Your little Picassos can craft these colorful turkeys while you cook the real one on Thanksgiving.
Um, remember Play-Doh? It was always so fun until it hardened into a rock or you tried eating it and couldn’t feel your tongue for a few weeks. Well, now there’s a recipe that’s just as fun and probably a lot less toxic! Plus, this recipe is made with powdered drink mixes, which means it smells good. It’s like smelly markers and Play-Doh all mixed into one. Please don’t eat it, though.
Torn Paper Shape Collage
If you’re feeling “torn” about what kind of picture to do (sorry, that joke was begging to be made), you can go for some minimalistic shapes, or try to copy another image. It’s easier than it sounds, promise.
Wooden Block Prints
Are you ashamed of the blocks gathering dust in a box in the hall closet? Ever since iPads happened, blocks probably aren’t the first option. Here’s an opportunity to dust ’em off and put ’em to good use in a fun and colorful way.
Plastic Bead Suncatcher
Get ready to take arts ‘n’ crafts to the next level. That’s right, we’re talking some bead-melting genius that will melt your face with its awesomeness. This DIY comes from The Artful Parent, and will help your child feel like the best new artist to hit the scene.
This dough is one of those strange science wonders that most adults can’t even properly explain. It’s powdery one moment and wet and sandy the next. Don’t even ask, the most scientific explanation we have is, “Because, you know. Stuff mixes together to make stuff.”
Tissue Paper Beauties
A fun and modern twist on the classic tissue paper flower! Toddlers will have a blast tearing up the tissue, and selecting the perfect button for the center!
Bird’s Next Bowl
These bowls are incredibly cool, and would make a great activity for anyone, whether you have kids or not! They are easy to make, but definitely produce a really artistic effect. They’d look great sitting on any table or shelf, and you might very well decide to keep them out and use them through the rest of the year.
I imagine there are a lot of ways you could subtly modify this project with different colors or sizes of paper strips or even arrangements of strips. A very colorful and fun project that children or grown-ups can enjoy.
Papier-mache Easter Eggs
These eggs are a fun alternative to the plastic Easter eggs you buy at the store! While they are fragile and can easily break open (by pulling on a string), they also are durable in their own way and can hold quite a lot of candy. You will probably be surprised at how heavy you can make them.
Just like a real egg, you have to break them open to get at what’s inside. So they add fun to Easter in two ways; they give you something fun to create with your kids, and you kids will also have fun breaking them later to get at the candy. The actual process of creating them is itself pretty entertaining, and involves water balloons! As a cute bonus, hide some little chicks inside a few of the eggs and surprise your children with them.
Bunny Bean Bags
This is an adorable project without a step-by-step tutorial, but judging from the simplicity of the toy, it would be quite easy to figure out how to make these from scratch. For children who want to learn some basic sewing, they would make a fun activity—not bad for the grown-up who loves to sew either.
Just look at those cute fluffy little tails! This is another project you could easily do variations on. Get some yellow fabric and add on little beaks and you could easily make chick bean bags too. These are a blast to play with too! They’re so cute and probably so addicting to make that you shouldn’t be surprised if they multiply like … well, bunnies.