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Fun Craft Project Recipes For Kids

Updated on June 2, 2013

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Fun Craft Projects to Make with Children

As parents, sometimes ideas can run dry, keeping kids entertained with good, wholesome activities. Whether its something to make inside during the dog days of summer, winter's snow days, or just rainy day, boredom busters, below you'll find many ideas of fun, craft projects that can be made with children.

Most of these projects are recipes that will include cooking, so kids will need some adult help. The majority of them also consist of two parts, the making of the project, then the playing or using the project.

These projects are beyond, normal cooking that is always both fun and educational for children to do with parents.

Playdough


  • 1 c. flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbl. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. food coloring of your choice


I have found a strong preference for the cooked version of this recipe, over the non-cooked one. I found the texture in the non-cooked one to be grainy and not as pleasant to the touch to work with.

Bring flour, salt and cream of tartar together in a heavier saucepan. Mix the fluid elements with each other, and gradually put them in with the dry ingredients. Stir completely and then cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until a sphere shape forms. Take away from heat, put in a few drops of preferred food coloring and knead until smooth. Do not let the children try this part, as the dough could be hot, take care not to burn your hands. If it's too hot, wait for it to cool enough to handle.

Once it's completely kneaded and cooled, it can either be played with directly, or wrapped in plastic wrap, or put in an air tight container for later use.

Sculpting Dough

Ingredients2 slices of bread4 oz. white Elmer's glue2 - 3 drops of food coloring in your choice of colors
Break bread into small pieces in a bowl. Add the glue and mix. If this solution is too sticky or dry in texture, add a couple drops of water to make a pliable texture. Add food coloring if desired.
The dough is now ready to sculpt and mold in your creative designs. When finished, place on waxed paper on a cookie sheet and allow to dry in a cool room. When it is completely dry, you can either spray it with clear ceramic spray, or a high gloss varnish to preserve it.
These can also make wonderful handmade Christmas ornaments.

Bathtub Crayons

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 cup hand grated Ivory bar soap - don't use ivory flakes, it's laundry soap and not suitable for direct on skin usage
  • Food coloring
  • Plastic cookie cutters

Mix soap, water, and food coloring inside a bowl. Blend until it starts to stiffen. Remove from your container and knead with your hands until finally it attains the consistency of thick dough. You might have to modify the quantity of water or soap to make the feel and texture correct.

Place this soap mixture inside plastic-type cookie cutters. Place in freezer for 10 minutes that allows them to set up briefly. Take them out from the cookie cutters and allow to dry out over night. Make a number of batches for various shades. Children might draw on the bathroom tiles or even on one another. Try to apply to shaped sponges and make sponge stencils.

These can also make great birthday party favors your child can give to others at their own birthday party, a special gift to their friends.

Creative Things For Kids to do

Homemade Silly Putty

Ingredients

  • 2 cups white school glue
  • 1 cup liquid starch

Blend both ingredients in a bowl, and set aside until it dries out some and has the texture of known silly putty. Store in an airtight container for hours of play later.

Play Slime


  • 1 cup tepid water
  • 1 cup Elmer's school glue
  • Food coloring of your choice
  • 1 1/3 cups warm water
  • 4 tablespoons Borax

Mix together glue, water, and food coloring in a glass bowl and set to the side. Take a different bowl, and blend the warm water and Borax together until Borax is dissolved.

Slowly and gently, pour the glue mixture into the Borax solution. Fold the glue mixture in the Borax solution (around 4 or 5 times) with a wooden spoon. Carefully lift the combined mixture out and knead for 2-3 minutes.

Store the slime (the glue mix) in an airtight container or plastic ziplock bag for many hours of fun play.

Homemade Bubbles

  • Joy dishwashing soap- 2/3 cup
  • Water - one gallon
  • Glycerine - three tablespoons

Mix all ingredients gently in a large container, agitate slowly. Pour into smaller bottles to use with desired bubble wands. This is great to have on hand to refill anytime a child runs low on their bubble mixture.

Play Snow

Ingredients

  • Ivory Snow laundry detergent in powdered form
  • Water

For play snow, you'll need to experiment with the two ingredients according to how big a batch you desire to make, and adjust to find the correct texture. Place both ingredients in a bowl and mix on high with an electric mixer, until you get stiff peaks forming when lifting out the beater, similar to making a meringue.

Have children cut out cardboard animals, ornaments or whatever project they want to use this 'snow' on. It will dry hard and look like snow in the final project.

Finger Paints for the Bath Tub

  • 1/3 cup mild liquid hand soap or baby shampoo
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • Food coloring
  • Empty squirt bottles

Pour liquid soap into a squirt bottle and add cornstarch, and desired amount of food dye. Shake thoroughly until mixture is dissolved. Make several bottles of different colors, so there is lots of artistic room for children to play. Pour into small squirt bottles. Be careful that children do not get the solution in their eyes. Enjoy!

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      Debra McVay 

      7 years ago from Troy, Alabama

      I have three children, so this is definitely useful to me. Thanks for the tips.

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