Crafts with children are really fun. You will love to design and make new DIY (Do It Yourself) works with your little creative minds. It’s quite simple: most of the time the best ideas come from realizing them. Simple bits of material, empty boxes, everyday objects can turn into playful and colorful creations. Something to amaze you and give you nice surprises. Sometimes you have everything on hand, but you are too dry when it comes to activity: that’s why here are 5 DIY ideas to do with children.
So if you are looking for DIY, DIY, creative hobby ideas to do yourself and with your kids, you have come to the right place. Whether it’s an opportunity to work on paper, make a birthday present or decorate a room, here are some tips and tricks. So unpack whatever you have on hand at home and simply choose the DIY objects and ideas you would like to carry with the kids. There are tons of ideas, so here’s a quick rundown to make it easier for you:
1 – Make your own modeling clay
Do you see recipes offered all over the place and you dare not take the plunge? You too have tested the industrial plasticine that your children ended up tasting and which ended up in a large brown ball – all colors clumped together? Instead, try making edible play dough, with very few ingredients that your kids will love. You need just over 5 ingredients: flour, water, oil, salt, baking soda. And then some dyes if you want to make different colored pastes. It is an artisanal modeling clay that keeps very well in the refrigerator in cling film.
- 300 g flour
- 250 g of salt
- 380 ml hot water
- 1 tablespoon of baking soda
- 2 teaspoons of oil
- possibly food coloring
- Mix flour, water and oil. Then add salt and baking soda.
- Heat the mixture over low heat in a saucepan. The dough should peel off a bit.
- Take the dough out of the pan to let it cool for a few minutes.
- Work it on a work surface.
- If you want to color it in several colors: make as many balls as you need.
- Then place each of these balls in a container in which you will pour the coloring.
- Knead for a long time so that the color permeates the dough.
- Store the dough in cling film in the refrigerator, this will prevent it from hardening.
2 – Create a cardboard table football
Football Fans Notice: You can easily make a foosball game for your young children from a cardboard box. You will be able to organize frenzied table football tournaments. So make your own cardboard table football very easily, to the delight of young and old. With just a shoebox and clothespins, you can make a table football from A to Z. Do not deprive yourself of it and create it now thanks to the following explanations:
- 1 flat-bottom shoebox
- Chopsticks a few millimeters in diameter
- 12 clothespins
- 6 corks
- An empty net like garlic or onion net
- Glue, tape, scissors or a cutter, a ruler
- Green and / or colored paper
- Make sure your football stadium has facades and stable ground. Glue whatever needs to be glued in your shoebox.
- Dress the inside of your box with green paper. Draw the lines of the goal zones with a felt-tip pen then draw a circle in the middle and then a center line. You can cover the outside of your box with colored paper if you wish.
- Cut out the rectangles that will simulate the goals. Do it carefully using a cutter. Be careful with the handling of pointed and sharp objects if you are accompanied by young children.
- Mark the position of the holes for the bars with a pencil. Drill the holes in the box. Then cut the sticks to the desired size: they should be as long as the box is wide, plus about 10cm on each side. Slide them into the box, pushing them through two exactly opposite holes.
- Attach clothespins as players: you can customize and accessorize them in the colors of both teams.
3 – Make jewelry like an owl pendant in FIMO paste
Are your children asking you for a new necklace, bracelet, or a new ring? Let them turn into jewelry designers. With beads, ribbons, FIMO clay (polymer clay), they can make creative accessories. That they can hasten to offer to friends or family. For example, make a pendant in the shape of an owl in FIMO paste. So colorful, so fun to work with, FIMO dough is best reserved for older children, or even pre-teens.
- Polymer clay in the colors of your choice
- Tools for cutting polymer clay
- Mini metal cookie cutters in the shape of a heart or other
- Small cord
- Tie for the pendant
- Choose 3 colors of FIMO paste for your owl.
- Take the color of your owl’s body, peel off a small piece and roll it into a ball. Flatten it slightly and measure the waist. If you are happy with the size, go to the next step, otherwise make your shape smaller or bigger.
- Next, shape the body of the owl. Gently pinch the ears and flatten the top slightly. Play around with the shape a bit until you’re happy with how it looks.
- Make sure your owl is not completely flat.
- Cut out wings and then hearts to decorate the body of your owl. Help yourself with the metal cookie cutters. Place them on the owl by pressing gently.
- Prepare white and black circles in FIMO paste for the eyes. You need very little dough. Put your white circles on your owl to start the eyes. Make 2 even smaller black dough balls and press them into small circles, place them above the white circles. Make 2 dots of white paste and add them to the dark circles to complete the eyes. For the nose, shape a small amount of polymer clay – for example orange – into a triangle and lay it on your owl between the eyes facing down. Finally, add tiny dots in a contrasting color to the hearts.
- Install a small loop then cook your owl following the instructions on the packaging of your FIMO dough.
- Thread the small cord through the clip: your jewel is ready!
4 – Create a mini paper kite
This is the ideal activity for you if your children are bored during the summer!
- Rather thick sheets of paper
- 2 straws
- Ribbon for decoration
- Possibly glitter
- Scissors, pencils, a ruler
- Choose two coordinating papers. Using a very strong glue stick, cover the back with a sheet of glue and place the other color on top. Smooth the page down and make sure there are no bubbles.
- Using a ruler, draw lines to create the shape of the kite. Cut out the kite.
- Cut a length of string and tie one end to a paper straw. Cut the second straw into thirds to make three pieces. Tie the other end of the string in the middle of one of the pieces. This will be the handle of your kite.
- Add a drop of glue to the knot you tied on the handle so that the string does not slip off the handle.
- Place the side of the kite you chose for the underside – actually the side that will hold the kite with the pieces of paper straw – face up on the table. Using a ruler and pencil, connect the corners to draw a cross.
- Place glue along the cross. Place the straws in / on the glue to form the frame of your kite and allow the glue to dry for a few minutes.
- Cut a piece of ribbon or string to form the tail of the kite. Thread it through the long straw and add a little glue to the top of the straw to keep the string from falling out.
- Tie a few decorative ribbons and let the glue dry completely.
- You can decorate with glitter, kids love it.
5 – Make an origami bookmark
Pretty quick to do, once you and your kids get the hang of it – yes, this bookmark will hold no secrets for you and you can multiply it. This is a bookmark that slides at a corner of a page.
- A rectangle of paper, preferably patterned
- Place the pattern on the underside. Fold your paper lengthwise.
- Then fold in the direction of the width and open again.
- Fold one side down at 45 degrees. Repeat on the other side. Both parties need to balance each other.
- Turn the paper over and fold the top third down.
- Fold the angles to give a heart shape.
- Your heart is then ready to adjust to the corner of the page you stopped reading.