10 Hands On Crafts for Kids

Sometimes kids just wanna make a mess. Who am I kidding, they always want to make a mess. Here’s 10 super fun mess making homemade activities to satisfy the mess maker in all of us.

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With the hot weather just around the corner or right on your doorstep water play is a great way to keep cool. I love this idea for Water Balloon Pinatas from Scrappy Happy Heather. I’m thinking of hanging them lower so the kids could bike through them.

summer crafts for kids

 

Homemade Liquid Sidewalk Chalk from Katelyn at Domestic Charm. Just water, corn starch and food colouring and everyone is happy. And messy. Maybe the chalk first and then the water piñatas.

summer crafts for kids

 

We’ve made this and it’s fantastic! From Heather at Dollar Store Crafts it’s Homemade Flubber or Goo or Gak, whichever name you choose it’s still awesome fun.

summer crafts for kids

 

Homemade Paper from Kiss The Groom. It requires a little of front end adult labour, frames are needed, but once you’ve built them you can make paper again and again and again. We’ve tried this at home and the kids loved it. Homemade paper would make a lovely addition to a homemade book.

crafts for kids

 

I can not wait to try this mess making! A bar of Ivory soap in the microwave expands into a big Soap Clouds and then you can make soap shapes. Perfect to clean up all manner of mess! This super fun idea is from Sara and Kate at Our Best Bites.

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Leaf Prints by Kleas is a great way to play with nature. Gather your little people and head out for a hike to find the best leaves and sticks. Then get to work painting.

crafts for kids

 

Homemade Moon Sand (gluten free) from Irresistible Ideas a great play based learning website. The recipe calls for sand, corn flour and water. It would be fun to get the fancy coloured sand to mix it up.

summer crafts for kids

 

From Jen at Tatertots and Jello Homemade Giant Bubbles. I’ve tried this too and I will tell you that you must use Dawn dishwashing soap, nothing else will work. But once you get it going- BIG FUN.

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Who doesn’t love licking out a jar of sweetened condensed milk? This painting craft is worth trying for the tasting alone. From ECE Made Easy comes Painting With Condensed Milk.

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Last but not least Sandy Handprints from Crafting A Green World. It’s Plaster of Paris poured into a sand handprint mould. A great beach craft or fun for the sandbox. I’d like to try it with coloured play sand.

Do you have messy crafters at home? Which hands on craft do you think they’d like?

Comments

  1. Jessica Anne says:

    Fun! I’ll have to try some of those!

  2. This is really a great idea! I had installed a sprinkler in the lawn of my backyard and in the summer kids really enjoy playing with water in the sprinkler.. It solves to purpose the water is evenly distributed in the lawn and kids simple love it!

    • Kristin Glasbergen says:

      That’s a good point. The kids usually play with the hose and we end up with huge puddle.

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