- 1 gallon of vinegar
- 1 box of assorted food coloring
- plastic trays (I used the tops that sometimes come with foil lasagna pans)
- large mixing bowl
- plastic spoons and a plastic knife
- plastic tablecloth
- tall, clear containers (I used deli-salad containers)
- disposable cups
- plastic storage containers, various sizes (shoebox-size and larger)
And I made a grocery list of the other supplies we would need:
- 2 pounds of baking soda
- 2 pounds of cornstarch
- 1 box of Borax (laundry aisle)
- 3 cans of shaving cream (NOT gel)
- 4 oz. Elmer's school glue
- white card stock or "paint and marker paper"
This morning we stopped at Target to pick up our supplies. We were successful, except for the Borax- which my kids now refer to as "Lorax." I found the shelf tag, but they were out. Afterward we went to Kmart and they were also out. We'll try Wegmans tomorrow and save the homemade slime for then.
Our first messy adventure was Cars in the Snow/Car Wash.
Once the cars had all gone through the car wash, the boys were eager to start the next project. It started to rain, so we moved our project inside. Next up: Marbled Paper.
- your new marbled paper
- construction paper or card stock
- paper trimmer or scissors
- tape runner or glue stick
If you're worried about clean up, don't be. I kept some paper towels and baby wipes handy, and as I mentioned, we used a plastic tablecloth to cover our work area. Shaving cream wipes and/or rinses so easily, that it was not a problem anywhere. I was sure the food coloring had stained all of our fingers, but one hand-washing left the kids with very light, faded colors. After doing the dishes once, all of the color is gone from my fingers. The containers all rinsed clean, and I wiped the tablecloth with a damp sponge. Done and done.
Enjoy these fun and messy ideas with your kids! Or grandkids. Or nieces and nephews. Stay tuned for our continuation of Messy Backyard Fun as we embark on adventures with Goop, Fluffy Dough, Slime, and Volcanoes! As always, thanks for reading.