Are the kids stuck inside today? It’s a good day for them to use their creative side. Kids are imaginative by nature and fostering their creativity can allow them a way to express themselves. Try a few of these easy indoor crafts to get their creative juices flowing and don’t be afraid to join in. Adults need a little creative fun too!
I highly recommend keeping a craft kit, like this one, on hand for rainy days. They are used for so many things!
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Q Tip Art
This one is so easy, and you probably have all that you need laying around the house. If not, it all can be found at a dollar store.
- Q Tips
Have the kids use the Q Tips to dip in the paint and create a dot pattern on the paper. After they are done with their dots, they can cut out the paper to be any shape they want. Another way to do this is to have them cut a shape out and lightly tape it to a larger piece of paper. Then they can put dots all around the shape and take it off to see the shape clearly defined (like above). Don’t forget to have them sign the back of their masterpiece!
These can actually be used as gifts. My kids gave these to family members around the holidays so that they could use them as decor or ornaments.
- Pinecones (from outside or store bought)
- White Paint and Paintbrush
- Hot Glue or Craft Glue
- String or Wooden Base (optional)
Start with an idea. Have your child decide if they want to do a hanging pinecone, one on a base, or nothing attached. Then have them decide if they would like paint, glitter, or both.
Attach to base or string. Glue the pinecone to the base or attach the string first. That way you don’t have to deal with glue and glitter after the fact.
Let them create. Now, let them put the paint and glue on. If they want glitter sprinkle it on while the paint or glue is still wet.
Let them dry fully.
Toilet Paper Roll Crafts
This is another one where you probably have these items laying around the house or you can get them all cheaply at the dollar tree. You will need to save some toilet paper rolls though.
- Toilet Paper Rolls
- Construction Paper
- Glue (sticks or any liquid)
- Googly Eyes
- Pipe Cleaners (optional)
Brainstorm the idea. Let the kids think about what they want to create. A butterfly? A monster? The options are endless.
Cut out parts. Whether it’s wings, arms, or ears, cut out all the “parts” that need to be attached.
Attach. Attach all the parts to the toilet paper roll with glue. You can create holes to put pipe cleaners in too. Don’t forget the eyes!
Play. Once their toilet paper character is created, they can play with it for a while. Let that butterfly soar through the air or fly away from the monster!
Hopefully that gave you some good ideas to spark some creativity. If the kids are bored after all that, check out my post on ways to keep the kids busy.
-Kristy M., Mommy to Many