There are two words that make every parent cringe. “I’m bored!”. We all know kids get bored easily and want to be entertained which is why it’s always good to have some fun activities for kids up your sleeve. They’ll not only keep your kids busy, but some activities can teach them a thing or two as well.
We’re going to share 10 fun and easy DIY projects for kids that we found. From STEM projects to arts and crafts, there’s something for every little set of hands to try!
Let’s get started!
DIY Projects for Kids
1. Cloud in a Jar
We like this activity because it’s great for kids of all ages and doesn’t require a lot of materials. Younger kids can enjoy this activity on their level, while you can step it up a notch with the older crowd with two different ways to create a cloud.
All you need is a jar with a lid, ice, hairspray, and hot water for the little ones. The instructions are easy to follow and teach about the ideas of condensation, water cycles, and states of matter. The more advanced version for the older kids involves matches, so you’ll certainly want to supervise.
You can read all of the instructions here.
2. Coding a LEGO Maze
If you’re looking for DIY projects for kids that introduce coding, this is one to try. Using free printable materials, your child can line up different codes to guide their little LEGO person through a maze. Kids learn the beginnings of coding as they have fun with their projects. Read more about Coding a LEGO Maze here.
3. Magnetic Slime
You can’t go wrong with kids and slime! As a bonus, this fun and easy craft also teaches a valuable lesson about how magnets work. This project requires a few more materials, but trust us, it’s worth it! You’ll need a liquid starch, Elmer’s glue, iron oxide powder, a bowl and spoons, a rare earth magnet, and a measuring cup and spoon. The project we found is easy to follow and great for kids who already love to make slime. As you follow the instructions, you’ll see how this project also helps to teach kids about magnetism.
4. 100 Cup Tower Challenge
Grab a package of 100 cups at the store and let your child see if he or she can build a tower using all of them! This is a fun activity that requires minimal materials but maximum creativity. How will they stack them so they don’t fall? Can they really use all 100?
You can make a real game out of it by timing them and having children compete against one another. There are many possibilities with the 100 Cup Tower Challenge.
5. DIY Marble Run
Making a marble run out of toilet paper rolls is not only a fun craft, but it also teaches engineering and science. We found this easy Marble Run project that can be done on a small scale for little ones but can also be stepped up a notch for older kids. Your child will love to see if they can construct a successful marble run that will get their marble from point A to point B.
6. Recycled Tin Can Windsocks
If you’re looking for fun and easy crafts for kids, why not make a windsock out of a tin can? Grab a clean tin can, paint, glue, tape, ribbon, and any other accessories your child wants to add, and you’re ready to go. Your kids can let their creativity run wild as they color and create patterns for their windsocks.
7. Tissue Paper Collage Birdhouse
Milk carton birdhouses are a great go-to when you need a fun and easy craft for kids. You’ll need some paint, twine, and other materials besides the old milk carton to get this project going. You can follow all of the instructions here to help your child create a birdhouse he and his little feathered friends will love.
8. DIY Rainsticks
What’s better for a rainy-day craft than a rainstick? This craft is not only fun to make, but it makes noise! The sound of the rain is made by rice, birdseed, or whatever else your child chooses to put in their sticks. You just have to cap either end of a paper towel holder to complete the actual stick part of the project. Your child can get creative and decorate the outside any way he’d like. The result is a fun, interactive project!
9. Pom Pom Rainbow Collage
When you’re looking for DIY projects for younger kids, this Pom Pom Rainbow Collage can be a good choice. Have your child draw the picture of the rainbow first and then add the pom poms. This is not only a fun activity but can also help teach little ones about colors.
Need some decorations for your garden? Have your kids paint ladybug rocks! This is an easy craft for kids that can double as a decoration. They get to create a fun project and see it outside their homes everyday. All you need is some paint, rocks, and an imagination.
These DIY projects for kids are a great way for kids to have fun and many times learn a little something at the same time. When learning is made fun, kids are more likely to want to participate. At MakerKids, we make learning about STEM fun with our coding, robotics, and Minecraft classes. Call us today at 1-844-MAKERKIDS or reach out to us online to learn more.