It’s time to mix up a little fun! Make sure to include the kids in each step – reading the directions, gathering the supplies, measuring the ingredients and mixing up the various concoctions. As you are doing these activities, think about the learning that is happening that is addressing STEM (science, technology, math and engineering) education. Better yet, have the kids write down what they are learning!
Cool Non-Cooking Idea: Ice Cream Sandwiches
Materials: Graham crackers any flavor (we like Chocolate), ice cream (any flavor) and plastic wrap.
Description: Let the ice cream get to a soft stage then take the graham crackers and spread one half with about ½ cup ice cream. Put another graham cracker on top and wrap with plastic wrap. Freeze for about 3 hours. These great summer theme treats are good for up to about 3 weeks!
Homemade Sidewalk Chalk
• Two parts plaster of Paris
• One part water (or just a little less)
• Coloring of some sort – this could be powdered or liquid tempera paint, food coloring, or acrylic craft paints, mixed in to a level that provides the color you want
• Measure the plaster of Paris into a bowl (margarine tubs work well), then gradually add warm water, stirring to combine. Add coloring, then allow mixture to thicken. Add more water, if required, to the consistency of thick frosting.
Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Molds
Molds can vary from paper towel rolls (cut to desired length and covered on one end with plastic wrap, foil, duct tape or something similar), muffin or cupcake pans, Dixie cups, cookie cutters, small sand molds, soap molds, ice cube trays film canisters, clean prescription pill bottles or popsicle molds. Line tubular molds such as Popsicle containers with waxed paper before filling and the dried chalk should slide out easily.
NOTE: It may take several days for your homemade chalk to harden.
• 1 cup condensed milk
• Food coloring
1. In bowl, mix 1 cup condensed milk with many drops of food coloring to make a very bright, glossy paint.
2. This paint is not intended to be eaten, but it won’t harm a child who decides to make a snack of it.
3. Store covered in refrigerator.
Homemade Face Paint
• Small jars or plastic containers
• 1 teaspoon cornstarch per container
• 1/2 teaspoon cold cream per container
• 1/2 teaspoon water per container
• Food coloring
1. In each small container, mix cornstarch and cold cream until well blended.
2. Add water and stir.
3. Add food coloring one drop at a time until you get the desired color.
4. Paint small designs on face with a small paintbrush; remove with soap and water.
5. Store covered.