Homemade Sidewalk Chalk
- Find a mold for your sidewalk chalk. Anything from a toilet tissue roll or small paper cup to fancy candy molds will work.
- Mix together 1 cup of Plaster of Paris with ¾ cup of water.
- Add color to your mixture using powdered tempera paint.
- Blend well and let stand for a few minutes.
- Pour your mixture into the molds you choose.
- Set aside to dry for approximately 24 hours more.
- Take your chalk outside and create fun masterpieces!
- Powdered tempera paint is available at most large craft stores.
- Experiment with making swirled colors by adding the paint and stirring very little.
- Drying time can take from several hours to a few days depending on the size of the mold you chose.
What You Need:
- A Mold
- 1 cup Plaster of Paris
- ¾ cup Water
- Medium Sized Bowl
- Powdered Tempera Paint
Homemade Play Giant Bubbles
½ cup liquid Joy dish detergent
3 tsp. liquid glycerin
1 qt. jar with lid (mayonnaise jar works well)
1 yd. string
Put Joy and glycerin in quart jar. Fill jar with water. Put lid on jar and shake gently to mix. Pour mixture into a
shallow plastic dish pan. The glycerin makes the bubbles stronger and iridescent.
Homemade Ice Cream
What You’ll Need:
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- ½ cup milk or half & half
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla
- 6 tablespoons rock salt
- 1 pint-size plastic food storage bad (e.g., Ziploc)
- 1 gallon-size plastic food storage bag
- Ice cubes
How to make it:
- Fill the large bag half full of ice, and add the rock salt. Seal the bag.
- Put milk, vanilla, and sugar into the small bag, and seal it.
- Place the small bag inside the large one, and seal it again carefully.
- Shake until the mixture is ice cream, which takes about 5 minutes.
- Wipe off the top of the small bag, then open it carefully. Enjoy!
A ½ cup milk will make about 1 scoop of ice cream, so double the recipe if you want more. But don’t increase the proportions more than that—a large amount
might be too big for kids to pick-up because the ice itself is heavy.