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Take a Spring Break at Home with Macaroni Kid

After this long Central PA winter, you may be dreaming of being on a warm sandy beach somewhere. But if you can’t swing a spring break vacation, Macaroni Kid has some ideas to bring the beach to your house!
After this long Central PA winter, you may be dreaming of being on a warm sandy beach somewhere. But if you can’t swing a spring break vacation, Macaroni Kid has some ideas to bring the beach to your house!
 
Julie Follansbee, from Macaroni Kid Johnstown/Laurel Highlands/Altoona, has some fun sensory activities that will keep the kids busy for hours.
 
To Make Colored "Sand"
some white rice
food coloring
hand sanitizer
a flat pan

Use the same recipe we use to color pasta only substitute rice:

Put 5-6 squirts of hand sanitizer in a plastic ziplock bag. Add a few drops of food coloring.
Add rice.
Zip bag.
Shake until mixed.
Lay rice out on a parchment lined jelly roll pan to dry completely.
*NOTE: this is not edible


This is a fun one in the tub!
Add a few drops of blue food coloring to the water and you are instantly transformed to the ocean! Your kids will never want to get out!

To Make Bath Sand:
shaving cream
food coloring
bath crystals

You can use plastic beach toys or any flat container for this.
While your kids are in the tub you or they can fill the container with shaving cream
Add the bath crystals.
Now they can squeeze and shape their "sand"!


You can take this back even one step further and make your own bath crystals!

Bath Crystals
Epsom Salts
Food coloring
essential oil (optional)

Pour some epsom salts into a lipped container
Add a few drops of food coloring
Add a drop of essential oils
Mix

Let the kids alternate between the "beach" and the "ocean". Add some sea shells and beach toys and they'll think they've been on vacation!
 
 
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