PA Day, weekend or a rainy day – no matter the reason, we have 5 easy experiments and messy crafts you can do with your kids! These simple activities can be done with things you (probably) already have around the house. The hands-on fun double as educational, but don’t tell the kids! Let’s go!
This is such a great experiment because it combines two of my favourite experiments, slime and volcanos, into one awesome one.
- Baking Soda
- Food Color
- Contact Solution (re-nu brand works best)
- 2 containers for the mixtures and 1 large container to hold the eruption.
How to do it!
- Make the slime base by combing ¼ cup white glue, 2 tbs baking soda, food color and 2 tbs water. Mix together
- In another container make the activator using ½ cup vinegar, 2 tbs contact solution and food color.
- Put the base mixture (in its container) inside the large container.
- Slowly add the activator and stir to start the eruption.
- Once the eruption is done stir the mixture for a minute to make sure it is fully combined
- Remove your slime and enjoy!
This experiment is so easy and fun and there are so many different ways to do it! It’s also a great way to use some candy you’ve had around the house for a while!
- Candy with a colorful shell (Skittles or M&Ms work best)
- Warm Water
- A small plate with a bit of a rim
How to do it!
- Make a circle around the edge of your plate using your candy. You can do the colors in whatever order you like but the more variety the better the looks.
- Pour the warm water over the candy and wait for a moment.
- Watch your rainbow appear!
Shaving Cream Art
This is a great activity that will give your child some really cool art and a fun sensory experience! There is no wrong way to make shaving cream art which is what makes it so great.
- Shaving Cream
- Finger painting Paper
- A deep rectangular container
- A stick/chopstick/knife/closed marker, something to make your pattern
How to do it!
- Start by filling your container with shaving cream
- Add blobs of paint around the shaving cream
- Use your stick to create a design
- Place your finger painting paper on top and press
- Remove it and either scrape of the shaving cream or let it dry with the shaving cream still on
- Keep repeating until you aren’t getting a great design anymore
- Play with the shaving cream!
Dry Erase Race
This is such a fun game that you can play again and again, you can even get creative with what you are racing!
- A deep glass container (like a baking dish)
- At least 2 DRY ERASE markers of different colors
- A piece of white paper or paper towel
- Something to use as a finish line.
- A container with water.
- Put your glass container on top of the paper towel and finish line.
- Draw a different colored circle for everyone racer using the dry erase markers.
- Slowly add enough water to loosen the dots so they are free floating and there is a small amount of water in the container
- Use the straws to blow your dots towards the finish line, first to the end wins!
- Empty the water, dry out the container and start again!
Super Simple Paint Rainbow
If you have paint and a large piece of paper give this simple rainbow trick a try!
- A large piece of paper (finger painting paper works create)
- Four + colors of paint
- A used paper towel roll
How to do it!
- Put 4 blobs of paint in a row on the left side of the paper.
- Place the paper towel roll in the middle of the paper with one side sitting in the paint
- Press firmly into the paint to make sure you get it on the roll.
- Hold the paper towel roll by the end that is in the centre of the paper
- Use your other hand to slowly spin the paper towel roll creating a rainbow.
- Have fun painting and decorating around your rainbow!
I hope you have a great March Break and enjoy some of these easy and fun activities with your kids!
You can find Sara sharing more easy crafts and activities on Instagram.
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