Rather than turning on the TV, try some of these easy crafts to do with kids. These are classic craft ideas that are easy to do, fun to make, and great afterwards too- either for play or decor.
Fun, Easy Crafts To Do With Kids
1. Seashell Garden
Get your kids close to nature and create some pretty decorations for your home with a seashell garden. Succulents work great for this project because they require so little watering, so here’s what to do!
Find several large sea shells, a big spoon and a pot of succulents. Carefully separate the succulents and use the spoon to ease a flower out with the roots. Be sure to push the spoon in several inches beneath the plants to get all of the roots. Spoon some soil from the pot into the shells, and then place the flowers into the shell roots first. Water the flowers to ease the transition, but be sure to drain excess water out the side of the shell. Place the shells wherever you’d like.
2. Make Your Own Bubbles
Bubbles are almost magical. They form so easily out of almost nothing, and most kids are entranced by them. Why not add to the fun and make some bubbles of your own?
Just mix 1/2 cup strong dishwashing liquid and 5 cups distilled water with 1 tbsp corn syrup. Let sit for a bit and you a ready for some bubble fun. Use old bubble wands or make your own by experiment with various household objects.
3. Recycle Your Crayons
You know those crayons that have been broken into tiny stubs that your kids refuse to use anymore? Instead of going out and buying new ones, try recycling them to create fun new combinations of colors.
First, get out all of the old crayons and make sure the papers are completely taken off. Then break them down to tiny pieces. This is the part the kids really like. Spray a muffin tin with vegetable spray and pour some crayons into each spot. You can keep the colors all the same if you want, or get creative with different combinations to create a color swirl or new color all together. This could also be a learning opportunity for talking about which colors are used to create secondary colors.
Place the filled tin into a preheated oven at 275 degrees. Cook the crayons for seven to eight minutes. When they look completely melted, remove them from the oven. If you want to create swirls, use a toothpick to stir them around. Allow the mixture to cool completely, and then pop the new crayons out of the tin. Your kids will be occupied for hours coloring with these “brand new” crayons.
4. Sleepover Blanket
Sleepovers are a hallmark of summer. Help your kids make a special blanket that they take to their sleepovers with friends. Let your kids pick out the colors and patterns they would like. Yourfleece.com offers discounted prices on fleece materials. You will need two different pieces of fleece for each blanket, each about 1.5 to 3 yards long.
Once you’ve got the material, lay the two pieces together with the side of the fabric you want to see facing out. Trim the fabric as needed to keep the length the same on both pieces. Cut out a rectangle from all four corners that is the same length that you will want your fringe to be, usually three to four inches. Be sure that you are cutting through both pieces of fabric.
Next start cutting the fringe. Each piece should be the same length as you made your rectangles and about 11/2 inches thick. It doesn’t have to be exact though, so older kids can definitely help with supervision. Finally, start tying an overhand knot with the two overlapping fringes all the way around the blanket.
Which are your favorite crafts to do with kids or do you have another craft idea you would like to share? Feel free to do so in the comments section.
Guest post by Paisley Hansen who is a freelance writer and expert in crafting, DIY, and health and beauty. When she isn’t writing she can usually be found reading a good book.