Saturday, March 15, 2014

Recipes for Frugal Homemade Fun

Photo by Mark Evans.
I've collected together a list of great do-it-yourself recipes for art and activity supplies, which I plan to use to keep the kids entertained this summer.  The activities enabled by these recipes aren't quite free due to the cost of materials, of course, but almost. Thanks to the sharing of knowledge that is the internet, we can now easily make lots of fun things for kids to do for a mere fraction of what it used to cost to buy the stuff.

Not only that, but making the homemade craft supplies can be a fun activity all of its own. I can see making up different batches of craft supplies engaging my two older kids before they run out to try whatever recipe we've whipped up. Back in to make some more, and before we know it, we've spent a happy day full of science and sunshine.

On my Do-It-Yourself list this summer, I have:

7 Awesome Homemade Bubble Recipes - I can't wait to try these, especially the colored bubbles recipes like this one called Beautiful Bubbles:
1/3 cup dishwashing liquid
1 1/4 cups water 2 teaspoons sugar
1 drop food coloring

12 Homemade Playdough Recipes - including this peanut butter playdough that's made to be eaten:
2 cups peanut butter
6 tablespoons honey
Nonfat dry milk or milk plus flour
Cocoa or carob for chocolate flavor (optional)
Edible treats for decoration

6 Homemade Modeling Clay Recipes - using items we already have in our kitchens, like this one:
2-1/2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 cup water food coloring (optional)

And 5 More Homemade Clay Recipes:  My kids never have enough modeling clay. With this variety of recipes, we have lots of options for different projects, and we're sure to have ingredients on-hand, making it no problem to keep them busy.

Easie Peasie Homemade Finger Paint - which is nothing but cornstarch, water, sugar, and a little bit of salt. I love that it's child-safe if they put it in their mouth, as my four-year-old does, occasionally, still do.

Martha Stewart's Homemade Sidewalk Chalk: - either basic sticks of chalk or inspired ideas like using shaped silicon molds for fancy shaped chalk.

Two Recipes for Homemade Silly Putty - because what kid doesn't love silly putty, really?

9 Homemade Paint Recipes: - This wonderful variety of recipes includes an easy one for face paint I know my kids will love:
Small jars or plastic containers
1 teaspoon cornstarch per container
1/2 teaspoon cold cream per container
1/2 teaspoon water per container
Food coloring

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