Creative Ways to Keep the Kids Busy this Summer – 3 fun DIY Recipes! Play Dough, Cloud Dough, and Slime!


Looking for creative ways to keep your kids busy this summer? Look no further!

Start off with a Summer Essentials Box. To create a Summer Essentials Box, you will just need a box (or suit case, or whatever), and some supplies that you may already have around the house. Include items like glue, construction paper, tissue paper, tape, paper towel roll tubes, markers, glitter, yarn, chalk, rocks, stamps, paint and paint brushes, sea shells, and anything else you think will help keep the kids busy for a bit. Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration for summer craft ideas that won’t cost you a lot of cash. And of course, no Summer Essentials Box is complete without DIY Play Dough, Slime, and/or Cloud Dough! Here are some super easy recipes to make them at home:

DIY Play Dough

3 cups flour
1.5 cups salt
6 tsp. cream of tarter
3 tbsp. oil
3 cups water

Pour all ingredients into a large pot and stir constantly over medium heat until a dough ball forms. It will start pulling away from the sides. Work with dough for a few minutes, until it feels like Play-Doh. Store it in a plastic container – plastic baby food containers are perfect sized for this! Color your play dough with kool-aid for bright colors that smell oh-so-good!

DIY Slime

1 1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon borax
1/2 cup white glue
food coloring

Mix 1 teaspoon borax in 1 cup of water, stir until borax dissolves. In a separate container, mix 1/2 cup white glue with 1/2 cup water. Add food coloring. Combine the two mixtures.

DIY Cloud Dough

8 cups all purpose flour
1 cup baby oil

Mix flour and baby oil together by hand in a large tub or container until the dough holds together when molded. This could take about 3 minutes of mixing. This is great for sensory exploration for kids! It feels just like flour when you run your hands through it but it is moldable! Create a Cloud Dough Castle or a snowball – the possibilities are endless!

What’s your favorite summer “recipe”?