Sunday, February 5, 2012

Fun Activities To Make With Your Children

Oozy, Goozy Recipes to Entertain Children that are made from basic kitchen ingredients that most every household has. I made these with my daughters Girl Scout troop, then of course with my son. He was the perfect age at the time. Now you know how long I've been holding onto these instructions. Have a fun filled afternoon or two with your children or grandchildren.

Amazing Ooze 

1 cup Cornstarch
1-2 drops Food Coloring (optional)
1/2 cup Water

  • Cover your work area with newspapers. 
  • Put cornstarch in large bowl. 
  • Add 1-2 drops of food coloring if using. 
  • Add water slowly, mixing the cornstarch until all of the powder is wet. 
  • Keep adding water until this mixture looks like a liquid when you stir it slowly. 
  • The ooze is just right when it won't splash out of the bowl. 
  • Tap lightly on the surface with your finger or spoon. If it is too wet add more cornstarch; too dry, add more water.
  •  Try to pick up the resulting "liquid". It feels like a solid until you open your hand and then it will slip through your fingers. 


1 c. lemon dishwashing liquid
1 tsp. glycerin
1 c. white corn syrup
5 c. water 

Mix all ingredients well. Can be used right away, but better if allowed to set overnight. 

Finger Paint 

1/2 c. cornstarch
1 c. cold water
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
2 c. hot water
1/2 c. soap flakes or detergent 

  • Dissolve cornstarch in 3/4 cup cold water
  • soak gelatin in remaining 1/4 c. cold water
  • Add hot water to cornstarch mix. 
  • Cook on medium heat, until it starts to boil and is clear, stirring constantly. 
  • Remove from heat. 
  • Blend in softened gelatin. 
  • Add soap and stir until dissolved. 
  • Cool, and divide into 5 jars. 
  • Color each one with desired color with food coloring.

Play Dough

2 1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. salt
1 tbsp. powdered alum
2 c. water
2 tbsp. salad oil
Food coloring (pick any color you want) or Kool-Aid Packet 

  • In a large bowl, mix flour, salt and alum together; set aside. 
  • In a medium saucepan, bring water and oil to a boil.
  •  Remove from heat and pour over flour mixture. 
  • Stir until well mixed. 
  • Knead the dough. 
  • Color dough by adding a few drops of food coloring. Store in covered container. 

Gross Slime Formula

White Glue (Elmer's or similar)
Food Coloring 

  • Mix together 1/8 cup of Borax and 2 cups of water
  • Heat mixture over medium heat in a small pot on the stove and stir until they are dissolved OR mix them together in a microwaveable container and on 70% power heat them for 2 to 3 minutes until dissolved ; stirring every 30 seconds. 
  • After the mixture is dissolved remove it from its heat source and set it aside. 
  • Mix together in an old cup 1/4 cup of White Glue and 1/4 cup of water, stir until well combined. 
  • Into the baggy pour the White Glue/Water mixture and add 2 TBS of the Borax/Water solution. 
  • Add a drop (or more) of food coloring. 
  • Close the bag well, removing as much air as possible.
  • Knead until the SLIME has formed.

How To Make Metamucil Flubber 

This recipe makes a non-sticky sort of 'rubber' or gelatinous slime.

  • Place the 1 teaspoon of Metamucil into the jar.  
  • Add the 8-10 ounces of water and shake well for about a minute.  
  • Pour the mixture into the bowl (most cereal bowls are suitable).   
  • Place bowl in the microwave and nuke on high for 4-5 minutes (actual time depends on microwave power) or until the goo is about to bubble out of the bowl.  
  • Turn off the microwave.  
  • Let the mixture cool slightly, then repeat step 3 (microwave until about to overflow).  
  • The more times this step is repeated the more rubbery the substance will become.  
  • After 5-6 microwave runs, (carefully - hot hot HOT) pour the flubber onto a plate or cookie sheet.  
  • A spoon can be used to spread it out. 
  • Allow to cool.  There you have it! Non-stick flubber.  
  • A knife or cookie cutters may be used to cut the flubber into interesting shapes.  
  • Flubber can be stored at room temperature in a sealed baggie for several months. It will last indefinitely in a sealed bag in the refrigerator.

Tips: If the flubber is sticky then the amount of water needs to be reduced. It should be clammy, but not sticky. Use less water next time.

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