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.
7. Lego Candy Dispenser
I think I might be more obsessed with Legos than my kids! It’s the one thing from my childhood that I refuse to let go of. They’ve just gotten so elaborate and even more amazing! If you’ve already got a nice collection of Legos going, you might just have everything you need to make this sweet little candy dispenser. Go get the step-by-step instructions over at Frugal Fun For Boys & Girls.
8. Soap Clouds
I’ve done this a handful of times with my kids (even my teenager loves it), and it just never gets old. It’s one of the coolest science experiments you’ll ever do with your microwave. It’s kind of scary to think what might be in a plain old bar of Ivory soap, but who cares when it’s this much fun! You can also make fun soap shapes with cookie cutters once you’re done with all of the soap cloud excitement. Go check out the instructions and more photos here.