Encouraging your kids to learn practical skills can be one of the best investments you make in their future, especially when they’re young and impressionable. DIY projects are great opportunities to teach them things like how to follow directions, set goals, use tools, and work together on group projects as well as things like recycling and reusing items. With these six fun DIY projects to do with your kids, you can work on skills while having fun at the same time.
1) Making Playdough
Making playdough is a fun and easy way to spend time with your kids. The best part is that you can choose from all kinds of cool scents for your playdough, making it smell like everything from blueberries to chocolate. This recipe also makes enough dough for you to make two batches, so you’ll have some extra to keep in your fridge or freezer. This recipe makes 1 cup of playdough. It should be stored in an airtight container. To store your playdough, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap before placing it inside an airtight container. Keep out of direct sunlight because exposure to light will cause colors to fade over time. To prevent discoloration, store unused portions of playdough wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and placed inside an airtight container until ready for use.
2) Homemade Slime
Homemade slime is one of those super fun childhood pastimes that never seem to get old. It’s a very simple recipe, but since glue can be an ingredient, it’s probably not a good idea for young children who are still putting things in their mouths. It doesn’t take long to make and little kids love playing with it. Sometimes when you’re feeling nostalgic, try making some homemade slime with your kids.
3) Paper plate bag puppets
Paper plate bag puppets are a fun craft that kids of all ages can make. This simple puppet can be customized with your child’s favorite colors and embellished with paper, paint, or markers. You may even find that your new puppet has taken on a life of its own. It’s fun for your little one to act out their own stories with their puppet and it encourages creativity in them.
4) Handprint artwork
A great project for preschoolers, handprint artwork requires only that you provide your child with paint, a canvas, and open space. Set them up in front of a blank wall and let them go crazy. When they’re done, you can scan their artwork into a computer and print it out on paper or cardstock. Handprint art is not only fun to create but fun to display as well! Best of all, kids get excited about being involved in making something special just for them.
5) Creating your walkie talkies
You can create your walkie-talkies using two tin cans and a length of insulated wire. You’ll need to punch or drill holes into both cans and place one end of each wire through one hole and out the other. Connect both ends on one side using an alligator clip, then place a screw-on cap on each can. The other end of each wire is attached to a headset jack, which you connect to an old radio with 9 volts of power.
If you’re looking for a fun way to bond with your kids and take their minds off of things, then these 5DIY projects are just what you need. Each project will give you something fun to do together as a family, while also teaching them valuable skills that they can use throughout life.