Ideas for Entertaining kids

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Worm and Dirt Cake

We recently had a blue and gold banquet for our cub scout troop and the boys were each responsible for bringing an outdoor themed cake.  I wanted my son to be able to do most of the work himself, since that was the point of them bringing them.  I was thinking about the cups of pudding we used to have as kids with crushed oreos on top and gummy worms and decided to incorporate that idea into a cake!

You will need

A chocolate cake mix and ingredients on the box

Chocolate graham crackers or oreos

Chocolate frosting

gummy worms

rolling pin and ziploc storage bag (for crushing the crackers)

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I usually make my own frosting, but since I was in charge of the event I decided one less thing to do and worry about would be best, so I bought a container of frosting.  Once the cake is baked according to the box directions, and cooled completely, spread the chocolate frosting over the cake.  Don’t worry about the imperfections or having it iced beautifully because it will be covered by cracker/ cookie crumbs.

Once the cake is frosted, put one package of your chocolate graham crackers (just one of the envelopes from inside the box, not the whole box) or the whole package of your oreos in a ziploc storage bag and use a rolling pin to crush them.  Some chunks are fine, dirt isn’t perfectly smooth there is always rocks or clumps in the dirt anyway.  This is another great way the kids can help!  My 9 year old did all the steps, I just stood back and directed him how to do it all which made him so proud!

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Once they are crushed pour them over the top of your cake, evening them out with your hand to make sure all the icing is covered.  Now just add your worms.  Gently push some down into the crumbs so they look like they are coming out of the dirt and you are done!

This is such a great, simple cake that is great for someone just learning their way around the kitchen.  Seeing how proud they are when they make something that looks awesome and tastes great is such a fun thing!

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3D Salt Painting ~ Easy Crafts for Kids

My 5 year old and I made some fun salt paintings today. Salt painting are fun because they stick up off the page and have bold vibrant colors. You can drop the colors onto the salt and watch it follow the path, such a fun way to make a pretty picture. PLUS they are budget friendly and FAST to make… two things that are important for me, that way I don’t feel bad when I toss this in the trash after it has been proudly displayed in our house for a few days.

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To make these you will need

  • Cardboard or poster board (thick paper plates work well too)
  • Elmers school glue
  • Table salt
  • Food coloring (diluted with water)
  • Eye dropper
  • Little hands ready to make a project

Draw your image on the cardboard, make sure some of the lines overlap so the color has a path to follow. Cover with salt, tap off the extra salt and  set aside to dry. In small bowl drop a few drops of food color, then dilute it with water to thin down the color.  Use an eye dropper to suck up some color and drop it on the salt. Watch it follow the salt lines and make a beautiful picture.

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Dirt and Worms ~ Fun summer recipe for kids
 Make your own Crayons ~ Activities to do with kids
Be a Back Yard Detective ~ Activities to do with kids
Wiggle Worm Game ~ Games to do with kids
Make your own Bean Bag Toss ~ Games to do with Kids
Watch a Local Race ~ Frugal Family Activities to do
Corn Starch Gak Science Project to do with kids
Color Collage with ads from the paper
DIY Chime Set ~ Music Fun For Kids
Recipe for Homemade Slime
 Under the Sea Art Project for kids
Balloon Barrettes DIY Kids Fashion
Lady Bugs made out of an egg carton
Exploding Soap ~ Microwave Science For Kids
Horse made out of a pop bottle
Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids ~ Paper Turkeys
Easy Kid Games ~ Turn Easter Eggs Into Reading Games for Kids
 Math Games For Kids
Learn to tell time ~ Time Games for kids
SNOW-DAY ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS ~ SNOWMAN COOKIES
NEW YEARS EVE ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS~ “GOODY BAGS”
DIY~ MEMORY MAKING CHRISTMAS DECORATION
LEAF BUILDING FORT ~ HOURS OF FUN FOR KIDS!
SHARPIE TIE DIE SHIRTS ~ EASY SUMMER ACTIVES FOR KIDS
FIREWORKS ~ JULY 4TH CRAFTS FOR KIDS, QUICK AND EASY
VALENTINE CRAFT FOR KIDS ~ HIDDEN MESSAGE HEARTS, QUICK AND EASY
GROUNDHOG DAY PUDDING CUP SNACKS
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 Frozen Popcorn
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Camping Theme Party Favors, Fishing Snack

There aren’t many photos to go with this post, so I apologize in advance. We got so busy that I forgot to take a minute to take some good ones before they are called handed out!  There were a hit and everyone took off with them so fast!

You will need:

Goldfish crackers

Long pretzel rods

Twizzlers pull and peel licorice

Plastic cups

The steps for this are so simple, the hardest part will be pulling apart the strands of licorice.  The pull and peel pulls apart, but be gentle or they will rip (we learned that the hard way several times).  Go slow and you will get best results.

In your plastic cup, poor some goldfish crackers.  I got one of the really large, milk carton style boxes and got a lot of cups out of them.  This was also for our blue and gold banquet, so we wanted a lot.  If you are just doing it for a small party a regular size box will do just fine.

Tie a strand of licorice around one end of your pretzel rod.  Not a whole piece, just a single strand from the big piece of licorice. Tie it gently or it will rip and break.  Now just rest the pretzel rod on the top of your plastic cup with the licorice piece hanging into the cup.

The kids loved them and thought they were so fun!  This is great for any party, but especially a camping theme party or event!

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Cloud Clay Recipe

My kids love clay and play dough. I make it at home sometimes, or we buy it at the store.  BUT this recipe is like no other, and it is SO FAST and simple.  You only need two things to make it and there is NO COOKING involved.   It is the softest and easiest clay you will ever make!!!  My science project loving daughter had a blast making this recipe with her friend the other day.  It smells amazing and leaves your hands smooth and moisturized!

Please note… if you do not get enough moisture into t he dough it will be come crumbly MUCH LIKE MOON SAND.  So you might want to have them play with it outside or on a cookie sheet for QUICK and EASY clean up.

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All you need to make this Cloud Clay is:

Corn Starch

Conditioner

Food color and glitter are optional

Cloud Clay recipe, only need two things to make this NO COOK recipe.  The fastest and softest clay you will ever make #Playdough, #Clay, #DIY, #KidsYou need 2 parts corn starch to 1 part conditioner.  I used 1 cup corn starch and 1/2 cup conditioner.  Please note that the brand you use might require a little MORE or a little LESS depending on how much water is in the conditioner.    When you first start to mix it,  it will appear that it is going to be too dry.  But just keep stirring and before long you will have a soft dough formed.

Cloud Clay recipe, only need two things to make this NO COOK recipe.  The fastest and softest clay you will ever make #Playdough, #Clay, #DIY, #KidsIf you choose to add color or glitter you can do it two different ways.

Cloud Clay recipe, only need two things to make this NO COOK recipe.  The fastest and softest clay you will ever make #Playdough, #Clay, #DIY, #Kids

You can add it to the dough ball once it is formed and mix it in.  OR you can add it to the conditioner before you add the corn starch. I think it is easiest to add it to the conditioner … but the girls thought it was fun to add it at the end and see the “marble or stripes” it made.

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Store in a ziploc bag, as the kids play with it it might dry out a little. Just knead in more conditioner to keep it soft and moist.

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More activities, projects and fun things to do with your kids.

Dirt and Worms ~ Fun summer recipe for kids
 Make your own Crayons ~ Activities to do with kids
Be a Back Yard Detective ~ Activities to do with kids
Wiggle Worm Game ~ Games to do with kids
Make your own Bean Bag Toss ~ Games to do with Kids
Watch a Local Race ~ Frugal Family Activities to do
Corn Starch Gak Science Project to do with kids
Color Collage with ads from the paper
DIY Chime Set ~ Music Fun For Kids
Recipe for Homemade Slime
 Under the Sea Art Project for kids
Balloon Barrettes DIY Kids Fashion
Lady Bugs made out of an egg carton
Exploding Soap ~ Microwave Science For Kids
Horse made out of a pop bottle
Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids ~ Paper Turkeys
Easy Kid Games ~ Turn Easter Eggs Into Reading Games for Kids
 Math Games For Kids
Learn to tell time ~ Time Games for kids
SNOW-DAY ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS ~ SNOWMAN COOKIES
NEW YEARS EVE ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS~ “GOODY BAGS”
DIY~ MEMORY MAKING CHRISTMAS DECORATION
LEAF BUILDING FORT ~ HOURS OF FUN FOR KIDS!
SHARPIE TIE DIE SHIRTS ~ EASY SUMMER ACTIVES FOR KIDS
FIREWORKS ~ JULY 4TH CRAFTS FOR KIDS, QUICK AND EASY
VALENTINE CRAFT FOR KIDS ~ HIDDEN MESSAGE HEARTS, QUICK AND EASY
GROUNDHOG DAY PUDDING CUP SNACKS
FROZEN DRINKS
 Frozen Popcorn
Frozen Snowball Pops  
FROZEN Rice Krispy Treats
 Blue Jello Cake Recipe
HOW TO MAKE MEMORY PLATE
EDIBLE PAINTED BREAD 
Magical Moving Milk Science Experiment 
How to make Flubber
Lava Lamp Bottle

Cloud Clay recipe, only need two things to make this NO COOK recipe.  The fastest and softest clay you will ever make #Playdough, #Clay, #DIY, #Kids

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My kids are so excited about Mother’s Day, and they want to make a “project” or gift everyday to give me or their Grandma’s this weekend.  If you are looking for a fun Mother’s Day craft project for your  kids then you will love these corner book marks.

All you need is an envelope, pair of scissors, and crayons.

You need to keep the corner in tack (so when you cut it out, it creates a pocket).  Have your kids draw shapes like hearts or flowers on the corner of the envelope.  Use crayons or markers to decorate them.  Cut them out, this will create a pocket to slip the corner of the the book page into.  Simple as that you have a personalized gift for Mother’s Day.

More Mothers Day Ideas:

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Simple Mothers Day Card, for all ages

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You might also want to check out this list of 15 Ideas for Mothers Day 

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