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Glow in the Dark Slime

My boys have liked playing with slime for years. It’s really easy to make your own from just a few simple household ingredients. I recently saw an idea for a new twist on the recipe–glow in the dark slime!

How fun! It’s really simple to make your slime glow in the dark. All you need is a small bottle of glow in the dark paint that you can find in the craft section of Walmart.

glow in the dark slimeIngredients:

4 oz. white school glue
3-4 tbsp. glow in the dark paint
1/2 c. water
Neon food coloring
1 tsp. borax*
1 c. warm water

*You can find borax in the laundry section at the grocery store. It comes in powder form.

In a bowl, mix together glue and 1/2 c. water. Stir in glow in the dark paint and the food coloring. The food coloring is optional, but it will give the slime a brighter color.

In another bowl, mix together borax and 1 c. warm water. Slowly pour the glue mixture into the borax solution, and stir to combine.

As the mixture starts to thicken, let your kids use their hands to knead the slime until it becomes thick and easily handled.

Store the slime in a ziploc bag. It will last longer if stored in the refrigerator.

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DIY Valentine’s Day Heart Stamp

I am always looking for fun, easy Valentine’s Day crafts to do with my kids. I saw this easy DIY heart stamp on Pinterest and just had to give it a try. It is such a cute idea. I mean who thought to turn an empty toilet paper tube into a heart stamp?

This would be a fun project to do with preschoolers. You could use the stamps to create custom gift wrap, gift bags, Valentine’s Day cards, or to just use to stamp on paper for fun.

heart stampSupplies Needed:

  • Empty toilet paper tube
  • Red craft paint
  • Paper plate

First bend the toilet paper tube into the shape of a heart. I thought it was going to be hard at first, because the tube was a little stubborn when I tried to bend it.

Finally I pressed the long side of the tube into the edge of my kitchen counter, and this created a long crease for me to work with. Just keep bending and molding until you get the shape you want. I found that after I got it the shape I was looking for it stayed in place fairly well when we used it to paint.

Place some red craft paint on a paper plate and then help your child get some paint on the entire edge of the toilet paper tube. Show your child that it is important to press evenly when creating a stamp on the paper or the heart will not completely transfer to the paper.

That’s it! This simple stamp only takes a few minutes to make and will provide lots of fun for your kids. I think I’m going to keep mine to use to make homemade Valentine’s Day cards. I really like how this heart stamp turned out.

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Christmas Tree Craft for Kids

This is a fun, easy Christmas tree craft that would be easy for a toddler or preschooler to do for Christmas. To make this project you will need:

tree lights

  • Green construction paper
  • Red, yellow, blue, purple construction paper
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick

On the green construction paper draw the outline of a Christmas tree and cut it out. You can find a template of a tree here.

Fold the tree in half lengthwise and use the hole punch to punch holes all over the tree.

Cut out small squares of different colors of construction paper. Don’t forget to make a star for the top of the tree.

Have your child glue the small squares of paper on the BACK of the tree, covering each hole with a square of colored paper. When you turn the tree to the front side, it will look like the tree is covered with tiny lights.

If you want to hang the tree in a window, use tissue paper instead of construction paper for the “lights” and the light will show through the holes when you hang it in the window.

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Apple Stamping

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This apple stamping activity is really fun for preschool and elementary aged children. Most kids love to paint, and using apples to paint with is even more fun.

apple stampingFor this activity you will need:

  • White paper for background
  • Craft paint (brown, orange, red, yellow)
  • Paint brush
  • Apple
  • Paper plate
  • Paint smock (optional)

First help your child cut the apple in half. You want to cut it in half at the top, not in the middle. Look at the apple with your child so that they can see what apples look like inside and see what the seeds look like.

Squeeze out some of the craft paint on a paper plate for your child to use to paint.

Depending on the age of your child, you may need to help your child with the outline of the tree. For my 5-year-old son, I used a pencil to draw an outline of the tree trunk and branches and then he painted the tree brown.

Next help your child get some paint on the cut apple and then let them have fun stamping apples on the tree. My son had so much fun doing this he didn’t want to stop.

This is a fun activity to do for fall or Thanksgiving. If you are looking for a fun fall book about apples to read with your child, one of our favorites is Apple Trouble!

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Fall Activity: Candy Corn Math

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My 5-year-old son and I have been having fun doing some fall activities during the weeks counting down to Thanksgiving. I saw this fun candy corn counting activity on Pinterest and thought my son would like it. The activity I saw was a little too easy for him so I decided to change it up a bit to make it harder.

candy corn countingFor this activity you will need:

  • Green construction paper
  • Yellow construction paper
  • Sharpie marker
  • Candy corn
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick

Cut out the yellow and green construction paper in the shapes of ears of corn (see photo). You can use a pattern to trace them, or just cut them out free hand. They don’t have to look perfect. Glue the pieces together to look like ears of corn.

The object of this activity is for your child to count candy corns. There is a couple of ways you can have your child do this activity, depending on their math skills.

For preschoolers, you can use the Sharpie to write a number on each ear of corn and then have your child count out that many pieces of candy corn to place on the ear on corn.

My son is a little past that stage, so I decided to use the “+” and “-” signs between the ears of corn so that he could practice adding and subtracting.

If you have an older child who is learning multiplication and division, you can also add those signs. I love how this activity is so versatile for different ages.

My son had a lot of fun playing with the candy corn, and of course eating them when he was done.

I also saw this other cute idea for a similar activity placing turkey feathers on a turkey. We will have to try that one next year.

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