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Edible playdough recipe made with PEEPS, Fun DIY projects to do with kids, Preschool party treat ideas, popular kids recipes

How To Make Edible Playdough With Peeps ~ Fun DYI Kids Craft

Easter is over and I am ready to put the baskets away till next year, we have a few jelly beans left,  bits and pieces of a chocolate bunny and PEEPS.  They haven’t eaten them, yet they won’t let me toss them…. what is a Mom to do?  Well you can toss it all while the kids are at school, or you can do a fun DIY craft project with your kids instead, and make edible playdough.

To make these you will need:

  • 4 Peeps (or 4 large marshmallows)
  • 3/4 teaspoon water
  • 7-9 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • coconut oil or shortening

Edible playdough recipe made with PEEPS, Fun DIY projects to do with kids, Preschool party treat ideas, popular kids recipes, mutual night ideas

In a medium sized microwave safe bowl, add 4 peeps and 3/4 teaspoon water.  Place in the microwave for 30 seconds, they should have doubled in size. Stir till it looks like marshmallow cream,  if it is still lumpy put back in microwave for 10 seconds more at a time. But normally 30 seconds does the trick. You can now start mixing in the powered sugar, I mix it in 1 tablespoon at a time. Once it forms a soft ball take it out and kneed in the rest of the powdered sugar. But before you take it out coat your hands with coconut oil or shortening so it will not stick to your hands.  Dust your counter with powdered sugar to keep it from sticking to the counter.

The whole process only takes about 5 minutes. It will form a soft dough that is fun for kids to play with, and is totally edible too! It is full to roll out and cut shapes out with small cookie cutters. This recipe forms a ball of dough about the size of a lime, perfect for one child to play with.  You can double the recipe but will just need to adjusting the microwave time, but make sure you only cook it in short segments or you will scorch or burn them.

Edible playdough recipe made with PEEPS, Fun DIY projects to do with kids, Preschool party treat ideas, popular kids recipes

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Kids crafts, How to make a stress ball, perfect for tweens or teens summer camp arts and crafts ideas, boy or girl scout craft ideas, low cost craft projects for a family reunion

How To Make A Stress Ball ~ Kid Crafts perfect for boy scouts, summer camp or family reunions!

This is a low cost project that kids of all ages will love.  My daughter made these in her 5th grade class and thinks they are the coolest thing ever. I remember making a version of a balloon stress ball when I was a kid too, but this version is much improved from what I made 20 years ago lol.

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To make this project you will need:

  • 3 balloons
  • 1/3- 1/2 cup of flour
  • empty water bottle (with thin sides that you can squish)
  • funnel and pencil or chop stick
  • scissors
  • wet wash cloth

We bought our supplies at the local dollar store, but you can find balloons at almost any store!

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  1.  Start with putting about 1/3 off a cup into a water bottle with a funnel. Use a pencil or a chop stick  to poke the flour into to bottle.  How much flour you need will vary on how big your balloons are. You want to fill the balloon all the way up, but too much flour will make it hard and not enough will make it to squishy.
  2. Take one balloon and blow it up as big as you can, then let all the air out.  Then blow it up again about half way, and twist it closed (NOT TIED IN A KNOT) just twisted.
  3. Hold the twisted part of your balloon and put the opening of the balloon over the water bottle.  Hold it tight and allow the neck of the balloon to un-twist.  You can now start to squish the flour from the bottle into the balloon.
  4. Once all the flour is in the balloon, hold the neck of the balloon and slowly let out the air. SLOWLY if you do it to fast the flour will fly out as well, making a huge mess.
  5. Take a wet rag and wipe off any flour that make have gotten on the outside of the balloon. You need the balloons to make a seal, and if there is flour on the outside they will not seal together.
  6. Set the balloon on the table and cut the neck of the balloon off.
  7. Take a 2nd balloon and also cut the neck of that balloon off. Put your fingers inside the opening to make the hole larger and wrap it around the balloon you have with flour on it. Careful not  to spill the flour out.
  8. Once again wipe off any flour that may have gotten on the outside,  and do step 7 again with another balloon. For a total of 3 balloon on the outside.

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Want to make your kids smile and do a silly little prank for APRIL FOOLS Day…. pack them a Peeper Lunch. A lunch that stares them down and keeps looking at them the whole lunch. I am sure the other kids at their lunch table will giggle and think it is pretty awesome too!  I made these with  some wiggly eyes and hot glue. A fast and easy April Fools Prank that is budget friendly too.

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April Fools Joke Prank ideas Krispy Kreme turns into veggies, Easy and nice Aprils fools jokes for kids, family friendly gags, Popular funny pranks2

I love April Fools Day, I am always up for a silly prank.  We did this one for my daughter and her friends. I told them we would have an after school snack, they were SO EXCITED to see that Krispy Kreme box sitting on the table… pretty sure they would have voted me Mother of the year at that second in time.  That is till they opened the box only to see a tray of  fresh fruits and veggies inside. Their reaction was priceless… and I  totally lost the Mother of the year award, lol.

April Fools Joke Prank ideas Krispy Kreme turns into veggies, Easy and nice Aprils fools jokes for kids, family friendly gags, Popular funny pranksTo make this, all you need is an empty donut box and a bunch of fruits and veggies to put inside.  Ours was filled with carrots, broccoli, oranges, sugar snap peas and apples.  You could so this at the office too, I am sure your co-workers would just love you!

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