Top 5 Funny Messy Activities with Kids

Have you ever had one of those days, when the kids are driving you – and each other – completely crazy? Every smart parent should know some funny messy activities they can do with their kids to combat boredom. The following 5 funny messy activities will make you “cool mom” or “cool dad” in your kids’ eyes.

1.    Build an exploding volcano


Dirt or playdough
35 mm film canister
White vinegar
Red and yellow food coloring
Baking soda
Liquid dishwashing soap


This is one of the best funny messy activities with kids – emphasize on the messy. It’s a great activity to do outside in order to keep clean-up easy.

First, build a volcano by either mounding up dirt into a mountain shape, or forming a mountain out of playdough. If you want to make it lifelike, you can stick in some twigs and leaves to look like trees on the mountainside.

Press the film canister into the peak of your volcano.

Put two heaping spoonfuls of baking soda into the film canister, followed by a spoonful of liquid dishwashing soap. Add a few drops of red and yellow food coloring.

Next, pour in 1/8 cup white vinegar – and then stand back and watch your volcano erupt!

2.    Paint your face with homemade face paint


Light corn syrup
Food coloring – the liquid kind


First, mix 3 tablespoons cornstarch and 1 tablespoon flour in a small bowl.

Next, stir in ¾ cup light corn syrup and ¼ cup water until the mixture is smooth.

Divide the mixture into small containers like baby food jars. Add different colors of food coloring, leaving one plain for white face paint.

Use small child-size paintbrushes to decorate each other’s faces.

3.    Make homemade finger paint and paint your masterpiece


Liquid dishwashing soap
Food coloring


First, put 1/3 cup cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of sugar into a small saucepan. Stir in 2 cups of cold water.

Heat the mixture over low heat for five minutes, constantly stirring. You should have a gel-like mixture.

After the mixture cools, add ¼ cup liquid dishwashing soap and mix thoroughly.

Divide into empty baby food jars and add food coloring until you get the colors you want.

Paint away!

4.    Make Flubber

Flubber is a polymer resulting from a chemical reaction. Visit the above link for complete instructions and information on why Flubber reacts the way it does.

5.    Diet Coke and Mentos experiment


Diet Coke


You’ll definitely want to do this one outside! All you need to do is drop a few Mentos into a 2-liter bottle of Diet Coke, and watch the fun. You can see a video of the original experiment at YouTube.

These funny messy activities are perfect for keeping the dreaded “I’m bored” out of your kids’ vocabulary.

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