There are so many hours to fill in a day, especially during the summer, that we bet you’re contemplating just parking your kids in front of the TV for a Paw Patrol marathon and calling it a day. While every family has different needs and wants for their kids during summertime – no shame here – here are a few easy kids crafts to do next week that don’t require running to the craft store.
3 Ingredient Play Dough
While there’s plenty of at-home playdough recipes available, most of them call for things like cream of tartar, which you might not normally keep on deck. That shouldn’t hold you back from getting creative! This 3-ingredient recipe calls for shaving cream, cornstarch and any food coloring you might want. In a large bowl, mix 1 part shaving cream with 2 parts cornstarch (the amount can be adjusted depending on how much you want to make). Knead the mixture with your hands until combined, adding more shaving cream if too dry or more cornstarch if it’s too wet. Add a few drops of food coloring into the mixture and knead until evenly colored (wearing a glove if you don’t want your hands to stain). Store in an airtight container in the fridge to keep from drying out!
For a quick craft perfect for your little Picasso, all you need is markers, coffee filters and some water. Prep your workspace by giving kids a cookie sheet or newspaper to work on. Let your little one go scribble crazy, covering at least half of a coffee filter (we’ve found that sticking to just cool or warm colors tends to work better). Then, spray with water until the colors start to run together. Let dry, and then hang to appreciate your no-mess paper tie-dye!
Spring Sock Bunny
Looking for something a bit cuddlier? Find some mismatched socks for an easy bunny craft! Take any color sock and fill with 1 cup uncooked rice, trying off tightly at the top with a rubber band. This creates your round bunny body. To create a head, pinch off about 1/3 of the top of the body and section off with another rubber band. Pinch off a small section at the bottom and tie off for a little cotton ball tail. With the leftover sock material at the top of the head, cut in half and round off the corners for bunny ears. Decorate with googly eyes, a button nose, stickers or Sharpie features!
Still looking for craft ideas? Check out this YouTube video for 17 more!