Four Fun Crafts For Kids

Four Fun Crafts For Kids

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Summer is approaching which means parents are looking for ways to entertain their kids!

Some of these ideas are geared more toward younger children, but last summer when I was teaching, I learned kids of all ages love to create and play when it comes to hands-on activities!




The Four Crafts I Will Be Going Over:

DIY Slime

Sensory Play Sand

Sand Clay Craft

DIY Plato

SLIME:

I remember making slime in grade school – and apparently, it has become very popular again with kids. Be thankful parents, because this is a SUPER easy & cheap thing to make at home!!

You Need

1 4oz bottle of Elmer’s white glue

4oz of water

1 tablespoon of Borax

1 cup of water

food coloring

Directions: 

Step One: First, you want to pour out all your Elmer’s glue into a glass bowl

Step Two: Then, using that same Elmer’s bottle- fill it up with water and pour it into the bowl with the glue. Mix it together well.

Step Three: Add in your food coloring and mix it together.

Step Four: Now, pour one cup of water into a glass or bowl and add your 1 tablespoon of borax. Mix it together really well!

Step Five: Pour your borax, water mixture one tablespoon at a time into your bowl and begin to mix it with a SPOON- you will see the slime start to form immediately. Keep adding one tablespoon at a time until it has formed into a slime ball. You will have to knead the slime at the end to get it to form into real slime. & that’s it Enjoy!!

 

Sensory Play Sand

I love this play sand – one because it’s super easy to make & two it’s super easy to clean up, unlike real sand! Although the beach is literally behind my house – I actually like letting my son play with this sand & so does he!

You Need:

(This makes a small amount. If you are making this for a toddler+ or more than one child, double the recipe)

2 Cups Flour

1/4 Cup baby oil + 1 tablespoon

Food Coloring (optional)

Directions

Step One: Pour your flour into a glass bowl

Step Two: Add in your 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon of baby oil & your food coloring (optional)

Step Three: Mix everything together very well. You should see it start to form or clump together – use your hands to really mix it together and you should be able to form things with the sand once it’s ready.

Thats it, Enjoy! This will wipe right off your kid’s hands and leave their skin smooth!




Sand Clay Craft

I made these last summer with my class & the girls loved playing with the sand clay & then ultimately creating something out of them. This could be an easy fathers day gift for your kids to make as well!

You Need:

1 Cup sand ( I used sand from the beach – but I would imagine store bought sand would actually work much better)

1/2 Cup Water

5/8 Cup Flour (using store bought sand will alter the need for flour)

1/4 Cup Salt + 1 Tablespoon

 

Directions:

Step One: Pour your sand into a bowl

Step Two: Add flour (only add half of the flour, using store bought sand alters the need for flour) and your salt & mix.

Step Three: Add your water & mix

Step Four: At this point, your sand should be in a clay form – if it is not, then add the remaining flour one tablespoon at a time until it turns into clay.

Step Five: Create whatever design you want into the clay (I did my son’s foot & hand print along with sea glass I found)

Step Six: Bake at 250° for about 3 hours – check every hour to see how dry it is.

That’s how you make Sand Clay!

Homemade Plato

Plato is always fun to play with & I never knew it was so simple to make at home – it’s seriously better than store bought plato – plus you dont have to worry so much if your child eats some!!

You Need:

2 Cups Flour

1 Cup Salt

1 Tablespoon Cream of Tartar

2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil

2 Cups water

Food Coloring

Directions:

Step One: Mix all your ingredients together in a pot – add in the food coloring last.

Step Two: Place your pot on the stove and heat it up – medium low heat

Step Three: Stir it constantly -it will start to turn into Plato pretty fast- you want to keep scrapping the bottom to keep the Plato from burning.

Step Four: Once it starts to form into a ball place it onto a plate and knead it so everything mixes- it will be a little bit hot.

Let it cool & play!

Hope you enjoy my four crafts for kids & try them out this summer!

 

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