Indoor Activities for Fall

Fall leaves - image courtesy of hamon jp at Wikimedia Commons.

With it being fall here in Calgary, the weather is starting to get cold. So we thought it would be fun to share some of our favourite recipes to keep the kids entertained inside. The following recipes are easy and take only minutes to make, but are guaranteed to provide hours of entertainment! Pull out some plastic cookie cutters and enjoy creating and playing with your kids! Have fun!

Gak/Flubber Recipe

Ingredients:

  1. Empty the two bottles of glue into a bowl and then fill the bottles with warm water and shake. Then empty the water from the bottles into your bowl.
  2. Add some food colouring – neon colours are great.
  3. Add 1/2 cup warm water to your cup. Add the borax into the water until it dissolves. Then pour this mixture into your glue bowl. Stir until you notice it becoming stringy. Keep mixing by using your hands and squishing it around.
  4. Let the kids play with it for a few minutes and it will become the perfect gooey consistency!

This recipe doesn’t smell or get all over like other gooey substances – it’s fun to play with and cheap to make!

Slime Recipe

It’s a slippery and gooey material that feels cool to the touch! (without borax – in case a child has sensitive skin or you don’t have borax around)

Ingredients:

  1. Heat 1 1/2 cups of water until warm (but not boiling).
  2. Pour one cup of the warm water into a bowl. Add four or five drops of food colouring. Mix well.
  3. Empty the coloured water into a bowl with cornstarch. Do this slowly and use your hands to mix the ingredients. Blend the mixture into the consistency of a thick paste.
  4. You can regulate the consistency of the slime by adding more cornstarch if it is too thin, or add the remaining water from the pan if the mixture is too thick.
  5. Store in a ziploc bag or a covered container.
  6. Add items to the slime to make it extra fun! For Halloween, you could use rubber worms or plastic insects!

Easy No-Cook Play Dough

Ingredients:

  1. Mix together the water, salt, oil and paint.
  2. Gradually work in the flour and cornstarch until you get the consistency of bread dough.
  3. Kool-aid powder, cinnamon or other kitchen spices can also be added to provide a unique smell or color.
  4. Store in a ziploc bag or covered container.