Introduction to Spring Activities for Kids
When spring finally arrives, kids are bursting with energy to get outdoors and play! When they bring that energy inside, though, don’t worry: there are many indoor activities you can do with your kid as well to help keep them entertained.
Using simple items you can buy at an arts and crafts store, or even your regular local retail shop, you can create fun and inventive toys for them to enjoy.
Most of these items are affordable and easy to make from scratch. Here are some great ideas that your child may love:
Create A Glitter And Resin Tumbler
Your old steel tumbler might be boring, but guess what? With some glitter, resin, glue, and a little pizzazz, this is the perfect project to try with a teenager! If you don’t have a tumbler, you can get one from a dollar store.
The tools you’ll need are:
- Foam brushes
- Modge Podge or another Clear-Drying White Glue
- Painter’s tape
- Protective gloves
Make sure you read the safety instructions for the resin carefully before you begin. Some resin requires special gloves or ventilation.
Then using the painter’s tape, you will need to tape the top and bottom of the tumbler before you begin. You and your child will use the foam brushes to apply the Modge Podge glue directly to the tumbler.
The entire tumbler must be coated with a thin layer of glue. Once fully covered, liberally apply glitter all over the bottle.
Dip the tumbler into a bowl of glitter, or you can simply dash it on directly from its container. With the glitter on, wait several hours for it to dry.
Once it’s dry, you will have to apply the resin. Put on some gloves and use a foam brush to cover the entire surface of the tumbler with resin.
Be careful to not let the resin touch skin! It can cause a little irritation. Remove the tape, then let the resin sit for 2 hours. Then you can enjoy the beautiful results of your work!
Embroidery Crafts For Children
You and your child can do an embroidery project together and create long-lasting gifts for family members. Both of you can plan what items to create, such as quilts, hats, scarves, mittens, or even decorative pieces to hang on the wall.
You can get discount yarn from your local fabric store and knitting tools. Let your child pick bright and fun colors for your new endeavor!
With embroidery, your child can learn cool techniques like pin stitches, waste knots, and the holding stitch. When finishing the embroidery, they’ll also learn how to use reverse holding or thread weaving stitch techniques.
Puffy Paint Projects
Have you ever heard of 3D paint? Puffy paint lets your child express their creativity in bright and colorful textured artwork.
The paint is squishy, bendable, and practically pops out of the page. It’s an interactive painting that your child can not only see but also touch and feel. All you need are the following items:
- 1 cup of flour
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 3 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1 mixing bowl
- 1 spoon
- Ziploc bags
Have your child mix all of the ingredients into the mixing bowl until it looks like pancake batter. Then separate the batter into four ziplock bags and add food coloring to each one.
Mix the color up in the bag with the batter. Once it’s mixed, cut a small hole in one end of the ziplock bag, and now your child can take some paper and begin painting!
After the painting is finished, take your and your child’s newly-created artwork and put it in the microwave for 30-45 seconds. Watch the strokes and lines of the painting puff up as it heats, then pulls it out and take some time to admire your new masterpiece!
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DIY 3D Glasses
This fun creation lets your child enjoy 3D movies and coloring books. Even ordinary shows are a bit more immersive with these cool specs. You can walk your child through this step-by-step guide on how to make their very first 3D glasses. The basic materials that you need are:
- 3D Glasses template on cardstock (printed online or hand-drawn)
- Permanent markers that are red and blue
- Plastic zip lock bags or acetate/mylar sheets that are red and cyan
- Glue dots
- Crafts such as glitter, ribbons, tissue paper, or pipe cleaners
If you don’t have acetate/mylar sheets, you can tell your child to draw a red and a blue rectangle on the zip lock bag to create the lens.
After they cut out the frames for the glasses, have them use the glue dots to adhere the plastic lens onto the frames. Your child can then decorate their new glasses using colorful crafting supplies. With their new snazzy shades, watch as they look around and see a whole new world!
Rocks and Stones Crafts
Crafts you make from ordinary rocks and stones turn the mundane into something magical. You can decorate a stone in a variety of ways and brighten up its dull appearance.
Be creative! Your child can make ladybugs, stones with inspirational messages, mosaic pieces of artwork, picture frames, birdhouses, candle holders, and more!
Before you get started, plan what type of cool creation you’d like to make with your child. Afterward, look for smooth stones outdoors that have very few grooves.
That way you have smoother surfaces to work with. Once you and your child have sourced your stones, you can get to work. You’ll need a type of paint that does not wear off over time, such as acrylic paint.
Instruct your child to clean all the dirt off of the stones beforehand. You can then show your child how to use a paintbrush and start applying the paint in different patterns and colors on the stone. Once done, set the decorated stone out on a flat surface in the sun to dry.
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If you can remember the childhood joy you got from looking through a kaleidoscope, you can now share that with your kid.
It is very cheap to make a kaleidoscope from scratch and fill it with colorful pieces of confetti or beads to create the color-warping effect. You will need the following items:
- Paper towel or toilet paper tube
- Translucent beads and large graffiti
- Decorative tape
- Clear plastic
- Card stock
- Aluminum foil
- Hot glue
Using these tools, you can follow these basic instructions to create a kaleidoscope from scratch. Some parts are up to you how they’re done, such as making clear plastic pieces that will hold the beads and confetti in place and whether you want your kaleidoscope to be a tube, glasses, or something else. However, your child can pick what colors go inside the tube and can decorate the outside of the kaleidoscope.
With these fun tips, you and your child can spend countless hours inside having fun. There are many different ways to recreate any of these crafts, so revisit them multiple times. Your child will share these fun crafts with their friends and other family members and spread the joy!