We all want our little ones to be artsy and creative. Well what better than to let them paint? Safe, edible paint for toddlers is great to make! You don’t have to worry about chemicals or toxins again!
This is so much fun to do with the kids! So simple, and you most likely have all the ingredients to do it. There’s only 5! You’ll have bouncy balls bouncing all over your house in no time! Just make sure you remind the little ones to pick them up off the floor so no one slips! So here”s what you do.
Mix well until the paint is completely blended into the glue. If you have homemade glow in the dark glue on hand you can also use that and skip the mixing.
Once the ingredients of both bowls are well mixed combine the two bowls. Allow the ingredients to react by themselves for a minute before stirring them. As you stir a sticky hard, slimy material will form.
- The material of the bouncing balls is very similar to slime only thicker. The balls lose their shape if left to sit.
- Placing your bounce ball material in the refrigerator before playing helps the balls to hold their shape longer.
- These balls are different from store bought bouncing balls. They do not bounce nearly as high nor do they bounce on all surfaces, but a big part of the fun is the experience of making the balls.
- When play time is over you can store your bounce ball material in a zip-lock bag in the fridge for future play. Next time you are ready to play just pull out the material and and re-form it to make bounce balls
- The bounce ball material is also fun to play with in other ways. It is essentially a thick slime. It can be used as a sensory material in it’s own right, and GLOWS BRIGHTLY which is always a hit with kids.
- Adults should handle the borax and/or closely supervise older children. Borax is not meant for consumption and should be kept out of the reach of small children who may be tempted to taste. The same rule applies to the borax bounce ball material. Please use your own judgement to determine if this activity is suitable for your child.
As a parent, we know our kids have a bounty of crayons (that are usually laying all over the house). When the crayons get to a stubble where are kids refuse to use them or even the colors that they won’t use because they aren’t “pretty enough”, I suggest doing this.
1. Take your crayons and chop them up into small pieces in a bowl. Mix up the colors good!
2. Fill them into a silicone mold until the are just to the rim. Do not overfill! (easy to get out and won’t stick to the mold!)
3. Put your oven to 230* for about 15 minutes until the wax melts.
4. Take them out of your oven and let them cool completely so they can set (usually about an hour). If you don’t allow them to cool all the way, you’ll have a huge mess on your hands!
5. Carefully take the crayons out and Wa-La! Perfect (whatever) shaped crayons! Enjoy!
This idea can be used for any time of the year! It’s also a great way to recycle your crayons to make sure you get a whole use of them. Your kids will be amazed by the different shapes you can make, they don’t have to just be hearts! You can do stars, and I’ve even seen molds of ponies! (great for those My little Pony lovers!)