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It’s inexpensive, it smells good, and there are a lot more uses for Kool-Aid than just drinking it! Check out out all these awesome ways to use it, from activities for keeping kids busy to household chores, Kool-Aid can (almost) do it all!

 

 

 

Scrub away toilet bowl stains

Pour one packet of lemon or orange flavored Kool-Aid into your toilet bowl and let it sit for a few minutes. Scrub the bowl with a toilet brush. The citric acid and abrasive texture of Kool-Aid helps to break down and dissolve stains while smelling awesome! Much better than harsh chemicals!

 

Remove rust stains from concrete

Most of us can relate to these kinds of stains on our patio, garage floor or driveaway. Mix a few drops of water with a packet of lemon flavored Kool-Aid to make a paste. Rub it on to the stained area with an abrasive brush and watch it work wonders!

 

Color eggs

Never buy an Easter Egg coloring kit again! Kool-Aid comes in a ton of different colors now, and the packets are inexpensive! Mix one packet of your desired color with 2/3 cup of water and gently lower a hard boiled egg into the cup. Let it sit until desired shade of color is reached. We do this every year, and I promise they tuned out beautiful!

 

Make window clings with Kool-Aid and white glue

Pour Kool-Aid into a bottle of white school glue and mix thoroughly using a thin, long utensil like a chopstick or kebab stick. You can use the new colored glue to create art on canvas or paper, or make designs on stretched plastic wrap (tape down the sides to remove the creases) that can be dried and used as window clings! It smells good too!

 

Make scented playdough

Mix the following ingredients in a medium pot to make Kool-Aid playdough:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 Kool-Aid packets (same color)
  • 3/4 cup water

Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring until the dough clumps together and reaches play dough consistency. Repeat the process for each color. Let cool and store in plastic baggies.

 

Make scented/flavored lip gloss

Heat up one cup of Vaseline in a small microwavable bowl and microwave for about 30 seconds (don’t let the Vaseline turn into liquid). Stir in a small amount Kool-Aid mix and stir well. Experiment with how much Kool-Aid to add. Transfer lip gloss to a small, portable container and enjoy!

 

Kool-Aid colored pasta

Make pasta extra fun, colorful and smelling great! Just add pasta, water and kool-aid in a baggie, let sit until desired color is reached, rinse, and you’ve got colored pasta!  You can cook as usual and eat it or use for fun art projects!

 

Make scented bath paints

Get a muffin tin and fill each hole with shaving cream (you can get it for $1 at the dollar store), then mix in different flavors of Kool-Aid into each hole and mix it up. Kids can dip in paint brushes and then paint on the bathtub and tiles while they’re taking a bath!

 

 

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We’re less than a week into Summer Break and I have already heard the words “I’m bored” spill from my kids’ mouths! Typically they are pretty good about entertaining themselves, but with a 16, 14 and 9 year old at home, their interests vary so much that it’s hard to find activities they will all love. I’ve discovered that fun science experiments can bring people of all ages together, and I love that they’re learning something in the process.  Here is a list of 10 fun science experiments to help keep kids busy (and moms happy) this summer!

 

 

 

1. Make waterproof sand

Gather sand (colored is more fun) and spread it on a lined baking sheet. Spray Scotchgard over it liberally until completely covered. Then pour the mixture into a clear container filled with water and watch all the cool formations you can make! Get the full tutorial HERE.

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2. Make a Diet Coke/Mentos geyser

You’ll definitely want to take this one outside, but kids will love it!  Who doesn’t love a dramatic (but safe) explosion?! Adult supervision is required for younger kids. Basically an explosive reaction occurs when you drop Mentos candies into Diet Coke and everyone will ooh and aww as it shoots upwards! Get the full tutorial HERE.

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3. Make Rainbow celery

Kids can learn the process of transpiration by place celery stalks into water dyed with food coloring. It’s pretty fun to watch the leaves turn different colors by the next day! Get the full tutorial HERE.

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4. Make an outdoor volcano

Teaches kids the fun reaction that is made when you mix baking soda and vinegar! Just add baking soda to an empty soda bottle, bury it in a dirt/sand pile with the top exposed, and then add vinegar for an explosive surprise! Get the full tutorial HERE.

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5. Fill up balloons with gas created from soda and Pop Rocks

This is a super fun experiment that also requires adult supervision. All you need is some soda, Pop Rocks and balloons! Watch the balloons expand as they fill up with gas created from the soda/Pop Rocks reaction! Get the full tutorial HERE.

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6. Make indoor rain clouds 

Make it rain inside with this fun experiment using shaving cream water and blue food coloring.  Get the full tutorial HERE.

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7. Create “Ice Art”

Make beautiful pieces of ice art by freezing bowls of water overnight and then adding salt and food coloring to them the next day. The salt will create holes, nicks and crannies and the dye will highlight the new formations! Get the full tutorial HERE.

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8. Make a Sun Dial

Learn about time, the position of the sun and shadows by creating an easy sun dial with rocks and a pencil! Get the full tutorial HERE.

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9. Bake snacks in a solar oven

All you need is some foil, and black construction paper! Teach your kids how to cook food with the heat of the sun! Get the full tutorial HERE.

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10. Make homemade magnetic slime

All you need is some glue, Borax and iron filings to make your very own magnetic slime! Get the full tutorial HERE.

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Spring and Easter are just around the corner, and I love celebrating by doing fun and colorful activities with the kids!  Recently my friend made these “rainbow” noodles with her children, and I loved how they turned out (I mean, seriously, aren’t they so cute?!) so I begged her to teach me how to do it.  They’re super easy and super fun and super perfect for Spring festivities, so gather the kids and make some soon!

 

 

 

 

What you need:

Package of noodles (I like the look of Rotini for this, but you can use whatever you like)

Food coloring (the neon colors are fun and bright)

baggies

hot (but not boiling) water

 

Directions:

Add one cup of dry noodles to one baggie for every color you want.  So, if you decide on making 6 colors, you’ll have 6 baggies of noodles.

For each bag of noodles, add 2 tablespoons of hot water and 10 drops of dye, and shake it up until all noodles are coated.  Let sit 3-5 minutes, or until the desired shade of color is reached.  Then rinse noodles in cold water until water runs clear.

Cook as usual and top with sauce or butter.  You can get crazy and add a little food coloring to some Alfredo sauce to match the noodles too!

*Note: If you are hesitant to use store bought food coloring due to sensitivities, you can make all-natural dyes at home.  Learn how HERE.