DIY Summer Fun Activities For Kids (Video)

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I got hands-on with Cityline host Tracy Moore, showing her some simple, fun craft-activities for kids that’ll be sure to keep them entertained this summer.

  • How to make kinetic sand
  • DIY sidewalk chalk paint
  • How to make glow-in-the-dark bubbles

All of the Great Value products I used in these projects plus the mixing containers and utensils were purchased at Walmart.

Watch here…

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Tracy Moore:
So let’s talk about keeping the kids busy – the family busy – during the summer months. It can be a lot of fun playing with them, but as soon as you start running out of ideas?

Denise Wild:
Totally.

Tracy:
So you can get crafty.

Denise:
I have some good projects to keep them busy. It’s fun to do; inexpensive, safe things to make.

Tracy:
Yep.

Denise:
So, let’s start with kinetic sand. This is that sand that sticks together. You can ball it up and it doesn’t make a huge mess–

Tracy:
Right.

Denise:
–but you can make it yourself. And it’s so easy to do. So, you start with water.

Tracy:
Okay.

Denise:
Add in some cornstarch. I’m going to dump this all in. You do about a fifty percent – a fifty-fifty mix.

Tracy:
What’s cool about this sand is like you can use it again, and again, and again.

Denise:
Exactly.

Tracy:
It never gets tired. Like it keeps sticking together and coming apart.

Denise:
Exactly. And then we add a little bit of dish soap.

Tracy:
Okay.

Denise:
And a little bit of vinegar. Now this prevents it from – oops, maybe not that much – this prevents it from sticking together. So, we’ll mix all these together. So, it’s the cornstarch that helps it kind of to adhere.

Tracy:
And it’s supposed to be like that. Like, a little bit tough to–

Denise:
Exactly. It’s a little bit tricky to manoeuvre–

Tracy:
Okay.

Denise:
–but you just mix this all in. Once that’s all mixed in, then you take your sand and dump that in. And it’s- again, this is about a fifty-fifty.

Tracy:
Oh!

Denise:
So, these are all products that I’m using– whoa, there we go.

Tracy:
Okay.

Denise:
So it gets a little bit messy at first, but you know, you’re keeping the kids busy. It’s fun to do.

Tracy:
And if it doesn’t work out, who cares? The kids will love this part of it. They’ll be like, ‘That is so fun!’

Denise:
You know what? You can adjust and add more or add less – take away a little bit more if it’s not – if it’s not watery enough.

Tracy:
Yep.

Denise:
Or if it’s too watery, you add some of your products.

Tracy:
And then this sand; it’s so cool. I love it.

Denise:
Exactly. It sticks together.

Tracy:
Stick it together. Pull it apart. And you can make little sandcastles.

Denise:
It’s fun to play with. And then that’s it.

Tracy:
Okay.

Denise:
So–

Tracy:
So, how about sidewalk chalk.

Denise:
Exactly.

Tracy:
Sidewalk paint?

Denise:
Sidewalk chalk paint. And you can make it yourself using water.

Tracy:
Nice.

Denise:
You want to do this one?

Tracy:
Sure.

Denise:
I’ll do this one. So you mix about, again, a one-to-one ratio of water and cornstarch. And I’m just using Great Value products. They’re very inexpensive. The same quality stuff that you know.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
Yet they cost less.

Tracy:
Okay.

Denise:
So–

Tracy:
So we mix these together?

Denise:
Mix these together – oh, I forgot to add water.

Tracy:
You might need that.

Denise:
Sorry about that. And it’s a little bit tricky at first. You know, it kind of sticks together, but you mix it together and then add in whatever color you want. So, add in your food colouring drops and ba-bam, then you have your this – I feel like I’m in a cooking segment now.

Tracy:
I know, right. You can basically make– and you can make the colour whatever you want.

Denise:
Exactly.

Tracy:
Oh, I like the colour you made. It’s nice.

Denise:
I have little tiles that you can use on the back – oops, I used this one for blue before – but you can use this to paint up and, again, it’s such an easy project. These are Great Value products that you find at Walmart, and it’s super easy.

Tracy:
Why don’t we get the experts to come on in here while we do the last project.

Denise:
Come on in.

Tracy:
Since we’re running out of time.

Denise:
Yes.

Tracy:
Okay, what’s this one.

Denise:
So, the last one is bubbles. You can make your own.

Tracy:
Ah! Bubbles?

Denise:
Bubbles. And–

Tracy:
Are they actually going to work?

Denise:
Yes. So, the trick here is that you want to add a dish soap – sorry, I’m going to just squeeze over here.

Tracy:
See, your kids will love this. Roger has–

Roger Mooking:
I’ve got four kids.

Tracy:
Seventeen children.

Denise:
Oh, that’ll be helpful.

Tracy:
This will keep them busy, Roger.

Roger:
That’s good. We need that.

Tracy:
I know.

Denise:
This is water and glycerine. This is your secret ingredient.

Tamara Robbins Griffith:
I know you need the glycerine.

Denise:
You need the glycerine.

Tracy:
Okay.

Denise:
So, you add your soap. Add your water. Mix it together.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
Let me have you–

Tracy:
Oh, you don’t even have a wand! I love how old school this is.

Denise:
Exactly.

Tamara Robbins Griffith:
Oh!

Chris McGimsie:
Wow!

Denise:
Exactly. These are Styrofoam cups.

Tracy:
Okay.

Roger:
Oh, alright.

Denise:
Great Value from Walmart. And you can make huge, massive bubbles–

All speak:
Oh!

Roger:
Oh, yeah. Okay!

Denise:
–if you want glow-in-the-dark, just add water-based glow-in-the-dark pait!

Tracy:
I love it!

 

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