messyplayforeveryday

A collection of fun activities for little hands!

Tub Paint

My two love tubs, but who doesn’t want to have even more fun with something that’s already pretty cool?  This is an easy way to let your little people have even more fun in the tub, (and it doesn’t hurt that it cleans your tub too!!).  All you need is

Shaving cream

Food coloring

A muffin tin or washed applesauce single serve containers

A spoon

Fill the applesauce containers with shaving cream and add food coloring to make the color you like.  (For these colors I used three drops of each color).  Use the spoon to mix the coloring and shaving cream together and that’s it!  You can give your kids paint brushes to use in the tub with these, or they can use their fingers.  They can paint the tub, shower walls, themselves whatever (they do need to avoid their eyes) and it all washes off at the end of the tub.  Hope you all enjoy!

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Dinosaur Eggs

These are super cool and amazing and your kids will be impressed! (No need to tell them it’s pretty easy!) My kids are pretty predictable for breakfast unfortunately, toast and butter or boiled eggs are the usual answer to, “What would you like for breakfast?” and I get bored with serving the same thing. Dinosaur eggs spice things up a bit! All you need are

Boiled Eggs

Ziploc bags

Liquid Food Coloring

Vinegar

The first step is to gently crack your eggs all around, leaving the shell in tact, but with a crackled appearance. Place each egg in a ziploc bag and add to the bag some food coloring and a splash of vinegar. (Sorry but I’ve never actually measured this, just put some food coloring in until I like the color). Seal the bag and roll the egg around in the liquid. I let it sit for about 15 minutes in the fridge to get a really good color. Then fill the bag with cold water to rinse the egg, slowly pouring out the liquid and leaving your egg in the now empty bag. Dump your egg onto a paper towel to dry and hand it over to your kids. (Warning they will most likely have colored finger after this!!) Let your kids peel the eggs and discover the marbled effect they have created on their egg and on the inside of the shell. Have fun and enjoy!!

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Cotton Ball Rocks

My daughter is a crafty girl. She loves cooking, glitter, paint and beads. My son is an active boy. He loves running, climbing, throwing and banging objects together. Cotton ball rocks give them the best of both worlds and are super cool too!! You need

cotton balls

1 cup flour

1 cup water

few drops food coloring

cookie sheet

nonstick spray

a few soft headed hammers (fun, though not necessary)

In a bowl mix the water, flour and food coloring. I let my kids do the pouring and mixing. Then drop in a handful of cotton balls. Let the kids push them down into the mixture, completely covering the cotton balls. Place them on a cookie sheet sprayed with nonstick spray and bake them in a preheated 300 degree oven for 30-45 minutes. (Keep an eye on them, you want them hard, not browned). When they’re done allow them to cool and then head outside for some fun. I gave each of my kids a hammer and let them bang the “rocks” open. They then had fun pulling out the cottony insides! Really fun and great for the scientist in your little ones!!

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Message Toast


Some times breakfast gets boring, especially when “Toast and Butter” are the answer to,”What would you like to eat?” every morning. This is a very quick and easy way to make it a little more interesting. All you need is

Bread

A few Tbl. of milk

Food Coloring

A Paint Brush

Toaster

In a small bowl mix a few tablespoons of milk with a few drops of food coloring of your choice. Use the paint brush (I usually use a small size brush like you’d find in watercolors) to paint a design or message on the bread. Toast it as usual and then butter the back of the toast so your design is clearly visible. Super cute and easy and your children will think you’re amazing!! Have fun and enjoy!

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