Fun Crafts For Kids
Today we welcome Guest Blogger, Marie!
In the cold winter months, it is tempting to let our kids play on their video games and watch too much TV. After all, it’s too cold outside to really do anything and winter makes some of us adults a bit bearish, wanting only to snuggle up and hibernate, not putting effort into much except filling our bellies.
But there many indoor activities that you can do with kids, and many are surprisingly low
maintenance. You can use this season of being stuck inside to create memories together. By getting your child involved in arts and crafts, they can even create a souvenir for themselves so that they can always remember the skills you worked on together. Below are some ideas for some fun crafts for kids.
Many of us may remember making play dough as kids. There are many recipes out there, most
consisting of some mixture of flour, water, and optional other ingredients. Here’s a site with three homemade play dough recipes. Pick your favorite based on what’s best for you/what you have on hand.
Play dough is easy to make, fun to play with, and you can bake creations or let them air dry to preserve the memory of the day.
Another recipe for fun involves making your own “goo”. This has a few more ingredients, but is a way for kids to play with something messy and gooey, while containing that mess (mostly) to their hands.Making goo also provides parents and grandparents the chance to teach their children how different substances react with each other. As they stretch, squish, and mold their newly created goopy toy, they’ve also learned something based in science.
There’s something about making your own clothes that gives kids and adults alike a sense of
accomplishment and responsibility. Instead of buying more winter hats to protect exposed ears once
kids inevitably lose last year’s winter gear, have a day dedicated to making hats together as a family.
Using a knitting loom is simple to learn and addictive too. Kids can pick their favorite color of yarn and make a special hat just for themselves.
Kids will feel so proud of themselves that they may want to make more! If you don’t need more hats in the house, start a family service project and make hats for families in need at church or a local shelter.Knitting together allows for conversation and bonding, but you can even do it in front of the TV if the kids really can’t be torn away. Knitting looms can also be made to make socks, bags, and stuffed animals.
Your imagination is the only limit!
There are many hands-on activities to get kids active and teach them craft skills. By allowing them
to create something, you are building their imaginations and teaching them to be self-sufficient.
Seeing their creations will boost their self-esteem. Plus, the options listed above need little prep and few materials, making them easy activities to do without too much planning.
Marie Sumner enjoys writing about art and fashion. She passionately believes in the power of making things for yourself. Recently, she started writing for Costume Supercenter, where she learned many tips about applying makeup for all sorts of costumes.
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