Kids get easily bored these days, which is why parents have a hard time looking for activities that will engage their kids and keep them entertained. But sometimes it is about more than just entertaining them, right? We can always give the kids wooden toys and leave them to themselves, but keeping them engaged means watching them learn and grow through play! This is a great thing to observe as a parent!! I know that spring is a great time to try some new ideas. These DIY activities you can do with your kids are a perfect way to keep busy and have some fun together!
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DIY Activities You Can Do With Your Kids This Spring
Glow in the dark play dough
As kids, we always wanted those glow in the dark stars on our ceiling. It always makes us feel like we are sleeping under the stars at night. Well, what if we can do one better and add an odd twist to it by making glow in the dark play dough for our kids?
You will need 3 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, 2 tbsp. Oil, 1 cup of water, 6 oz. non-toxic glow in the dark paint and food coloring. There is no need to cook them, just mix them all together.
Once you are done, just turn on that black light and get ready to make play dough sculptures with your kids. This is going to allow them to use their imagination in a different way, the dark will allow them to explore what they know, like making sculptures of animals who only go out at night.
Set up a building station
This one is very easy to do because you just have to set up space in your house where you can have all the trinkets you can imagine on a table. Prepare all kinds of materials like yarn, colorful glue, googly eyes, etc and call this your building station. Some have even called it a Build-a-Bot station which includes huge cubes where kids can design their robot. This is a great way to see how creative our kids can be when given different arts and crafts materials to work with.
Create different kinds of paint
There are lots of tutorials online for kinds of paint some of us have not even heard of. For instance, confetti paint or sparkling paint is done with just mixing styling gel, food coloring, and sequins. You can also make puffy paint by mixing Kool-Aid packets, water, flour, and salt. Make sure that once you have dissolved the Kool-Aid, or any juice powder, in water, the salt and flour should just have the same portion. After doing all of that, prepare copious amounts of paper, take out all the brushes and start painting with them. My 11-year-old loves to experiment with DIY stuff and if I will buy the ingredients she is all over making it herself!!
Outdoor board games
One fun board game to do is Scrabble. Just need some cardboard cut-outs of the letter tiles and maybe a rack where you can put the tiles. There are other classic board games like Chess and Snakes and Ladders you an create if you want to get fancier. This might require a little elbow grease though because this involves cutting out cardboard and painting the pieces. You can also just sidewalk chalk and make a huge tic tac toe board on your driveway. That is a really easy way to play a game outside!
Which DIY Activity Will You Do With Your Kids?
I know I am always looking for ways to keep my kids busy over spring break. These DIY activities you can do with your kids will be perfect all spring and really anytime of year! Which one is your favorite? Have you tried your hand at any homemade concoctions that turned out good? I would love to hear about it.