Give your kiddos something to do with this crafts for kids list. These boredom buster ideas are sure to keep them entertained.
“Schoooooool’s out for the Summer!” Did you sing or say that in your head? Your answer will determine our potential friendship :). Summer is here folks and a lot of kiddos are spending more time at home, so I compiled this list of DIY crafts for kids when the boredom starts to creep in. I took a look at my previous posts and picked projects I thought a kid would enjoy doing. Some of my favorite memories with my nieces and nephews are making things with them.
Being creative is so important for kiddos and their developing minds. Creating something tangible helps build motor skills, problem-solving skills, and self-confidence. Not only is it good for growing minds, but for stress too! Cortisol is a hormone that is released when the body is stressed. According to Drexel University, cortisol levels lower in 45 minutes of making art, no matter your ability level. How cool is that?! So this post is geared towards kiddos, but the rest of my blog is full of things for the parents to do too! We should all spend a little time being creative! Science says so!
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This painting technique is so fun and easy, a baby could do it! Well, not a baby but definitely a young child. What kiddo doesn’t want to play in the mud? Mud painting is not only fun but can make an ordinary piece extraordinary. You will read in my tutorial, that I was able to transform an old planter using this mud painting technique. Not to mention, how cost-effective it is. Let the kids get some dirt under their nails while transforming some outdated pieces in your home.
Check out my Tutorial: Mud Painting
Did you know you can buy precut banners from Amazon? I have bought a few pre-cut burlap banners for various celebrations and they look great! Have the kids paint the pennants for your next party or celebration. Just give them paint colors that coordinate with your theme and have the little artists go to town! They will like taking ownership of helping you decorate. You can find the precut banners here
Check out my Tutorial: DIY Banner
Salt Dough Crafts
If your kids are into playdough or making things with clay, then this cheap and easy DIY is for them! All you need is salt, flour, water and an oven for them to make their very own sculptures, dishes, or ornaments. Have them make a mini dish to hold their collectables, or maybe furniture for their dolls. This is the same recipe my family uses for their salt dough Christmas ornaments, but why not use it for much more?! Cheap and accessible!
Decoupaging is a great way to keep the kiddos busy! It’s messy enough to keep their interest and easy enough they won’t need much help from you. Below is a post about how I decoupaged plastic Easter eggs, but you can decoupage just about any object with lots of materials. Or, you can decorate Easter eggs too! Maybe they can tear up a bunch of scrap paper to decorate a box to store their treasures. How about they make a collage using images from a newspaper or magazine. I remember Mom and I cutting colorful tissue paper and decoupaging vases to give a stained glass effect. Anything goes!
Check out my Tutorial: Decoupage Easter Eggs
Kids absolutely love making abstract art and with this decor-friendly frame, you can actually display it without it clashing with your other decorations. Or you can have the kids use the same colors as their bedroom and use it as a personalized piece for their own room.
Check out my Tutorial: Reversed Canvas
Painted pillows are one of my newer DIY discoveries and I am obsessed. All you need is a pillowcase and some paint (fabric paint or medium not needed). Have the kids make handprint pillows for their grandparents or have them add their own special art to display in their bedroom. If you or someone you know has a Cricut, consider making stencils with silhouettes of their favorite characters. This would make a fun and cute craft for a sleepover too!
Check out my Tutorial: Painted Pillows
This one may seem like a bit of a stretch, but wreaths are hard to mess up, so why not let the kiddos help. Better yet, have them make their own by adding their favorite character figurines or favorite craft supplies. You can also have them glue puzzle pieces or other toy pieces to a wreath form. A toy-themed wreath would make a great piece for their playroom.
Check out my Tutorial: Wreath Making 101
Most kiddos have painted their own flower pots, but what about making their own flower pots? Playing with cement can be as fun as playing in the mud. You can buy silicone molds or even make your own with an empty Amazon box or plastic cup. A bag of Quickcrete is an extremely inexpensive way to keep the kiddos occupied! Have them make their own planter to grow their favorite flower. Fun and Educational!
Check out my Tutorial: Cement Planter
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