Let’s Lighten Up a Little!

Kids need a “Grain Day,” too. Have some fun with these easy recipes. Hey! You haven’t lived until you’ve made Goop! 

It's a great thing to be able to bring little ones into the kitchen to help make food for your family. Read some tips and guidelines on How Kids Can Help in the Kitchen!  And be sure to check out the Home Baking Association's tips for kids helping in the kitchen, fun recipes, resources and more.

Baking mixes are a great place to start, or if you're ready to branch out, here are some of our favorite recipes kids love:

Mom's Banana Bread

Whole Wheat Apple Butterscotch Oat Cookies

Whole Wheat Pizza Bites

Crafts - (remember, they're not for eating)

Here are some fun crafts you can make with simple ingredients.

GOOP - A crazy Corn Starch experiment!

1 cup Hodgson Mill Corn Starch
2 Tbsp. water (plus more until desired consistency is reached)

GOOP Science Experiment – Need a science fair idea? Teach kids about physics with just corn starch and water! Mix about 1 cup corn starch with 1-2 Tbsp. water. Add more water and continuing stirring until a thick, gooey smooth paste is formed. Put it in a pie pan or shallow bowl and let kids feel how differently it behaves when it’s stirred quickly or slowly. Gently tap the surface and see what happens.  Scoop a little onto your hand, roll it into a ball, and then feel it turn liquid and melt away. It’s liquid at rest, but solid upon impact, and it's called a "Non-Newtonian Liquid."

Note: This makes a great classroom or daycare activity.

Space Foam 

1 cup Hodgson Mill Corn Starch
1-2 cups aerosol shaving cream

Mix roughly one cup cornstarch to 1-2 cups shaving cream, stirring well until sandy but moldable. Add more corn starch or more shaving cream a little at a time until desired consistency is reached. Let kids sculpt, squeeze and play with this light, sandy space foam!

Optional: add 1 drop food coloring (be careful, this could cause it to stain fabrics or carpets).

Homemade Watercolor Paints

4 Tbsp. baking soda
2 Tbsp. white vinegar 
1/2 tsp. corn syrup
2 Tbsp.Hodgson Mill Corn Starch
Food coloring (several colors)

In a large measuring cup with spout, mix together 4 Tbsp. baking soda and 2 Tbsp. white vinegar, and wait until fizzing stops.  Add ½ tsp. corn syrup and 2 Tbsp. corn starch and stir until completely combined. Pour or spoon the uncolored paint base into separate shallow tins – such as a mini muffin tin, an old empty watercolor tray, or an ice cube tray. Stir about 6 drops of food coloring into each separate compartment until desired color is reached – use separate toothpicks or popsicle sticks for each color to prevent muddling. Keep uncovered and let dry completely (24-48 hours depending on humidity)

Papier-Mâché Bowls 

Bowl (any size or shape)
Petroleum jelly
1 cup Hodgson Mill All Purpose White Flour
1 cup cold water
Newspaper, torn into 3-inch by 1-inch strips
Tempera or craft paint
Clear sealing spray for crafts (optional)

Place bowl upside down on table.  (Lay down plastic or old sheet to prevent mess.) Spread a thick layer of petroleum jelly over the outside and rim of the bowl.

In a large bowl, beat flour and water together using a wire whisk to make a smooth paste.  

Dip one newspaper strip at a time into the paste until completely coated.  Pull strip between 2 fingers to take off extra paste.  Lay paste strips on outside of bowl side-by-side, covering the entire bowl. Dip more strips into paste and add a second layer of strips to the bowl, placing them the opposite direction over the first layer of strips, like weaving or lattice.  Repeat, adding four more layers of paper strips to bowl, changing direction with each layer.  (About 6 layers total). Let bowl dry for 24 hours.

Once dry, separate papier-mâché bowl from the regular bowl gently, using a table knife to loosen around the edge.  Paint the inside and outside of the papier-mâché bowl with tempera or craft paint.  Let dry.  Spray sealing spray on bowl if desired. 

You may store paste in covered container in refrigerator for up to 5 days.  Recipe makes 1½ cups paste.


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