DIY Projects to Do With the Kids
Find yourself at home with bored kids? Take a look at these ideas to get their creativity flowing!
Although sunny skies and warmer temperatures call for time outdoors, nothing beats an afternoon inside doing crafts with the kids. DIY projects not only foster a child’s creativity, but it can improve their concentration and dexterity, too.
When you were a kid, you may remember building the traditional popsicle stick house or making puppets out of brown paper bags. But crafts have come a long way since then! From pretty snow globes to dazzling dream catchers, take a look at some of these unique crafts to keep the kids entertained for hours.
A fresh pot of flowers can brighten up any room. But those blooms can look even better in decorated planters. Instead of using a brush and paints, why not dress up old flower pots with ‘tattoos’ instead?
Kailo Chic Life has a tutorial that uses printable tattoo paper. Go online with your child and find some designs they like. Then, print them out on the adhesives and apply them to planters. Kids will have a great time using patterns that match their bedroom decor. This project can also be used to decorate mugs, pencil cups and whatever else you please.
Handmade snow globes
These beautiful glass balls are usually reserved for the holidays, but we think they’re pretty enough to display all year-round. Snow globes will require some adult supervision, but are still relatively simple to make.
Those little toys that seem to be scattered into every corner of your house will come in super handy for this project. Small dinosaurs, Lego people and plastic trees make perfect snow globe displays. Let your child make their own versions using a glass jar, super glue, glitter and sequins. These handmade snow globes make wonderful gifts for grandparents, teachers and neighbours, too.
Just like snow globes, rainbow snow is also delightful at any time of the year. This colourful craft can also serve as a fun science lesson! The team at Sick Science has a unique powder called Insta-Snow®. When mixed with water, it causes a chain reaction that ends in a colourful ‘snowstorm’ that’s sure to amaze your kids.
Allow children to experiment with different amounts of water in varying temperatures. Once the water evaporates, the snow powder will return to its original state, and be ready to be used all over again.
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Tissue box monsters
Instead of tossing those empty tissue boxes into the recycling, let your kids turn them into fun little creatures instead. All you need are acrylic paints, googly eyes and some cardstock. There are tons of tutorials online for tissue box monsters, but we like this simple version that even toddlers can handle.
When you’re done, turn the project into a game. Kids can ‘feed’ the monsters by tossing pom-poms into their mouths. See how many your child can land in under a minute!
DIY dream catchers
Popular in many Indigenous cultures, dream catchers are beautifully woven hoops that people hang as protective charms. Kids can make their own using this video tutorial from StyleNovice. She laces ribbon and beads through a paper plate to create a simplified (yet very stylish) version of the traditional dream catcher. Kids can then decorate further with stickers, coloured markers and even glitter.
Use this project as an opportunity to teach kids about the culture and contributions of Canada’s Indigenous peoples. The Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs offers an online resource called Kids’ Stop to help youth learn about First Nations, Inuit and Mėtis heritage. The website also has a special colouring bookthat can provide even more fun!
The family that crafts together, stays together...
Fostering a child’s creativity often begins at home; nothing is more wonderful than allowing youngsters to explore their artistic skills with encouragement from their families.
Not only do crafts improve hand-eye coordination and boost self-esteem – these activities can enhance decision-making skills and help with socialization. So next time your kids ask for the tablet, break out the craft supplies and let their creativity soar!