Picture this scene: You’re on vacation, or it’s during summer break, and your kids are bored. You need to find something to keep them busy for an hour or two.
Well, we have a solution for you. These small and cute crafts will help them stay busy and develop their creativity. Besides, they will have a fun memory of their childhood to look back on and a nice decoration for their room. It’s a win-win situation.
I remember how much I loved to get my hands dirty as a child. I even played in the mud, baked “cakes” out of the sand, and decorated them with leaves. These days, fewer and fewer kids play outside, but clay is a great way to let them get their hands dirty.
Use baked clay and shape some flowers. You can also shape them as a bowl so that you can put beads or coins inside. Follow the instruction on the package to proceed.
You don’t have to limit yourself to flowers; clay is versatile and can be moulded into any shape, so let your kids’ creativity work and let them express themselves through this craft. This way you can find out what they love.
2. Picnic blanket
Want a D.I.Y. blanket from your kids? They can sleep with it or use it as a picnic blanket or even as a backdrop next to their bed.
Who didn’t love to paint when they were a kid? I liked it, so if you are going for that, I recommend you dress them with old pieces of clothing because it’s about to get messy.
Wash and iron a piece of canvas cloth. There are different fabric painting colours, so you should use them according to the guidelines. Painting may seem messy, and you have to clean up afterward, but as mentioned earlier, it comes with many benefits.
Kids these days are usually glued to a screen, whether it’s watching T.V. or their gadgets, which doesn’t stimulate the frontal cortex, the creative side of a child’s brain, so including some crafts in their routine will help their development.
3. Paper Bag Hand Puppets
To make a paper bag puppet, you’ll need a paper bag, paint, scissors, crayons, and glue, of course. You paint the paper bag and let it dry. After it dries, you can glue on some of your stickers and also glue on the eyes and mouth.
This is less messy, but you’ll have to be careful with the scissors as they can easily hurt our little ones.
4. Tie And Dye Shirts
If your kids have old white t-shirts, you can turn them into new creations. All you need is some fabric dye and rubber bands. There are many designs on the internet that you can try. After that, they can proudly wear their new t-shirt in front of their friends.
There are also other ways to use the paint, such as using felt pens and rubbing alcohol (prolonged contact with alcohol can cause headaches).
5. Sun Catcher
All you need is black cardstock paper, tape, rainbow tissue paper, scissors, and ribbon.
Draw a rainbow on the black card and cut out the design, leaving black strips in between. Lay the tissue paper on the back; each segment needs a colour. Attach the ribbon to the card and let your creation hang near the window.
It is very beneficial to let your child be creative because you might not see the result now but you’ll definitely see it later on. Besides, you will be proud when you see how happy your child is when he shows you his creation, which has priceless. Let us know in the comments if you help your kids develop their creative side…