Sometimes packing the kids up, arranging lunch and snacks for an outing is just not working for you. So for those interested in some interesting things to do at home with the kids, here are two ideas.
Do you have a budding scientist in your household? Well I picked up two recipes from the Great Lakes Science Center. These recipes use items you have right at home or with household items you can purchase at a very low cost.
Every child loves bubbles, right!
1 gallon water
1/2 cup Dawn dishwashing liquid (regular Dawn works best)
1/4 cup glycerin (which is found in the skincare section at most drugstores)
Slowly mix all ingredients to avoid forming lots of foam. Store in a clean, sealed container overnight. They offered some great ideas to turn this fun product into a science experiment by using different wands and different bubble formulas and seeing which ones last the longest or which formulas make the smallest or largest bubbles. Just explore and have fun with it!
Playdough is kind of played out (no pun intended) but this “Gluep” stuff is all the rage.
Recipe for “Gluep”
In a pail combine 1 1/2 cups of warm water
2 cups of white glue
food coloring (optional)
In a second, smaller container, combine 1 1/3 cups of warm water
3 teaspoons of Borax
(Borax is the trade name for sodium borate and you can find it in the laundry section of most stores. Be careful of your little ones as this is a chemical and it is not edible and some people may be allergic to it)
So the ingredients for the “Gluep” you can mix each in its seperate container thoroughly. Then pour the contents of the smaller container into the larger. Gently stir the mixture until a little bit (about a teaspoon) of liquid is left. The mixture will be very sticky for a moment or two. Let the extra liquid drip off and then the “Gluep” will be ready. You can store the “Gluep” in an airtight container and it can be used for up to 3 weeks.
Happy Frreeee Hunting!