messyplayforeveryday

A collection of fun activities for little hands!

Kool Aid Playdough

Play dough is one of those messy play activities that never gets old and most people don’t realize just how easy it is to make.  This particular play dough recipe is great to play with, the color is great and it smells wonderful!  Here’s all you need:

1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

1 Tbsp vegetable oil

2 tsp Cream of Tartar

4 single serving packages of unsweetened Kool Aid or other powder drink mix (these are the small packages you mix into a 16.9 oz bottle of water)  I couldn’t find Kool Aid this time so I used the Market Basket brand and it came out just as good!

1 cup water

medium sauce pan

wooden spoon

wax paper

First mix all of the dry ingredients in the pan.  Add the water and oil and over medium heat mix it until a soft ball forms.  When you first add the wet ingredients it will look really soupy, but don’t add more flour, the mixture turns pretty suddenly into a nice soft ball.  Pour it out onto the wax paper and give it a few kneads.  Store it when completely cool in zip lock backs or sealed tupper ware and it will last for weeks.  Give the kids plastic knives, rollers, garlic presses, play dough scissors and cookie cutters and they will have a blast (and you will too!).

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Father’s Day Fish

Here’s a simple and cute card you can make for the Dad in your life.  Super simple all you need are

Paper

Washable Paint

Marker

Bucket of warm water

Paper towels

Paintbrush

Paint your little ones hands and have them place prints on a piece of paper.  Use the bucket of warm water and paper towels for clean up.  Let the pictures dry completely and then add the eye, mouth, bubbles, and whatever else you’d like to add to create your fish.  Happy Father’s Day!

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Water Paint

It is finally BEAUTIFUL here!!  Time to break out the outdoor messy play!  One of the things my two love is water painting on whatever they can find, the house, the shed, the deck, the driveway, anything!  All you need is

A bucket of water for each child

A paintbrush for each child

Hand them their bucket and brush and let them go to it, “painting” what ever they like.  Kids love this activity and will spend a long time with it.  Who knew something so simple could make them so happy!

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Sidewalk Paint

Sidewalk paint is always really fun and very easy to make.  I will admit I usually end up painting as much as the kids do!  Here’s what you need

2 Tbls cornstarch

4 Tbls water

Food coloring

Cups

Paintbrushes

Each cup will be a different color of paint so I usually start by spreading them out on the counter in a straight line to make the mixing process even easier.  In each cup put 2 Tbls of cornstarch and 4 Tbls of water, mix it until the cornstarch has dissolved.  I then add food coloring to each cup to make all the colors the kids are looking for.  Put a paintbrush in each cup and head outside for some fun.  When the kids first paint the colors will look watery, but as it dries they will be become really vibrant!  Have fun!

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