The weather has been so unpredictable these days. One minute, it pours. The next, it’s bright and cheery. So while you wait for the weather to clear, here are seven DIY activities you can dish out to your kids in minutes!
Paint Scrape Art
This art project was inspired by persialou.com. The finishing piece will look good no matter what! You’ll need:
- Paint (we’ve used Crayola)
- Cardboard or canvas
- Old credit cards or reward cards
- Drip drops of paint along one side of your cardboard/canvas.
- Place your credit/reward card above your paint drops. Pull down firmly to the bottom of your cardboard/canvas.
Note: The children scraped various directions to create different patterns and texture. It looked just as good!
DIY Popsicle Stick Harmonica
We love creating music. This DIY Popsicle Stick Harmonica by housingaforest.com was simply something we had to test out! You’ll need:
- 2 wide popsicle sticks
- 2 rubber bands
- 1 strip of paper (same size as popsicle stick)
- 1 toothpick
- Place a strip of paper between the popsicle sticks.
- Wrap one rubber band around the end of the sticks tightly.
- Cut toothpick into two. Both sticks must be the same width as popsicle stick.
- Slide one stick to the inside of the popsicle stick. It should be below the paper.
- Sandwich the other stick to the other end of popsicle stick. It should be above the paper.
- Secure with rubber band.
When Hannah blew her harmonica, it sounded like a duck. What about yours?
This idea came to us spontaneously. We were all ready to head out. Then we were greeted by a sudden downpour. 😦
To create your “rocket”, you’ll need:
- a strip of paper
- a straw
- cellophane tape or stapler
- Using a short thin strip of paper, fold the paper into a cone. Somewhat like a tip of an aeroplane.
- Secure with cellophane tape or stapler.
To play, place the cone to the end of the straw. Give a good blow and see your “rocket” fly!
“Ang Pow” Red Packet Butterfly
With the leftover “ang pows” or red packets, we made butterflies to go along with the Chinese New Year decorations. To create one butterfly, you’ll need:
- 8 red packets (longer in size)
- 1 pipe cleaner
- Cellophane tape
- Fold short sides of the red packets in half (only at the ends). This will serve as a marking.
- Fold corners of the red packet as if you’re folding a paper plane (tip). Use marking as your center. Do this for both ends. One red packet should have 2 tips.
- Staple the corners of 4 red packets together to make one side of the butterfly. It should resemble as “X”. Make two sides.
- Staple both sides of the butterfly together.
- Bend your pipe cleaner and tape to the center of your butterfly.
Create a Maze
Hannah tried creating her maze out of recycled items. As you can see, it’s still work in progress. 🙂 For younger children, they might require some help from you. You’ll need:
- Straws (quantity depends on the complicity of your maze)
- Coloured paper
- Rectangular plastic lid
- Cut coloured paper the same width and length as your plastic lid.
- Glue coloured paper on the lid.
- Cut the straws and stick on the coloured paper to create maze.
- Decorate the maze with markers.
To play, scrunch up the scrap pieces of coloured paper into a ball. Roll it along the maze.
This is one of the easiest craft ever! Yet this DIY kite brought hours of fun for us. 🙂
- Plastic bag Raffia string, any thick string or ribbon
- Tie Raffia string to the ends of the plastic bag. You’re done!
Run with your plastic bag kite and watch it dance in the sky. We love how easy it is to make and how compact it is to bring it around.
The children were amazed how everyday items could transform into “machines”. You’ll need:
- 1 rubber band
- 1 plastic cup
- Wrap the rubber band around a plastic cup twice. Make sure it’s snug.
- Place teaspoon under one of the rubber band and place head of spoon on top of cup (as shown).
- Place pompom on teaspoon.
Watch your catapult spring into action by hitting the end of your teaspoon!