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DIY Paint: Scratch and Sniff Paint

Now that the weather is warming up the yards are looking much more beautiful, and the little in-home artists we always seem to forget we employ are looking to get their paint on. If you are like me and you don’t always have paint on hand (it goes bad when I do so why keep it forever?) then you just might want to look in to trying this fun tutorial. Not only can you and your kids make paint, you can make paint that is scratch and sniff. Now once your paint dries you can enjoy how it looks, and how it smells.

I cannot take credit for this amazing idea. But I can take credit for finding it. Growing a Jeweled Rose is an amazing website with all sorts of activities aimed at entertaining and educating kids. This fun and unique tutorial will also you to actually create scratch and sniff paint that can be used to paint the most beautiful picture. It is even non-toxic and completely edible, so if like me you have a small toddler looking to get in on the fun it is “ok” when he very suddenly sticks the whole paintbrush in his mouth.

scratch and sniff paint

Head on over to Growing a Jeweled Rose now and see their full tutorial. While you are there you should check out some of their other incredible tutorials. You and our kids just might find some activities to keep you busy this Spring Break.

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.

Summer Olympic Activities: DIY

The Olympics are so much fun to watch. But sometimes you wish you could interact with them. Well we can’t get you a spot on the Olympic team, but we can help you find some fun free printable that will let you create your own medals at home, and help you have some fun during the Summer Olympics.

Classy Mommy’s Olympic Activities

Colleen Padilla has some incredible printable on her website ClassyMommy. You and your kids can create your own medals, color pictures of athletes and events, complete mazes, word searches, and other fun activities while you watch the games this summer. You can learn more about the games and events, and apply some math and science type learning all while playing along with your favorite events and athletes.

Olympic Activities DIY

The Olympics are not only fun they are important for international relationships. It helps to bring together nations of all different beliefs every four years. Use this to help your kids understand the importance of equality, tolerance, and developing relationships by finding as many different flags as you can while watching the Olympics. The winner could earn a fancy new custom medal!