Fun, Kid Activities

Today I decided it’d be fun to share a few of our favorite activities to do together. Not only are they fun for the family but they also be used to keep the little ones busy while you accomplish your chores.
1. Snake bubbles: Most kids love bubbles but using a regular, boring bubble wand, can get old, fast.  Snake Bubbles are a fun way to keep bubble blowing from becoming boring and is sure to keep kids interested.
                                                                             
What you’ll need:
– An empty water or soda bottle (We prefer a soda bottle because they are a thicker plastic and a bit more durable)
– An old sock (This is a great way to reuse those thinning socks or even those with a few holes.)
– A shallow dish or bowl (A Frisbees would also work very well for this.)
– Duct tape
– Dish soap
Instructions:
First, cut the bottom of your bottle off. You’re simply going to cut off the flat or bumpy bottom, by inserting scissors through bottle, then cutting around.
Next will place the sock over your newly cut opening. With your duct tape, secure the sock to your bottle.
Now all you need to do is add a little water to a squirt of dish soap, in your bowl. You will only need a small amount of water, as you don’t to dilute it much but you do want to be able to dip the end of your bottle in it. Mix gently so that you don’t cause a bunch of bubbles to form. 
Then all you have to do is dip the sock into your mixture and blow through the top of the bottle. Watch as your snake, grows and grows.
For added fun, you can also add food coloring to make colorful snake bubbles. (Warning: Adding color is fun but it will stain things! In my experience, I ended up with green kids for days. My son looked like the hulk….as did our dog)
         For a look at this activity and the results visit http://www.housingaforest.com/rainbow-bubble-snakes/
2. Cloud dough- This is a great alternative to sand and is easy to clean up. This is good to use for both indoor and outdoor play.
        
What you need:
– 8cups flour
– 1 cup Baby oil
    
Instructions:
Pour your 8 cups of flour in a bowl and mix in the 1 cup of baby oil. Mix until all flour has been coated and you start to notice that it holds shape when pressure is applied.
This will give your kids hours of fun and can be stored in any container. This product can hold the form of shapes and is soft to the touch. You can also add coloring, as well as spices for a scented, variety. It is easy to clean up, whether it be broom or vacuum. It will also leave the hands feeling soft and if you’re afraid of your child eating it, I wouldn’t worry much. However, you can always replace the baby oil, with any other oil, you prefer. A coconut oil would be a nice pick, for both smell and edibleness.  
3. Homemade bath paint:
 This is an easy and very cheap way for your children to paint in the tub.
       
 What you need:
– Shaving cream
– Food coloring
  Instructions-
 Mix item together and place in cup, lids are even on the side of the tub, if you would like. Add a paint brush, sponge or just let them use their fingers to have a blast. Once bath time is over, simple rinse off, super easy clean up.
4. Homemade play dough: Easy, with little prep time for hours of fun.
         
  What you need:
– 1 cup flour
– 1 cup warm water 
– 2 tsp. cream of tartar
–  1 tsp. vegetable oil
– 1/4 cup salt
– Food coloring
Instructions:
Mix all ingredients in a pot over medium heat, until dough thickens and begins pulling away from sides to form a ball. (About 5-10mins)
Then Remove from pot and let cool, enough so it can be handled.
Once cooled some, begin kneading the dough until smooth. Next, you will split the ball up into equal pieces. The number will depend on how many different colors you want. Lastly, you will add a couple drops of food coloring then repeat the kneading process, once more. Until color is fully combined.  Store in plastic zip lock bags or any other, air tight, container.
5. Colored pasta: This is a great replacement for beads and easy to make.
     
What you need:
– Pasta (any kind that has a hole in it for putting string through is best)
– Food color
–  A couple of pots
          
Instructions: Add food color to your water and boil pasta, it’s as simple as that. Let cool and store in bags or containers. Enjoy making your own jewelry, pictures and decorative frames.
6. Homemade chalk:
What you need:
– News paper or paper bag (use to keep from making a mess)
– Toilet paper or paper towel rolls
– Duct tape
– Scissors
 – Wax paper
 – A throw out container to mix in
 – 3/4 warm water
 – 1 1/2 cups plaster of Paris
 – 2-3 tbsp. tempera paint
             
Instructions:
All tubes should be toilet paper length
Close off one end of your tube with duct tape
 Line the inside of tubes with wax paper, cut 6 by 6 squares, loosely roll and place inside.
 Pour water in a bucket and sprinkle in plaster of Paris, this begins to harden quickly ( about 30 mins) so you will need to work fast.
Add paint colors you want and mix and mix well (separate mix into separate buckets or bowls, to do multiple colors.)
Stand tubes up in a box or pan and pour or spoon mixture in, tap sides to release air bubbles.
 Let sit for 3 days, remove duct tape and let bottom dry, then remove tube and wax paper.
These are just a few of our favorites, we hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

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2 Responses to Fun, Kid Activities

  1. Nice tips Danie! This actually can be useful with my little girl!!! Thank you so much for stopping by and linking this up at Bewitch Me & Titi! Hope to have you there tomorrow with a new awesome creation!

    Hope you are having a lovely day!

    Hugs
    Cami @ TitiCrafty by Camila

  2. I'm extremely late, but you're welcome.

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