With all of us staying indoors due to the pandemic, it’s natural for kids to get bored and fidgety. And mums know that there’s nothing children dislike more than boredom! To keep boredom at bay, we’ve curated a list of DIY (do-it-yourself) projects that will keep not just your children, but the entire family engaged! DIY projects instill confidence in children and help them learn valuable skills that are useful in real life. Doing these projects together with the family is a great way to bond with your kids and have fun at the same time. Here are 6 projects you and your child can do together:
1. Marble Art
Materials Required: Nail paint, scrap paper, toothpicks/craft sticks
Method: Make sure you work in a well-ventilated room as the fumes are strong. Pour room temperature water into a pan and ensure that there is enough water for the paper to be submerged in. Put on disposable gloves so that the nail paint won’t stain your hands. Choose nail paints that would go well together and mix easily. Quickly pour your colours into the water starting from lighter colours to darker colours. Take a toothpick, quickly swirl the colours around and quickly dunk your paper into the water and pull it out.
2. Stone Painting
Materials: Poster colours, paintbrushes, small-sized stones, water for mixing paints
Method: In case you’ve some smooth pebbles from your old trips to beaches or river stones, paint them. Try painting flowers, ladybugs, smileys, whatever the heart desires! You can then use them to decorate your flower pots to create your very own rock garden.
3. Recycled Tin Can Windsocks
Materials: Any clean recycled can, acrylic colours, paintbrushes, glue, assorted ribbons, embellishments like glitter, sparkles, gemstones, sequins
Method: Start by painting the can. Be careful to make sure you’ve smoothened any sharp edges before letting your child take over. Let your child decide the colours. Stick colourful ribbons to the bottom rim of the can, by using glue. Paste sequins all over the tin can. You can also attach a ribbon at the top to hang the can and watch the ribbons sway colourfully in the wind. These recycled can windsocks would make a great addition to your balcony!
4. Button Art Tree
Materials: Colourful buttons, paints, paintbrushes, blank canvas
Method: Paint a tree trunk on the canvas. Instead of painting leaves, start sticking buttons on top. Make sure that buttons are differently sized and coloured to make the tree look attractive.
5. DIY Slime
Materials: Contact-lens solution or borax, glue, shaving cream, foaming hand wash
Method: Mix a ratio of 2 parts glue to 1 part shaving cream together.
Add 10-12 pumps of foam hand soap and 2 spoons of your activator — a mixture of water and Borax or contact lens solution. Mix and knead the slime. Add more activator for a smoother and fluffier consistency.
6. Clay Necklace
Materials: Clay (different colours), thumb pin/ needle, ribbon/ coloured thread
Method: Start by making small balls of clay. Use differently coloured colours to make the clay balls look vibrant. Use a thumb pin to make small holes in them. Gently, insert the ribbon through these holes. Once the clay is dried up, your necklace is ready!
These DIYs are sure to keep children busy and happy. Try them and watch how creative your children become!