Whether it’s needing an activity to keep your children entertained or just looking for something to add to your “mom bag of tricks”, these recipes are perfect! If you want hours of fun and engagement, keep reading!

Let’s Make Play-Doh!

Play Doh gets such a bad rep from parents but I guarantee you that this will keep kids occupied for a long time. Depending on the age of the child, they can also help you make it. Wouldn’t that be fun? Here’s the recipe I use the most when making play doh to use with my son and students. I found it on 7 Days of Play via Instagram.

Mix Together
• 1 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
• 1/3 cup of fine salt
• 2 tablespoon of cream of tartar
• 2 tablespoons coconut oil 
• 3/4 cup of boiling water (mix in food coloring to water prior to heating water up in microwave).
Mix the *very hot* play dough by hand to make sure that the dough is kneaded thoroughly, which spreads the heat, dissolving the granules to make a smooth texture.

Next up, Puffy Paint!

When I was looking for a Father’s Day craft, this popped up on my Instagram feed. It was perfect! I couldn’t believe how simple it was to make too. Here’s the recipe from Crafty Moms. Imagine all of the cool 3D paintings your kids can make!

To make this you will need:
• 1 tbsp self-raising flour 
• 1 tbsp of salt 
• Water
• Food colouring 

Mix all the ingredients. Make sure you have the consistency of yogurt. When you finish painting, put the paper in the microwave for 30 seconds and voila!

Finally, Moon Sand!

This is my favorite rainy day activity. There’s nothing wrong with bringing the fun indoors! MotherCould on Instagram has a great recipe that I love to use and the best part…it’s edible!

You’ll need:
• 2 cups flour
• 1/4 cup water
• Food colouring
• 3oz vegetable oil
• Preheat oven to 300°F.
• Pour the flour into an oven safe pan. 
• Mix a few drops of food coloring into the water and add to the flour. Mix really well using your hands. Thrust the flour together in between your hands like in the video. You want to have very few clumps.
• Bake in the oven at 300°F in 10 minute intervals. Remove from the oven every 10 minutes and thrust with your hands. Repeat until dry.
• Once cool, add vegetable oil. Thrust well with your hands to remove the clumps. Add more or less oil depending on whether it clumps together or not. 
• Place the sand in a large bin and add in some beach toys to make sand castles 

Let the fun begin!

Let us know in the comments which recipe you tried! And make sure to tell us how much fun your kids had!


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