5 fun craft ideas for kids

When the weather's bad outside, as it often is at this time of year, parents can entertain their little ones by creating something together. And what could be better than working on some cute craft projects and watching their eyes light up when they get to proudly present their work?

Watch the following video to discover five fantastically creative ideas that are fun for both young and old...

1. Colorful Modeling Clay

You'll need (for modeling clay in 4 different colors): 

  • 4 cups flour 
  • 2 tbsp oil 
  • 1 cup warm water
  • food coloring (different colors)
  • 1½ cups salt 
  • 5 bowls

Here's how: 

First pour a quarter of the cup of water into four of the bowls. 

Next, add a few drops of food coloring into each bowl. 

Now add half a tablespoon of oil into each of the bowls. 

Take the fifth bowl, add the flour and salt, and mix everything together using a tablespoon. 

Next add a cup of the salty flour mix into each of the prepared bowls.

Mix the food coloring with the salty flour until the color of the mixture is even. 

Sprinkle some flour onto a worktop and knead the mixture into a ball as you would with normal dough.

Now place each ball of dough into a resealable plastic bag. Try to remove as much air from the bags as you can. Place the sealed bags in the fridge for a short time. 

The modeling clay is now finished. Let's go play! 

2. Decorative hair clasps

Find out how to make these wonderful flower hair clasps here.

3. 3D Pictures

You'll need:

For the first picture below, mix the glue and shaving foam with a food coloring of your choice. Repeat this in different bowls until you have the number of colors you want. 

Now dab the shaving foam mix onto the canvas in each color and leave it to dry for 24 hours.

Now draw a tree on the canvas using the black acrylic paint and connect the colored dabs of shaving foam along the branches. Add a beak, some feet and an eye to the dabs so that they look like birds sitting on the branches. Leave the acrylic paint to dry.

For the second design, fill a piping bag with the colored shaving foam mix. You'll need five colors for this picture. Start by piping the colors of the rainbow next to each other on the canvas. After leaving the foam to dry for 24 hours, you can now hang your masterpiece up.

4. Bottle Print

You'll need:

  • pink and black acrylic paint
  • bottle
  • white canvas

First mix the pink acrylic paint with some water. Place the bottom of the bottle on top of it and stamp it onto the canvas. Try to make your prints to the side or upper part of the canvas so that you have enough space for the next step. Wait for the paint to dry.

Use the black paint to draw a tree onto the canvas. Its branches should reach up to the pink "flowers." Wait until the paint is dry again. You can also print other flowers onto the canvas.

Voilà, your Japanese cherry blossom picture is finished!

5. Photo Fridge Magnets

You'll need:

First place the lid of the baby food container onto a photo you'd later like to see on your fridge. Use a pen to draw around the lid and cut the image out. Cut out a circle of cardboard that's the same size as the image. Now place a dab of hot glue on the cardboard and stick the image to it. Now dab some glue onto the underside of the lid and stick the cardboard with image onto it.

To finish, glue a magnet to the top of the lid and place it onto your fridge.

There aren't many kids that don't like playing with modeling clay, painting or working on craft projects. And it certainly can't hurt to encourage your child to get creative. Better still, you can use these creations to decorate your home. Who knows — your kid might even discover an unknown talent while doing so!

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