Grim's Grub: Words of warning: Don't eat these fun recipes
OK, OK, so my column is called Grim's Grub and that suggests that all the recipes I share should be food recipes, but hear me out.
Sometimes the coolest things you can do at home are homemade projects. Some of the coolest games or toys are those you put a little personal effort into. That being said, I find that the more things I know how to make (food or otherwise), the happier I am. I hope that is true for you as well.
I've been wanting to write a recipe column about something other than food for a while, but I needed more recipes than just homemade playdough. Recently, I came across just such recipes. There should be enough here to enjoy all year long, indoor or outdoor.
It would be even more fun if the children who will be playing with the end product get to help with the creation of said product (if they are old enough, of course).
One recipe (Oobleck) could perhaps be used in a science fair project to demonstrate the qualities of non-Newtonian fluids if mixed in a large enough quantity (think a kiddie pool).
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup flour
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1/3 cup salt
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- Gel food coloring
Mix all ingredients (except the food coloring) together. Cook this mixture over low to medium heat, stirring. Once it begins to thicken, add the food coloring.
Continue stirring until the mixture begins to gather around the spoon. Once the dough is tacky but not wet, remove it to wax paper or a plate to cool approximately 30 minutes. Knead the dough and it is ready to play with.
Store it in an air-tight container. Water may be added if it begins to dry out.
Giant Bubble Recipe
- 6 cups water
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 2 cups dishwashing soap (or 1 1/3 cups ultra concentrated soap)
Stir water and corn syrup together until combined. Add the dishwashing liquid and stir gently. When blowing bubbles, try to dip and not stir the bubble wands. Try to avoid making bubbles in your container.
Follow this recipe closely
- 2/3 cup Elmer's white glue
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ cup water
- 2-3 cups shaving cream
- 1 1/2 tablespoons contact lens solution containing boric acid and sodium borate
- Liquid food coloring
Add your white glue to a bowl, then add water and baking soda before mixing. Mix in shaving cream. Add food coloring until you are satisfied with the color, then mix. Add 1 tablespoon of contact solution, knead five minutes, then add the remaining ½ tablespoon of contact solution. This slime will be very sticky when kneading.
- Approximately 150 pounds of corn starch (approximately $60)
Add cornstarch to a small-sized kiddie pool. Very slowly add in water a little at a time while stirring. Slow the addition of water as it gets wetter. When properly mixed, Oobleck should pour like a thick water, but if you push down on it, it will act like a solid.
If mixed properly, people can walk on top of Oobleck so long as they do not stop moving. Once someone stops moving, he or she will sink in the Oobleck like mud or quicksand.
Do not dispose of this down a drain. It should be treated as solid garbage.