DIYs can be fun for everyone, especially DIY crafts for kids. Here are some great ideas to get your kids’ creativity flowing!
1. Thumbprint Family Trees
The first DIY we are going to look at is a great way to help kids learn about their family history and, for younger kids, how family relations work.
The first thing you need to do is to draw a large tree on a piece of paper. This can be a traditional “family chart” but a normal tree is much more fitting for this DIY. For each branch, have your child write down the name of a family member. Then, they can use their thumb and a little bit of ink or paint to make “leaves” on the tree.
2. Fairy Gardens
There’s something about fantasy that draws children in. Whether it’s Santa Claus or mythological creatures, something about it captures their imagination.
One fantasy creature that almost all children show interest in is fairies. These tiny winged creatures are endearing to many children. So, you and your children can use this imagination fuel to create fairy gardens. These can be made in a pot for plants and they can use colored stones and even mini birdhouses to make a home and garden for fairies to visit.
3. Egg Carton Boats
With just some craft supplies and an old egg carton, kids can create their own boats. All you have to do for this DIY is cut the bottom half of an egg carton from the top and use a stick (a chopstick works great!) and some thread to set up a mast and frame for the sails. These sails can be made of paper.
The creative part of this DIY comes in by letting your kids paint the sails and even the egg cartons if you want.
4. Homemade Gum
An interesting and unique DIY is to help your kids make homemade gum. To make this, you will need about 57 grams of gum and 2 liters of glucose syrup. The first thing you’ll want to do is mash up the gum – letting your kids do it with their hands is fine – and then add sugar to the mixture. You can put as much or as little sugar in the mixture that you want.
When you’re done, you and your kids can add flavoring and food coloring.
5. Making Slime
Another DIY that your kids can play with once you’re done is slime. This is easy to make and it isn’t as messy as you’re afraid it might be!
The simplest way to make slime is to create a mixture of 2 parts glue per 1 part shaving cream. Then, you’ll want to add in a couple pumps of foam hand soap and a mixture of water and Borax. If you don’t have Borax, contact lens solution can work in a pinch. The more Borax and water you add, the fluffier your slime will be.
6. Handprint and Footprint Art
For smaller children especially, art made with handprints and footprints are tons of fun if you don’t mind a little bit of mess. You probably already know about renditions such as a handprint turkey but you can take these ideas a step further. For instance, have you considered making a pair of footprints into butterfly wings? What about an elephant from an upside-down handprint?
7. DIY Bird Feeders
Most kids love animals. If your little one fits that description, you might want to consider helping them make a DIY birdfeeder.
The easiest way to do this is to use a cookie cutter to cut shapes out of bread. You will want to create a smaller hole in the top of the shape to allow you to hang the feeder up with twine. Then, cover the bread in peanut butter and then roll it through bird seed until it’s covered.
8. Fairy Lights
If you have a spare mason jar lying around, all you need is some glow-in-the-dark paint to help your children make fairy lights to go with their fairy gardens.
To do this, help your kids put dotted brushstrokes of different colored glow-in-the-dark paints inside the jar. Leave it open in a sunny windowsill until it dries. This doesn’t just help it dry faster – the glow-in-the-dark paint needs UV rays to “charge.”
9. Painted Chocolates
Creating your own painted chocolates isn’t as hard as you might think it is. All you need is the candy mold of your choice and a bag of candy melts – these can be easily found online or even in some craft stores.
First, melt some candy melts and add food coloring for “painting” and allow your children to paint the bottoms of the molds. Then, add uncolored melted chocolate melts to your molds. Once the candy sets and cools down, you’ll be able to pop the chocolates out for a pretty snack. These are also a great idea to earn some extra cash at the next school bake sale.
10. Animal Puppets
Animal puppets are a lot of fun and very easy. You can print off pictures of animals but it’s much more involved to let your kids draw them out. Next, turn a clothespin on its side and glue the top half of the animal’s face on the top and the bottom half on the bottom. In the end, you should have an animal puppet that opens its “mouth” when you open the clothespin.