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    1 March 2024

    Child’s play: DIY Crafts for Kids and Activities for Little Ones of all Ages

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    As the temperature rises and school bells ring for the fine time for 2023, the Summer holidays unleash a world of possibilities for creative play. However, with the days that stretch ahead like a long, blank canvas, it’s little surprise that many parents may soon run out of ideas (and the budget!) to keep their little ones entertained … and off the internet! Fortunately, our complete guide for crafts for kids is here to help banish boredom and bring out the inner Picasso of even the most digital-loving little divas!  

    Make Mother Nature your Artistic Muse 

    Take advantage of the sunny weather and abundant natural treasures to create beautiful, nature-inspired art. Head to the backyard or a nearby park to collect leaves, flowers, and stones. With these found objects, kids can create collages, press flowers, or even make vibrant leaf prints on paper. This not only taps into their creative side but also fosters an appreciation for the beauty of the outdoors.

    DIY Tie-Dye Extravaganza

    Tie-dyeing is a classic Summer activity that never goes out of style. Grab a plain white T-shirt, some rubber bands, and an assortment of vibrant fabric dyes. Encourage kids to experiment with different folding and tying techniques to create unique patterns. The result? A wardrobe of one-of-a-kind, psychedelic masterpieces perfect for Summer adventures.

    Beauty and the Beach

    Bring the beach to your backyard with this fun and tactile craft. Fill containers with coloured sand, and let the kids layer the sand to create stunning beach-themed art. From vibrant sunsets to underwater scenes, the possibilities are as endless as their imagination. This activity not only hones fine motor skills but also serves as a lovely keepsake of Summer memories.

    Beautiful Brush Strokes 

    Take the art studio outside with outdoor watercolour painting. All you need are watercolour paints, brushes, and heavy paper. Set up easels or lay out a blanket in the backyard, and let the kids unleash their creativity. The open-air and natural light will inspire masterpieces that capture the essence of the season. 

    Friendship Fun

    Friendship bracelets are a timeless craft that kids of all ages can enjoy. Gather an array of colourful threads and teach them different knotting techniques to create intricate patterns. Not only does this activity encourage creativity, but it also fosters a sense of camaraderie as they exchange handmade bracelets with friends.

    Cool Down in the Kitchen 

    Cool off on hot Summer days with a homemade ice-cream sundae-making station. Set up a corner of the kitchen with various scoops and toppings. And let little ones mix and match flavours to create their own refreshing and tasty treats. For a healthier version, take advantage of the season’s abundance of fresh tropical fruits with a build-your-own fruit salad bowl set up. 

    The Great Outdoor Games 

    Finally, turn your backyard into a playground with DIY outdoor games. Create a DIY ring toss using recycled materials, set up a mini obstacle course, or paint hopscotch on the pavement. These activities not only keep kids active but also encourage teamwork and friendly competition. Similarly, explore the wonders of nature with a scavenger hunt tailored to your surroundings. Create a checklist of items for kids to find, from specific leaves and rocks to animal tracks or different shades of flowers. This activity not only keeps them engaged but also fosters a connection to the natural world.

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