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Parenthood is delightfully unpredictable (in the best and worst ways possible), but there are a few things you can count on: 1) Your baby will almost certainly start crying every time you raise a fork to your mouth; 2) you will be peed on and, I’m sorry to say, pooped on more times than you’d like to admit; and 3) no child can resist slime, playdough or good, old-fashioned bubble “stuff.”

These are the facts, people. Your survival as a parent, then, depends on your mastery of certain skills, including, yes, eating while standing up with a baby strapped to your chest, but also, these essential kids’ craft recipes, which will carry you through many a March break, summer vacation and rainy Saturday afternoon with flying colours. But good news: They’re easy, good for hours of fun, and you probably already have all the ingredients in your kitchen.

Edible slime

You probably won’t want to put it in your mouth, but your kids might, and that’s totally okay.

What you need

  • 1 cup gummi bears
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar

What you do

  1. Microwave gummi bears until liquified, about one minute.
  2. Stir in cornstarch and icing sugar.
  3. Add coconut oil for extra-stretchy slime.

Kool-Aid playdough

Oh, yeah!

What you need

  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 tbsp Kool-Aid powder or drink crystals
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup hot water

What you do

  1. Mix flour, drink crystals and salt.
  2. Add oil to water.
  3. Add liquid to dry ingredients in batches, stirring as you go, until colour is uniform and playdough comes together.
  4. Play with that dough!

Kinetic sand

Otherwise known as the kind that doesn’t make a giant mess.

What you need

  • 1 cup coloured sand
  • 2 cups cornstarch
  • a few drops of clear dish soap
  • 1/2 cup water
  • glitter (optional)

What you do

  1. Combine all dry ingredients minus glitter.
  2. Add a few drops of dish soap.
  3. Add water.
  4. Mix together well, using your hands.
  5. Add glitter, if using, and combine (yup, with your hands).

Crazy crayons

Broken crayons are annoying; crazy crayons are amazing.

What you need

  • all those broken crayons you’ve got laying around the house
  • a cookie sheet
  • your choice of oven-safe mould or ice cube tray

What you do

  1. Preheat oven to 250F.
  2. Peel any remaining paper wrapping off crayons.
  3. Break ’em up, cut ’em up, shave ’em up and add pieces to mould.
  4. Place the mould on a cookie sheet and bake until top layer is mostly melted and smooth, about 20 minutes.
  5. Allow crayons to cool completely before removing them from the mould.
  6. Get creative!

Giant bubbles

The only thing better than bubbles? Giant bubbles!

What you need

  • a bucket
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp glycerine
  • 1/2 cup blue dish soap
  • some yarn
  • 2 straws

What you do

  1. Add six cups of water to bucket.
  2. Add cornstarch and stir until dissolved.
  3. Add baking powder, glycerine and soap, and stir gently to combine (no froth!).
  4. Let sit for at least an hour.
  5. Meanwhile, string yarn through two straws and tie ends together in a knot.
  6. Head outside with your solution and bubble “wand” and let the magic begin! Grasp the straws in each hand and dip your wand into the bubble solution. Slowly move the wand through the air and watch the bubbles form!