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DIY Crafts for Kids

By Edited Jun 24, 2015 0 5

Green Slime

This craft is something that kids of all ages will enjoy!  Parents might enjoy it just as much as it will probably remind them of their younger days spent playing with Silly Putty.

Ingredients

  • Water
  • Elmer's Glue (white liquid school glue)
  • Borax (can be found in the laundry detergent aisle of most grocery stores)
  • Food Coloring

Directions

  1. In one bowl mix 1/2 cup of water with 4 oz. of Elmer's glue (most containers are 4 oz. so you will just want to squeeze out as much as possible from the bottle).  Stir everything together until it is nice and smooth. Set this mixture aside.
  2. In another bowl mix 1/4 cup of very warm water (heat in microwave for about 1 minute and 30 seconds) with 2 teaspoons of Borax.  The water needs to be warm enough that the Borax will completely dissolve when stirred.
  3. Add the desired amount of food coloring to the water and Borax mixture.  You want to make it much darker than you intend for the end result because it will lighten a lot when mixed with the glue.
  4. Stirring the water and glue mixture constantly, add the water and Borax mixture in.  Stir for a minute or two until it is starting to all come together.
  5. Mix everything together with your hands until it forms a solid ball and has absorbed most of the water.

This slime is great because it is stretchy, squishy, and fun, but it isn't wet, sticky, or messy at all.  For added fun you can add plastic bugs and have your kids try to find and pull them all out!

 

 

Glitter Art

This is something that is very easy to do, but kids have a lot of fun with it.  It can get a little messy, but if you prepare well it shouldn't be too bad.

Supplies

  • Newspaper
  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Glitter

Directions

  1. Start by laying newspaper out on your table or surface you will be working on.
  2. Lay the paper down on the table and squeeze the glue into any kind of design you want onto the paper.  Depending on the time of year, it is fun to make themed art. You can design pumpkins for Halloween or hearts for Valentine's Day or anything else you can think of.  
  3. Cover all of the glue with glitter. You can use one kind of glitter or you can use different colors of glitter on different parts of the design.
  4. Dump the excess glitter onto an extra sheet of paper.  This will allow you to funnel all that extra glitter back into the container it came from

This craft is great because it can be fun all year long, and kids enjoy making their art into holiday decorations throughout the year.

 

Green Slime

Stretchy, droopy, fun slime

Green Slime with Bugs

Green slime with bugs

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Comments

Oct 28, 2013 2:32am
Amerowolf
As a kid we used to make similar slime out of flour and water, but I'll have to be trying your recipe some time.

Even if this is for kids, slime is good stress reliever to play with as an adult.
Oct 28, 2013 10:31am
CreativeDesign
I bet that when kids make the Elmer's Glue slime, they smell it. Again, and again. And then, they'll ask you to smell it. :-)
Nov 4, 2013 5:50pm
shar-On
Kids would like this, like Amerowolf said we had something similar to this although I think ours was more messy or at least the kids got in more of a mess. great article.
Nov 4, 2013 5:50pm
shar-On
Kids would like this, like Amerowolf said we had something similar to this although I think ours was more messy or at least the kids got in more of a mess. great article.
Nov 4, 2013 5:51pm
shar-On
Kids would like this, like Amerowolf said we had something similar to this although I think ours was more messy or at least the kids got in more of a mess. great article.
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