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Mugtastic Experiments – Activities for Kids

27 August 2021

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From birthdays to public and summer holidays, toys are a child’s best friend and partner in crime when it comes to entering a mystical world or waiting out a rainy day. That being said, over the years, toys do rack up a long trail of hefty bills. Pop down below to join in on some secret nifty, educational and trending DIY  activities for kids to enjoy playing with while parent’s enjoy saving!

1. Slime Time

Most store bought slimes and online recipes, call for harsh and even toxic chemicals to produce a one-and-done sticky, stinky slime. Not to mention, chomping a chunk out of your entertainment money for the kids. Learn how to make a natural and creative slime at home with simple and honest ingredients for less!

Instructions: In a medium pot, pour in 2 cups of lukewarm water, 1 tbsp of psyllium husk powder, 1 tsp of cornstarch, a few drops of food colouring and/or essential oils of your choice. Stir together well and set on medium/low heat until it is brought to a boil. Boil the mixture for 5 minutes and let it cool for 2 minutes. Repeat such boiling and cooling steps a few times until the mixture is slime like. Add in some beads or charms to the mixture once it is full cooled. Store in an air tight container like the Magic Suction Mug where it can also serve as a slime-proof mess protector. 

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2.  Magnet Hunter 

iSpy and egg hunts getting boring? Try setting up a magnet hunt within a Magic Suction Mug or container of your choice. Grab some metal charms, game pieces or figures lying around. Place them in the mug or container and cover with sand. Attach a string to a string or pencil to sift around in the sand to pick up the hidden treasures below. You can even make this hunt a point game! Take turns finding treasure and note how many points each figure or charm receives. Calculate who has the most points depending on the treasure collected to decide on who the richest winner is. 

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3.  The Walking Rainbow

Learning and teaching colours couldn’t be any more exciting! The Walking Rainbow, as it’s name goes, produces a cool emerging rainbow thanks to paper towels, cups or bowls and some food colouring. Watch the rainbow come alive as paper towels are placed between the primary colours. 

Instructions: In a 3 bowls or 3 mugs, such as the Magic Suction Mug, dye one cup of water red, the other blue, and the last yellow. Between each dyed mug or bowl, place one mug or bowl filled with a cup of plain water.  After, fold a small piece of paper towel and insert as an upside “U”  between each cup. Watch as the rainbow emerges to walk from cup to cup!

4.  Underwater Bubble Magic

This experiment will for sure make you and your children jump out of your seats! Going along with the bubble tea hype, learn how to make fruity homemade bubbles that can be popped as a sweet snack, added to desserts or dropped into some homemade bubble tea. 

Recipe: In a saucepan, mix together 3/4 cup of any fruit juice and 1/2 teaspoon of agar agar powder with a whisk, on medium/low heat until it reaches a boil for 2 minutes. Allow the mixture to rest until it is cool to touch and transfer into a squeeze bottle. In a separate bowl or Magic Suction Mug, pour in 1 cup of chilled grape-seed or vegetable oil. Squeeze the fruit filled bottle gently and watch the bubbles form! Strain the oil and bubbles and rinse at the end to enjoy!

5.  A Blast to the Past

Going back in time, dinosaurs weren’t the only one’s experiencing volcano explosions. As middle and even elementary school students, DIY volcano’s were the go to project. Nowadays, projects are less extensive. Enjoy making a volcano with your children while teaching them the impacts and existence of volcanos. 

Recipe: In a Magic Suction Mug, (which can be decorated as a volcano), add 3-4 tbsp of baking soda to the mug filled with tsp of dish soap and 1 cup of white vinegar, which may be dyed another colour if preferred. Slowly add the baking soda and watch the volcano explode!

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