Foam Dough

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Two simple and common ingredients and one horrible mess! The kids did enjoy playing with it, after all, kids love a good mess, but I don’t see us playing with this stuff again.

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Start by taking equal parts cornstarch and shaving cream. This gave me a chance to use my Jurassic World shaving cream leftover from the marbled butterflies we made last week.
I started with 1 cup cornstarch and 1 cup shaving cream. I ended up adding almost another full cup of shaving cream to get a good texture.

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It’s texture is very similar to the moon sand that was advertised all over TV a few years ago. It’s very crumbly…..

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…. but it packs together very well.

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I added some red and blue food coloring to different piles to give some color. Am I the only one who feels this looks like blood? Anyway…..

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We spent quite a bit of time forming walls with the foam dough. Unfortunately I don’t have any molds to use for this, but they enjoyed it.
The mess wasn’t hard to clean up, but it was everywhere. It fell off the edge of the table, mashed into the table, all over their hands! Ugh! It wiped clean and you can vacuum it if necessary, but I’ll take play dough any day over this stuff!
Original pin can be found here.

Marbled Butterflies

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Although the weather was perfect outside today, after our stomping around the metroparks yesterday, I was in no mood for another outdoor adventure. That led to a raiding of Pinterest. I had a pin on my Fun for Kids board, but for whatever reason, the link is no longer good. It’s OK though because I remember the basics of how this works.

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Start with some shaving cream, plain white, so I had to buy some, as ours is a neon blue color. Yes, that is a special edition Jurassic World Barbasol. It made Arthur happy and was cheap!

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You will need a piece of cardboard for smoothing. I used a cookie sheet layered with aluminum foil as my work surface. You can use pretty much any surface, just keep cleanup in mind!

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Once you have your shaving cream smoothed out, it doesn’t have to be perfect, place some different colored drops of food coloring on it. Go easy at first, you can always add more later.

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This is where you can let the kids go nuts, swirling and twirling with a toothpick, or a chopstick, until the colors are all blended in a fun color design.

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Now you’re ready for transferring to paper!

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Lay your piece of paper over your color-swirled shaving cream and press gently. You’ll start to see the color bleeding through, but it’ll be ok, trust me.

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We made several different patterns while playing today. We would do one transfer, add more color and swirl again.

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In the end we had these four beauties. The very faint one on the right side was my first attempt, clearly not using enough food coloring.
While letting these dry, I was playing with the shaving cream, you know, like you do, until all of the colors blended into a bluish-green color.

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I’m sorry, but no one here should be surprised that I did this! This is also a fine example of how you can blend the colors like this before swirling more colors on top. It’ll give you a different background color. Pretty cool, yes?

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After everything dried, I folded the paper in half and cut out my butterfly shape.

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Something like this, but you can make up any shape really.

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Cute and colorful!

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The sunlight backing made it tough to see the colors, but these are a cute addition to our front window. Nothing quite like homemade decorations!
Craft on everyone!

Galaxy Slime

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This slime didn’t turn out quite as hoped, but it was still a lot of fun! The original pin used liquid food coloring vs. the Wilton icing coloring that I had on hand, so the results were more tar monster than galaxy slime.

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This slime requires a few more ingredients than the Frozen slime we made yesterday, but nothing to crazy. We used Sta-Flo liquid starch, Elmer’s clear glue, assorted fine glitter and food coloring. Liquid or Wilton, maker’s choice!
You start by pouring your glue into a bowl. Add in food coloring at your discretion. For your galaxy effect, use purple and blue. My mistake was adding black, that gave me the tar look.

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Once it’s all one big mess, add in a little liquid starch. Don’t go crazy with it, you can always add more as needed, but unless you have more glue, you’ll have to scrap it if you add too much starch.
This is the messy part. Dig your hands in and mush it all together! The Wilton coloring turned my hands funny colors for a bit, but it did wash off. For some reason when I make icing, the same coloring is impossible to get off…….

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Arthur wasn’t quite sure what to make of it. It got too sticky after playing with it, so we added a little more starch and it was perfect.

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Is anyone else remembering the tar monster in the original Scooby Doo? Tony, who loves the show, was very amused by the reference.

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I think this is my favorite part of the slime. Holding it up and just letting it’s own weight stretch it out!
Happy sliming all!

Colored Deviled Eggs

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I’m not going to lie to you, I was going for red, white and blue for the Fourth of July. Apparently red food coloring ends up pink, but it’s ok, because Chiara was very excited about eating pink eggs.
You start by using my super simple method of hard boiling eggs and let them cool. Then I just tapped the eggs against the counter and peeled the shell off. Once you’ve peeled your eggs, you cut the eggs in half, standard deviled egg fashion. Then you put your yolks in a bowl for later.
The fun comes next, when you get the food coloring involved. I have to take a minute, in my Harry Potter nerd-ness,  to tell you how excited I was about how the food coloring looked like Death Eaters flying around:

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At least a little bit!

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Then you let your eggs sit for a bit until they are the desired color. I left mine about 15 minutes.
While the eggs are sitting in the food coloring, you can mix your yolks up. I put in some mayonnaise, a little bit of mustard and a splash of pickle juice. Salt and pepper to taste. I don’t put amounts down, only because it will vary based on how many eggs you’re making. 
Once your eggs are done dying (haha), your yolks are mixed up, then you let the eggs dry out a bit, scoop your yolk mixture into the egg and sprinkle paprika over it.
Deliciousness for every occasion!

Lip Sugar Scrub

Once upon a time, I had this fantastic lip scrub that got rid of all of the flaky skin that grows on your lips when you don’t use chapstick enough. It was amazing! Rub some on and rinse away the dead skin! Simple, quick and effective. Well its been years, the scrub is long gone and I’m sad. Then I stumbled cross this pin that showed me how to make my own. Tony was at a party when I got home, the kids are with my parents, so it seemed like a perfect time to make some.
You’re three ingredients, that’s right, three, are sugar, olive oil and vanilla extract. You may want some food coloring for effect, but it’s not necessary. I used it because I had it.
•3 heaping tsp of sugar
•1 1/2 tsp olive oil
•a few drops of vanilla extract
I used some of the vanilla extract we made for the holidays so I had a feel good from that one!
Mix it all together. You may have to add a little sugar for a good consistency. I added a few pinches. I also added a few drops of red food coloring for fun. This is what it looked like

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It does need need to go in an airtight container for storage. I used the jars I had left over from Chiara’s birthday favors and last year’s teacher’s gifts. I could’ve done a double batch in it, but it worked for now.

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See, cute! It also works great. My lips felt so smooth afterward! I may look for smaller jars and use these as a small Christmas gift…….

Edible Glitter

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Epic failure on my part! I actually completed this pin last night, then I fell into a movie with my family (which was not the failure, that was the good part), and forgot to blog!
This was only slightly complicated, and mainly because I did it the way the pinner suggested, then I had to adjust.
Pinner’s directions: 1/4 cup of sugar, add liquid food coloring and shake until you achieve the desired color. Put your jar into the oven at 350* for 10 minutes and you have edible glitter.
What I did:
Mixed the sugar and food coloring together then spread the mixture on a baking tray and baked at 350* for 10 minutes.
The jar scenario left me with bits of sugar that had no glimmer. I think the next time I try this, I’m going to spread some aluminum foil on the baking tray first. Scraping it into a funnel was a little comical. After I was finished, I scraped the ‘glitter’ into an empty salt shaker (great idea from original pinner) so the kids and I could sprinkle it onto our brownies.
This is definitely something fun and easy that will entertain young kids. Next time I’ll be making multiple colors so we can make a project of it! Enjoy your own experiences with this one.
Original pin is at http://www.planetpals.com/craft-non-toxic-craft-supply-recipes.html