Make Homemade Rainy Day Snow Day Fun for Kids in the Kitchen

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Kids are always bored on rainy days and many other days too. Let them cook up their own regular play-doh, peppermint scented play-doh, bubbles, paste, finger paint, cinnamon air freshener ornaments, Gak, a “volcano,” plus a magic garden and keep them busy making it and playing with it. Use household and pantry items to make the fun.

I’ve even included baby in the fun with their own safe version of finger paint that works well.

I’m including several ways to make the play doh and school paste, so you have options!

Have fun and Happy playing!

  • Step 1
  • PLAY-DOH RECIPE #1: In a pot, dissolve 1/2 C salt in 1 1/2 C water over low heat. Add some food coloring drops of your choice, 2 T. powdered alum and 1 T. Oil. Add 2 C flour last. Stir well with wooden spoon until not sticky. Store in air tight container.
  • Step 2

    PLAY-DOH RECIPE #2: In a saucepan, combine 1 C flour, 1/2 C salt, 2 t. Cream of Tarter, some drops of food coloring, 1 C water, and 2 T. Oil. Cook over medium heat until dough forms a ball (about 2 minutes). Place in a Ziplock bag or in an airtight container. It will last for several months.

  • Step 3

    PLAY-DOH RECIPE #3: Mix with wooden spoon in mixing bowl, 1 C salt, 4 T. alum powder, 2 T. Oil, drops of food coloring, and 3 C boiling water. Add 3 C. or more of flour. Mix well. It will form a ball. Store in baggie or air tight container.

  • Step 4

    PLAY-DOH RECIPE #4: Bring 2 C water to a boil in a saucepan. Add drops of food coloring. Mix together in a bowl, 2 C flour, 1/2 C salt, 1 T. alum, 1 T. liquid shortening (oil). Pour colored water of flour mixture and stir well. It will be lumpy. Knead thoroughly as soon as it is cool enough to handle. Keep in air tight container when not in use. Stays nice for a long time.

  • Step 5

    PLAY-DOH RECIPE #7: Heat in saucepan, 1 1/2 C water, 1/2 C salt, and 1 T. oil to a boil. Stir this into a bowl that has 2 C flour and 2 T. alum in it. Add drops of food coloring. Knead until smooth. Store in air tight container.

  • Step 6

    PEPPERMINT SCENTED PLAY-DOH—RECIPE #1: In a saucepan, combine 3 C flour, 1 1/2 C salt, 6 t. Cream of Tartar, 3 C water, 3 T. Oil, and drops of food coloring. Cook over moderate heat until it pulls away from sides of pan. Knead. You may wish to add a few drops of peppermint oil or some ground cloves for scented play-doh. Store in an air tight container.

  • Step 7

    PEPPERMINT SCENTED PLAY DOH RECIPE #2: Mix together with whisk in heavy saucepan: 1 C flour, 1/2 C salt, and 2 t. Cream of Tarter. Add 1 C water and 1 T. Oil, food coloring drops, and Peppermint Oil. Stir with wooden spoon. Cook for 3 minutes or more until the mixture thickens and pulls away from sides of the pan. Pour onto clean countertop. Knead immediately until smooth. Store in airtight container.

  • Step 8

    SCHOOL PASTE RECIPE #1: In a saucepan, combine 1/2 C flour, 1/2 t. powdered alum, 1/2 C sugar, and 2 C water. Cook on low heat, stirring constantly until thick. Remove from heat. Add 15 drops of Oil of Cloves. Makes 1 pint. Will keep in air tight container for months.

  • Step 9

    SCENTED SCHOOL PASTE: Combine 1 C sugar, 1 C flour, and 1 quart cold water into a double boiler. Cook until thickened, stirring often. Add 1 T. alum and 1/2 t. Oil of Cloves. Seal into small jars. Will set to stiffer consistency. Lasts indefinitely if kept sealed. Makes 5 Cups.

  • Step 10

    MAGIC GARDEN: In a bowl, mix together 6 T. liquid blueing, 6 T. water, 6 T. salt, and 6 T. ammonia. Pour over small chunks of soft coal in a deep glass dish or fish bowl. Add food coloring by drops and watch it grow!!!

  • Step 11

    FINGER PAINT RECIPE #1: In a small bowl, dissolve 1 envelope unflavored gelatin and 1/4 C cold water. Set aside. In a cool saucepan, mix 1/2 C. cornstarch and 3/4 C cold water with whisk. Stir to a smooth paste. Pour 2 C boiling water slowly into cornstarch paste, stirring constantly . Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture boils and is clear. REmove from heat. Stir in dissolved gelatin. Let cool. Divide into separate jars. Stir in drops of food coloring to make colors. Paint is trasparent and has a strong, durable high-gloss finish. Use on dry paper. Dries quickly. Protect clothing—wear aprons. Keeps in frig a few days.

  • Step 12

    FINGER PAINT RECIPE #2: Mix together in a mixing bowl, 1 C water, 1 C salt, 1 C flour, and Tempera Paint or Food Coloring to color. Let set for 24 hours. Pour into squeeze bottles and squirt to paint on paper.

  • Step 13

    “FINGER PAINT” FOR BABY: Baby doesn’t want to be left out of the fun, so mix together some of baby’s rice cereal and water. If you want some color, add a little baby food sweet potatoes to it. Pour it onto their high chair tray for fun…and it is ok to eat!!

  • Step 14

    GIANT BLOWING BUBBLES: Mix together 1 C liquid Joy dishwashing detergent (it’s the best), 4 oz. glycerin, 1/2 gallon water, and 1 T. sugar till combined and sugar is dissolved. Pour into a wash basin. Use twisted wire made into a large circle and dip and blow. Have fun!

  • Step 15

    CINNAMON APPLESAUCE ORNAMENT DOUGH: In a mixing bowl, stir together 1/2 C applesauce, 1/2 C ground Cinnamon. Mixture will be stiff. Roll between waxed paper to 1/4 inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters. Place on cookie sheet. Bake at 250 degrees for 2 – 4 hours, turning every 1/2 hour with metal spatula. While still hot, use ice pick to put a hole in the top for hanging. When cool, put ribbon through hole. hang on doornobs or cabinet knobs or Christmas tree. These smell nice any time of winter, not just at Christmas.

  • Step 16

    GAK OR SLIME: Put 1 C white Elmer’s Glue (no knock off brands) and some food coloring in a plastic container. Add 1 C liquid Starch a little at a time, stirring constantly. Keep stirring until mixture holds together like putty. Test with fingers, if too sticky, add more starch in small amounts until mass is smooth and rubbery like Gak.

  • Step 17

    THE KITCHEN SCIENCE LAB “VOLCANO” AND CLEANER IN ONE: Get a basin and put a small jar inside it. You could use a bottle too, but sometimes they are too big. Put some baking soda in the bottom. Put a construction paper cone (leave opening at top) over the glass for a “volcano.” Pour in some vinegar through a funnel—it’ll foam right up and out of the dish. Show the kids it isn’t just fun to watch, but it is also a great non-expensive cleaner! It is safe to touch. Food coloring can be added to the vinegar too.

  • Step 18

    Be sure to check out my other article in Bukisa for kids to have fun with freaky halloween cuisine and do it anytime of year! Have fun!

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