If you are like thousands of other parents right now, the thought of planning out summer activities for the kids is as scary as tackling that heap of laundry!

As a mother of two kids, now 11 years and 9 years old, I have had a few years to test out different ideas and “recipes” for a fun-filled summer.  Having fun shouldn’t have to cost a lot – and just to prove it, here are 4 of my favourite low-cost summer art recipes.  Enjoy!

2-6 Tbsp. Of dishwashing soap
1 cup warm water
1 Tbsp. Gelatin or 1 tsp. Glycerine
Finger Paint
3 tsp. Sugar
½ cup cornstarch
2 cups cold water.
Mix in a saucepan, bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
Pour into small baby food jars.
Add food colouring and have fun!
Gobbely Goop
1 cup salt
1/3 cup water
½ cup cornstarch
1 cup water
Mix salt and water in a saucepan.
Cook for 3-4 minutes.
Mix cornstarch and water and add to salt mixture and mix quickly.
Stir until stiff dough is formed.
Keep refrigerated.
1 cup flour
1 cup salt
½ cup water
Add food colouring.
Put into small jars with tight fitting lids.
Shake well.


Use up that scap paper you’ve been saving all year!  Post the masterpieces on the fridge for all to enjoy.

If you have some of your own ideas, please share them with our Facebook readers.

Have a great summer!!!


Jennifer McCallum

Thank you so much for stopping by this page to get to know a bit more about me and why I started Parent Guide Inc. My business story started a way back in 2001... …after the birth of my first daughter, I realized that an "all-in-one" resource guide for parents was needed, and fast! I designed the New Parent Resource Guide to fill a gap in the community for busy parents like myself. The New Parent Resource Guide offers an A-Z of key contacts for parents, caregivers, service providers, and health care professionals.  Working with key businesses and organizations in the community, we have also compiled much-needed articles, tips, and charts to answer all your parenting questions. The latest addition to our family is the School Age Resource Guide to serve parents of children, 3 to 18 years!  This guide answers questions about: nutrition, bullying, curriculum, building self-esteem, and much more, as well as offering a full directory of local and national resources. The Parentguide.ca website offers an “all-in-one” spot for parents to connect, add their own blog, and find needed resources in their community.  It is a site that educates and entertains and if you can't find somthing just ASK me. I am here to serve YOU!  My hope is that you connect with our members, find comfort in their words, and share your own story. My goal is to see what I can do to help make life a bit easier for you.   You are why I do what I do! I can’t wait to get to know you!  Comment below to tell me about yourself – then start blogging so we can find out what makes you get up in the morning!  Check out my blog too and I am sure you will be surprised what gets me out of bed each day!!! Jennifer -  Mom and Publisher

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