PLAY RECIPE – ICE CHALK
To make Ice Chalk you will need:
Ice chalk is very easy to make. Â I used ice cube trays to make ours, but any freezer safe container can be used. Â I filled each ice cube slot with roughly 30% baking soda and 40% corn starch. Â Then I added a couple drops of liquid watercolor paint and filled the tray the rest of the way with water. Â Gently mix, and then pop your trays in the freezer for 4-6 hours. Â You can also skip the baking soda and just make regular chalk ice, however the MAGIC ice really was way more fun!
This three-ingredient recipe is a little bit art, a little bit science. The paintable foam (which kids can pipe out of plastic bags) hardens overnight into super-cool, puffed-up masterpieces.
Making foam paint isÂ as easy as it gets. Youâ€™ve got your shaving cream, your craft/school glue and your food coloring â€“ thatâ€™s it!
Mix equal parts shaving cream and glue into a ziplock bag, add your desired food coloring and then, with the bag sealed, squish the bag together until all your ingredients are nicely mixed together. Have your little artists create a layout for their design on a semi-rigid material (I used large white cardboard envelopes) and when theyâ€™re ready for the foam simply cut off a corner at the bottom of the bag and use like youâ€™re piping icing. Once the art has been completed,Â set aside so the foam can dry and solidifyÂ overnight.
You will need:
Superfine glitter (I used silver)
Muffin tray/silicon mold
1. Round up some old crayons. If you want to make galaxy crayons then dark colours work best. Remove all the paper jackets. If you are having a job getting them off then soak them in water first.
2. Break the crayons into pieces and pop them in your silicon mold/muffin tray. I used single colours but you can mix them up if you want.
3. Lay your hands on some glitter. Superfine glitter works best!
4. Sprinkle glitter into your tin/mold. (Please make sure you donâ€™t use your best muffin tin)
5. Pop your mold in the oven. I put mine in at 140Â°Câ€¦.and it took about 5 minutes for the crayons to melt. I recommend you watch your crayons all the time and take them out as soon as they have melted. It can get a bit smelly/smoky if you leave them in too long.
6. Take your mold/tray out of the oven and leave to cool. If you are impatient (like me) then pop them in the fridge. Make sure they have completely set before attempting to remove them from the mold. (Impatience ruined quite a few of my homemade crayons!!)
MINI COLORED KITCHEN VOLCANOES
For this experiment you need to set up glasses of vinegar to be the base for your volcano. I had mini glasses for desserts that I used but if you dont have those, just take some paper cups and cut them in half.Â Sit your cups of vinegar in a large glass dish or on a cookie sheet to catch the â€œlavaâ€.Â Add a few drops of food coloring to each cup and stir. As you can see, we also added some glitter.
Now the easy part. Take a scoop of baking soda and drop right into your cups of vinegar and watch the lava happen! I did the first one and once the kids saw the reaction they were all â€œIâ€™ve got this mom, now move!â€
FUNFETTI PLAY DOUGH
- 1 cup of Funfetti Frosting
- 4 cups of powdered sugar
- Add the powdered sugar to the frosting in slow increments in your mixer, continually scraping the sides of the bowl.
- Use a slow speed on your mixer (no need to go too fast because this dough is pretty thick).
- Before you add all of the powdered sugar, touch the play dough and if it feels at all sticky, add the rest of the powered sugar in.
- Considering that it is kind of hard to measure exactly one cup of frosting, you might have to eye ball the last quarter cup of powdered sugar that is necessary for this play dough.
- It WILL take a lot more powdered sugar that it looks like though (just continue to test the â€œstickynessâ€ and say no to sticky play dough).
- When you are happy with the feel of the dough, add in the Funfetti sprinkles and lightly mix the dough until the sprinkles are evenly combined. Easy peasy!
- Roll it into one big ball and make sure it is not crumbly or sticky.
- If you added a little too much powdered sugar, donâ€™t worry! We arenâ€™t perfect! Simply sprinkle a little olive oil onto the play dough and BOOM! Problem solved!