Rain, snow… the weather not only interferes with your plans, but it can leave you stuck indoors. Rather than turning to Netflix, consider these fun ideas.
Homemade play dough
- 2 cups of flour
- 2 tbsp of oil (you can use any type)
- ½ cup of salt
- 2 tbsp cream of tartar
- 1½ cup boiling water
Cover your work area with a plastic table cover.
Pour 2 cups of flour into a large bowl; Add 1/2 cup of salt; Mix in 2 tbsp Cream of Tartar.; Add 2 tbsp of oil.
Carefully pour in the boiling water. To prevent injury, do NOT let children do this on their own. The dough will be hot.
Mix all the ingredients together until dough is formed.
Let dough cool then separate into equal parts and add food coloring. Knead dough until the coloring is mixed. For some sparkle, also knead in some glitter. Store in an air-tight container.
- 2 (4-ounce) bottles washable school glue or glitter glue
- 1 to 2 drops liquid food coloring (optional)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 to 3 tablespoons saline solution (i.e., contact lens solution), divided
Pour the glue into a medium bowl. Stir in the food coloring. Add the baking soda to the glue mixture and stir until smooth. Pour in 2 tablespoons of the contact lens solution and stir slowly. The mixture will begin to harden and become stringy. Continue mixing slowly until a ball of slime forms. Pick up the slime and work it between your hands until smooth. If the slime is too slimy, work in another ½ tablespoon of contact lens solution. Store in an airtight container.
Rain cloud science fun
Create shaving cream clouds that will eventually rain! If desired, you can use this as an opportunity to teach your children about rain clouds and weather.
- clear glass vase/container-rectangular is best
- shaving cream
- blue food coloring
Fill the vase ¾ full with water. Spray the shaving cream on top of the water, filling to the top of the container. In a separate bowl mix water with food coloring. Use the dropper to slowly add the colored water on top of the shave cream. At first the shaving cream will hold the water, but as you drop more on, the shaving cream ‘clouds’ will break and the colored water will ‘rain’ into the clear water in the vase.
Using painter or masking tape, create a large tic-tac-toe grid on the floor.
On the back of large paper plates, have your children mark a large “x” or “o”.
Turn the plates over so no one can see what’s on the back.
Have your children take turns choosing a plate and putting it on the life-size tic-tac-toe grid.
Firework salt painting
- table salt
- construction paper-black works best
- watercolor paints
- paint brushes
- white glue
- cookie sheet
Have your child draw a design in pencil on the paper. Lay the paper flat on the cookie sheet. Using the glue, trace over the design. Make sure the glue layer isn’t too thick. Sprinkle salt over generously over the glue, and shake off any excess. Wet your watercolors and lightly paint over the salt. Don’t press too hard! For younger children, it may be easier to apply color by filling an eyedropper with colored water and dripping the water over the salt design. Feel free to be creative and let colors bleed together. When done, let dry completely. The salt will sparkle and shine. To preserve the life of your child’s masterpiece, spray with hairspray