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Alien Flubber – Pinterest Success Story!

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It was a rainy day…..too wet to go outside….actually, it was Father’s Day, and the hubby was doing his own thing and I wanted to do something fun with the kidlets.

So, I searched Pinterest for some creative and somewhat potentially messy activities and found a recipe for flubber.

You can see the original pin here: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/132082201546687790/

Let me first of all say, I am not usually one to indulge in messy play at our house, because it usually gets out of control and I end up having to clean more then I should after the activity is finished. However, I also know how very important it is for kids to have messy play and am now being more open to trying new creative play ideas.

So, stick around because there will be a few more posts like this in the future!

Let’s get started with making ALIEN FLUBBER!

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It is best, I find, to have all your materials prepped BEFORE you call the kids to the table to get started. Be prepared.

 I got everything ready and even had the correct measuring spoons/cups ready to go.

Here are the things we used:

<Below is the measurements to use for HALF the original recipe – this got split BETWEEN my kids so they ended up with 1/4 of the original recipe each; which I found to be more then enough flubber for them to play with>

3/4 cup warm water

8oz of clear blue glue

food coloring (16 drops)

glitter (Approx 2 tsp)

1/2 cup + 2tbsp + 2tsp warm water

1/2 tsp borax (I did NOT use the laundry kind(but you can), I got mine from the pharmacy)

Measuring spoons/cups, gloves, spoons, 4 separate small mixing bowls

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Now, the next thing you need to know is I took the original recipe and divided it by four so each child could make their own bowl of flubber.

Here is the measurements that I would use if making it for only 1 child:

3/8 cup of water (aka 6TBSP)

40z clear blue glue

food coloring (8 drops)

glitter ( Approx 1 tsp)

1/4 cup + 1 tbsp + 1 tsp warm water

1/4 tsp borax (I did NOT use the laundry kind(but you can), I got mine from the pharmacy)

Measuring spoons/cups, gloves, spoons, 4 separate small mixing bowls

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Now, it’s time to go through the steps of making flubber, which is extremely easy to do!

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1.)Prep your materials and utensils.

2.) Put warm water (first measurement) in a bowl, and add your glue.

3.) Add food coloring and glitter.

4.) Gently mix together.

5.) In a separate bowl, mix warm water (2nd measurement) and borax, and stir gently. I did this portion of the activity as it is not recommended to let children use the borax. <I think it has to do with children inhaling the borax dust>

6.) Slowly pour the water/borax mixture into your glue mixture and stir as it is added and it with slowly start to form.

7.) Mix/squish with hands until it becomes a somewhat formed blob.

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And…..your done! Congratulations you just made Alien Flubber!

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Store in an air tight container and it should last quite a long time.

You can pull it, cut it, stretch it and it will still come back to form a blob.

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Let me know if you make some and share your picture!

   ~Heather xoxoxox

PS: If your child has a tendency to put stuff in their mouth, please supervise them with this, it is NOT meant to be eaten!

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Making Homemade Crayons via Upcycling Broken Crayons

My kids and I decided to make some new crayons by taking broken ones and melting them in mini muffin tins. The process was fairly simple and took us about 30 minutes from start to finish….only because the kids got tired of peeling the paper off the crayons and I ended up doing most of it by myself.

Anyways, here’s our photo journey of making crayons!

Breaking the crayons, after peeling the paper off.

Breaking the crayons, after peeling the paper off.

Nate "designing" his crayons.

Nate “designing” his crayons.

Kaelynn designing her crayons.

Kaelynn designing her crayons.

Crayons all designed and ready for the oven..mommy even got to make a few!

Crayons all designed and ready for the oven..mommy even got to make a few!

Oven should be preheated @275 degrees.
Bake for approximately 10 minutes for mini muffin tin.
Note: Some of our crayons bits were a bit longer/different brand and needed a few extra minutes int he oven to completely melt. I suggest using same brand of crayons and try to keep the pieces the same size (if possible)

Fresh from the oven - melted crayons.

Fresh from the oven – melted crayons.

Melted Crayons need to fully cool before putting in the freezer(or they will crack and break).
* We set the timer for 25 minutes.

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Put cooled crayons in the freezer for about 5-10 minutes to help them “set”.

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When they are done, flip the pan over onto a tea towel (to cushion their fall!), most of them should fall out easily…although we had some that needed a bit of help.
Note: I think letting the pan return to room temperature may have solved that issue!

Cooled crayons:

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Finished crayons!

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I think I want to get some molds and make some character/animal ones next time. 🙂

“Sea sLime” Cookies – Baking Post #1

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Okay, so, when I was signed up to make something for my little girl’s preschool “Under The Sea” party, I had NO idea what kind of a snack I was going to make. I sat and searched online for some “inspirational” recipes. I was drawing blanks….I didn’t want to make anything with any kind of fish in it (tuna included) as I do not like the smell of fish……a friend of mine was already using goldfish crackers, so that was out….ack! I had to make something that used the ingredients I already had on hand and I just wasn’t finding anything that would work.

Then I searched for a cookie recipe using jello and thinking of a ocean theme….”Sea sLime” cookies were then created.

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In hind-sight I wish I would’ve taken more pictures along the way. But. I think most of you know how to measure ingredients out. The picture above is of the dough already mixed.

Here’s the recipe with step by step instructions:

Sea sLime (Jello) Cookies

3/4 cup margarine
1/2 cup white sugar

Cream the margarine and sugar for about 2 minutes on low.

1 (3oz) pkg of lime Jello powder
2 eggs

Add jello powder and eggs to the creamed sugar mixture. Beat on low/medium for about 1 minute.

Add the following ingredients to the above mixture:

1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Mix these until well combined. I then placed my cookie dough in the fridge for about 5-10 minutes to get it a bit stiff. Then I took it out and rolled the dough into round bites of dough. Roll in sugar if desired.
(about the size of a marble is recommended but mine were bigger) (See picture below)

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Then wet a fork with water and make tracks on the tops of the round bites of dough, by gently pushing down. I think I flattened a couple but, I baked them like that, they just came out a bit more crisp.

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Bake @ 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes. Bottoms will be golden brown.
Let cool 1 minute then remove and place on a cooling rack.
These freeze very well!
I just put a slice of bread in the container/bag as they were defrosting and them came out just as lovely and soft!

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I will definitely be making these sour cookie bites again! Looking forward to trying new flavors!

Recipe without detailed instructions:

Sea sLime Jello Cookies

3/4 margarin
1/2 cup white sugar
1 (3oz) pkg lime jello powder
2 eggs

1tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp b.p
1tsp salt

Mix well. Roll into marble sized balls. Roll in sugar if desired. Flatten with fork. Bake 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes.

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*****Please note. I used 2 pkgs of jello powder and this made my cookies come out super sour and tangy..but…I liked them that way! Kids will probably like a more subtle flavor, so try your first batch following the instructions and then feel free to tweak the recipe to your tastes! 🙂 You could also add a bit of food coloring to brighten the color up a bit more.

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