Homemade Mixtures for A Great Afternoon

From pasta necklaces to reindeer ornaments, finding ways to create things with your kids can be easy. There are plenty of concoctions you can mix up at home where the rewards are just as fun as making the mixture. Whether you’re helping to encourage your child’s scientific curiosity or just looking for a fun filled way to spend the afternoon with your children, try creating one of these three homemade mixtures.

Homemade Play-Doh

Play-doh can be bought at a wide variety of stores. However, sometimes the process of making something is just as fun as the product itself.

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To create your own homemade play-dough, you will need, 4 medium sized bowls, 1 large bowl, 4 cups of flour, 1 1/2 cups of salt, 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, 1 cup of hot water, food coloring (optional), and extract (optional).

  • To start, pour 1/4 cup of hot water into each of the 4 medium sized bowls.
  • Add the food coloring as necessary. Each bowl will create its own color.
  • Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of vegetable oil to each bowl.
  • In the large bowl, whisk the 1 1/2 cups of salt and 4 cups of flour, pouring 1 cup of the dry mixture into each of the medium sized bowls.
  • Mix the ingredients together and you’re ready to play.

Bubbles of Fun

Make your own bubble solution mix. Not only is it economical, but bubbles are fun for all ages.\

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You will need 6 cups of water, 1/2 cup of light corn syrup, and 1 cup of liquid soap.

  • In a container mix the water and corn syrup until blended.
  • Then slowly stir in the liquid soap until well blended.

Slime

Creating a basic slime is very easy. It requires: 3 jars, 1/2 cup of craft glue, 1 1/2 cups of warm water, food coloring of your choice (optional), glitter (optional), and 1 tablespoon of Borax powder.

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  • To start off, mix the tablespoon of borax powder with 1 cup of warm water in the first jar.
  • Continue to stir the mixture until the borax has completely dissolved. In the second jar, mix 1/2 cup of glue and 1/2 cup of warm water.
  • This will create a watery, cohesive solution.
  • Add your food color, glitter, etc. to the mixture.
  • In the last jar, mix the contents from the borax/water solution and the watery, cohesive solution together. As you watch the slime will form.

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