Wednesday, May 29, 2013

$1.96 Worth of Fun!

While shopping over the weekend I picked up two inexpensive things to create an activity with the kids. I love doing things with the kids especially if it is a creative, cheap activity. Each of these items were under a dollar... $0.98 each to be exact.

I was able to stretch these items into three activities. The first activity I found of Pinterest. I thought I had pinned it but apparently not. Anyway it is super easy! You mix equal parts of cornstarch and shaving cream to make a dough.

Very messy!  I then added some blue and green food coloring to create Megan's favorite color.  The texture of this dough was awesome.  The kids loved it!  I might add that the little ones made a very big mess.  I was okay with that as I was able to fold two loads of laundry and the floor needed mopped anyway. 

Activity two was cornstarch painting.  Mix cornstarch, water and food coloring. 

I love this stuff!  As the water evaporates you are left the dried cornstarch.  Clean up is easy as all you do is hose it off. 

I think activity three might have been the biggest hit.  I used the remaining can of shaving cream and put it into the water table.  Then the real fun began!

To quote Abe "it was fun because it was messy!"  At the end of day imaginations were used, everyone had a blast and I have no toys to store. For $1.96 I call this a win!

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!


  1. Fun ideas, Wendi. Summer starts today for us, and I do have another ABC list of activities to incorporate, but I will have to keep these in mind.

  2. You're such a fun mommy/babysitter!

  3. Anonymous10:33 AM

    That is so neat Wendi! I never heard of that. (I do have a couple kid recipes from long ago though). I always wondered why finger paints were so expensive!

    You are having a fun summer already.
    Ha...I just realized to my 18 year old that our shower curtain looks like we have little kids living here...I do have the towels to match from last year..but they faded so quick.

  4. Love your playtime idears. What a great momma you are to allow all that fun and all that mess and not one word of yelling. Your kids are blessed.

  5. Great ideas! I have seen the dough on Pinterest and wondered how it turned out. Will have to try the paint to. My little one would love it. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Just signed up as your latest follower. I want to see your great ideas and thrifty projects.

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