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Recipes for Fun - Kids Bubbles, Rainbow Crayons and Paints

Updated on April 29, 2015

Create bubbles, rainbow crayons and paints from ingredients in your own kitchen!

Always running out of bubble soap? Not sure what to do with all those used-up or broken crayons? Are the kids looking for something different to do?

Below are some great recipes that the kids can help make!

From home made crayons to never-ending supplies of bubble soap, it's a great way to show kids with a little creativity, you can save money and create fun!

Flickr Photo Credit - Frank Black Noir
Flickr Photo Credit - Frank Black Noir

Ultimate Bubble Mixture


2 cups Joy® dish detergent

6 cups water

3/4 cups Karo® syrup


Combine. Let settle for 4 hours. Store covered in refrigerator to extend suds life. Warm to room temperature before using.

If you don't have any spare bubble wants laying around - get creative! Pipe cleaners make great bubble wants and can be bent into fun shapes like hearts.

Just for fun - what happens when you blow a bubble in freezing temps?

Flickr Photo Credit - Peacock Modern
Flickr Photo Credit - Peacock Modern

Rainbow Crayons

Don't throw out those broken crayons, make them into something new!


Broken crayon pieces

Muffin Tin


1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

2. Remove paper from broken crayons and place pieces in a muffin tin.

3. Place tin in preheated oven until crayons are melted.

*Do not move pan too much when removing, or colors will become muddy*

4. When slightly cooled, place in freezer until crayon becomes easy to remove.

5. Enjoy some rainbow coloring fun!

Flickr Photo Credit - Jessica Merz
Flickr Photo Credit - Jessica Merz

Finger Paints


1/2 Cup boiling water.

2 Tablespoons Cornstarch

6 Tablespoons Cold Water


Dissolve starch in cold water in a cup. Add this mixture to boiling water, stirring occasionally. Heat until it thickens and becomes glossy. Color water with food coloring. Store in air tight container. Use freezer paper as paper to paint on.

Painting Supplies for your little artist.

Flickr Photo Credit - eyeliam
Flickr Photo Credit - eyeliam

Cookie Paint

Icing a cookie with a knife or spreader can be difficult for kids. Here is a great recipe for frosting you can paint cookies with! The result is bright and vibrantly decorated cookies that are fun to eat or give as holiday gifts.


* 1/2 cup butter

* 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

* 1/4 cup milk or cream (add less if you want thicker frosting)

* a few drops of vanilla

* gel paste food coloring (a little goes a LONG way. Careful not to use too much, or you'll end up with a chemical taste. Start with just one drop.)


Mix butter and sugar into a paste. Whisk in milk. Add food coloring. Put a new, clean paint brush in each bowl and let the children paint their cookies!

Tip: Create a flower cookie bouquet by inserting popsicle sticks into the cookie right after they've finished baking. Wait until cookies are completely cool before frosting.

Puffy Paints


Equal Parts





Mix all ingredients together. Add paint or food coloring as desired. Works best to use in squirt bottles (Such as ketchup or mustard bottles. Applicator bottles can be purchased at your local beauty supply store.)

Paint will be heavy. Use cardboard or paper plates to paint on.

Have more kid fun ideas? Or stop by and say "Hi"!

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      I've never seen a bubble recipe with Karo syrup. This works. I'l have enough left over for the perfect pie making excuse ;). Too cool.

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      LauraGraig 5 years ago

      These are perfect to try this holiday season. Thanks for sharing

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      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      Excellent ideas and information. Featured on my 'Inexpensive Christmas Gift Ideas For the Cash-Strapped' lens

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      poutine 8 years ago

      Very useful recipes for people who take care of children.

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      squid-janices7 8 years ago

      Well I can't think of a single kid that wouldn't like getting messy with any of these fun recipes. Great lens!

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      Kim 8 years ago from Big Lake, MN

      Thanks for the great recipes! I will be using the rainbow color one very soon. We loved your other kid recipe lenses and look forward to this one just as much :-)