Great Things for Kids to Do at Your House, No Matter What the Season!
Sometimes weather can put a damper on fun at grandma’s house, but don’t worry! We got you covered here with a couple of great activities that will keep the kids occupied no matter what season or weather forecast!
1. Glitter Slime
There is something about sparkly glitter slime that adds to the experience of making slime! Making glitter slime with clear glue is easy and if you want an even easier glitter slime recipe, you can use glitter glue instead. This glitter slime can be made in any color! Choose any of your favorite colors. This would be perfect to make for a birthday party, afternoon activity, or just for the slime fan in your house.
How to Make Glitter Slime
We have an obsession with glitter slimes, and here’s one of the best recipes for slime to use!
We’ve made glittery unicorn slime, mermaid slime, fairy slime and princess slime. Adding glitter and color to your slime is a fun way to turn it into themed-slime for a birthday party!
To make glitter slime from scratch, you’ll need clear glue, glitter (we like chunky or regular glitter, not fine glitter or it won’t show), contact lens solution, baking soda and water. Mix all ingredients together! ( Just follow the recipe above in our handy link)
Biodegradable Glitter – If you’d like a biodegradable glitter option, we recommend this chunky biodegradable glitter from Etsy as an alternative. Note: this glitter will start to break down after a few weeks when exposed to any liquid.
2. Chalk Ice
For a fun twist on traditional sidewalk chalk, try this chalk ice recipe. The kids will love creating art on the sidewalk with these sidewalk paintsicles. Ice painting appeals to any age group and is a great art activity since kids can see the colors melting together as they form the product.
1 piece sidewalk chalk
2 tbsp cornstarch
4 tbsp water
Start by grating a sidewalk chalk piece into a measuring cup that pours. Use a small grater if you can, so that you can grate directly into the cup. If you don’t have a small grater, then grate into a larger bowl and then transfer to a pouring cup. We used about half a sidewalk chalk piece per color.
Grate the chalk
Add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch into the measuring cup.
Add 4 tablespoons of water.
Mix with a whisk.
Pour the mixture into an ice cube tray or small plastic container.
Repeat for each color you’d like to make. Double or triple the recipe to make a larger batch. This recipe will fill 2-3 ice cube trays.
Add mini popsicle sticks into the ice cube trays. You can lean them to one side to keep them standing up.
Once frozen, let the ice cube tray sit out for a few minutes so that you can easily pull the paintsicles out.
3. The BEST Playdough Recipe
We have previously tried a few recipes that require you to mix the coloring in after the playdough is made. This was SO messy! We got food coloring all over our hands and surfaces doing it this way. You’ll love this no-mess method.
It’s easy to make a batch of all different colors. Just store the finished playdough in air-tight containers. It will help to wrap the playdough in plastic wrap to keep the air from touching the it and making it go hard.
1 cup flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 cup salt
1 tbsp cooking oil olive oil or vegetable oil
1 cup water
In a large bowl, combine all of your dry ingredients (flour, salt, cream of tartar) and mix well.
Mix food coloring with your water first. Then add the vegetable oil and water with food coloring to a large pot. Mix together.
Add the dry ingredients to the pot and mix well.
Cook over low to medium heat until the dough starts to form and becomes dry.
Once it starts to form a ball and looks fully cooked, take off the heat.
Let the dough cool first before touching it!!
Once cool, knead the dough for 5 minutes to make the dough soft.
If your dough is not soft, continue kneading for another 5 minutes. If you find it is still too dry, add a little bit more oil and knead in.
Now that you’re done making your playdough, get out some cookie cutters and have fun making shapes! We also like using rolling pins and stamps to play with our playdough.
4. Fall Bucket List
What can you expect from a Fall bucket list? Oh yes, this season is coming up sooner than you think!! This great site gives a list of over 100 ideas for everything “Fall”, ranging from outdoor activities, family fun, to serving the community and yummy fall treats. You’ll love having this fun guide. Check the Fall Bucket List Out Here!