There really is nothing better than playing with your grandchild. When we say play, this can mean entering the world of make-believe, playing a board game or a game of cards, reading a favorite book, playing in the backyard, going to the park, getting on the floor and playing with cars and trucks, singing and dancing, or any activity where you can “be” together. Play is very important for young children, and one of the best ways for kids to learn how to think, create, and experience new ideas, thoughts, and skills.

Grandparentslink loves these fun play recipes:

Rainbow Crayons


Broken non-toxic crayons with all paper removed

Cupcake pan* or candy mold

Spray shortening

*If using cupcake holder, you can use paper cupcake holders.


1.)  Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

2.)  Spray pan or mold with shortening, or use paper holder in cupcake pan.

3.)  Place different color, broken crayons into the molds.

4.)  Put the pan or mold in the oven, and let “bake” for about 10 minutes, or until crayons are melted. You MUST keep an eye on the colors!

5.)  Remove from oven, and let cool for 20-30 minutes.

6.)  Turn mold or tin up side down, or take out paper cupcake holders– and remove rainbow crayons.

And now you have fun multi-colored crayons in whatever shape you like. It is especially fun to get candy molds in different shapes.

Homemade Finger Paint

Recipe from

Makes 2 cups.


2 tablespoons sugar

1/3 cup cornstarch

2 cups cold water

¼ cup clear liquid dish soap

Food coloring or food coloring paste


1.)  Mix together sugar and cornstarch in a small pan, and then slowly add cold water.

2.)  Cook over low heat, stirring until the mixture becomes a smooth, almost clear gel—about 5 minutes.

3.)  When it’s cool, stir in dishwashing liquid.

4.)  Scoop equal amounts of the mixture into containers and stir in food coloring, or, for even more vibrant colors, use food-coloring paste.


Warning: Goop is rather slimy, and kids love it! This activity is more like a science experiment.


1-cup cornstarch

½ to 1 cup water

Food coloring (optional)


1.)  It is best to make a thick paste, so add enough water to the cornstarch to make the consistency you and your grandchild like. You can start with ½

cup of water, and add more to get the goop you like.

2.)  The mixture should scoop through your hands.

3.)  Add food coloring if you like.

Goop does not store well.




Food coloring

Small zipper bags

Wax paper


1.)  Measure ½ cup salt–for each color.

2.)  Add 4 to 6 drops of food coloring for each color. Mix well so the salt is covered evenly.

3.)  Spread each color on to a separate piece of wax paper, carefully, so color stays even. Let dry.

4.)  Store each shade of glitter in separate zipper bags.


Grandparentslink ‘Play Dough’ recipe is already featured on our website. It is titled “Dough, Re Me” and is archived under FUNTIMES.


Enjoy playing, and remember to take pictures!