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How to Make Kinetic Sand: DIY

Kinetic Sand is a very fun and very popular alternative to play dough, clay, and other putty like toys. Kinetic sand is fun because it has a consistency similar to sand in texture and appearance, but like play dough it sticks together and can form different sculptures, shapes, etc. Kids love this, especially kids that love to play with cars, construction vehicles, etc. because they can use the sand with their toys. There is a popular commercial brand, but it can be expensive, and why buy when you can create!? This fun recipe is simple, fun, and easy to recreate at home. You and your kids can have fun creating it together.

 What You will Need:

What You Will Do:

  1. In a container combine the play sand and corn starch and mix well

2. Combine the soap and water in a separate container, and stir until the water is bubbly

3. Slowly pour the water into the sand/cornstarch and mix well. Slowly mix while adding more water as needed.  If even more water is needed add a little more and mix.  Continue to add more water until you reach your desired consistency. We used 3/4 of a cup of water, and the consistency was perfect, but if your sand is coarser or finer than you may need more or less water, so add it SLOWLY!

This incredibly easy result will allow you to play for hours! Now you can build, sculpt, and play with your toys all day.

Preschool Activities: Arts and Crafts

Looking for some new arts and crafts ideas for your preschooler? This fun fire breathing dragon craft includes the always fun bubble wrap! It is simple to put together, fun, and will have everyone breathing fire by the end of the day.

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What You Will Need:

  • Dark Green Construction Paper
  • Light Green Construction Paper
  • Black Construction Paper
  • Orange Construction Paper
  • Green Paint
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Glue
  • Scissors

What You will Do:

  1. Start with the head of the dragon. We used light green. Cut the head in a peanut shape, but at the top cut out a heart shape to accommodate ears for the dragon.
  2. Next paint the top of the bubble wrap (bubble side up) green. Now use it as a stamp on the dragons face.
  3. Next cut pointy ears, in a triangle shape out of the darker green, and glue them to the spot meant for the ears.
  4. Now winged eyebrows out of the dark green paper and glue it just below the dragons ears.
  5. After that you can cut two small circles for eyes, and two larger circles for nostrils. Glue them in place.
  6. Finally cut out some fantastic fire and glue to to the nostrils so that it looks as if your dragon is breathing fire!

Dinosaur Habitats: DIY Dinosaur Gardens

My kids are obsessed with dinosaurs. I thought it would be a neat idea for them to create their own fun little dinosaur world. They have so many little toy dinosaurs and are constantly telling me what each dinosaur eats and where they live, I thought it was time they showed me. I have seen so many of those little fairy gardens that I thought why not a dinosaur garden? The idea is pretty simple, and leaves the creativity up to the kids. So why not?

You and your kids can get as many items as you would like. You could build your dinosaur garden in a planter, an old tire, a large apothecary bowl or jar, or even right in your own backyard. All you need is some ideas and whatever type of plants you want.

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What you will need:

  • plants (ivy, ferns, flowers, bushes, moss, the ideas are endless!)
  • rocks (gravel, stones, sand)
  • Dirt
  • container
  • dinosaurs

What You Will Do:

There really is no way to tell you exactly what to do. Let your kids imagine the world they believe dinosaurs lived in. Check out some of the habitats different types of dinosaurs lived in for some understanding and ideas. Or feel free to design your own little dino world!