Homemade Gooey Indoor Activities for Kids
Stuck indoors this rainy season? Make Some Homemade Slime for Your Kids
Rainy days and the gloomy weather always mean getting cooped up indoors all day, and for kids, there’s nothing more boring than having nothing to do inside the house. They might get too hyperactive that they start rampaging around like a raging rhino, or worse, they’ll end up glued to their iPads and smartphones and forget the real world exists. Our generation today already has a huge problem about physical interaction when all we ever do is bow our heads low and bury our noses into our mobile devices—do we really need to raise another generation that does exactly the same?
Fret not, though. These simple and safe indoor ideas will help save the day—we guarantee that with these activities, you’ll keep the kids busy and you might even get some much-needed yet ever-elusive alone time!
1. DIY Slime
Remember those fabulously green and gooey goodness from the old Nickelodeon live shows? Yep; you too can make your own homemade slime using the simplest and safest ingredients that you probably already have inside your pantry—no harmful Borax solutions needed!
Start your chemical-free concoction by gathering about a two-pound box of corn starch and two cups of water. Keep stirring the mixture until you get a good consistency going—you can even add a few drops of food coloring into the mix to make it visually appealing for the kids. By this time, the mixture will be a cross between something solid and something liquid, which is the cool characteristic of the science experiment called Oobleck (yes, the name alone sounds fun).
Oobleck is a non-Newtonian fluid that got its name from a Dr. Seuss story. The substance acts as both liquid and solid—it flows, and yet you can mold the slimy goop in chunks to your liking. It’s best to knead the corn starch mixture with your hands to create good consistency, because it’s this kind of sensory play that kids are lacking these days.
And there you have it! In case the mixture gets too dry, just keep adding some water to moisten it up. You can learn more about non-Newtonian fluids (and how you can walk on water with it!) HERE: https://youtu.be/D-wxnID2q4A
2. Homemade Play Dough
Let’s face it—buying store-bought Play Doh can seriously hurt your budget, especially since children can go through whole canisters of it in a matter of days. The plaything definitely does not come cheap!
Here’s a simple recipe for DIY play dough that you can do together with your kids, nephews, and nieces at home—no cooking needed. Simply mix two cups of plain all-purpose flour, half a cup of salt, two tablespoons of vegetable oil, and two tablespoons cream of tartar in a big mixing bowl. In a separate container, add some food coloring of your choice to 1.5 cups of boiling water, then add the liquid into the dry ingredients. Keep stirring until the mixture becomes a sticky dough. If you want to add some shine into your dough, add a few drops of glycerine for some shimmer!
Let the mixture cool down, then knead for a few minutes (let your kids really put an effort into it!), keeping at it until the consistency is perfect, and voila! You now have some homemade play dough that you can store in air tight containers to make them last for half a year. But since our country’s weather is pretty unpredictable, it’s best to store the mixture in the fridge when it’s not in use. You can grab a few ideas on how to play with the dough HERE: http://theimaginationtree.com/2013/01/the-z-of-play-dough-recipes-and.html
3. BONUS! Liquid Rainbow Experiment
We’re all about learning while having fun, and since you’re stuck indoors with your kids, why not teach them a thing or two about density? Here’s where this rainbow in a jar comes in—just make sure that your jar is clear so that you can clearly see how the different liquids separate themselves into rainbow colors.
Gather these ingredients to make your liquid rainbow: half a cup of blue dishwashing liquid, half a cup of olive oil, half a cup of rubbing alcohol, and another half cup of light corn syrup. Start with your purple layer at the bottom. Mix the corn syrup with a drop each of blue and red food coloring, then, pour in the blue-colored dish soap down the side of the jar. In a small separate container, mix 2 drops of green food coloring with 1/2 cup of water, then pour it down the jar as well. Next comes the half cup of olive oil into the jar, then, the rubbing alcohol (reddened with two drops of red food coloring in a separate container). Each time you pour a new liquid down the jar, be careful not to disturb the liquids to keep every layer in its place. And finally, set the jar on a stable surface and enjoy your masterpiece!
The kids’ eyes are probably ogling in wonder by now, so briefly explain that your majestically layered rainbow is caused by the density of each liquid. Depending on how heavy the liquid is, it will either float on top or settle at the bottom, separating itself from the other layers. Isn’t science spectacular? You can learn more about how it works HERE: http://www.mykidsadventures.com/how-to-stack-liquids/
Go ahead and try these out with the kids in the house, especially during this rainy season. Don’t forget to record your results (and your kids’ facial reactions) and let us know. We’d love to hear all about your homemade adventures!