Is there ever a time when kids aren’t bored?! Seriously, give my kids less than 30 seconds without activity in front of them and they’re at a loss for what to do. This is where simple crafts and activities are your saving grace! The only thing is, this usually requires a lot of parent involvement, and let’s be honest, the more they can do on their own, the better! Unless… you have a few awesome crafts up your sleeve that you secretly get excited about, too!
I’m always on a hunt for things that will not only keep my kids entertained but will also have an educational element: teach them creativity, help with their focusing skills, and give them the confidence that even a simple accomplishment can bring. Here are some of my favorite activities and crafts for kids that I think parents and adults will think are fun and exciting, too.
1. Balloon Rockets
Balloons are one of the cheapest and easiest sources of entertainment! The next time the kids complain about being bored, just blow up a few balloons and it’s likely to keep them busy for hours. These balloon rockets are a blast, and only require materials you probably already have at home: A balloon, a straw, yarn, tape, and two chairs or other pieces of furniture the yarn can be attached to. Check out the full details here.
2. Painted Rocks
It’s always fun to take something as ordinary as a rock and turn it into a piece of art! On top of just being pretty, you could also use them as a paper weight or door stop. Or, I have what I call a “gratitude rock”, and every time I see it, I pick it up and think of something I’m thankful for. Perhaps these could be gifts for something like that!
You will need smooth (and preferably flat) rocks to get started. Clean them really well and maybe even rub them down good with rubbing alcohol to help the paint stick. Use an acrylic craft paint for your base coat, and after it dries, a fine permanent marker to make your outline. Fill in your design with more paint, or try these Molotow Markers for fine detail work. It might be best with the kids (depending on the age) to help them with their outline, and then they can have fun filling in the lines.
3. Straw Weaving
If you’re at all familiar with the Rainbow Loom, then you can see how exciting this project can be for older kids! My daughter has an obsession with yarn lately, and I’m so happy to say that I’ve finally found a good use for it. She’s not quite old enough to knit, but this is a fun alternative for making bracelets and bookmarks. Get the full instructions here including a video tutorial.
4. I-Spy Bottle
I have to admit, even I would enjoy shaking and twisting the bottle to find new treasures! Perhaps I’ll make one for myself. 🙂 This easy project is fun to make, and would be especially nice for the back seat of the car to keep the kids entertained while driving. Simply fill a bottle full of dried rice or beans, along with a handful of charms or little items like coins, pom poms, beads, etc. Just don’t forget to securely glue the lid on! I found this idea here, but it looks like the website is down for now.
5. Balloon Bowls
Can you believe this is just made out of confetti and mod podge!? Even if you don’t have confetti, you can easily make your own by cutting scrap paper into small pieces (or by using a hole punch). Glue is also another alternative in place of mod podge. You might already have all of the supplies needed at home! Go get the full instructions here.
6. Finger Knitting
The reasons why finger knitting is so awesome: it doesn’t require any tools, it’s simple enough for children to do, and it’s a fabulous way to pass the time– all you’ll need is yarn! There are so many things you can do with the strips, such as head bands, scarves for American Girl dolls, or anything else you can dream up! Go get the complete step-by-step instructions here.