Homemade versions of popular kids requests

Homemade versions of popular kids requests

My daughter has been BEGGING for FLOAM, some weird, expensive moldable goop she sees on TV. Sh'e going to ask santa, she really needs it, "But mom! They said you get extra green for FREE!" Well, I googled it and found the recipe. And several others, all look like you could make at home for under $2. Many of the recipes use common household products, maybe you already have this stuff! Anyhoo, I thought I'd share, since I can;t have to only child out there who wants eerything they see on TV


Borax, White Glue, Water, Food Coloring, Zip lock baggie.

(Borax is found in the laundry aisle of your local grocery store.)

How to make your slime:

1. Completely dissolve 1 Tbs. Borax (found in the laundry isle) in 1 Cup Water
2. Separately mix 1/4 cup white glue & 1/4 cup water
3. Mix ½ cup of the borax mixture to ½ cup of the glue mixture in your Zip lock.
4. Add a couple drops of food coloring. (mix food coloring to make what ever color you want!!)
5. Zip the bag & knead mixture.


Add some Styrofoam beads to your slime mixture to create Floam. These can usually be found at any craft store.

Keep your slime in a sealed bag in the ‘fridge when not playing with it. It may eventually dry out or grow mold. Just throw it away & start again! It should last up to around two months maybe longer as long as kept properly!!!

Borax acts as a cross-linking agent or "connector" for the glue (polyvinyl acetate) molecules.
The glue molecules join together to form even larger molecules called polymers: result - a thickened gel very similar to slime.

Safety :
Don’t eat this! Supervise children!
Keep off of furniture & carpets!
Wash hands before & after use!

1 cup flour
1T vegetable oil
2T hand lotion
1/2cup salt
2 t. cream of tartar
1 c water
food coloring

Mix. For kids crafts.

1 cup corn starch
1 1/2 cup baking soda
food coloring

Add water to dry ingredients to desired texture and consistency. Color with food

Borate solution:
2/3 cup warm water
1 1/2 teaspoon powdered Borax
3 drops food coloring

Mix together in a 1 cup measuring cup using a wooden spoon

Glue Solution:
3/4 cup warm water
1 cup white school glue

Mix together in a mixing bowl using a wooden spoon
Pour the borate solution into the bowl with glue solution. Use your hands to gently lift and turn the mixture until only one tablespoon of liquid is left. Flubber will be sticky for a moment or two. After the excess liquid has dripped off, Flubber is ready. Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. When you are through, discard in a waste can. DO NOT try to wash it down the sink. If it dries on carpet or clothing, cover it with a cloth soaked in vinegar to de-gel it, then wash the area with detergent and water.

**Do not eat this** Supervise children!

Cinnamon Clay

This recipe makes a sweet smelling dough that can be made into ornaments or package decorations.

This project is rated EASY to do.

What You Need:

1 1/2 cups ground Cinnamon
1 cup Applesauce
1/3 cup white School glue (like Elmer's)
1 medium sized Bowl
Flat surface for kneading
Wax paper
Rolling pin
Cookie cutters - various types
Non-stick cooling rack
Puffy paints, optional

How To Make It:

Mix cinnamon, applesauce, and glue together in a bowl.
Remove from the bowl and knead the mixture until it turns into a firm clay.
Let sit for about 30 minutes.

Clay is best used at room temperature. You may need to dust your rolling pin, hands, or working surface with cinnamon, or use wax paper as a working surface.

Roll out clay with a rolling pin to approximately 1/8 of an inch thick.

Use cutters to cut out desired shapes ( we like gingerbread men).

If you are going to hang your shape, use a straw to cut out a hole near the top of the shape.

Place shapes on a non stick cooling rack or wax paper. You will need to keep an eye on them and turn them over occasionally so that they dry evenly and dry flat.

Dry shapes for approximately 5 days.

When dry you may put a ribbon through the hole for hanging on the tree or adding to a package.

You may add puffy paint to decorate your shapes, if you wish.

Gift ideas: Make an apple ornament to give to your teacher. Make heart ornaments to give to your mother, grandmother, or aunt for Christmas or mother's day.

Homemade Glitter:

Salt & food coloring

You can make your own sparkling glitter using salt! Add a few drops of food coloring with the salt. Place the salt mixture (spread out) on a cooking tray and set the oven at 350. You only have to cook it for about 10 mins. After taking it out, let it cool. After cooling you have homemade glitter. It's just that easy!

Puffy Paint:

Tempera Paint

Mix equal amounts of flour, salt and water. Add liquid tempera paint for color. Pour mixture into squeeze bottles and paint. Mixture will harden in a puffy shape.

Silky Smooth Finger Paint:

Food coloring

In a saucepan mix one cup cold water, 1/4 cup salt, two tablespoons cornstarch. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and keep boiling/stirring until as thick as pudding. Pour into separate containers and add various colors food coloring. Let cool, then paint with your fingers. It does not work well with a brush, but applies exceptionally smooth with fingers, and dries to a silky smooth finish. This lasts about two weeks in the refrigerator.

Silly Putty Recipe

This stuff will bounce and pick up pictures from newspaper, just like the real thing!

Add: 1/2 cup of water to 1/2 Elmer's Glue (not School Glue)
Mix and add 3 drops of food coloring

Make a Borax solution: take 2 Tablespoons of borax and add to 1 cup of water and stir.
Add 1/2 cup of borax solution to water and glue mixture

Stir and store in a plastic bag.

Mix it well. Add food coloring if you wish. Let it dry for about an hour. When ready, it will be smooth and rubber-like. Store in an airtight container.

GAK Recipe


1 cup of white glue
Food coloring (whatever color you like)
1 cup of liquid starch (found in the laundry aisle at your local grocery store.)

Pour the glue and food coloring into a plastic container

Stir until color is thoroughly mixed in

Add starch a little at a time, stirring with a spoon or kneading with your fingers as mixture thickens

Keep stirring until mixture holds together like putty

Test with your fingers; if too sticky, add more starch in small amounts until the mixture is smooth and rubbery

Do not eat! Supervise young children!


4 ½ Cups water

½ Cup dish detergent

1. Combine water and detergent. Stir well, but do not shake.
2. For stronger bubbles, add ½ cup corn syrup, glycerin, sugar or more detergent.
3. Experiment with different brands of dishwashing detergent until you find one that works best for you.

HINT: Playing with bubbles can be messy and slippery! Try blowing bubbles outdoors, near the kitchen sink, or in the bathtub! Watch your step so you don’t fall on slippery spills.

This is driving me nuts!

This is driving me nuts!

Oh no…are these aphids?

Oh no…are these aphids?



Ahhh!  Help!!!

Ahhh! Help!!!

What am I, again?

What am I, again?

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what is it?