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.