This easy recipe creates a wonderfully spicy smelling playdough that will last weeks if kept in a sealed container.
Playing with playdough helps with fine motor skills, hand strength, and creativity. You can also use it to make letters and build letter recognition. You can add toothpicks, beads, dried pasta, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, and even feathers to allow for more creative play.
Families looking for virtual and screen free activities should check out NWSRA’s Activity Center! The September Virtual Programming schedule has been published, and includes programs for people of all ages with disabilities and different interests, like LEGO, music, and animals. The Activity Center also includes activities you can do on your own, many of which are screen free.
Here’s a recipe for edible sensory dough that only needs 3 ingredients and will smell and feel great! Kids and grown ups can make this together and experiment with coming up with just the right texture.
The Artful Parent is a great resource for art activities appropriate for a wide range of ages, toddler through school age children. Check out the website or the book.
Warm days are the best time to try messy hands-on activities outdoors. Three favorite messy activities from the Artful Parent are making oobleck, melting ice, and playing with cloud dough.
1 ½ -2 cups corn starch
1 cup water
Food coloring (optional)
Directions: Mix the food coloring with the water and then stir in the cornstarch. As it dries out, more water can be added. Cups, bowls, spoons, and plastic washable toys are all fun to play with oobleck. For more ideas of what to do with oobleck, go to “Fun Things to do with Goop” from The Artful Parent.
Melting Ice Experiment
Food coloring or liquid watercolors
Directions: Freeze water in different shaped containers, such as a muffin tin, cups, or bowls. Once frozen, run the containers under warm water to release the ice. Sprinkle a small amount of salt on the ice and observe what happens. As the ice melts, use liquid watercolors or food coloring and an eyedropper to color the ice.
Directions: Pour the flour into a large container and slowly add the vegetable oil, mixing it until the flour is fluffy and holds together when pressed like wet sand. Add spoons, cups, and washable plastic animals.
For a more challenging hunt, try printing out this activity, creating a nature notebook, and taking a hike.
Kids will enjoy helping to read items on the scavenger hunt list and younger children will love marking out what is found. Follow your child’s pace and look carefully at what is around. Scavenger hunts work well both in parks and around the block.
Once you have completed the activity, be sure to log it in your Beanstack account! These scavenger hunts could count for The Great Outdoor Hunt or the Get Outside activity badges. Have fun!
Cooking together as a family can be a learning and a bonding experience. Kids can practice following directions, the math of measuring, and the science of combining ingredients, all while learning about their family’s heritage or food from other cultures.
Gather your ingredients and get ready to add your special seasoning to your favorite dish. Need ideas? Check out a cookbook, website (such as RaddishKids), or the recipe database AtoZWorld Food.
Cook something together to earn the Family Time badge in the Summer Reading program. Just mark the activity in your Beanstack account!