Saturday, April 12, 2014

Get Messy with It!

Game: Vaseline Nose Relay

  1. Divide kids into 4 teams.
  2. Smear players' noses with a dab of Vaseline.  
  3. Player one from each team plunges their nose into a plate of cotton balls until one sticks to their nose.
  4. They then have to carry the ball across the room and drop it into a bowl without using their hands.
  5. The first team with 8 balls in their bowl, wins.
Experiments: Slime Making

Kids went to work on the other projects and were called over to the table in fours to help make one of the recipes below.
  • Rainbow Slime (1/4 cup liquid starch, 1/4 cup glue, 3 drops food coloring)
  • Cloud Dough (4 cups flour, 1/2 cup baby oil w/food coloring added)
  • Fluffy Stuff (2 boxes cornstarch, 1 can shaving cream, food coloring)
We made FLUFFY STUFF which is simply Summer snowball fight!    2 BOXES OF CORNSTARCH AND 1 CAN OF SHAVING CREAM!
  • Slime (Bowl 1: 1 cup glue, 3/4 cup water, food coloring.  Bowl 2: 4 tsp borax, 1 1/3 cup water)
borax slime recipe
  • Ice Cream Dough (3/4 cup conditioner, 1 1/2 cup cornstarch)
Craft: Blow Painting
blow painting
  1. Place watered down tempera paint on paper with droppers (about a nickel size amount).  
  2. Use straws to blow paint around to create patterns.
Craft: Marble Painting
  1. Place different colors of paint in each well of an egg carton.
  2. Kids place a marble into desired color in egg carton.
  3. Remove the marbles, place on paper inside box.
  4. Roll marbles around to create your painting.
Craft: No Brushes Allowed Painting
A 'No Paint Brushes Allowed' paint station - part of the Kids Art Explorers project @
  1. Place a variety of objects on the table for kids to use as paint brushes (sponges, crumpled paper, Duplo bricks, straws, forks, etc.)
  2. Kids can use any of the items to paint their pictures.
Craft: Fingerprint Pictures
More good stuff for a creative play Easter basket.

  1. Use stamp pads to make pictures using only fingerprints and markers (a la Ed Emberley--have some of his books displayed for ideas)
This program was a MESS (pun intended!) and staff intensive.  One staff person had to help with all the other crafts while the other helped the kids with the slime.  Of all the slimes, the Ice Cream Dough was the easiest and worked the best. The Rainbow Slime and regular slime didn't work well due to the consistency of the glue used (I think we got a really bad batch...lumpy instead of smooth).  Fluffy stuff needed a much BIGGER container.  The kids got it all over the floor, although they did have a great time with it.  This was a fun program but one that needs a lot of tweaking to make it less staff labor-intensive and to control the mess a little more.

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