If you’re like me, you’re always looking for new ways to entertain your kids. Educating them in the process is even better. Add fun… perfect!
I’m here to tell you a few very simple, cheap, ways to entertain yourself and your children for a while!
All of these activities have been done by yours truly for years and my kids still love them all, so no fear, these are definitely worth doing over, and over, and over.
Things you will need:
Shaving Cream (I get sensitive skin ones because, you know, kids)
Bowls (Meant for projects not eating)
I honestly recommend grabbing all of them and you won’t use all of it for each project but you’ll be stocked up for a while and yea it’s more to buy the bigger containers I’ve recommended above, at first, but it’d definitely cheaper in the long run to do so. I also recommended the items I typically use for these projects.
And it’s even cheaper to buy them with Prime. Don’t know about Prime or not sure about it? Read what I said about it here to gain some insight and why I definitely think it’s worth it.
Also I definitely recommend the bowls for your projects. Yea they can be cleaned but honestly I’ve found it much more beneficial to have separate ones for the crafts. The color coded ones are helpful, too.
- Bath time!!!
- Grab your Elmo Fuzzy Colors and…
- give them to your kid/s! OK this ones easy, right? Lots of us have the colors for the tub but do you let your kid pick the color? Take it out of the container and throw it in the water themselves and watch it turn the bath their color. What about mixing? I’ve accidently (yea because I didn’t realize it was happening until I realized he knew it..) taught my youngest his color mixes by letting him pick TWO colors instead of one for his bath. Every time he takes a bath, which, in the summer is pretty frequently because he insists on lots of cuddles in my bed and he’s usually dirty or muddy or sweaty… yea. ha! Seems simple enough but it’s a huge help without even realizing it and of course they don’t know they’re learning. That’s the BEST KIND OF LEARNING. Trust me! haha
- BATH TIME!!! TWO.
- Grab your shaving cream, bowls, and food coloring.
- Don’t forget a spoon. (I’m lazy, I use my fingers, and then they’re dyed colors…. don’t be like me 😛 )
- Step one: run bath
- Step two: Set bowls next to bath
- Step three: Fill bowls with shaving cream
- Step four: add food coloring. (LET THEM MIX COLORS! Same as above, learning without ‘teaching’ easy peasy)
- Step 5: dare to mix with your fingers like me… (looks at stained fingers from mixing an hour ago, looks up at kids who are STILL playing in tub after an hour… and giggling like it’s nobodys business)
- Viola! Finger paint, body paint, water paint, whatever you want it to be. The best thing about this?
- It’s SO EASY to clean!!! Seriously, just rinse with water, maybe a little wiping but no scrubbing like those bath crayon things… yea, I hate those things haha
- Mini Volcano!
- What you need: Food coloring (optional), bowls, baking powder, apple cider vinegar
- Put some baking soda in bowls
- Add a few drops of food coloring to each. I’ve even added different colors to each edge of the bowls (that’s fun! you never know what color will come out!)
- OH…. do this outside, or put a bigger bowl under your mini bowls… trust me, you’ll regret it if not
- Pour apple cider vinegar into the baking soda (let kids do this, no harm done to them if they touch it)
- Ocean Play
- What you need: Big, clear bowl, water, food coloring (optional but more fun with!), play animals, dinosaurs, people (I switch between all of these which makes it more diverse and fun)
- Fill clear bowl with water, I usually do about halfway or a little more.
- Add food coloring. Water is blue, add blue or green, or both. We’ve done pink because my boys know I like pink 😛
- insert people, dinos, houses, etc.
- Play! Splash, best to do this one outside too or with a towel under because kids get messy.
- Talk about: Animals, ocean, what lives in the oceans/lakes, what type of water there is (fresh,salt) talk about what each type of animal is, even if you don’t have the toy for it. Yay science
- Ewwww Slimey!
- What you’ll need: it varies based on what type you want to make but you need glue, glitter glue, food coloring, glitter (never enough glitter!) people/animals, laundry soap, water, borax
- We personally like the borax one, the laundry soap one comes out weird and sticky for us with the soaps we’ve used but to each his/her own! Do what works for you
- How to make slimey laundry soap slime: Start with about half a cup of glue (you can always double or half the recipe to suit your needs), add in about two TBSP of liquid laundry soap. SLOWLY add more of the soap if needed.
- I personally don’t measure, I start with a small amount then add if needed. (I don’t measure when I cook either, it’s just a thing I don’t do… Want to eat in my house? haha 😛 … actually I’ve been told my food is amazing, somehow?)
- Add glitter, food coloring, and when done mixing add animals/people.
- Borax Slimey slime:
- Try one of two ways: using 1/4 C glue, 1 C water, 1/2 TSP borax:
- Mix glue and water thoroughly, add borax and mix well, add food coloring/glitter
- OR mix borax and water thoroughly, add glue and mix well, add food coloring/glitter.
- When done mixing well you should have a somewhat solid slimey substance. Sometimes there is a little bit of excess liquid in the bowl, if it doesn’t mix in, I dump it.
- Add animals, houses, etc.
- Side note: Upon my own personal research borax IS safe when diluted. Which in this instance it is. However, some parents are concerned with this. Personally in my home with two people who have sensitive skin, it’s been fine, no problems and hours of play. OF COURSE DO NOT DIGEST ANY OF IT.
There are a MILLION other cheap projects I can recommend for you and your kids! Seriously, I’m all about educational play. It must be the homeschooler in me. 😛
Have you tried any of these projects? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear your experiences and if you put a different twist on them!