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The best way to color rice: a comparison of two methods. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.

The best way to color rice: a comparison of two methods

We all know that I love rainbows (you can find all of our beautiful rainbow activities here) of course I can't resist rainbow rice! Traditionally rainbow rice is made using food coloring and vinegar, but S and I wanted to know what it would look like using our Discount School Supply tropical colored Colorations Liquid Watercolors (What are Liquid Watercolors?) So we gave it a try.

If you have an infant or toddler who is prone to sampling, I'd stick with the plain rice for rice play myself. Once they are not so tempted (or if you are willing to watch them vigilantly as we had to do with X - that rainbow rice looks tasty!) To make colored rice of either variety, we start with a Ziploc bag (we use the freezer kind because we tend to make large quantities at once) full of whatever amount of rice we're looking to color.

If using Colorations Liquid Watercolors add directly the amount of color you want. Ooh! Squishy Circuits - Making Insulating Dough. Metric measurements can be found here 1 1/2 cup Flour 1/2 cup Sugar 3 Tbsp.

Squishy Circuits - Making Insulating Dough

Vegetable Oil 1/2 cup Deionized (or Distilled) Water (Regular tap water can be used, but the resistance of the dough will be lower.) SOAP BUBBLE Recipes. Here are a few recipes for soap-bubble solutions that we personally tested and compared to the store-bought kind.


There was almost no difference. The bubbles were best when we blew them with a drinking straw. The basic ingredients are: dishwashing liquid (the simplest, plainest kind you can get), glycerin (sold at drugstores for less than a dollar), and water. Mix all the elements together and put them in a covered container so they would last longer.

Recipe 1: 1/4 cups dishwashing liquid , 3/4 cups water, 5 drops glycerine. DIY clay heart bunting. I’m joining in with the 20 Days of a kid-Made Christmas fiesta today and sharing an idea for some DIY clay heart decorations, which are so pretty for hanging on the Christmas tree or as some festive bunting.

DIY clay heart bunting

Here’s the DIY clay recipe and how to make the heart decorations. DIY clay heart bunting We’re making our heart decorations from a DIY glue dough recipe, which will air dry, rather than needing baking. To make the air-drying clay/dough you will need one part PVA glue and two parts cornflour {UK name} / cornstarch {US name}. We used a one cup measure of glue and two cups cornflour. Then all you need to do is mix the two together ~ easy as that! Galaxy Playdough. 5 Basic Polymer Clay Charms for Beginners. Playdough Recipes. DIY Art Materials: 3 Easy Homemade Paints for Kids. Teaser Video Lately I’m all about one thing when is comes to our kid’s craft activities: EASY.

DIY Art Materials: 3 Easy Homemade Paints for Kids

With a newborn and two older kids I just don’t have time to do anything that takes much prep work, so I’m always on the look-out for kid’s activities that I can quickly throw together…enter these three homemade paint recipes: Pudding Paint, Syrup Paint, and Cornstarch + Vinegar Paint. All are super simple DIY art materials for kids that can be whipped up in a short amount of time.

Full Video Tutorial: Homemade Bouncy Balls That Glow. How to Make Glowing RAINBOW Bouncy Balls A Play Recipe from Growing a Jeweled Rose {For all the best kids activities follow Growing a Jeweled Rose on Pinterest and Facebook} Making glowing RAINBOW Bounce Balls is a simple activity, and my girls had a lot of fun testing them out on varying surfaces.

Homemade Bouncy Balls That Glow

How to Make Bouncy Balls - The Stem Laboratory. Looking for a fun and simple science activity that’s sure to entertain the kids?!

How to Make Bouncy Balls - The Stem Laboratory

In this quick, five minute experiment, little chemists mix up their own homemade bouncy balls. The science activity is a hands-down favorite for kids. 3 ingredient Dinosaur Dough. HOW TO MAKE RAINBOW CRYSTALS. These beautiful rainbow crystals require just two ingredients to make and result in beautiful colors.


The kids made them in just about 5 minutes. How to Make Oobleck. 19 Kitchen Science Experiments You Can Eat. Play Recipe: Giant Reusable Bubbles. Last updated Friday, May 23, 2014 Sometimes an activity has no other purpose than to be awesome.

Play Recipe: Giant Reusable Bubbles

This one definitely falls into that category- it was an accidental discovery that was so much fun that our whole family spent an entire afternoon getting gooey together- no screens in sight. So if your family is in need of some together time, whip up a batch of these reusable bubbles- I guarantee there will be lots of “oohs” and “aahs” and plenty of giggles, too! *This post contains Amazon affiliate links. Play Recipes- Homemade Bounce Balls. Rainbow Foam Dough. Like many sensory materials, this one has several names.

Rainbow Foam Dough

I've seen it all over, but from what I can tell it started with a mention by the Ooey Gooey Lady on Facebook and has been done by several bloggers at this point. I always see this pin from Mom Trusted float by me on Pinterest - and now that I've played with the sensory material, I do think Foam Dough is the best name for it.

This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Edible Slime or Gak (Chemical and Borax Free!) One of the things I love to do with this blog is to use my science background (I have an M. Ed in science education and used to be a middle and high school science teacher) to create new play recipes that are safe - and if possible, that are edible (I love the idea of creating sensory play that is great for all ages so that babies and toddlers can join their siblings in play without having to miss out on the fun). So far I've developed a Safe/Edible Glow Water, and Edible Mini Water Beads (with no choking hazard!) , and an Edible Pretend (Melting!)

Ice Cream Dough. Polka Dot Slime. I've been wanting to make a Polka Dot Slime for awhile, but every "polka dot" I tried fell out of the slime. Argh! I kept brainstorming, and finally I nailed it! Oh goodness is this a fun slime!!!! Valentine Ideas: Homemade Play Dough Valentine for Kids. How to Make Slime: Neon Style! You need to learn how to make slime. Like now! It’s so easy and I promise your kids will be enthralled with this one for a long time; it’s pretty darn hard to resist!

In fact I might go so far as to declare that slime is the new playdough…… Slime is a well-traversed subject in the blogoshpere, there are so many amazing slime ideas it’s hard to see where this kid blogger might add something new…so we went back to basics instead. Creative Playhouse: Homemade Modelling Clay. After the success I had with our Bubble Dough and One Minute Playdough Ive been experimenting with other ingredients and Im so very excited about this outcome! I mixed half a cup of PVA glue (white glue) with 1 cup of cornstarch / cornflour, and got this wonderful modelling clay.

Its soft, light and malleable, not sticky at all. Its easy to shape and mould and is just like store bought modelling clay It is obviously white, which is great if you want to paint it after its dried, or you could add food colouring to the glue if you want it coloured to model with. Homemade Playdough Recipe. I distinctly remember the homemade playdough of my childhood—it was gritty and crumbly, it dried out way too fast, and it was super salty (yes, I occasionally sampled the goods—don’t judge).

Basically, it was garbage. But today I’m here to proclaim that the DIY gods have smiled down upon our generation of moms and blessed us with a new homemade playdough recipe that is not only crazy easy to make, but it’s also like silk to the touch and honey to the taste. Okay, that last part is a lie—I haven’t eaten it (for reals this time), but it is entirely non-toxic just in case your little ones do. Homemade Playdough 1 cup flour 1 cup water 1/4 cup salt 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 2 teaspoons cream of tarter (found in the spice aisle) food coloring (I like to use gel coloring for really vibrant hues) You’ll also need measuring cups and spoons, mixing bowls, a wooden spoon and a sauce pan.

Begin by combining all of the ingredients except the food coloring into a bowl—no specific order necessary. How to Make Playdough - Easy Cooked Version. Playdough Activities Guide. I’m really excited to be kicking off a new series on Babble Dabble Do and You Tube this year called Creative Basics: Classic art and science projects and basic play recipes that every parent, educator and caregiver should have in their toolkit. Rainbow Baking Soda Dough. Growing A Jeweled Rose. 10 Natural Play Dough Recipes. Textured Aromatherapy Play Dough. We made some gorgeous scented aromatherapy play dough using three different essential oils and a variety of textures to create a real feast for the senses!

Sand Foam Messy Sensory Play Recipe. Homemade Paint Recipe {Puffy Sand Paint} We have had lots of fun exploring with sand this Summer. Top 10 Valentine Play Dough Recipes. Pins from on Pinterest. Sparkle Power!: Homemade Bubbles. 2-Ingredient Silky-Smooth Play Dough. We’ve had 3 snow days this year.

The first two were fantastic. Best Ever No-Cook Play Dough Recipe! How to make easy peasy gummy candy!!! Almost Unschoolers: Summer Fun Day 13 - Gummy Creations - Painting With Gummy. This is one of those projects that sounds easy in the planning stage - just divide out a batch of homemade gummy solution (I like the "easy peasy" recipe from Not So Idle Hands) into squeeze bottles, so that instead of pouring it into molds, the children can squeeze it out into all kinds of creations - simple right?

In fact, it is just that simple, except that as it turns out, the steps are a little more time consuming and labor intensive, than they sound. Crayon Box Chronicles. How To Make: DIY Playdoh. How to Make Magnetic Slime. Did you know that it’s possible to make slime magnetic? I didn’t either until recently when I found a post on Pinterest from Instructables about making magnetic silly putty.

Glowing Homemade Bath Paint! Rosie and Jewel love painting at bath time, and mommy loves it too! All the mess is contained and washes right down the drain once play time is over. We have made many different varieties of paint for bath time, but this glowing bath paint is still the favorite. All Natural Glowing Playdough. How to Make a Lasting Sand Castle from DIY Sand Dough - Make Life Lovely. DIY Stained Clothespins. DIY Stained Popsicle Sticks with Food Coloring. Magical Hatching Dinosaur Eggs. Playing with Moon Sand. Microwave Puffy Paint. How to Make Clean Mud Recipe (Taste Safe) How to Make Mod Podge. Snowflake mobile with homemade white clay recipe. Full of Great Ideas: Christmas in September - Corn starch and Baking Soda Ornaments. 3 Ingredient Homemade Finger Paint.

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