, add a little more of the slime activator until it feels right. For more tips, including how to make edible slime, read on!