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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.

preschool activities

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!

How Strong is Spaghetti?: A STEM Activity

Frugal Fun 4 Boys has always been one of our favorite blogs. If you still aren’t following Sarah, you are missing out. We have been highlighting Sarah’s amazing ideas for years, and once again, we just have to share her brilliance.

STEM is such an important part of our education system now, after all, STEM activities are jobs in the future. STEM doesn’t have to be difficult, frightening, or intimidating. It can be fun, exciting, and easy to do.

How strong is spaghetti

This fun spaghetti project helps kids to understand how engineers go about choosing material for building bridges and other structures. It shows how some material works well in one scenario, but does badly in another. Sarah says the experiment is meant for children 13+ but it works well with children younger than that as well as long as parents can read the article with their kids and make it more understandable according to the age group and level.

Make sure you check out some of Sarah’so the great ideas at Frugal Fun 4 Boys. We mean it, you do not want to miss out!

Now it is your family’s turn to find out: how strong is spaghetti? And we would love to hear what your discovered, so please leave us a comment below.