Our Cheap & Easy Crafts for Kids Series will save the day over the long school break!
Save your sanity over school break!
I love school breaks but I also know there is always a point in which my kids are either wandering around telling me they have nothing to do OR glued to their devices playing Roblox and I’m in need of ways to pry them off their screens…
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Cheap & Easy Crafts for Kids Series
Over the next 5 days I’m bringing you a curated list of project ideas to help you stay sane and feel like your kids learned a thing or two over break. The series focuses on cheap and easy ideas i.e. projects you can do using items from your pantry. Each day I’ll be outlining 3 different activity options and a related playlist of videos on YouTube. I suggest doing (1) activity per day.
The series runs from December 27- Dec. 31, 2019. Before we get started tomorrow here is a list of most of the items you’ll need:
- Corn Syrup
- Epsom Salt
- Food Coloring
- Paper Towels
- Recycled plastic lids
Day #1 Crafts & Activities: Play Recipes
Before you dismiss play recipes as just for preschool aged kids I want to let you know that whenever I make oobleck for an event we usually have older kids at the station much longer than littles. In fact I believe that older kids love and need sensory play as much as younger children. As kids get older we forget about how much they love to squish, stir and play.
So mix up a batch of one of these play recipes for your kids and have some sensory fun! Included in the play dough and oobleck posts are activity ideas as well!
- How to Make Cloud Dough
- How to Make Play Dough + Playdough Activity Ideas
- How to Make Oobleck + Oobleck Activity Ideas
Play recipes playlist on You Tube
Day #2 Crafts & Activities: Reactions
Want to get a reaction out of your kids ? Then brew up one of these concoctions! Day 2 of our Cheap and Easy Crafts series features chemical reactions to wow your kids.
These 3 easy science projects that feature a fizzing, bubbling, and/or colorful reactions using household ingredients. Be sure to do these on a tray to contain the mess!
Reactions playlist on You Tube
Day #3 Easy Crafts for Kids: Exploring Color
Here’s a little tip I’ve learned after working with kids on creative projects over the years: Color is one of the best ways to get children interested in a project. It’s nearly impossible to resist a set of new colored pencils or a palette of colorful paints just sitting there waiting to be combined…so when in doubt about an activity try to amp up the color factor to entice your kids over to try it!
Exploring Color Playlist on You Tube
Day #4 Easy Crafts: That’s Salty
If there is one particularly fascinating (and super common) ingredient that has some unusual uses it has to be SALT. Most of us just think of it as a flavor enhancer but did you know that it can conduct electricity and you can grow crystals with it? Here are 3 fun ways to put salt to use in creative projects:
That’s Salty Playlist on You Tube
Day #5 Easy Crafts: Science Magic
We can all use some wonder in our lives and science offers us so many opportunities to see just how beautiful and magical this world of our is. For the last day of our Cheap & Easy Series we are focusing on a few magical science projects.