Fun Activities for Your Children to Enjoy

The kitchen is the perfect place to find activities for children to enjoy. Creating crafts and edible artwork is easy when parents use a few common items from the pantry.

Following are some funny activities in kitchen for kids and their parents that can be made at home with a few simple ingredients.

Make Homemade Poster Paint

First cover clothing with an apron or old shirt. Then, in a large mixing bowl, stir together 1/4 cup flour, 1 teaspoon cornstarch, 1 cup water, 2 drops liquid dish-washing detergent, and food coloring. Using paint brushes or fingers, paint designs on poster paper, or stack several sheets of newspaper and paint the top layer. Poster paints can also be used to paint a window with a seasonal image or holiday message. The paint is easily removed with commercial glass cleaner or soap and water.

Make a candy mosaic by gluing pieces of candy to a graham cracker with frosting. Children can write their initials or create a colorful design.

Have Fun With Candy Mosaic and Play Dough

Edible play dough can be made by mixing 1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup corn syrup, 1/4 cup powdered milk, and 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar. Form shapes with the play dough by hand, or roll it 1/2 inch thick and cut into various shapes with a cookie cutter.

Create Bird Nests and Popsicles With Kids

Make popsicles by freezing juice or kool-aid in small paper cups. Fill the cups 2/3 full and cover them with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Place a straw or popsicle stick in the center of the top of each cup to create a handle. Freeze until solid, peel off the paper cup, and enjoy.

Make bird nests by melting 2 cups chocolate chips and 1/2 cup peanut butter in a microwave or double boiler pot. Stir in 2 9oz cans of Chinese noodles until coated. Shape into small nests, pressing a spoon on top to make nest-shaped indentations. Place four jelly beans in each nest.

Make Edible Snowflakes

With adult supervision, delicious, edible snowflakes can be made from flour tortillas. Microwave one tortilla for ten seconds, then fold it into quarters. With kitchen shears, cut triangles from the edges, in the same way a child would make a paper snowflake. Unfold the tortilla and fry it in 1/4 inch hot oil until golden brown on both sides. Sprinkle the tortilla with powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar from a sugar shaker. Let the tortilla cool before eating.

When parents are looking for enjoyable activities for kids in tough economic times, they can’t beat making art in the kitchen. Making edible snowflakes, creating bird nests and popsicles, and playing with candy mosaics and play dough are easy art projects for kids that are both frugal and fun.

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