Saturday, June 25, 2011

Goop for Kids

It seems like my children have a million toys. No, really, they do! But despite having all their toys,
I still hear the words...

"Mom, I'm bored!"

And even though I hear these words, like, a million times a day, I still have this insane idea in my head that my children will entertain themselves, not ever bother me, or climb on me, or fight with each other.
Our home will be filled with laughter, and we will live forever in peace and love...

And reality hits.

I am constantly trying to find new ideas to entertain my kids for the day.
And, since we are on a pretty tight budget... most of these ideas 
need to be with food or cheap items that can be found around our house, or the Dollar Store.
{Hence why I like to bake... it's something we ALL enjoy doing!}
Since I'm sure I'm not the only out there who struggles with this problem,
I thought I would share some of the ideas I've come across.

Today's Kid's Corner...
Or, you can call it "Color in a Bag"
but I much prefer Goop.

All you need is:
1 c. cornstarch
1/2 c. sugar
4 c. cold water
Food coloring
Gallon-size Ziplock Baggies
Duct Tape

1. Over medium heat, combine the cornstarch, sugar, and water in a saucepan, stirring continuously.
2. Once the mixture begins to thicken, remove the pan from the heat and stir for another minute or so until it thickens to a pudding like consistency. Let it cool for 30 minutes.
{After this step, I set the timer and told Miss A that she needed to play until the timer went off.}
3. Spoon the mixture into two bowls. Stir a few drops of food coloring into each bowl {I used blue and green}, then divide the colors between the two bags. Seal the bags with duct tape and let your kids mash the colors together! The mixture will keep for up to a week.

Oh, and don't forget to add some adorable children to complete your Goop mixture!

*I always put my kids names on their projects... otherwise we have chaos on our hands trying to determine
whose mixture is whose...*

Hope you will try this craft with your kids. I would love to hear about your experience!

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