Does the following scene sound familiar? Everyone’s stuck in the house. One kid on the couch with his eyes glued to the cell phone playing his 100th round of Roblox. Your other child mesmerized by the draw of one of the latest kids shows on Netflix. No one is talking or interacting. These days this scenario is definitely very common. Well here are some fun and creative ideas to do with your kids while at home.
Now I’m definitely not one to judge – because I’ve had more of these types of moments than I would like to admit. However, I am also always consciously trying to think of ways to keep my little occupied with fun, creative projects that get her mind and her imagination going. Do you feel me on this one?
Here is a list of tried and true creative projects to try with your kids. It might get them momentarily pry their little eyes away from the Boob Tube or the video game that they are playing. Heck, they might even start playing and interacting with each other. Imagine that?
Doing these creative projects together is also a way that you can connect.
All of these ideas are both low budget and can be done for the most part just using household items.
“Creativity doesn’t wait for that perfect moment. It fashions its own perfect moments out of ordinary ones.” – Bruce Garrabrandt
Creative Ideas to Try with Kids
Going on a Virtual Museum Tour
Wait before you start yawning hear me out. Although I absolutely love all the museums that are offering free virtual tours, kids I realize may not be as enthused about this. So check out this curated list of interesting and adventurous Museum and Site tours that they may actually enjoy. This is kid-tested! I made my daughter check out all of the tour possibilities and we only included the ones that were approved. In fact, I wrote a whole post on this which can be found here.
As a kid myself I loved latch hooking. There’s something so satisfying about slowly working on a project and seeing it coming together. On a whim, I bought one of these kits for my daughter and she loves it as well. This is the type of project that she does little by little. The kit that I bought her is listed below:
Making a Shoe Box Doll House
When I was a little girl, I absolutely loved dollhouses. I remember going to a special dollhouse store in New Jersey and seeing all of the miniature furniture, items, dolls, and accessories were a little girl’s dream. I built a few dollhouses with my mom and I still cherish those wonderful memories. Well creating a Shoe Box Dollhouse can be just as fun using a lot of materials that you probably already have at home. Here’s a little inspiration for this project from my fellow crafter,m Mermag http://mermagblog.com/shoebox-doll-house/
Make Paper Flowers
This is also an oldy but goodie. I recall making paper flowers as a kid. We used regular tissue and bobby pins to make them. You can use those materials or use tissue paper and string. It’s amazing how such a simple craft can be so beautiful. The beauty of this is that they are very, very easy for kids as well as adults alike to make and are so, so pretty. My daughter was amazed by how they turned out.
Also, you can create many of them as a decoration, make them into a wreath, hang them as party decoration, or make a tissue-paper flower bouquet. There are so many options.
I created a whole tutorial on how to make paper flowers and also ideas of what to do with them. The tutorial can be found here.
Making a Fairy Garden
What’s more enchanting than a Fairy Garden? This project you can get resourceful and use items that you have around the house. The options for this project are endless. I like to use the items that I have around the house especially when doing it as a kid’s craft. If you want to get more specific or have a specific theme that you are going for then you can seek out and purchase specific items if you wish. Here’s a fun Fairy Garden tutorial that the kids are sure to love!
Shrinky Dink Crafts
Calling all 80’s kids! I know these suggestions are for kids but you can’t tell me you’re not excited about this one, too. I mean who doesn’t love shrinky dinks? They’re so fun. There is so much you can do with them – just keep them plain, make jewelry – like necklaces-, and accessories – like pins, magnets. The options truly are endless.
Here’s a fun Shrinky Dink Craft that we did at Blooming Creativity. Check it out here.
Hope these have given you some fun and creative ideas to do with your kids!