5 Crafts Your Kids Will Love
If you’re looking for a quick & easy craft to do with your kids, look no further. These 5 crafts are fun, colorful…and a little bit messy (But hey, that’s what baths are for). Depending on the age of your child, they do require adult supervision – and you know that you’ll have more fun if you participate, too.
Between the following 5 crafts are plenty of options, depending on how messy and involved you want to get. One of the craft ideas will actually get you squeaky clean in the end!
Melt & Mold Crayons
If your child is anything like my 3-year-old, you have a lot of broken crayons. Whether it’s intentional or he’s grasping too hard, Caleb tends to go through crayons like I go through craft supplies – quickly. It’s hard to use broken crayons, especially when they’re in small pieces that your child can’t grasp. The solution? Recycle the crayon bits into your own, one-of-a-kind crayons.
You’ll want to preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. While your oven is preheating, make sure to remove any bits of wrapper or paper from your crayon pieces, and break them into small pieces. Place a silicone mold of your choice on a baking sheet and place the small bits of crayons into the molds. You can sort them by color, or you can do multiple colors per mold cavity to create multicolored crayons. After your oven is preheated, place the baking sheet in the oven for 5-7 minutes. As the crayons melt, you may find that you still have plenty of room left in your molds. This is totally normal – just add some more crayon pieces and return to the oven for an additional 5 minutes. Once the crayons have completely melted, remove the baking sheet from the oven and let cool on your counter or stove for about 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, place the molds into the freezer to help them cool even faster! Once the crayons have completely cooled, peel the molds away from the crayons. When removed from the molds, you’ll have colorful, unique crayons! Make sure to help your child with this craft, especially when around the hot oven.
Make Your Own Soap
You might get a little messy making this craft at first, but when it’s finished, you can get squeaky clean! Using a premade soap base, like glycerin blocks, makes this craft more kid friendly. Traditionally made soaps contain chemicals that aren’t safe to use around children, like lye. Make sure to supervise, especially when cutting the glycerin blocks into cubes. One of the best tutorials I’ve found for making soap with children is at the DIYProjects website. You can find it here. I love that you can customize the soap in so many ways – scent, color and shape. It’s a great way to add creativity to a product that we usually don’t pay much attention to.
Squirt Gun Painting
This one is messy, but totally worth the cleanup. You’ll need:
- A canvas
- Non-toxic acrylic paint
- Several small, cheap squirt guns (Look in the party favor section of your local mega-store for packs of these, or in the seasonal section during the summer)
In a disposable cup, mix your choice of paint color and water – about a 50/50 mixture. It’s okay if it’s not exact, but you want it to be watered down just enough to where it’ll shoot out of the squirt gun. Carefully pour into the squirt gun, and seal. Repeat as many times as you want, with as many different colors as you want. I think four or five would be a great number! Then, go outside and prop the canvas up against something you don’t mind getting a little messy. Stand a few feet away and start shooting the squirt guns at the canvas! Experiment and see how the paint shoots differently from different distances away…and most importantly, just have fun. Make sure to let your canvas dry before handling it, and make sure to take pictures. After all, it’s not every day that your kids get to be so messy!
Painting a Flowerpot
Everyone loves flowers…though some of us lack the green thumb to make them flourish. That’s okay though – at least they’ll be in a cute, painted pot!
You’ll need a terra cotta pot and saucer of your choice, some acrylic paints, paintbrushes and water. Lay down some newspaper for a less-mess experience and start painting (make sure to rinse your paintbrushes in the water between colors). This craft is also a great way to talk about gardening with your child. How do seeds grow? What do plants need to live? Once your pots are dry, add some dirt and seeds of your choice, or flowers from your local hardware store. I’m awfully partial to petunias, but you can pick whatever flower you want! This craft would make a great present for Mother’s Day, or as a grandparent gift.
Recycled Braided Rope Toy for Man’s Best Friend
Do you have a dog and some old t-shirts? (I promise I’m going somewhere with this…) Add in some time and creativity, and you can have a handmade braided rope toy for your dog! This craft is a great way to get the family pet involved and gives both your child & your dog a chance to play together at the end. The best tutorial I’ve found for making these comes from Bark Post and can be found here. I’ve made these a few times in the past and had a blast…and so did my dog, Navi! If your dog is a heavy chewer, they may not last very long…. after all, t-shirts aren’t indestructible (much to my dismay). But it’s such a quick craft that it’s easy to make more when you need them. A great way to give back with this craft, if you have a lot of old t-shirts, is to make a bunch of these braided rope toys for your local animal shelter. Each shelter varies as to what donations they’ll accept, so please call and check with them first.
What did you think? Have you tried any of these crafts before? Make sure to let me know in the comments!