Technology is a big part of children’s lives today. While iPhones, tablets, computers, and more can be a creative outlet, there is nothing like doing a DIY arts and crafts project with your little ones. The ideas below can be used for kids of all ages on snow days, during the summer, and at any time year-round. All of the supplies can be found in local craft stores, discount stores, or right in your own home. Don’t worry if a craft doesn’t go as planned or about sticking straight to the directions. Just be creative and have fun.
Homemade Play Dough
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup salt
- 2 cups water
- 1 tsp. vegetable oil
- 4 tsp. cream of tarter
- food coloring
- Mix all the supplies together, except the food coloring, in a large pot. Place on the stove on medium heat. The mixture will be more liquid at first, but then will form into a dough consistency.
- Stir continually for two minutes until the mixture completely develops into dough.
- Remove from heat and cool. Then, knead the dough for a few minutes.
- Divide into as many colors as you want and add food coloring.
Tin Can Wind Chime:
- tin cans in different sizes
- acrylic paint
- painter’s tape
- hammer and nails
- 10” wide embroidery hoop
- hot-glue gun
- Remove cans’ labels and rinse out with hot water. Let dry completely.
- Paint cans a solid color, applying two coats. Then, paint designs of your choosing on the cans. The painter’s tape can be handy with making stripes and shapes.
- With the hammer and a nail, create a small hole through the center of one end of a can. Cut a string from the twine, thread through the hole, and knot on the inside. Vary the lengths of the twine for each can. Continue until all the cans have been nailed and twined.
- Wrap twine around the embroidery hoop until completely covered. Then, cut three pieces of twine to make a hanger. Tie each piece around the hoop and then bring together in a single knot at the end of the strings. Make sure the hoop hangs level.
- Finally, tie the cans around it, spacing evenly. Also, hang the cans at different heights, but close enough to hit each another when the wind blows. After tying the knot, add a drop of hot glue to keep it secure.
Repurposed Jewelry Magnets
- old brooches
- large buttons
- old charms
- old earrings
- round magnets
- hot-glue gun
- Using a piece of jewelry, hot-glue a magnet to the back. Be sure to cut the round magnets to the size of the item, if needed.
- Place onto your refrigerator to hold artwork, reminders, report cards, and more.
Pool Noodle Sprinkler
- foam pool noodle
- small piece of foam
- duct tape
- skewer or ice pick
- water hose
- Puncture the pool noodle in multiple spots on all sides of the noodle with the skewer or ice pick. The more holes, the better.
- Stuff one end with a small piece of foam, and duct tape to secure.
- Slide the water hose into the other end of the noodle, pushing in a few inches. Then, turn water on.
Funny Face Flip Book:
- white cardstock
- 3 metal book rings
- hole punch
- stickers and googly eyes
- Fold the white cardstock in half and cut down the middle. Then, fold the two halves in half again and cut. You should end up with four pieces. Then, cut the cardboard into the same sizes as the cardstock pieces, for a backing.
- Next, cut each piece of the cardstock into thirds. Punch a hole in one end of the pieces. Then, lay three pieces onto your cardboard and punch another hole in the cardboard. There should be three holes, matching up to your cardstock’s holes.
- Using the metal book rings, attach the cardstock pieces to your cardboard backing.
- Draw facial features onto each of the cardstock pieces. In the top sections, draw eyes, in the middle sections draw noses, and bottom sections draw mouths. Feel free to add eyelashes, eyebrows, teeth, etc. Get creative. Also, don’t forget to use the stickers and googly eyes.
- Once done, you can flip through the book, creating different face combinations.