Saturday, 7 April 2012

Holiday Activities for the Kids

I've been going through some old boxes that have been in storage for a few years and am coming across some wonderful old things I had either forgotten about or wondered where they had got to.

This little book was one of those 'I wonder where that went' things.  As you can see it is old, tattered and well used.

I put this book together many years ago when my children were little and every recipe inside has been tried and tested by my little clan of child scientists.  They have spent many happy hours playing with paint, play dough, Goob and slime. Please be careful if you are making some of these recipes as some of them contain detergents and other chemicals.

The artwork featured throughout this post is from my children when they were little.  See I still have some of it stashed away.  They love looking through these things now that they are older.

Finger Paint 
Wallpaper paste
Old washing up liquid bottles or sauce bottles
Dry Powder paint or old eye shadows, blush etc
Egg cartons

Mix the wallpaper paste according to the instructions on the packet
Pour mixture into bottles.
Squeeze a small amount into the hole in the egg carton.  Add some coloured powder and mix.

1/2 cup water
1 cup soap flakes
Capful of food colouring

Mix all the ingredients together.  The more colour you add the richer the paint will look when dry.

Caution: This should not be used for little ones who might rub the soapy paint into their eyes.

Water colour Paint 
1 tspn dish detergent
1 tspn water
1 tsp food colouring

Mix all three ingredients together in small jars or containers.  Use carefully and avoid getting in the eyes.

Non toxic Kool Aid Finger Paint
1 cup flour
1 pkt unsweetened Kool aid
1 tsp salt

Mix all ingredients together and paint!

Glue or paper paste
Plain (all purpose) flour

Add water to flour gradually and mix well to avoid lumps.  When you have added enough water to create a thin paste the glue is ready.  This is a great paper glue for kids.  My Mum made me this when I was little and I would cut out pictures from magazines and 'decoupage' cardboard boxes to hold my toys.

Invisible Ink
Juice of 1 lemon
Small jar or container
Fine paintbrush
An Iron

Make sure your paintbrush is clean
Squeeze the lemon juice into the jar, Dip your paintbrush in the juice and write your secret message.  Once dry you can give your secret message to a friend.
To read: Press down on the message with a hot iron to turn the letters brown.

Street/Pavement Chalk
1 cup Plaster of Paris
Empty plastic container for mixing
1/2 cup water
Moulds or ice cube trays
Poster paint or food colouring

Mix everything together in the container and then pour into the ice cube tray.  You can divide the Plaster of Paris and water into smaller amounts once mixed and colour separately to get lots of different colours.
Once dry turn out of the moulds and you are ready to draw

Play Dough
2 cups Plain (All Purpose) Flour
2 tbspn cooking oil
1 cup salt
4 tbsp Cream of Tartar
food colouring
2 cups water

In a large saucepan mix together dry ingredients.  Add oil and water gradually and stir until the mixture is smooth.  Add desired amount of food colouring.  Cook over a medium heat stirring constantly until mixture comes together and is stiff.  Careful not to burn during the last few minutes.  Allow to cool and then knead until smooth.  Keeps in the fridge in a sealed container for weeks.

Edible Peanut Butter Play Dough
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
1 cup powdered milk

Mix all the ingredients together and knead until smooth.

Slime photo not mine but you get the idea
500g Packet Cornflour
1 cup salt
food colouring

Mix together the dry ingredients in a bowl.  Gradually add water and mix until smooth.  Add food colouring.

Goob is used like playdough or slime.  It is firm when first picked up and can be broken, or snapped, into pieces but the fun start after it has been held awhile and starts to ooze between your fingers.  The kids love it.

Slime - (My kids favourite)
1 cup white glue (like wood glue)
1 1/2 cups warm water
food colouring (green is best)
Ziplock plastic bag
1 tbsp Borax (this is toxic, please be careful)
Jar or cup

Mix together the glue and 1 cup of the warm water in the food storage bag.  Add food colouring and mix well again.  In the jar mix together the borax and 1/2 cup of warm water then add this mix to the plastic ziplock bag.  Squeeze and knead until the mixture reaches a gooey consistency and there is no more liquid in the bag.
Store in an airtight container.  This stuff lasts for months if kept moist.

Try some of these next school holidays, or for those 'stuck indoors' days during winter.


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