Do your little ones tend to play around with food? Are you tired of running behind them to stop them from doing so? Well, children have this inherent tendency to consider food as their game items. No worries, here is a way out for you. Have you ever heard of food as toys? If not, then here lies an extraordinary example for you to believe.
Astonishingly, the name cornflour goes so much with food, as with play that you can merely imagine! Are you surprised by the fact? Well, don’t be. It’s actually true and incredible that how a popular food product can act as an amazing play item. Cornstarch or cornflour, being edible and safe, is harmless to play with. Thus, this fabulous non-toxic and green product can be played with by children. And, don’t worry, it is not messy at all; it can be cleaned up finely.
There are some cool, beautiful, creative and fun ways to play with cornstarch, or let’s say cornflour.
1. Create a 7-coloured rainbow for your kids
Being a fabulous sensory material, cornstarch can be molded into any form and shape you desire. So, why not give it a shape of a colorful rainbow? Your little ones may or may not have seen real VIBGYOR in sky. So let’s give them a colorful feel by making nice vibrant dough out of it. Your kids will just stay engrossed in playing with it. Cornstanch blended with shaving cream in fixed ratio, will create rainbow foam dough. Color it. It is so puffy and foamy that tiny tots will just love it. It is like feeling soft clouds.
2. Homemade color palate toy
Another way is to roll the same cornstarch and shaving cream dough into tiny balls of different colors. Even if the cute little ones put these in their mouth while playing, don’t panic. It will not have any adverse effect. It just looks like a color palate and they will find it remarkable!
3. Ribbons and ooblecks create pleasure in the little innocent minds
Have you (the parent) ever heard of cornstarch and water? If not, then try this once. Not only your children will love, even you can’t stop yourself from finding it to be incredible. The recipe just calls for cornflour and water. The neat texture of cornstarch and water creates a smooth sticky liquid, which behaves as solid if held tightly. Once you release your grip, guess what happens! It gives an impression of crazy dripping ribbons. You can even create dancing ooblecks out of it by squirting some colors and playing a beat music.
4. Offer the little ones a nice and nontoxic way to paint
Sidewalk chalk paint is incredibly awesome and simple. You just need to mix water, cornstarch, color and also baking soda. The young ones will have a blast painting with the vibrant shades of the mixture oozing out of the squeezy bottles. The dried paint gives a fascinating texture, which is super smooth and soft.
5. Craft out a heavenly world for the sweet little guys
Edible Gluten Free Play dough sounds interesting. Isn’t it? It creates a super fun and safe edible dough, that you will enjoy making. It easily takes on any color to create lively shades. You will simply love it. So create a heavenly playtime for your babies by flattening the rolls to give different celestial shapes of stars, moon or anything you wish.
6. Create lively butterflies to take them in a dream world
Colors are what the young ones love the most. Why not give them more delight by creating some multihued lively butterflies? You will love to see their smile and for that you will just require PVA glue and cornstarch, and of course a bit of spare time. That’s it! This is nothing compared to their happiness, isn’t it? Mix the ingredients to form lovely white moldable dough. Roll out the consistent dough and use cookie cutters to craft out some shapes. A dry paintbrush can be used to offer any color your baby likes. Make a hole with a pencil and hang it with colorful ribbons or threads. Your job is done!
7. Frozen pop sickle chalk
This is yet another exciting way to play with cornstarch. Coloring cornstarch mixture placed in molded pop sickle sounds amazing. Give your kids a set of such pop sickle chalks and they will be so engrossed with playing. So let the kids be themselves in their play world, and you carry on with your work.
8. Cornstarch Ice-creams are yummy
Do you love ice-cream? Well, who does not! Why not be extra creative and make ice cream dough for the tots? The only part is that it’s not edible, but is marvelous play item. And, it’s not cold also, so your kids can play with it easily and happily. Stir the cornstarch and water and pop it back in the freezer. Add any scents you want such as chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, etc. And it smells delicious indeed. It’s so much fun to play with dripping chocolate melted ice cream, but you have to hold back your temptation, LOL.
9. Cornstarch goo; fun and interesting
It is indeed fascinating to see how a blend of cornstarch and water can create wonders. Cornstarch goo, a mixture of water and cornflour, creates a suspension. Amazingly, the cornflour does not dissolve, but spreads out throughout the water. Cornstarch goo acts as a solid, but pours like a liquid. Also known as Non-Newtonian liquid, it is fun playing with it.
10. Home-produced Face and body paint
Small ones have the tendency to apply colors, lotions, oil, etc., whatever they find handy, on their skin. So why not make their job easy and harmless? Mix water, body lotion and obviously cornstarch to form a creamy mixture. Next add the food color to form multicolored face and body paint. Don’t worry; it is safe for the skin. So your home made paint is ready to be applied by your little ones.
11. Bubble dough is cool and fun
Stretchy glittering Bubble dough is so much fun to play with! The ease of the recipe adds to the delight. Simply mix liquid soap, olive oil, and certainly cornstarch. Once you spray glitter, your bubble dough is ready. Stretch and stretch to the extent you want!