Since I started watching my 10 year old cousin this summer I've been scouring the internet and trying my best to come up with some activities that will both occupy a 10 year old and 3 year old and will keep their attention for more than 37 seconds.
After the first couple days of our new summer routine I adopted the attitude that as long as it was entertaining for them I would not freak out about the mess the projects made. Needless to say I have done my fair share of cleaning my apartment and yet it is never clean, but the kids have had fun and that's what's important.
One activity we used to do a lot during my days working at a daycare was making flubber. I've read where people say it is dangerous to use the borax because it's a chemical and all that but I make sure the kids wash their hands after playing with it, don't put it anywhere near their mouth, and the amount in flubber is very small so truthfully I'm not concerned, you can make up your own mind and decide what is best for your children.
3/4 cup cold water
1 cup Elmer’s glue
liquid food coloring
1/2 cup hot water
1 teaspoon borax (you can find this in a box in the laundry aisle)
step 1: in bowl 1 – mix together the cold water, glue, and food coloring. set aside.
step 2: in bowl 2 – mix together the hot water and borax, until the borax is completely dissolved.
step 3: slowly add glue mixture to borax mixture. mix well. pour off excess water.
**disclaimer: if your child is like my son and squirts half the bottle
of food coloring in his flubber mixture he will inevitably have blue
tinged hands every single time he plays with it.
Recipe from here: http://www.livecrafteat.com/craft/homemade-flubber-for-kids/#ixzz34EWcdCfJ
I halved the recipe and gave each of them the necessary supplies to mix their own flubber. I did not let them touch the borax, only stir it once I had added it to the hot water. This was the perfect amount for each of them to play with. Store your flubber in a plastic baggie (sandwich size is perfect for a halved recipe) and it stays good for at least a week.
I have every intention of stocking my craft cabinet with glue this summer during the back to school sales to have it on hand for future rainy days, and the cold days of winter.