Messy Activities for Kids to Try at Home

Looking for Inspiration for things to do with the kids at home? Does your child like to get messy and learn at the same time? Why not give our top picks a try and see how you get along? Use them all as learning experiences and get crafty in the process to make it entertaining for the little ones.

4 Ingredient Homemade Paint

Have you ever had your kids wake up one day and announce that they want to paint a masterpiece? Only one problem – no paint in the house! We have all been in this situation
so we found a super easy and safe paint that you can quickly make at home!

Materials needed:
  • 1/2 cup plain/all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Fine salt
  • 2 Cups Water
  • Food colouring
  • Few drops of Washing up liquid (Optional –*Do not use this if you want to make non-toxic
  • paint suitable for babies age 6 months plus. If your little ones might put the paint in their
  • mouth, don’t add the washing up liquid.)
  • Add the flour and salt to a large pan, then Put on a low/medium heat and slowly add the
  • water.
  • Keep stirring with a whisk until you get a thick smooth texture, then take it off the heat
  • and allow to cool.
  • Separate into tubs and add food colouring (and washing up liquid if using.) then slowly
  • add water to get the consistency you want. Voila – you have paint!
  • Store the new paint in sealed tubs in the fridge, it will last for a few days.

Top Tips:
  • Add a bit of water if the paint dries out, or flour if it’s too runny.
  • No food colour – no problem – give turmeric powder a try to get a yellow paint!
  • No Paintbrush – no problem! Get creative and use spongers, make up brushes or just let
  • them go crazy with finger paints.
  • Use this as a teaching opportunity – mix yellow and blue to make green and red and blue
  • to get purple!

Courtesy of : @thecareymum

Play Dough

Play dough is one of those things that you can always guarantee will keep your children entertained long enough for you to make dinner (maybe even longer sometimes!)
But did you know that it doesn’t always have to be store bought? It can just as easily be made at home! We have found a super easy 3 Ingredient recipe for it, that will give unlimited hours of fun!

Materials Needed:
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 3/4 cup water
  • optional: 2-3 drops of essential oils  
  • optional: 4-5 drops of food coloring

  • In a saucepan with NO heat, add the cornstarch, baking soda, water and stir.
  • Place your saucepan on the stove top and turn your heat to medium.
  • Continue stirring the mix constantly. It will start to bubble slightly and that’s when it happens really fast. It will begin to turn solid. Once a ball starts to form (4-5 minutes) take your pan off the heat.
  • Take the dough out and let it cool on baking paper.
  • Once your dough is cool you have the option of adding in a food coloring or a scent. Option: add 2-3 drops of essential oil , we used lemon, and knead it into the dough. Option: add drops of food coloring to your desired colored, even 1 drop will give it some color.
  • Now it’s time to play.

Top Tip:
  • Use cookie cutters and kitchen utensils to let the kids create!
  • Make a competition to make the funniest face or see if hey can recreate an animal with play dough!

Courtesy of: Make and Takes

3 Ingredient Slime

What child doesn’t like to get messy! We have found the perfect solution in this super fun (and sticky!) slime recipe – its quick and inexpensive too! Let us know if you make it with the kiddies
at home this week!

Material needed:
  • • 8-ounce bottle Elmer’s white school glue 9 or any white glue you have available)
    • 1 1/2 – 2 Tablespoons contact saline solution, more as needed
    • 1 Tablespoon baking soda
    • Food coloring, optional

  • • Squeeze the bottle of glue into a bowl and at this point ddd your food coloring if you are using it and stir until combined. Then mix in baking soda
    • Add 1 1/2 Tablespoons saline solution and mix until combined. If it’s too sticky, add 1/2 Tablespoon more solution at a time. The more you add, the thicker it’ll be. The less you add,
    the slimier it’ll be!
    • Using your hands or a spoon again knead the slime until it holds together. It will be wet and gooey at first, but just keep kneading until it all comes together.
    • Keep the slime in a container with lid, or in a zip top bag. And use it for the next messy play time!

Top Tips:
  • Try make the Slime in an area that you don’t mind getting messy! Otherwise you can
    end up with slime everywhere!
    Use plastic bowls and spoons
    Try adding extra like glitter to make it more magical
    Double or triple the recipe to make more Slime
    There might be some slime stuck in your hair so use some coconut or olive oil on top
    to get it out.

Courtesy of: I Heart Naptime



Have fun and let us know which is your kid’s favourite!