Our team took votes on our top 5 activities for creative kids.
You don’t even need a pair of scissors to make your own puzzle, as long as you already have puzzles at home. All you need is crayons, markers or paint.
Create your own puzzle by simply using the other side of a puzzle you have (it’s usually blank cardboard) to draw or paint your own picture. First, you’ll need to put the original puzzle together, then carefully flip it over. Draw your complete picture, take a picture of it to reference, then break the puzzle apart and build it back using your image instead.
Make it even more difficult by drawing on the separate pieces first, then trying to put the puzzle together without knowing what it will look like until the end.
All spies need to know how to work their way through a laser beam maze. Have kids train like spies by making your own maze down a hallway of your home. Using Command strips or painter’s tape, string crepe paper or yarn from one wall to the other across the hall.
Go back and forth until you create a maze of “laser beams” they must navigate without touching. If they touch a beam, they must start over.
While there are several recipes out there (DIY slime is very popular), our favorite recipe only requires three ingredients: glue, contact lens solution and baking soda.
To make slime, take one, 6-ounce bottle of glue (we prefer the clear Elmer’s glue) and mix in ½ teaspoon baking soda and 2 – 3 tablespoons of contact lens solution. Use a mixing spoon or popsicle stick to stir the slime until it starts to thicken.
Once it forms into a blob, use your hands to mix and knead it. Pieces of it will stick to hands but keep kneading it. The slime will eventually harden to the point where it moves as one unit. For additional fun, add in food coloring or glitter.
If kids are stuck at home due to a natural disaster, national situation or other scary event, it can be a stressful time for them. A happiness box is a great resource for when they feel worried, anxious or scared.
Decorate an old shoebox with bright colors, smiley faces, suns and other happy things. Once the outside is decorated, fill the box with things that make your child happy – their favorite book, a photo that makes them smile, their favorite jokes, pieces of candy, a letter from a loved one, etc.
Tell them that whenever they feel sad, they can open their happiness box and feel better.
This activity encourages your kids to get creative and use their imagination. Make a pile of unused items in the home that are headed for the trash – broken appliances, empty bottles, wrappers, etc.
Give your kids 5 minutes or so to invent something new with the pieces. After 5 minutes of building, have them explain their new invention and give it a name.
Go even further and have them make up a commercial for their product, too.
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