If there are two words that strike fear and unease into the heart of any parent, it’s the dreaded “I’m bored” statement from your kid. No matter how many toys they have, how much screen time they get, or how many books they haven’t read, the boredom blues always seem to arrive when parents least expect it.
Fortunately for you, we have several DIY crafts for kids that will finally ensure you have an arsenal of boredom-busters for them ready and at your disposal, most of which only rely on basic household materials. Kids can do countless exciting things with simple household items or a couple of arts and crafts supplies, but they may need a little nudge in a creative direction to get started.
We will look into various kid-friendly crafts that even toddlers aged 1-year-old can participate in. There are also DIY crafts that tweens and teens will be thrilled to take on and hang in their bedrooms. Most of these ideas focus on the craftier side, letting kids get out all their art supplies and creativity run wild.
Let’s dive right into it!
What child doesn’t love science? Better yet, fostering their interests doesn’t have to mean turning the spare bedroom into a science lab.
There’s plenty of fun science you can try for yourself at home, and this self-inflating balloon experiment ticks all the boxes: It’s pretty simple to carry out. It also requires ingredients you can find around the house.
Although younger kids will be thrilled to watch a balloon blow itself up, this DIY craft for kids is also a great way to get children aged 9-13 to question what will happen and make their predictions.
We love how this self-inflating balloon craft experiment will feed their natural curiosity about how and why things work and build their knowledge of science. So set aside some time, grab your lab coat, and excite your mini scientists.
Step 1: Get your kid to measure out one teaspoon of baking soda and, using the funnel, add it to the balloon.
Step 2: Next, get the kid to place the funnel into the bottle opening and fill the bottle with vinegar. Use the funnel again to fill the bottle with vinegar.
Step 3: Carefully place the balloon over the bottle and then pour the baking soda into the bottle.
Step 4: As the ingredients come into contact, they’ll start to bubble, and your balloon will start to inflate! The key is to work quickly once the ingredients are mixed, as this reaction will start instantly.
This experiment is simple yet helps kids understand how the scientific process works. They get to learn that different chemical reactions and gasses can be used to inflate balloons.
Need a quick way to make a Cardboard Raffia Sun? We’ll show you how to cut paper cardboard into an easy sun using raffia and recycled cardboard.
This painting activity uses recycled cardboard and raffia to make a bright morning sun that will help you rise and shine with a smile!
Step 1: Cut a circle out of the cardboard.
Step 2: Use the hole puncher to poke holes around the outside of the cardboard circle.
Step 3: Paint the circle with yellow paint.
Step 4: When the paint is dry, tie a piece of raffia around each hole punch.
Step 5: Trim the raffia to be even all around.
Let your young one display their bright glittering sun in the classroom or hang it inside their bedroom, so it is visible when they wake up in the morning or after a nap. It will be sure to put a smile on their face!
Kids love rainbows! This DIY craft for kids is a winner every time and fantastic for younger children.
Rainbow collages are a great activity to encourage color recognition with little ones and talk about the science behind rainbows with older children. You can either prepare the collage materials beforehand or get your kid involved in cutting up the scraps of paper and recycled materials.
Step 1: Begin by drawing a rainbow arch on the cardboard in pencil and cut it out with scissors from the base of your collage.
Step 2: Decorate with the small crafts by gluing them to the cardboard.
Aren’t they pretty?!
This is such a fun and creative way for kids to learn about rainbow order, to work on color recognition and color matching, as well as strengthen their fine motor skills.
Looking for a fun, memorable, and easy spring craft for kids to make? This paper plate bee craft is perfect!
Step 1: Paint your paper plate with a thin coat of yellow paint and let dry completely.
Step 2: Paint the clothespins black.
Step 3: Take the googly eyes and glue them to the plate.
Step 4: Put the pom-pom on the clothespin as the handle and use it to paint black stripes on the paper plate.
Step 5: Put the two clothespins at the top of the plate and glue the black pom poms to each end. One pom pom for each clothespin. These will be the bee’s antennae.
Now your busy bee is ready to buzzzzz off and have some fun!
While the spring season is the best for making flower crafts, the Paper Plate Flowers is a great project, especially in the winter when you want your kid to brighten up their room. These flowers are easy enough for little crafters and a colorful activity for older crafters.
You only need a few basic craft supplies to get started and most of which you might already have in your supplies.
Step 1: Cut four different sizes of flowers out of the paper plates.
Step 2: Then continue by painting your paper plates in your desired colors
Step 3: Glue the cutouts on top of each other, starting from biggest to smallest
According to a recent study by Dr. Richard Rende, creative interaction between parents and young children engaged in activities such as arts and crafts provides immediate and long-term cognitive benefits. It provides a unique bonding experience that creates lifelong memories. No matter which of these fun DIY crafts for kids you and your child choose to create, you’re sure to build lasting memories and have a great time together!
We hope these ideas give you a minute or two of peace! If you have more ideas to keep little ones occupied, please share them in the comments and engage with us on Instagram and Youtube. Happy crafting!