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Homemade Flubber

Ingredients: 

  • ¬ĺ cup cold water¬†
  • 1 cup Elmer‚Äôs glue¬†
  • Liquid food¬†colouring¬†
  • ¬Ĺ cup hot water¬†
  • 1 teaspoon borax¬†
  • Two mixing bowls¬†

Directions: 

  1. In bowl 1: mix the cold water, glue, and food colouring. Set aside. 
  2. In bowl 2:  mix the hot water and borax, until the borax dissolves. 
  3. Slowly add the borax mixture to the glue mixture and mix well. Pour off any excess water. 
  4. Have fun! 

Easy Homemade Playdough

Ingredients per colour: 

  • ¬ĺ cup flour¬†
  • ¬Ĺ cup warm water¬†
  • 1 tbsp cream of tartar¬†
  • ¬ľ cup salt¬†
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil¬†
  • 1 packet drink mix (kool-aid)¬†
  • Food¬†colouring¬†(optional to make brighter)¬†

 
Directions: 

  1. Mix flour, cream of tartar and salt in a bowl 
  2. In a mixing cup, add warm water and drink mix, stir until dissolved 
  3. Add water to flour mixture and stir well. Let sit for 5 minutes 
  4. Knead on a floured surface until it is no longer sticky 
  5. Lasts in airtight container for up to two weeks! 

Floating Popsicle Stick Boat

Supplies:  

  • Popsicle sticks¬†
  • Paper straws¬†
  • Scrapbook paper¬†
  • Hot glue gun¬†

Directions: 

  1. Line six popsicle sticks vertically in a row for the bottom of the boat 
  2. Cut two popsicle sticks in half and glue three of them to the top, center and bottom of the boat base (horizontally).  
  3. Add two more popsicle sticks vertically to the bottom of the boat 
  4. For the sail, cut a paper straw in half. Then, cut out a triangle shape from the scrapbook paper.  
  5. Punch holes in two corners of the triangle and then slide the straw through¬†both of the holes¬†‚Äď this creates the sail.¬†
  6. Then, glue the sail to the boat by using the hot glue on the bottom of the straw and gluing it to the base of the boat. 

Air Dry Clay

Ingredients: 

  • ¬ľ cup corn starch¬†
  • 1 cup baking soda¬†
  • ¬ĺ cup warm water¬†¬†
  • Wax paper¬†
  • Small cooking pot¬†

Directions:  

  1. Combine corn starch, baking soda, and warm water in a small cooking pot and bring it to a boil while stirring consistently. Once boiling, turn stove to medium and keep stirring until it becomes thick.  
  2. Remove from stove and let cool in a bowl. Cover bowl with saran wrap as it dries quickly.  
  3. Once you have made your shapes, let dry on a floured surface overnight, flipping them once in the morning.  

Paper Bag Monster Puppet

Supplies

  • Paper lunch bag¬†¬†
  • Colored paper¬†¬†
  • Markers¬†
  • Scissors¬†¬†
  • Glue¬†
  • Googly eyes (optional)¬†

Directions: 

  1. Use your colored paper, markers, and googly eyes to design a unique monster  
  2. Let your creativity take over! Think eyeballs, teeth, pointy ears, and fun patterns. 
  3. Once your monster is complete, put on a cute puppet show!

Pop Bottle Firefly

Supplies: 

  • Water Bottles or Pop Bottles¬†
  • Glow sticks¬†
  • Tissue paper¬†
  • Pipe cleaners¬†
  • Foam sheets¬†
  • White glue¬†¬†
  • Googly eyes¬†

Directions: 

  1. Cut the tissue paper into strips and brush a layer of white glue onto the center of your bottle  
  2. Put the tissue paper onto the glue, then brush on another layer of white glue  
  3. Once it’s dry, wrap three pipe cleaners around the bottle and twist to form legs 
  4. Cut two wings out of the foam and glue it to the top  
  5. Place the glow sticks inside the bottle  
  6. Attach googly eyes on the lid and twist another pipe cleaner around the neck of the bottle to form antennas 

Popsicle Stick Airplane

Supplies:  

  • Popsicle sticks¬†
  • Clothespins¬†
  • Hot glue¬†
  • Markers and/or paint¬†

Directions: 

  1. Design two popsicle sticks for the wings of the plane using paint or markers, then design half a popsicle stick for the rudder of the plane.  
  2. Design the body of the plane with the clothespin using markers and/or paint 
  3. Glue one popsicle stick to the top of the plane, and one to the bottom of the plane, so they are lined up together. 
  4. Glue half a popsicle stick to the back of the plane 

Soup Can Flower Pot

Supplies: 

  • Empty label-less soup cans¬†
  • Paint¬†
  • Paint brushes¬†
  • Plant/flower¬†
  • Soil¬†

Directions: 

  1. Paint the outside of the soup can to desired design and let dry 
  2. Add soil to the inside, along with flower or plant

Cardboard Jet Pack

Supplies: 

  • Cereal boxes¬†
  • Paint and/or construction paper¬†
  • Toilet paper rolls¬†
  • Tissue paper (optional for wake of jetpack)¬†

Directions: 

  1. Glue construction paper on, or paint the cereal box to desired colour 
  2. Add details to the ‚Äújet pack‚ÄĚ (i.e. stripes)¬†
  3. Glue or tape toilet paper roles to bottom for exhaust pipes 
  4. Optional: add tissue paper for the wake of jetpack out of the exhaust pipes 

Cardboard Bowling

Supplies: 

  • 10 toilet paper rolls¬†
  • Red marker or paper¬†
  • Ball to bowl with¬†

Instructions: 

  1. Optional: paint the toilet paper rolls white 
  2. Add two red stripes on the top of each ‚Äúpin‚ÄĚ using either red marker or red paint¬†
  3. Find a small ball to bowl with (i.e. tennis ball) 
  4. Line up the pins and have fun!

Egg Carton Helicopter

Supplies: 

  • One egg carton¬†
  • Card stock¬†
  • Acrylic paint & paint brush¬†
  • Brad clips¬†
  • Glue¬†

Instructions: 

  1. Cut out shapes to make a helicopter. You will need a round cup for the body, a pointy piece cut in half for the tail, and a rounded piece for the top to attach the blades to. Paint the pieces all one colour except for the windscreen that will be in white. Set aside to dry. 
  2. For the blades, cut our strips from cardstock approximately 1/3 inch x 2 1/3 inch.  
  3. Glue the blades into a cross shape and cut a tiny slit in the top using a craft knife. Then poke a hole in the top piece of the egg carton. Secure the blades to the top with a brad clip 
  4. Glue the helicopter body to the tail and you’re all done! 

Milk Carton Village

Supplies:  

  • Milk cartons¬†
  • Toilet paper rolls¬†
  • Construction Paper¬†
  • Scissors¬†
  • Glue¬†
  • Markers¬†

Directions: 

  1. Create a village out of cartons (police station, hospital, housing, schools) 
  2. Using glue sticks to glue together 

Glove Monster

Supplies: 

  • Old or unused gloves¬†
  • Buttons¬†
  • Markers or fabric markers¬†
  • Cotton (for stuffing) or spare paper¬†

Directions: 

  1. Use buttons or other household items for the eyes of the monsters 
  2. Add a mouth with household items 
  3. Stuff the glove with cotton or spare paper to create the ‚Äúbody‚ÄĚ of the monster¬†

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