- Make Peanut Butter Bird Feeders. Tie strings to pinecones or to a bagel, stale bread or even a corn cob from last night's dinner. Cover with peanut butter; roll in bird seed. Hang the feeders in the trees and wait for the birds to come visit. What birds do your kids see?
- Make some ultra-gooey Dr. Seuss-inspired Oobleck. Pour 1 cup of corn starch into a shallow bowl or a pan. Add half a cup of water, and stir with a fork or your hands until everything turns chalky (add more corn starch or water as needed). Scrape some up and roll it into a ball. Open up your hand and watch the Ooblek drip through your fingers!
- Make your own chalk by mixing one cup Plaster of Paris with 1/2 cup of water. For colorful chalk, add a spoonful or two of tempura paint. Pour into an egg carton or into a toilet paper tube (but tape up one end) and let dry over night.
- Whip up a batch of homemade playdough. Mix two cups of flour, one cup of hot water, and one cup of salt. Add drops of food coloring to make any shade you wish. Wrap the playdough in plastic wrap when you're done, and it will stay fresh for a long time.
- Make your own volcano. Surround a tall jar or drinking glass with newspapers to build up the volcano (you may want to tape it to the table or to a cardboard base). Cover with aluminum foil and make a hole where the jar is. Pour baking soda into the jar. Add some dishwashing liquid and food coloring. Pour in some vinegar, and stand back!
- Plan a picnic—kids love them! Let them concoct the menu and assemble the sandwiches. Cheese and crackers or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are great take-along snacks.
- Make a paper-mache animal! Mix one part flour to two parts water; add a pinch of salt to form a thick paste. Cover an inflated balloon with strips of newspaper covered in paper mache. Once dry, use halved toilet paper rolls and fasten them on for ears. Let dry. Paint and decorate to make a pig, cow, dog, or cat.
- Whip up some homemade bubbles. Mix 1/2 cup of dishwashing liquid (Joy and Dawn brands seem to work best) with 1 1/2 cups of water. Add two tablespoons of light corn syrup or glycerin (which you can get at the drugstore), or add two teaspoons of sugar. Use leftover wands from store-bought bubbles, or make your own from pipe cleaners, wire, hangers or even string.
Creative Kitchen Activities for Kids