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Message in a Lunchbox!

Paint the inside of a lunchbox with chalkboard paint so you can write messages to your child.



If you are anything like me you are addicted to finding fun activities for your little ones. Here are a few I've found on the web that are tried and tested and Josh or his friends have enjoyed.

Art ideas | Activities

A great game for boys and girls. Print it out, cut out and glue together. Blow gently into the sails and you can have boat races on any smooth surface.
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Art Ideas

Control painting mess & waste

Sponges soaked in finger paint. Stops children from scooping huge balls of paint on their paper!

Can be washed and reused for the next art day

Finger paint

3 tbs sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup corn starch
2 cups water

combine ingredients in small saucepan. Warm until mixture thickens. Cool and pour in containers. Add food colouring to created desired colours

Bath paint

1 cup baby bubble bath or body wash - as long as it is clear/white
4 tbsp cornstarch
a few drops of food colouring
small containers with lids

1. in a mixing bowl mix together your bubble bath and cornstarch
2. pour this mixture into 4 small containers
3. pour a couple drops (you only want to use a couple drops so it won't stain) of food colouring in each container and mix well
4. your kids can use either paintbrushes or their hands to have fun in the tub

Bubbly finger paint

1 c. salt
1 c. flour
1 c. water

a healthy squirt of food coloring or tempera paint.
Put in squeeze bottles for Puffy Paint Paradise.

Great for autistic or sensory kids. You can add glitter to the mix or some sparkle. Keep it in the fridge if you need it for a few days of art projects.



Sidewalk Paint

Easy to make, loads of fun and washes off with water.

Earbud art

Great fun and excellent for fine motor co-ordination. Watch for a good "pencil grip".

Activities to Try


Fuzzy fun

Drop vinegar tinted with food coloring onto a pan filled with baking soda. Sheer minutes of colorful fizzy fun!

Pushing the vinegar in under the baking soda forms a mini valcano.


1 cup flour
1 cup water
2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/3 cup salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
food coloring

Mix together all the ingredients,
in a saucepan. Cook over low/medium
heat, stirring. Once it begins to
thicken, add the food coloring. Continue stirring until the mixture is much thicker and begins to gather around the spoon.Remove the dough onto wax paper or a plate to cool.

Magic Mud

Mix 2 cups of cornstarch and 1 cup water in a bowl. To color it, add a few drops of food coloring to the water before adding to the cornstarch. Takes some effort to mix the water and cornstarch.

If you quickly smack it with your hand it immediately turns into a solid, instead of splashing or moving. If you slowly move it reacts like a liquid. My son loves this one!

Homemade Moon Sand

I found two recipes so try each out and choose which works best for you.

Option 1
8 cups of flour and 1 cup of baby oil, really soft and easy to clean up!

Option 2
4 cups sand
2 cups cornflour
1 cup of water.