Blog Me Mom http://www.blogmemom.com Fun and easy kids Activities Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:40:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Art activities for kids : Homemade stickers for story telling http://www.blogmemom.com/art-activities-for-kids-homemade-stickers-for-story-telling/ http://www.blogmemom.com/art-activities-for-kids-homemade-stickers-for-story-telling/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:40:56 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13204 Homemade stickers through this simple art activity to promote artful story telling

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Art activities for kids : Homemade stickers for story telling

Homemade stickers through this simple art activity to promote artful story telling

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We have been on  a big art activities for kids kick in the last few days. Why not right? Kids art is a big part of our lives and this blog! I personally see the children break into big smiles while creating something, especially with our homemade art supplies. Today we share a simple method to make homemade stickers that aid in pretend play, art activities and more importantly in great story telling sessions.

Materials { affiliate links to the products used provided below for your reference}

Invitation to create

I suggest you use just heavy paper like card stock since you will be brushing it with liquid. My children wanted to draw on colored paper as well. But to make stickers that don’t tear off just bring out just the card stock paper.

After the supplies are set up, the kids are free to create their own art on tiny papers. Those cut up paper squares were suddently very unique and the kids eagerly painted.

 art project for kids where they make DIY stickers

They used both the fabulous Paint Brush Pens and Liquid Watercolor Paints to make their creations.

handdrawn pictures ready to be turned into homemade stickers

Don’t you agree that art activities for kids is such a fantastic way to inculcate wonderful skills in children? I mean this art project has everything – fine motor skills development, pretend play skills development, story-telling skills development.

art activities for kids using homemade gelatin stickers

How to turn the kids art into Homemade Stickers

To turn the kids art into stickers, you will need some unflavored gelatin or regular flavored Jell-O. I used flavored Jello. Dissolve about a tablespoon of Jello ( I used watermelon and pineapple from our tropical fruits rice and summer play dough). For 1 tbsp of Jello powder I used about 1/5 TBSP of hot water. Once the Jello dissolves in hot water, set out your colorful Jello water and the kids art out for the children to create their own stickers in this wonderful art activity.

The kids just loaded up their paint brushes with Jello water making sure they scoop up lots of the Jello mixture in it. Then they brushed all the pictures with the mixture on the backside. We set the pictures to dry backside up for about 1 hour so. Once completely dry kids can simply lick and stick. Mine did that and some were gently dampened with water using a sponge and then stuck.

creating homemade stickers by painting

Use  heavy paper to create their stories and scenes since regular white paper will not take water very well.

art activity with gelatin stickers

Here are the completed art from both of them. One of my 6 year old’s story is where she is living alone by herself and visiting daddy and mommy when they are old. What!!!?

completed art activity with arty stickers

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Story writing with stickers Homemade Lick and Stick stickers

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Art activities for kids : Easy Negative Space Art

Simple art activities for kids using liquid watercolors and household objects.

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Art activities for kids using the resist art technique are so popular for a good reason! They are simple, easy to set-up and the results are gorgeous no matter what. We have done our share of tape resist art and crayon resist art but today’s post is about something even more fun since it involves spray cans!

Materials { affiliate product links to similar products below for your reference}

materials for art activities for kids with stencils

I first covered my table with white vinyl table cloth purchased from the dollar store and then laid down some heavy paper card stock heavy construction paper watercolor paper will work)

My 3.5 year old hunted around the house and brought me a few objects (toy parts, letters, cups etc) We set them up n the heavy paper and got ready for the art project.

In the meantime I added about 2 tablespoons of our favorite liquid watercolors ( link above) and filled up the spray bottle with water. Based on the intensity of the color you desire add water to the liquid watercolors.

spraying with liquid watercolors

Then it was just spraying time. My child sprayed the colors to her heart’s content while working her finger muscles.

art projects with spray painting

It was a beautiful sight.

negative space kids art

Well we got carried away with this art activity and pretty much drenched our paper.

spray art and stencils art for kids

If you hold the spray bottle at a distance and spray gently you can achieve this. We were totally ok drenching and spraying away though.

kids art with negative space

Removing the objects was the best part!

spray stencils art for kids

Such an easy art activity for kids all ages.

art activities for kids with spray paint

What to do with the rest of the paint? Spray on left over packaging material  of course.

spraying on styrofoam

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easy negative space art for kids

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Ah! Feels so refreshing to sit down with the kiddos to engage in some fun open ended art activities.

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Art activities for kids : Sand paper art

Use sandpaper as a canvas and introduce these fun art activities for kids using 3 very simple methods

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Ah! Feels so refreshing to sit down with the kiddos to engage in some fun open ended art activities. We have previously explored sandpaper in our crayon transfer art. But today’s art project was completely kid-centric. Using super fine sandpaper as our canvas we paired 3 materials to create art.

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Method # 1: Art activities using sandpaper and liquid chalk.

Equal parts cornstarch and water along with a few drops of food color or liquid water colors will give you liquid chalk.

sandpaper and liquid chalk art

The sandpaper turned out to be a wonderful background for experimenting with liquid chalk.

art activities for kids with liquid chalk

It was all about exploring and experimenting with colors on sand paper.

kids art with sandpaper

I think the result was stunning. If the liquid chalk is pretty watery, the chalk doesn’t flake off after drying. In fact it gives the art a wonderful dimension and creates beautiful texture. I can see how these materials will be great to create a topography map. ( with cornstarch you ask? sure why not?)

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Method # 2 : Art activities with sandpaper and regular chalk

This one is fairly straight forward , yet the most fun. Use superfine sand paper and regular chalks to create stunning art. It was so therapeutic for the adult and lots of fun for the kid to rub chalk all over the sandpaper.

drawing with chalk on sand paper for kids

Pretending to be the wolf and blowing away the chalk dust during the art session was even more exciting.

chalk and sandpaper art

I can visualize gorgeous geometric patterns with this chalk and sandpaper combo.

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Method # 3 : Art activities with sand paper and crayons

The popular crayon resist technique is experimented on sand paper. Draw a design with a white crayon on superfine sand paper. Have the child wash over the crayon with some liquid water colors. We are big fans of liquid watercolors here — the vibrant color will make you pull up a chair next to your kid and PAINT.

art activity with sand paper

Watercolor over sandpaper is a beautiful sight. Once the sandpaper dries, it tends to buckle a bit. So just dry the art out with weight on the 4 corners.

crayon resist art project on sand paper

All the art we created on the sand paper. Our favorite? hands down drawing with regular chalk on sandpaper.

sandpaper with chalk and crayons art

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More art activities for kids on on our category page

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3 ways to make beautiful art with sand paper from Blog Me Mom

Check out our resourceful e-book filled with many preschool play ideas.

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We have also collaborated on another e-book with simple and practical baby play ideas.

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Kids Sensory Activities : Slime Play Food

Children can play with pretend food made with homemade slime.

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Have you ever made slime? The stretchy string of goodness! My children have always enjoyed playing with slime and adore cutting slime. Today’s sensory activity gives them an opportunity to satisfy their need for “cutting slime” while creating play food.

We started off with making a slightly harder slime, more putty-like and less slimy. I did not have the exact colors for making pretend pizza but I tried. My red (for tomatoes) was more pinkish than red.

slime colors

I placed the different colored slime in paper plates and gave them knives and forks ( please use them at your own discretion) They tried making pieces.

colored slime for sensory play

But ended up simply pulling the pieces out and creating their pizza on the brown and white slime. The squishing, pulling, tugging and cutting part of this sensory activity turned out to be the best part.

pulling slime

The red, green and yellow ended up being toppings for their pizza.

kids sensory activities red slime

They loved cutting the slime out to create their play food.

sensory activities for kids with slime

Honestly this looks more Mexican than Italian. I can see refried beans with cheese..

slime play food

They had to set up shop with all this yummy slime play food.

fun with slime

Dinner is served!

slime fun

at their pretend restaurant.

table set up for slime play

How to make play food slime.

  1. 1/2 cup liquid starch
  2. 1/2 cup white glue
  3. Food colors

Add 1/2 cup white glue in a bowl and add 1/4 cup of liquid starch and start mixing. Once you get a stretchy substance, keep kneading and add the rest of the liquid starch. Your slime will not be very stretch but more putty-like. This is better for pinching and cutting. To make the slime colored, add your preffered food color to the white blue before adding in the liquid starch.

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Play food with slime

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Crystal Playdough Recipe http://www.blogmemom.com/crystal-playdough-recipe13136/ http://www.blogmemom.com/crystal-playdough-recipe13136/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:55:29 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13136 We are very excited to share this simple playdough recipe and playdough play idea with you all simply because of the gorgeousness of it all! Well, we are lovers of all things shiny and sparkly. My kids love to collect shiny and sparkly objects { sometimes broken bits of glass, NOT sea glass, just bits of glass bottle.…

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Crystal Playdough Recipe

We are very excited to share this simple playdough recipe and playdough play idea with you all simply because of the gorgeousness of it all! Well, we are lovers of all things shiny and sparkly. My kids love to collect shiny and sparkly objects { sometimes broken bits of glass, NOT sea glass, just bits of glass bottle. *sigh* }- yep, their animagus (birdus?) would probably be a crow { Harry Potter reference for the uninitiated!}
make glittery playdough for kids

More importantly I’d love to introduce these gorgeous, sparkly, shiny things that would sing to any crow’s heart. These guys come straight from my pantry.

materials needed for play dough recipe

Follow the simple play dough recipe at the end of the post and add a generous dose of glitter. Yeah, well suck it up and throw a giant dose in haha..{ If you are too nervous remember that playdough picks up glitter really well!}

Invite the kid to play with the “crystals” and playdough.

crystals on playdough

Watch them create gorgeous playdough models.

crystals playdough

Some kids would prefer to throw the crystals on the surface and run the playdough over it. Some would take the time to create with the crystals.

picking up the crystals with playdough

Eitherway this playdough activity will never fail to entertain you.

pink crystals playdough

Make shiny gem treasures for just sensory play or use them in pretend play { think dragons, pirates and castles}

playdough recipe with edible crystals for play

Stack them up and enjoy their beauty!

playdough with crystals

Add toys to enhance the play experience.

crystals and playdough

The bunny looks so comfy on her sparkly crystal throne.

recipe for playdough with crystals

Playdough Recipe

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 tbsp cream of tartar
  • 1.5 tbsp salt
  • 1-1.5 tbsp oil
  • 3 drops of Gel Food Color
  • 1/4 tsp of glycerin
  • large dose of Glitter

 

Add the flour, salt and cream of tartar and mix well. Add the oil, food coloring and boiling water and start mixing with a form. After the water cools down add glycerin and knead the dough with your hands. Once you get the desired color, add in a generous dose of glitter for shine.

Crystals Recipe { click below for the recipe}

Sparkly crystals you can make with this simple kitchen ingredient from Two daloo.

We have enjoyed

  1. Mango Pladyough
  2. Tropical Fruits Playdough
  3. Chilled Playdough
  4. Cardomom Playdough
  5. Rose Playdough

 

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Sparkly Crystal Playdough Recipe

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9 Ways to Save on Toys http://www.blogmemom.com/save-toys/ http://www.blogmemom.com/save-toys/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:35:32 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13098 This post is brought to you by American Express.

As parents, we are aware of the challenges and tremendous rewards that our children bring into our lives. Above all else, we want to provide our kids with the very best, even when that means cutting back on some of the other luxuries in life. We also recognize the importance of play and how children learn through play-activities.…

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 Smart Ways to Save on Toys 

This post is brought to you by American Express.

As parents, we are aware of the challenges and tremendous rewards that our children bring into our lives. Above all else, we want to provide our kids with the very best, even when that means cutting back on some of the other luxuries in life. We also recognize the importance of play and how children learn through play-activities. However, toys can be expensive! The following nine suggestions provide some smart ways to save on toys for the kids.

Use Coupons, Promos and Credit Card Points:

Coupons and promos offer great ways to save money on more expensive items. When you use your credit card for payback points it’s possible to save a bundle. You can also take advantage of discounts and rewards offered by your credit card company.Watch for specials, shop the sales, use coupons, promos, and whenever possible take advantage of great payback rewards!

Activities at home that don’t need store bought toys:

Use your imagination and help your children use theirs! Set an example by thinking outside the box… or by using one like box painting. A discarded large-appliance box can provide hours of fun simply by turning it into a rainforest.. The same box can also be turned into an art studio. Help your child draw pictures on the sides, cut out a door and windows and you have a ready-made playhouse, store, or clubhouse for your kids! Drape a blanket over a table, throw in some pillows, and sit back while your kids play.

box craft

Craft sessions can be turned into toy making session:

Make your own toys out of fabric remnants, plastic spools, paper-rolls, and boxes. Most children love puppets. A mismatched sock and a few buttons can be turned into any character or animal. How about using paper rolls to make castles and airplanes for them? Coffee cans into an ice cream play set? Turning a craft activity session with your child which in itself is enjoyable into a toy making session makes it enjoyable for the kids. Check out the all our craft ideas here. You can find tons of upcycled “toys” here.

Castle from TP rolls

Buy Used Toys:

Used toys can be purchased online and in second-hand stores for a fraction of the cost. Often these cast-offs are in excellent condition, just make sure to wash and sanitize them before placing them in your child’s hands. Amazon, eBay, and used-book stores are great places to find deals on children’s books and goods.

save on toys

 

 Exchange Toys with Friends:

Set up a toy-swap with your friends, either in one of your homes or in a local park. Many times children grow tired of their own toys and welcome a change. Additionally, children tend to outgrow games and activities long before they wear out, Take advantage of items that are still in good condition by exchanging them with friends. This is a wonderful way to get together with other adults and your kids will benefit from this practical way to socialize! (Note: If it’s difficult to get out, host an online toy-exchange on an online social-networking group.)

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 Toy Rotation:

Even though our children may grow tired of their own toys, they often have more than they need. Take half of their toys, games, and books and pack them away. Then every half year or so, exchange the stored items with the others. This saves on space, prevents wear and tear, and helps preserve the novelty of special toys. Here is a wonderful post on toy rotation.

Sell Toys Online:

Sell outgrown toys online, at a yard or garage sale, or on a local website. This is a wonderful way to clear out toys, games, DVDs, videos, and books. Any profit can then be used to purchase new items for your children that are suitable for their current needs.

 Go Green with Toys:

Why not go-green with your children’s toys? Not only are organic products safer, and eco-friendly, they generally tend to last longer and preserve the planet for future generations! Talking about “going green” why not make nature your big playroom? Use nature bits as your “toys” Go old-school and play with sticks, stones, leaves? Getting the kids outdoors gets them moving and pushes them to think creatively. Here are some ideas for natural playscapes.

 Get Your Child in the Habit of Needing Less:

While toys help children learn about the world, form interactive social skills, and develop cognitively, there is no substitute for human interactions. One of the smartest ways to save money on toys is by teaching him or her that less can be more. Teach by example, donate outgrown items to other children and help your child create toys from household items. You are your child’s most important teacher! Make household tasks enjoyable, turn on some music, wash dishes together, teach your child a craft, and enjoy the thrill of simple pleasures such as picnicking in the back yard, reading, and blowing bubbles!

 Additional reading:

More ideas for making toys can be found at Babble Dabble Do 

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 9 ways to save on toys

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Homemade Puffy Paint with Sparkle Sand http://www.blogmemom.com/homemade-puffy-paint-with-sparkle-sand/ http://www.blogmemom.com/homemade-puffy-paint-with-sparkle-sand/#comments Sat, 12 Jul 2014 23:28:08 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13077 Make gritty puffy paint with a wonderful sandy texture for your next kids art project. Perfect art activity for the summer!

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Homemade Puffy Paint with Sparkle Sand

Make gritty puffy paint with a wonderful sandy texture for your next kids art project. Perfect art activity for the summer!

This post may contain affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links I’ll receive a small compensation. Thanks for supporting the blog!

We are at it again with a nice summery art activity with a sandy texture. After playing with scented edible “sand” and scented edible “sand dough” we continued with the sand theme, except this time we used the real stuff. The resulting homemade puffy paint turned out super fantastic. We have tried the basic puffy paint recipe many times over with great success. Our favorite was the fall tree puffy paint art and our Halloween puffy paint art project. We have also loved the simpler shaving cream puffy paint.

This time however we added lots of sparkles.

homemade paint with sand for summer

The gritty sparkle sand paint was absolutely gorgeous.

mixing homemade paints for kids

Fairly easy to make a batch too.

mixing homemade paints for kids

You will see below that this step was totally unnecessary. Although my child loved digging through the paint and helped it push through the funnel faster. Faster into the squeeze bottles.

gritty sandy puffy paint for summer

Can you “see” the wonderful texture of this sparkle sandy paint? If you happen to do this art project during a sunny afternoon, you will be in for a treat. The sand and the glitter will shine like diamonds.

homemade paint with a wonderful sandy texture

Since the puffy paint had a lot more texture, it wouldn’t flow the bottles. So I would not put these homemade puffy paint into bottles.

painting with sandy puffy paint

Instead just spread the paint using a spoon on cardboard and use a cotton bud to spread it further.

homemade sandy puffy paint recipe

The microwaved puffy paint art just looks stunning! Sparkly, sandy and puffy! Doesn’t it like look like our 1 minute salt painting?

sparkle sandy puffy paint

The puffed art is amazing to touch. It’s squishy, gritty and warm to touch. It’s always great to make your own homemade paints and art recipes.

sensory touch- puffy paint

 puffy paint art for kids

Now for the homemade puffy paint recipe with sparkle sand

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup white flour
  •  2 tsp baking soda
  • little less than 1/2 cup Play Sand
  •  Liquid Watercolors
  • or Food color

Method

Add 1/2 cup of white flour to a large bowl. Mix in enough water to make a thick batter while removing all the lumps using a whisk. Add enough liquid watercolors or food coloring to get a vibrant color. Now add little less than 1/2 cup of sand and start mixing again. The batter now gets much grittier. To make the puffy paint shinier, add a big dose of fine glitter.

With a big batch of sparkle sandy puffy paint, invite your child to paint, smear, smudge, pour, spread on a sheet of cardboard. Once the art is deemed done, place the cardboard in the microwave for 30 seconds to 45 seconds based on the thickness.

Display the art for a couple of days. I usually save the pieces until the flour in the art starts turning moldy or starts flaking off.

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Sparkle  Sand Puffy Paint Recipe from Blog Me MOm

Also try “Glowing puffy paint”

Check out our resourceful e-book filled with many preschool play ideas.

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Art Activities for Kids: Archery Painting http://www.blogmemom.com/art-activities-for-kids-archery-painting/ http://www.blogmemom.com/art-activities-for-kids-archery-painting/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:07:24 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13052 Enjoy summer with this fun outdoor art activity for kids with this archery painting.

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Active art is such a fantastic way to have the kids engage in art projects. To take advantage of this gorgeous warm weather, we tried this fun and different way to paint and print–Merida style.…

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Art Activities for Kids: Archery Painting

Enjoy summer with this fun outdoor art activity for kids with this archery painting.

This post is in partnership with Tesco.

Active art is such a fantastic way to have the kids engage in art projects. To take advantage of this gorgeous warm weather, we tried this fun and different way to paint and print–Merida style.

art projects for kids with arrows and bow

We recently purchased Merida Archery Bow and Arrow and the children have been having fun enjoying pretend play. To make the already fun toy more fun we painted with the bows and arrows.

Setup:

I set out paper plates with regular paint.Any kids paint will do! The children pressed the arrows (with rubber ends) on the different colored paint.

painting with arrows

I taped a large sheet of white paper to the backyard wall and my 5 year old pulled a Merida and painted with the archery set.

art with kids using archery

My 3 year old enjoyed printing with the arrows.

 kids art activities

This art project were a great collaborative activity for the sisters and they had loads of fun giggling while printing with the arrows and even painting with the plates with arrows stuck at the end.

art projects for summer

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art for kids - outdoor archery painting

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Additional outdoor art activities:

Water shooter painting from Fantastic Fun and Learning

Squirt Painting from Mess for Less

 

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Sensory Activities For Kids : Edible Sand Dough Recipe http://www.blogmemom.com/sensory-activities-kids-edible-sand-dough-recipe/ http://www.blogmemom.com/sensory-activities-kids-edible-sand-dough-recipe/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 08:05:58 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13045 Make this gritty sand dough for summer using edible ingredients.

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Well, what do you know! The 4th just passed and we are into full blown summer. { All our summer activities for kids here} Continuing with our earlier sand theme, where we made edible sand we improvised and created a wonderfully gritty “edible” sand dough with a gorgeous texture for little hands.…

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Sensory Activities For Kids : Edible Sand Dough Recipe

Make this gritty sand dough for summer using edible ingredients.

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Well, what do you know! The 4th just passed and we are into full blown summer. { All our summer activities for kids here} Continuing with our earlier sand theme, where we made edible sand we improvised and created a wonderfully gritty “edible” sand dough with a gorgeous texture for little hands. Bonus– it is scented and made from your kitchen ingredients.

You see the gorgeous rainbow edible sand? Don’t forget to check out the sand recipe in our earlier post and stop by all our play recipes.

sand dough with edible ingredients

The texture of this dough is gritty and is a welcome change from the usual smooth and soft play dough.  We do love our usual play dough and we have even made a chilled version { chilled playdough recipe} But we really wanted to experiment with creating a sandy, gritty dough to welcome summer!

orange sand dough

By varying the water quantity you can get 2 different textures. The one below has slightly more water which results in less gritty sand dough. The one on top has a grittier texture.

Pink sand dough

Making sand dough “cakes” was a wonderful sensory activity for the kids since they talked about the dough and taking big whiffs of the scent. The watermelon scent (using our trusted Watermelon Kool-Aid} was their favorite.

play recipe for sand dough

I loved that the kids enjoyed mixing the edible play sand and the sand dough. They used the sand as sprinkles.

colorful sand dough

The colors were ofcourse mixed to create rainbow cakes.

multi colored sand dough kids playing with sand  dough

The tiny plastic cups (island theme) were used to cut out simple circles. The children then stacked them up to make multiple cakes and structures.

sand dough for kids

To make similar sized balls of sand dough, use the following measurements.

Edible Sand Dough Recipe

  • 2 TBSP white flour
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1 TBSP salt
  • 1TBSP oil
  • 1 TBSP cream of tartar

Water:  I added 1/4 cup of boiling water to some colors and less than 1/4 cup of boiling water to other colors. The kids loved both but the lesser water makes the dough grittier.

Kool-Aid: Again the entire envelope ( 2 tsp) for an intense color and half the envelope for a more subtle color and scent.

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Edible Sand Recipe for summer

Easy homemade play sand made using pantry ingredients. Ah! summer is here and the children love playing in the sand. Couple of years ago they had a ball making an island in our sandbox ( time to do that again!) They also loved making beach creatures. This season, we want to kick off summer fun with this simple “edible sand” recipe using basic pantry ingredients. play recipe for sand You can keep this scented play sand as loose dry sand which is great for scooping and pouring or with a bit of extra water you can keep them moldable as real damp beach sand. edible scented sand The scent and the colors turn out gorgeous. scented sand recipe for kids and honestly the preparation is so simple. play sand recipe for kids This below is NOT a carefully created sand art. The children were absolutely mesmerized playing with the sand that they strictly said ” no camera when we are playing” hahahah. So I respected their wishes ( commands?) and waited until they were done. But right in the middle of their play time I hear ” mom, come over here! You have to take a picture! This cupcake we made is gorgeous” Of course it is.. They did a lot of scooping and pourning and realized that they created a wonderful piece of sand art during their play time. art with scented edible sand forkids They were multiple cakes and rainbow cupcakes. edible sand for summer and lava cakes. ( I mean real, red hot lava cakes.) play sand recipe Their chance creation of sand art led them to create a more intentional sand art in a cup. sand art for kids Now on to the simple recipe for edible sand. Materials

Place 1/2 cup of cornmeal in a container. Add 2 envelopes of Kool-Aid (unsweetened drink mix) for every 1/2 cup for the best color and scent. Add about 1/4 tbsp of water. Water is added for the drink mix to give out its vibrant color and scent. Mix thoroughly with hands or a spoon until the color spreads evenly. If you want a more moldable sand, add more water.. Place them in separate containers and place the lot in a big shallow plastic tub. The children can enjoy the colors first and then we all know what happens! They enjoy the mixing process even more. Cornmeal in itself is a fantastic sensory material. We first used it in our alphabet sensory bin. Then in our desert sensory bin and in our fall activities for math post. Note: remember the cornmeal is yellow and the color you add with mix in and give you a secondary color. The green sand you see is actually cornmeal and blue Kool-Aid.

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Edible Play Sand Recipe for kids


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