Whether you’re on summer vacation or winter break we’re always looking for fun things to do with our kids! Maybe you’re a teacher or an after-school provider looking for unique and creative DIY ideas for kids. Maybe you’re a babysitter or a nanny looking for something neat to try or see….. You’ve come to the right place!
Amazing Ideas for Kids to Try
1. Microwave a Bar of Soap
This is what happens when you microwave a bar of Ivory soap! Then you can tear it up, color it, and mold it into shapes! It’s not wet and messy, either!
2. Calm Down Glitter Bottles
Fill them with water, fine glitter, and glue! So mesmerizing. Great for calming kids down.
3. Glow in the Dark Bubbles
Break a glow stick and make glow in the dark bubbles – must try!
4. How to make HUGE bubbles
6 cups water, 1 cup corn syrup, 2 cups of Joy dish soap. My kids LOVE these – definitely saving this! (source unknown).
5. How to Make Microwave Playdough
Definitely saving this! Source Unknown.
6. Bubble Refill Station
How to make a bubble refill station using an empty laundry detergent bottle – so smart!
7. Dinosaur Sun Catchers
Use simple craft supplies to create DIY sun catchers! Get the full DIY directions here.
8. How to make cloud dough
We love this stuff!
9. Make a garden outside of a playhouse
So fun! Let children tend to their own landscape:) Source unknown.
10. Kids Stained Glass Art
Watch our video for how to make stained glass art with glue & food coloring:
11. How to Make Chalk
Check out this homemade chalk recipe. It works! Source Unknown
12. Paint a picture on a picnic table
This is a great idea for kids during the summer! Source unknown.
13. How to Make a Dome Out of Cardboard
This is so cool! Kids will love playing in one of these.
14. How to Make Floam
How to make FLOAM using styrofoam cups. Super easy and inexpensive way to make this fun play floam!
15. How to make a solar lighthouse
Use terra cotta pots, a small lantern, and a flameless candle. Neat!
16. Sponge Garden
Fun idea to do with your kids! Make a little grass house with colorful sponges (found at the dollar store). What a fun experiment for kids!
17. Turn a tent into a sandbox
Buy a kids tent and fill it with play sand. The kids can stay our of the hot sun and then you zip it up to keep animals and rain out. Win win! (source: Linda Caouette on Facebook)
18. How to make a Flip Flop Wreath
Get sandals from the dollar store, glue them together as shown, add WELCOME letters and other embellishments, then hang it as a summer wreath. Love this easy DIY wreath idea (source: Facebook).
19. Garden Hose Flowers
Make this DIY fence decor using supplies from the dollar store! Pick out various cups, bowls, plates and platters. Attach them together to create pretty flowers then hang them on the fence. I recommend using Goop marine glue because it is heavy duty and UV resistant (find it here for a few dollars). Use a green hose to make the stems. GREAT idea and easy to do! Source Unknown
20. Washcloth Butterflies
Step by step visual instructions teaching you how to make washcloth butterflies. This is an adorable and easy craft idea for adults and kids too!
21. Tissue Paper Flowers
Tissue Paper Flowers are simple, quick, and inexpensive. They are also a fun craft idea for kids! They make great decorations and party décor.
22. Dish Soap Silly Putty
The easiest silly putty recipe that my kids can’t get enough of! You only need 2 ingredients and you most likely have both in your kitchen already.