Kids bored at home? Learn how to make playdough, paint and slime!

If you're at a loose end for new things to do with the kids at home, look no further than your pantry!

Isolation can be hard enough, but isolation with kids - especially young kids - can feel impossible.

It's a real struggle to keep your kiddos entertained while cooped up indoors all day, but we've got you covered!



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These non-toxic recipes for super fun slime, paint and playdough only call for ingredients you can get at the local grocery shop. They're sure you keep you and your little ones entertained for hours!

Homemade playdough


  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Food colouring of choice - get creative!



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To begin, thoroughly mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and then add the oil. Drop the desired food colouring into the boiling water and then pour into the large bowl.

Combine the mixture well, until no longer tacky. Allow the dough to cool. To store it, wrap it in plastic wrap and place it in an air-tight container. It will stay fresh for months!



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Some mums also like to add a little drop of essential oils to their playdough so everyone smells nice as they craft, although that can undermine the non-toxicity. If you want a totally taste-safe but still fragrant dough, try sprinkling in some cinnamon and clove.

Easy at-home paint


  • 1/4 cup of salt
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • Food colouring

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Firstly, combine the flour and salt. Take the food colouring and add a couple of drops to the water, then pour it into the dry mix. Whip until fully combined and you see no lumps. 

The paint is easy to wash off, non-toxic and fun to make and use! To store, put into air-tight containers and keep them in the fridge. The paints will stay fresh and bright for up to six months.

Simple slime


  • 1/4 cup of chia seeds
  • 1 3/4 cup of water
  • Food colouring
  • 3-4 cups of corn starch

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To start, combine the chia seeds, water and food colouring. Then, cover the mixture and place in the fridge for 8-12 hours. Remove from the fridge and uncover.

Then, add in the corn starch gradually - about 1/2 a cup at a time - ensuring it is completely combined before adding more. Continue until you achieve the ideal slime consistency - slimy, but not sticky. 



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Chia slime can be stored in an air-tight container in the fridge. Each time it is taken out you may need to add some water for it to reactivate and regain its proper texture. 

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