As the weeks roll on, we are all trying our best to keep our children entertained at home. If you are running out of ideas of ways to keep them engaged, you are not alone.
There are many crafts that you can make at home using items that you most likely already have around the house. A good idea is to have an arts and crafts recycle bin in your kitchen and fill it with useful items such as empty kitchen roll tubes, cereal boxes, bottle tops, used shampoo bottles, egg cartons etc, and have them handy for when boredom strikes!
Unleash their creative side with these tried and tested crafts and activities to help you over the coming weeks.
Make some cardboard fairy wings and crowns using leftover cardboard from an empty box. Fold the cardboard in half and roughly sketch the shape of half a wing. Cut one side out and then fold over, trace and cut out the other side. You can then paint and decorate the wings and crowns with flowers from the garden or any other crafty bits you may have including stickers or pieces of old material or magazines. Make two holes in the back out the wings and use ribbon or string to make the straps.
Perfect for a sunny day outside. Get a container or bowl and half fill it with water. Add a few drops of food colouring to make it more exciting. Gather several small toys, eg animal figurines, buttons, seashells etc, and place in the water. Freeze overnight. Repeat the same step again of adding water, toys and freezing. You could do it all in one go but this works better to evenly disperse the toys throughout the shape making it more fun. To remove the block of ice, turn it over onto a solid surface and pour warm water over the top of it. Then place the block of ice onto the ground outside or on a tray on the table and let the kids have fun finding all the treasure. They can melt the ice by pouring water over it, sprinkling salt (it helps melt ice) and using any safe tools you may have at home, eg plastic cutlery, toy hammer etc.
Using a scissors, cut up the empty egg cartons into individual pieces. Cut four slits in each corner of the pieces and fold back the side to resemble flower petals. Paint each flower a colour of your choice and leave to dry. Cut the middle part out of a paper plate. If you don’t have a paper plate cut a wreath shape out of an empty cereal box. Glue the flowers to your wreath and tie some ribbon to make a bow.
This is a fun and colourful activity to do with slightly older children. My six-year-old loved this one! Get a small jar or container and put it on a plate or tray. Half fill it with vinegar add a drop of food colouring. Put a good squeeze of washing up liquid in and stir. Add some glitter if you have it. Slowly add a spoon of bicarbonate soda and watch the amazing fizz spill out and over the top of the jar. Keep adding a small amount of bicarbonate soda until the fizzing stops!
All you need is an empty plastic water bottle from the recycling bin, a sock that’s missing its match (there are plenty of these in our house), some duct tape, washing up liquid and food colouring. Start by cutting the bottom of the water bottle off. Next slide your sock over the end of the bottle and secure in place with the duct tape. You could also use an elastic band if you don’t have duct tape. Get a bowl and mix together water and a good squirt of washing up liquid. Put a few drops of food colouring onto the sock end and then dip it into the water. Blow through the top of the bottle and watch as the rainbow snake appears out the bottom of the sock. Please remind small children to blow air out, not suck it in otherwise they will be eating bubbles!
Transform some empty toilet roll tubes into puppets. Paint your toilet roll tubes and leave to dry. Then glue lollipop sticks to the bottom inside of the toilet roll tubes for the handles. Decorate your puppets with googly eyes and wool for hair. Use a marker for the finishing touches. Put on a fun puppet show behind the couch for all the family.