DIY Kids Crafts - Great Ideas to Beat Boredom

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One of the most often uttered phrases from kids is “I’m bored,” a phrase which often leaves parents scrambling to find something for their kids to do. Additionally, it can be difficult to come up with fun ways to engage your children in building those memories that last a lifetime. It doesn’t need to be anything complicated, and in fact, there are many fun and creative crafts that can be done around the house. Several of these DIY kids crafts start with common ingredients you can find in the kitchen. Continue reading below for three fun DIY kids crafts to engage your child’s imagination.

Playdough

Making playdough is one of our favorite DIY kids crafts because it teaches kids some basic baking skills and provides a fantastic opportunity for sensory play. Besides, what kid doesn’t love playing with playdough? This simple playdough recipe utilizes basic kitchen ingredients, and the base playdough is safe to eat, so it’s perfect for younger kids. This particular recipe suggests using glitter, but you can get creative with your mix-ins to change the appearance or texture of the final playdough. You can also give your children some kitchen “toys” such as rolling pins, cookie cutters, mason jar lids, or even a pasta maker to up the fun factor.

Watercolors

This homemade watercolors recipe from Martha Stewart made our DIY kids crafts list because it is simple and is just the beginning of making bigger crafts. We also thought the use of an egg carton as a paint holder was a nice touch that most young children will love. Once the paint is made your little ones can use the watercolors to paint their own pictures or even make a card for a loved one or friend. Encourage your children to use their fingers, brushes, sponges, or come up with a new and creative instrument to create their masterpiece.

Slime

One of the reasons we chose this slime recipe for our DIY kids crafts is because it doesn’t require borax or harmful chemicals. The slime has an interesting texture that most children will enjoy experiencing and could also be used for sensory play in younger kids. Additionally, this recipe works great as fake blood, and your children might want to use for their Halloween costume this fall. Another reason to love this recipe is that it is educational. The slime glows in the dark as a result of fluorescence from the quinine in the tonic water which can make for a nice science lesson for older children.