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Pinterest Tuesday- Make your own moldable sand

Make Your Own Moldable Sand- The Boundless Homeschool

For this week’s Pinterest Tuesday, we made moldable sand!

We live in Florida.  The boys love going to the beach and building castles and rivers in the sand.  But we still have to drive an hour to go to a nice beach with nice sand.  Making a little bin of moldable sand so we could make castles at home sounded like a great idea!

Make your own moldable sand

I took some sand from the beach the last time we visited.  I probably could have just gathered the sand from my car and garage. We seem to always bring most of the beach home with us.

Moldable sand and cup

There are many different recipes out there that you can use.  Shaving cream, corn starch, water, and dish soap are some of the ingredients I read about. I decided to pick the recipe that used flour and vegetable oil.  Mostly because it keeps, and you don’t have to add water each time you want to play with it.

Scooping Moldable Sand

The recipe:

1- 5 cups of play sand (I used beach sand)

2- 3 cups flour

3- 1 cup vegetable oil

Mix the ingredients in a bin.  Stir together until all the lumps and bumps break up.  If it doesn’t feel moldable, add 1/4 cup of oil at a time until it reaches a moldable consistency.  Store in an air-tight container. 

Squishing Moldable sand

I had enough ingredients so I doubled the recipe.  I also figured most of the sand would end up on the ground (I was right), so why not make a little extra. I’m wondering how the recipe would have turned out if I used regular play sand you buy from the store, because the beach sand was already fairly moldable to begin with.

Moldable Sand

The recipe worked.  The sand was moldable, and the boys were able to build a few little buildings and houses (even a sand snowman).  Unfortunately it was such a hot day that it was almost unbearable to play outside.  And it’s not quite as much fun playing in the sand when you don’t have salt water to jump in when you need to cool off.  So we didn’t play with it for a terribly long time.  But, it does keep, and we will be able to play with it more when the summer ends.

***UPDATE:  A few months later, I opened our container of moldable sand, and it had molded!  It may be because I used sand from the actual beach vs store bought play sand.***

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Pinterest Tuesday- How to make your own bouncy balls

How to make your own bouncy balls- The Boundless Homeschool

It’s time for another Pinterest Tuesday!

Even though there is less than 2 hours left of Tuesday.  Today the boys and I created our own bouncy balls!  I figured this would be an exciting project to do because of the amount of measuring and mixing involved.  My oldest is learning about measuring, and my youngest has always loved watching and helping me cook.  So this was definitely something they wanted to do.  And what kid doesn’t like a bouncy ball?

Since we do many activities like this one (homemade slime, mostly) I already had a box of borax on hand.  It’s actually the same box I’ve had since my 5 year old was 1.  It still mostly full too! All the other ingredients are usually found around the house. Especially in a homeschooler’s house.

Ingredients for DIY Bouncy Balls

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 Tbsp borax
  • 2 Tbsp white (liquid) glue
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • Food coloring
  • Optional: Plastic disposable cups and plastic forks.  The clean up was so much easier because I could just throw everything away instead of scrubbing cups/bowls.

What we did:

I definitely did not make this  “instagram worthy”.  No high definition, posed pictures here.  I am actually surprised I remembered to take any pictures at all.  I could have taken over a bit more and made the balls perfectly round and smooth, but I really let my boys do most of the work.  This is for them, after all.  I made one whole recipe for each boy.

DIY Bouncy Balls- Mixing Ingredients

DIY Bouncy Ball

In the first cup, we mixed the warm water and the borax.  In the second cup, we mixed the glue, cornstarch, and food coloring.  Once everything was mixed thoroughly, we poured the borax mixture into the glue mixture and stirred.  It hardened almost instantly.

Mixing ingredients for DIY bouncy balls

After a few seconds of stirring, I pulled out the glob with the fork and squeezed it in my hand a few times.  Just like the slime you can make with borax, you need to knead it a bit.  Once the ingredients seemed to bond together I let my boys roll and squish them until they formed into a ball they approved of.  Only once the glob mixture was too slimy to bond together.  So I dunked it back into the water a few times and that did the trick.

Our four balls are a lot larger than I was expecting.  You could easily make two out of each.  Next time I will half the recipe to make more but smaller bouncy balls.

Oh, and YES! They actually do bounce! We stored ours in plastic bags.  I will come back in a week or two and update here how they hold up.  Another Pinterest Tuesday win!

Edit: They did not hold up very well.  They are basically slime, so they do flatten out.  It was very hard to actually roll them back out, but that may have been because ours were so big to begin with.  Also, if any of the bouncy balls are touching while stored, the colors will bleed into one another.

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Pinterest Tuesday- Colorful Fizzy Liquid Chalk

Fizzy Liquid Chalk- The Boundless Homeschool

Pinterest Tuesday

That name may change, but for the meantime, I am calling this new series of posts “Pinterest Tuesday”.  My boys always love the days where we create new fun things.  I’ve been pulling ideas from Pinterest for as long as I have been a mom  (is there anyone who doesn’t use Pinterest?).  Usually they all work out well, or I can at least salvage it and make it work out in the end.  Rarely have we had any fails.

Often times I find myself avoiding these fun experiments because of the prep time and the MESS.  And I just want to kick myself because these are fun memories my boys are creating.  They LOVE this stuff.  So I am forcing myself to step out of my cleanish comfort zone.  We are going to attempt (at least) one Pinterest activity every week.

This week I knew I wanted to do something fun that the boys could help me prepare, but preferably something outdoors. I need to slowly ease into the mess thing, right? I decided on liquid chalk, because it hadn’t rained in forever, and the old chalk on our driveway, from a month and a half ago, was fading out.  A few pins mentioned using vinegar to make everything fizzy, so that’s what we went with.  Tanner is in a big chemistry phase at the moment, and this is right up his alley.

Some pins used squirt bottles, others used balloons.  I went the muffin tin and paint brush route, for Wesley mostly, since he enjoys painting.  I’ll most likely invest in squirt bottles for future activities.

The recipe I settled on was simple.  Equal parts baking soda, corn starch, and water.  I used 1/3 cup of each ingredient, for each boy.  It seemed a little thin to me so I added more baking soda.  But I wouldn’t do that again.  I ended up having to stir it a lot to get every thing to mix, and if anyone has played with ooblek, or other non-newtonian liquids, it’s hard work stirring that.  It would have been fine sticking with the original recipe. Once it was all mixed, I poured the liquid into the muffin tin and let my boys choose which colors they wanted to use.  We used what I had on hand, which was food coloring.  But I have ordered washable liquid watercolors to use next time, so I won’t have to worry about it staining clothing.

Mixing Fizzy Liquid Chalk

Colorful Fizzy Liquid Chalk

Painting Fizzy Liquid Chalk

The boys went to town painting the driveway.  I was actually surprised how vivid some of the colors were! I’m not sure if that’s due to the gel food coloring we used or the powders in the recipe.  Once the chalk was dry, I gave the boys little cups of vinegar and an eyedropper.  They loved how the chalk fizzed when the vinegar touched it.  It took Wesley a little longer to grasp that concept, he preferred just pouring the vinegar out all at once.

Fizzy Liquid Chalk Painting

Fizzy Liquid Chalk Paint

Fizzy Liquid Chalk

The driveway was so colorful.  The boys were so proud of their creations.  And because it just makes since, the sky opened up and we had a downpour rain storm, literally within minutes of finishing.  So everything, including the chalk from last month, disappeared.  But the boys enjoyed playing in the rain, and it made clean up that much easier.

So I’d say our first week of Pinterest Tuesday was a success!  Making this fizzy liquid chalk was fun for all of us!