Just like any other parent, Asia Citro wanted to fill her kids’ days with fun activities … and maybe even teach them a little something along the way! The trouble, though, is that kids can be a pretty tough crowd. Sure, sometimes they’ll laugh and smile at anything, but other times they’re surprisingly difficult to impress.
Luckily, Asia, who has a master’s degree in education and years of classroom experience under her belt, knew a thing or two about teaching kids and having fun doing it. After posting a few of her at-home experiments on her personal Facebook, she decided to compile everything in a blog, Fun at Home with Kids; although she didn’t expect it go anywhere, she thought it might help at least a few other parents.
Boy, was she wrong! A few of her first posts were quickly and frequently pinned on Pinterest and soon her blog was a go-to resource for parents, grandparents, and caregivers everywhere. Her “focus on open-ended play that encourages creativity and imaginative play” has been a hit with parents and children alike, so much so that she’s even written three books detailing her fun projects for kids. Just take a look at the 12 awesomely fun activities below and you’ll see why everyone’s interested in what she has to say.
1. Glowing Bath Water
Getting kids into the bath can be a bit of a hard sell. But what if you offered up a tub full of glowing, non-toxic, completely edible water? Your head will spin at how fast those same bath-shy kids jump in the tub.
2. Magic Foaming Snowman
It’s hot outside, but that doesn’t mean making a snowman is out of the question. Foaming dough is surprisingly easy to make, and it can be used to create anything you and your kids can think of, not just snowmen.
3. Mini Water Beads
These mini water beads are inexpensive, edible, and incredibly fun to play with. They look like tiny gel beads, but they’re actually basil seeds that have been soaked in water and dyed with food coloring.
4. Rainbow Soap Foam Bubbles
Kids just love to play with messy, bubbly, foamy substances and this rainbow soap foam is no exception. It mixes up quickly, using only water, dish soap, and food coloring.
5. Elephant Toothpaste
What kind of toothpaste would you imagine elephants use? Why, gigantic, foamy toothpaste, of course! This one requires more complex ingredients, as well as close adult supervision, but it’s absolutely worth it.
6. Rainbow Foam Dough
Foam dough provides a whole lot of fun, especially considering it only contains three ingredients. Grab some cornstarch, shaving cream, and food coloring, and get ready to have fun!
7. Polka Dot Slime
If there’s one thing kids love, it’s slime. Something about the sticky, stretchy, oozy-gooey substance just appeals to them. Throw in some polka dots, and you’ve got a real winner.
8. Glowing Play Dough
Who didn’t eat Play-Doh as a kid? It seems like it’s almost a rite of passage to take a nibble of that decidedly not-tasty material, just like it’s compulsory for moms to worry about their kids ingesting it. That’s not a problem with the glowing play dough, though; it’s all natural, made only from ingredients you can find at the grocery store.
9. Rainbow Ice Tower
If you’ve got water, a tall container, and small items in every color of the rainbow, you can make this rainbow ice tower with absolutely minimal effort. It will keep kids of all ages occupied and interested.
10. Magic Puffing Snow
Baking soda, shampoo, water, and food coloring are the common ingredients that make up this fun faux snow. But for the puffing effect, you’ll need citric acid powder. Either way, it’s fun to play with!
11. Painted Salt Sculptures
This project actually has two parts. First, your kid gets to build his awesome salt castle, then have fun painting it!
12. Colored Beans
Beans don’t seem like an obvious kids toy, but they’re actually a lot of fun! They work well for sensory play and are the obvious choice for pretend cooking. They can also be sorted, which is a great mental and fine motor skills exercise.
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