Posted By: Jamie
For today’s Pantry Cooking Saturday, I thought we’d get our hands dirty and make something totally different with pantry ingredients. It’s Spring Break in my town, and I will inevitably be plagued all week long by the refrain, “I’m BO-ORED!” Here are a couple of tried and true distractions that will entertain not only in the playing, but in the making. And you know, they’re cheap.
Homemade Bubbles (2 Ways)
- 2 1/2 quarts water
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1 cup clear liquid dish soap(not soap for an automatic dishwasher)
- Food coloring (optional)
- 1/2 cup Dishwashing soap
- 4 1/2 Cup Water
- 4 Tablespoons glycerin (available at pharmacies)
Mix together GENTLY , and if a foam forms over the top, gently scrape it off. Poor into a large, shallow dish. Things you can use for bubble blowers are all over your house- try these on for size: Colander, Slotted Spoons/Spatulas, mouths of glass gars, hula hoops, etc..
Homemade Playdough (2 Ways)
**Quick Tidbit! Play Doh was originally manufactured in Cincinatti to be a wallpaper cleaner in the years after WWII! Resourceful school teachers were the first to turn it into an art supply- and the rest is history!! Although it is not particularly expensive, it is much cheaper to mix some up at home- here’s how:
- 1 cup Flour
- 1/2 Cup Salt
- 1/2 Cup Water
- Food Coloring?
Mix and knead until it forms a ball- Add flour utnil it is the consistency you like. Add food coloring last!
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 teaspoons cream of tarter
- 1 teaspoon oil
- 1/4 cup salt
- food coloring/ kool aid packet
Mix all ingredients (add food coloring last). Stir over medium heat until smooth. Remove from pan, let cool slightly, and knead until blended and smooth. Store in a plastic bag or airtight container when cooled.
Do you have any good recipes for homemade boredom busters? You know I’m pretty desperate right now – and I bet other moms out there are too – so please share with us in the comment section!