I was looking through my grandma’s recipe books the other day, and I came across these recipes that she had for things like modeling dough, bubbles, and finger paints. I had all but forgotten that she was a Den Mother, and would make these things not only for my sister, cousins, and me, but also my mom and uncle. Some of the original recipes were toxic (especially with children’s proclivity for putting random things in their mouths), so I’ve rewritten them to be non-toxic or used less-toxic ingredient alternatives within the recipes. I hope you have fun with your kiddos this summer. These are even good for indoors, when the weather is too rainy or cold to be outside.
- 1 qt Warm water 948 mL
- 1/2 Cup Dish soap, the kind for hand-washing 119 mL
Stir soap into warm water.
Add soap to your bubbles container. Save the extra for later, when you run out.
If you don't have a wand, use your imagination and make one. You can blow bubbles through anything with a hole.
I don't recommend actually eating these, but they are made entirely of food ingredients, so if they get eaten, there shouldn't be any dangerous side effects.
- 1 1/2 Cups Corn Starch 338 g
- 1/4 Cup Salt 56 g
- 6 Cups Water 1.4 litres
- food coloring
Stir corn starch and salt together.
Add to water in a sauce pan, stirring over medium heat as it dissolves and thickens.
Remove from heat and allow to cool. Mixture will continue to thicken.
Separate into 4 or more containers while warm, and stir in food colors.
Paint on paper.
This recipe is made with food, so it is non-toxic and should be safe if ingested. It's also washable, but will be moreso if you use vegetable-based food coloring.
What other easy crafts to you make with your kids? Let me know in the comments below.