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Fun and Easy Craft for the Kids: Microwavable Puffy Paint

I was reading through a Family Fun magazine and found the Microwavable Puffy Paint craft idea. I tried it out with my 4-year-old and am happy to report that it was both fun and easy! Plus, it actually worked! I mixed the paints in small Tupperware containers and let my daughter put the food coloring in until it was the shade she liked. I laid down a garbage bag on our table and let her imagination go to work. She loved it and made a picture for each person in the family. The clean up was easy, and it was a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Here are the instructions if you’d like to try it with your little ones!

Microwavable Puffy Paint

Source: Family Fun (www.familyfun.com)

Mix for each color

1 Tbs. flour

1 Tbs. salt

1 Tbs. baking powder

2 Tbs. plus 1 or 2 tsp. of water

Several drops of food coloring

Stir until smooth. Apply paint to card stock (works the best) – all we had was construction paper (it worked fine but the edges curled up in the microwave). To dry and make the paint puff up, put the artwork in the microwave for 20 seconds. Keep adding 10 seconds at a time until dry.


FUNtastic! Recycled Box Art

Created for local elementary school's Eco-Fest

If you tend to do a lot of online shopping, chances are you have a lot of cardboard boxes that need to be recycled. Why not use those boxes as canvases for artwork! Eco-art is a great way to teach your kids how to create a new use for things you don’t need anymore. You can cut the boxes down to any size you like and decorate them: create signs for sporting events, door hangers, wall art, picture frames, and any other creative idea you can think of!

Suggested Supplies:

Cardboard boxes

Box cutter (adults only for cutting the boxes)

Washable paint

Glitter pens/glue


Ribbon or yarn for hanging (if applicable)

Author: Shannon McAfee, Founder and Owner, TOYconomy

Make Your Own Bubble Solution!

All kids love bubbles, so why not throw a little science education into the mix one day and make your own bubble solution with the kids! Here’s an easy recipe below:

Bubble solution

1/2 cup  Dishwasher Detergent

4-1/2  cups water

4 tablespoons glycerin (available in pharmacies)

Measure out the water, detergent and glycerin into the container with a cover and stir gently.

Note: The longer you let the mixture set, the larger the bubbles are and the longer they seem to last.

Extension activity: encourage the kids to use recycled material to create their own bubble wands while they are waiting for the mixture to set.

Fun With Playdough!

If you’re ever looking for a fun indoor activity with your kids, try making your own playdough! This is a great activity that touches on so many different developmental areas – science, math, fine motor development, and creativity.

This playdough recipe is so easy to make, and it smells much better than the traditional playdough because you’re using Kool-Aid. I was nervous at first because I thought our hands would be stained the same color as the Kool-Aid, but I was pleasantly surprised about how easy it washed off. I would recommend wearing an apron, especially for the kids. The quality of this play dough is also wonderful.

If you try this recipe, we’d love to see what kind of creations you make! Feel free to send pictures to info@toyconomy.com.

Enjoy your play time!

Playdough Recipe

Mix in a bowl:

2 ½ cups flour

2 pkgs. Kool-Aid

1 TB cream of tartar or alum

Heat in microwave for 3 minutes:

1 ½ cups water

Add water to flour mixture along with:

3 TBS. oil

Mix, knead well and store in a plastic bag or Tupperware. If your playdough is too sticky just put the playdough in the microwave for 1 minute at a time. Then knead it when it comes out. Eventually, it will pull from the bowl and be really great playdough. The alum or cream of tartar keeps this playdough from spoiling or getting too sticky. Store in the refrigerator if you aren’t going to use it again right away.

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TOYconomy is an award-winning toy rental service for kids of all ages. Our mission is to help families maximize play time with their kids! Play more to bond, teach, communicate, and build relationships.