DIY Home Activities To Do With Your Kids

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It’s your day off, yay! You get to stay home and have fun with the kids, but what is there to do? You dig through your toy box, rummaging through toy cars with no batteries, worn-out stuffed bunnies and missing lego pieces. You could find a nanny for expertise, or you could get the kids to make their own toys from everyday objects lying around the house! DIY activities are a fun and easy way of engaging a child’s curiosity. During the winter and rainy days, children expect unlimited fun like what they experience in the summer months. This article brings some ideas for creating fun activities and indoor crafts for kids.

 

Sew Some Cards

Sewing cards can be an inspiring DIY activity for young minds. However, guardians and babysitters should ensure that kids wear thimble to prevent needles from piercing their fingers.

What Do You Need For This Activity?

  • An old sheet of cardboard paper with dense material.
  • Sewing needles, and safety pins
  • Threads (cotton) in different colours. Usually, people don’t prefer synthetic threads even if they come in bright colours. Synthetic threads have larger diameters than cotton threads and might make big holes on cardboard papers.
  • Art workbook for images
  • A pair of scissors and a pen

How to sew cards

  • With the pen, create a motif on a piece of cardboard from any image in the art workbook. Kids might prefer images of creatures that they see daily. Some examples include butterflies, dogs, cats, and birds. Draw and cut to the shape of any image with a pair of scissors 
  • While maintaining a uniform space from the edges of your cardboard paper, perforate the sheet with a safety pin. These pinholes serve as guides for the stitches.
  • Choose bright colours of threads that contrast with cardboard paper’s tone, and pass them through these pinholes
  • It’s encouraging when kids hang these designs in the activity room for everyone to see.

 

The Ball Toss Activity

Apart from engaging children, ball toss activity is a good mental activity for teenagers. It’s similar to the classic game of ski ball.

What Do You Need For This Activity?

  • Plastic bowls of different sizes with labels for prize money
  • Cut-to size dollar bills with different values
  • A ping pong ball
  • A writing pad and pen

How To Ball-tossing Works

  • Arrange the plastic bowls (with respective labels) from a wall vertically.
  • Each kid takes a turn to throw the ping pong ball into a bowl. Before throwing the ball, they must maintain a specific distance from the closest bowl
  • A thrower gets the value of the label from each successful throw. It should be written in the pad to avoid unnecessary contests 
  • When there’s an unsuccessful throw, the value of the highest label is deducted from the thrower’s point. So, each toss into a bowl comes with a point.
  • After a predetermined set of throws, the winner is the kid with the highest tally
  • This ball-tossing activity encourages kids to calculate numbers at a very young age.

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Firework Painting

Kids will love the idea of making firework designs with a range of colour schemes. It’s an impressive way of expressing their design skills. Also, it’s an opportunity for kids to express their passion for firework displays.

What Do You Need For This Activity?

  • Crayons or water paints (different colours)
  • An art workbook and a pencil
  • Cardboard paper (with a dark background)

How to Paint Firework Displays

  • Before painting the firework display, children might need to wear aprons that will protect their clothes.
  • If the children are creative, they might not need a reference picture while painting a firework display. However, spending a few minutes to browse through some images of fireworks can serve as a guide.
  • This task is pretty easy – create the pattern with a pencil on the cardboard and paint.
  • After the firework painting, kids have to use the bathroom before touching any household equipment.

Any or all of the above activities will keep your child’s creative mind engaged and learning, and creativity is important in a developing child. They are simple and straight-forward for anyone to follow, you could even leave it as a suggestion to your casual nanny to use.

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