If your kids have nothing to do except watching videos or just being on the gadget, it will be good to keep them unplugged for a while and do some DIY projects. You can keep them busy with these fantastic and easy projects. Not only do you get to have some quality time with your family, but they will definitely learn new things!
So, what projects can you do with your kids? Here are some great projects for you and your kids. Way to go to make that stay at home more fun and exciting!
- Toddler Wind Chime
There’s a way for you to make a simple wind chime out of simple materials. What will be needed are listed below:
- Plastic cups
- Thread or string
- Beads in various shapes and sizes
- Small jingle bells
- Clump of playdough
- Pair of scissors
How to make this?
- Starting with the playdough, place about 4 or 5 holes around the mouth of the cup by putting the cup on top of the playdough and pierce carefully with the blade of the scissors. You must do this part to avoid accidents of your child with the scissors.
- For the next part, you can guide them by putting the strings into the holes. Then, make a double knot to secure them.
- And here’s the fun part, you can help and support your kids with putting the beads to thread them onto the strings from the top to 3 quarters of the way down the thread.
- After putting all the beads, make another knot, then leave about an inch, and lastly, put the bell and knot to secure everything.
To incorporate more of your child’s ideas in this project, you can have them choose and design the wind chimes themselves by letting them decide what beads to put in. Now, after you have put everything to all the strings attached, it’s time to hang it outside – let it catch the breeze and produce a little fairy bell sound.
- Flower Prints Using Bottles
Kids pretty much want to get messy, and if you’re going to engage them in activities involving painting, this is a good project for them. You can use those empty water bottles lying around that are not being used, separate the cap and the bottle and make sure to wash them.
Here are additional materials:
- Paint (non-toxic)
- Containers for your paint
- Paper or cloth
Here are the simple steps:
- Lay your paper or cloth on a flat surface and can be reached by your child. Then, show your kids how it’s done first.
- To make your own flower prints, dip the bottom of an empty soda bottle into some paint, then stamp it onto your canvas. You can rotate the bottle to have more petals.
- For the center of the flower, use the cap of the bottle, dip it onto some paint and stamp away!
Once your kid gets the hang of the steps already, you can let them do the rest. Also, it would be good to provide them more colors or materials to boost their creativity more. Now, you can just watch your child get all messy while enjoying what they’re doing.
- Homemade Slime
One of the many things kids enjoy today is slime. Don’t worry. You don’t need to spend much on this. In fact, you only need three ingredients.
So, what are these?
- 8 oz. Elmer’s white glue
- 1 to 2 tablespoons of contact saline solution
- 1 tablespoon of baking soda
- Food coloring or glitters (optional)
To start this project, follow the steps below:
- Put all the glue into your mixing bowl. Then you can let your child choose the colors they want, and stir until combined.
- Mix in the baking soda. After mixing all that, add the saline solution. Normally, put 1 ½ of tablespoons first but if it’s still too sticky, add ½ tablespoon more solution at a time. Remember that the more you add, the thicker it’ll be, and the less you add, the slimier it’ll be.
- Now, for the next step, you can do it or let your kid join you – knead the slime until it holds together. It will be wet and gooey at first, but just keep on kneading until it all comes together.
- Lastly, store the slime in a container with a lid or a zip bag.
You can let your child do whatever kind of slime they want and decorate them to their likes. Other fun types of slime include fluffy, glitter, or sand slime. They only take a few minutes to make, and your kids will indeed have fun playing them!
With all the free time you have with your kids, there’s a lot of things you can do with them. Through these simple and inexpensive DIY projects, you can spend more quality time and have fun together doing them. I hope these will help put a smile on your children’s faces.