No matter what happens eventually the weather will get worse and the little ones will be unable to go outside.
It could be because it's too hot, like where I live, or because it's too cold, like where my sister and her family live. Either way, a day indoors means a parent has to get innovative in order for the kids not to get crazy creative in ways that equal destruction!
And if your home is anything like mine, there is no cable and the internet is time-limited for my kids. This means the eventual frustration because there is “nothing to do” is bound to happen.
Out of ideas? No fear! Here are some craft ideas to help you, and the little ones, not go insane from boredom:
Fun Crafts to Make
1. Make Homemade Body Scrub
My oldest daughter saw this on Youtube and just haaaad to make it. We found one of the ingredients on sale at the local grocery store so I obliged and she still likes to make some when she runs out even today.
Depending on your personal preference, I like to add a little fun for them and let them make their own Youtube videos. While they are young, they could make a video just for you and that will probably please them.
When I was younger I used to even make “videos for the Angels” when I was cleaning the bathroom. Adding the extra zing in there might make the difference between ho-hum and let's go!
Plus, making your own body scrub encourages cleanliness. Win-win! Here's my daughter's award winning recipe.
- 3/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 cup freeze dried fruit of choice
- splash of vanilla
- Crush your fruit up.
- Combine ingredients in a container large enough to hold your goodies.
- Use as you would regular body scrub.
Obviously, this is edible but that is up to you…
2. Let Them be Creative
Sometimes I think my kids can create a craft project out of nothing.
I gave them cards one day a couple of winters ago to play card games with and this is what I walked into. Was very surprised but thought it was super cute.
I am just saying- you never know where a craft project is going to come from. Giving them something simple to do might make or break the day. Therefore, it is a good idea to keep a bag handy full of small “things to do”.
Adult coloring has become all the rage here lately and we see adult coloring books at every store.
Where did we get our love of coloring from though? We got it from being a kid and just coloring what was in our imaginations.
I believe it's important not to make them color what they see is around them if they don't want to. For example, if the pony they just colored is a rainbow, then how beautiful is that rainbow pony? It's a horse of many colors!
It is also good to make sure that the kids of this generation are getting to experience some of the same things we did growing up.
Coloring is simple and fun and it seems that in this day and age, something the whole family can enjoy!
4. Make Cupcakes
Make cupcakes, make cookies, make dinner together, it doesn't matter just get in the kitchen. There is so much for kids to see and explore in the kitchen and this is a great place to use your creativity.
There are a couple of added bonuses to having them help in the kitchen; one they get to help clean up and two, they will be more likely to try the food that they helped create.
Maybe having them help is not the best of ideas for the night (for example, if you are frying something). Then I would suggest getting some pots and spatulas out so they can bang around if they'd like.
5. Make a Fabric Tutu
If you like to sew, you probably have a lot of extra fabric scraps lying around. Not into sewing? Then I bet you have some extra clothes you were going to throw out anyways. Why not recycle them into a cute fabric tutu?
The best part is that you don't have to be a wiz on the sewing machine for this one to work well for you. Simply stitch the elastic to the size you need for the child's stomach and then fold the fabric in half, put behind the elastic and put the end into the round section, pull.
Do that until the skirt is as full as you'd like and wa-la! Fabric scraps tutu.
6. Face Paint
Turn your little one into all sorts of fun creatures with facepaint. This one was a jaguar and her sister was a butterfly that day.
Later on that night we struggled to get the black off of her eyebrows and it made it look like she had a black eye. I took a picture and a couple of years later we managed to convince her she had gotten into a fight at daycare when she was two and got a black eye from it.
She was disappointed when we told her it was actually makeup. See, sometimes craft projects can make for funny stories years later!
7. Future Me Collage
Ask your kids what they want to be when they grow up. Guide them through the whole process of what they want. Does what you want to do require you to go to college? If so, where do you want to go to college at? What do you want to do while you are in college?
Explore all the questions and then have them search magazines or find pictures online and print them to make a collage that they can hang up to remind them where they want to go in life.
Spending this time with them will be beneficial to you both as it will help you to better help them achieve their dreams for success. A teacher once told us at an elementary college night (yes, you read that right) that “Einstein was not born with the knowledge, he had someone cheering him on along the way”!
8. Glow in the Dark Bath
This one is super easy and super fun. Fill your child's bath water to the normal amount that you usually do and then add two liters of tonic water to the tub. Put the black light somewhere safe and out of the way (but still in the room), turn it on and turn the regular lights off. Your kids will have a spooky good time in the tub!
8. Glow in the Dark Bubbles
This one works but the actual bubbles glow only very light. Take glow sticks and have an adult break them open and pour them into a container filled with bubble solution. The more solution, the more glow sticks. There is not a right or wrong amount.
9. Necklaces, Bracelets, and Jewelry… Oh, my!
If I find something that's cute and if it's more than I am willing to pay, I will see if I can make it for less. The big chunky beaded necklaces were one of them so for a while my girls and I would make necklaces.
The great thing about making your own is your child can customize it to fit what they like. We had a cell phone one with a pretty bow on it and one that was made of mostly sparkly beads and had Rainbow Dash (from My Little Pony) on it.
Thankfully we live in a day and age where getting access to a camera is not a big deal. When I was a little younger than my girls are now, I got a hold of my mother's camera. This was back when we had a film that cost three or four dollars a roll and then three or four dollars to develop.
Well, I took some great pictures (if I do say so myself) and then put it back where my mother had left it. She got the film developed and I got a firm talking to.
This generation does not have to deal with that, so let them have some fun behind the camera and see for yourself what creativity comes through their eyes.
11. Projects Around the House
If you or your spouse do projects around the house, let the kids get involved. In the picture above, my husband was creating a cover to go over our grill area. My girls got to watch him and help step by step. They got to show people what they helped create, with pride in their eyes as they told them, ” I helped make that by holding the wood so my daddy could hammer the nail in.”
It may be something simple they can do but it's a part of being a member of the family and if you make it fun, then most of the time, in their eyes, it's fun.
12. Salt Paint
This is really easy to make and it leaves the paint above the paper which makes it fun and the texture is a little bit gritty so kids will love being able to use their hands for this craft project. It is a very heavy project one it's dried, just a heads up. You might need two magnets to put it on the fridge.
Here's the recipe:
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup water
- Food coloring as desired
- Mix together everything minus food coloring, divide into bags
- Add different coloring, mixing well.
- Then, get to painting and have fun.
13. Sidewalk Paint
We do this during the summer in the early mornings so to not get too hot. I like doing paint because most of the time I can make the paint out of ingredients that are already in my kitchen. The kids like doing paint because most of the paint that momma makes means they can use whatever method they chose to paint with: hands, feet, paint brush, it does not matter.
Here's what you do:
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 1 cup water
- Food coloring
- Mix together the cornstarch and water, add to a muffin tin. Add food coloring choices to cornstarch
- Add food coloring choices to cornstarch
- Mix and let them paint up the driveway.
If you want, after they finish, take a picture and hose down the area or wait for the rain to wash it away.
14. Thumbprint Turkey
We did this one before Thanksgiving and made place settings for everyone that was coming over to our house. I just used the simple watercolors you buy at the store before kids go back to school to do this project.
If the child is old enough, you could have them write the names of the people who are coming as well. At this point, my oldest was in kindergarten so I opted to write the names.
I drew the turkey's head (hey, don't hate) and let them do the thumb printing. They really loved it and, again, got to brag to their family members that they contributed to making that holiday special.
15. Turkey Candy
Although he doesn't look pretty, we sure had fun making him.
The recipe is simple enough: what we did was separate two Oreos, added icing and half of a nutter butter cookie to the back and bottom. Then we added candy corn for the wings, eyes, and jelly beans for the beak.
Be careful when doing this with friends as the nutterbutter does have peanutbutter and you want to watch out for allergies.
We did not have this at our Thanksgiving dinner because we gobbled it up before then!
It doesn't take thousands of dollars in things in order to come up with a fun craft. Sometimes just doing the same thing as mom and dad are, is seen as fun to kids. Plus, there are the bragging rights. If you get them started early thinking stuff like this is fun, they will get more out of the mundane things in life, I believe.