Just in time! This great book of kids activities arrived in the mail. 101 Kids Activities has some really creative ideas to pass the time. My daughters pored over the book for hours, planning their activities. From arts and crafts, to practical skills, it’s a great book to read. I loved the full page pictures that came along with it as well.
One-of-a-kind activities range from making edible play dough and homemade sidewalk chalk, to playing shoebox pinball and creating a balance beam obstacle course. And with outdoor and indoor activities, and tips easily adjustable according to your child’s age, this book will provide hours and hours of never-ending fun with your family. Chapters include Boredom Busters, Games, Crafts, and Simple Science, with instructions and pictures for things to make and do such as: Baggie Maze, Bird Zip Line, Bouncing Balloon, Catapult Competitions, Spray Bottle Freeze Tag, Tissue Box Monster Shoes and Melted Crayon Fabric Art.
Whether your child is 3, 5, or 12 years old, there are hundreds of fun, educational and engaging things to do in this book.
This book is based off the blog by Holly Homer and Rachel Miller: kidsactivitiesblog.com.
Below is an excerpt from this book- Edible Play Dough! Enjoy!
Playing with play dough is one of our favorite activities. With this activity, I’ve figured out a way to get my kids to enjoy play dough and make our dinner at the same time! The secret is homemade pasta noodles. Egg-based pasta dough is perfect for molding and can be colored red or green with beet or spinach juice. The kids play while the dough is transformed into dinner.
- large mixing bowl -
- strong wooden or metal spoon -
- flour - 3 cups
- salt - 1/2 tsp
- egg - 1
- sour cream - 1/4 cup
- milk - 1/3 cup
- olive oil - 2-3 tbsp
- beet or spinach juice - to dye the dough (optional, see Tip)
To make the dough: In a bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together well with your hands or a strong wooden or metal spoon. Add the egg, sour cream, milk and oil. Add the juice, if using. The dough will be incredibly stiff. Cover it and put it in the fridge for a few hours. I usually make the dough in advance and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
After the dough has “sat” for a few hours, it becomes more elastic and less stiff. Knead and play with the dough. The more your dough is played with, the better your noodles will become!
Form noodles by making dozens and dozens of “little worms.” This is my kids’ favorite part. If you enjoy a variety of noodle shapes, consider making small balls of dough and then flattening them. Those are tasty when they become dumplings. You can also roll out the dough into a sheet and cut the noodles into thin strips.
After your kids have had fun creating worms and a variety of noodle shapes, bring a pot of water to a boil. Add some sea salt and the noodles to the water and boil until they are fully cooked. It usually takes 20 to 30 minutes, but if your noodles are thinner than ours your time could be shorter.
Modifications for Younger Kids
If children struggle making long worms with the dough, consider giving them a clean pair of safety or play scissors. They can cut up tiny bits of the dough into their own version of pastini!
Modifications for Older Kids
Older kids (under supervision) can use tongs to lift the noodles out of the water, being careful not to burn themselves. This is a great opportunity to practice motor skills as the noodles can be very slippery. Kids can also play chef by creating a sauce for the family’s meal.
The amount of juice depends on how dark you want your noodles to be. We add roughly 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of juice dye to a cup of dough, but if your kids enjoy the taste of spinach you can add even more! You can replace the milk with the vegetable juice if you prefer.