For a parent, it is very important to know how to stimulate the imagination of your children. The more you teach them how to create things by themselves and how to come up with solutions for small problems, the more confident they will become. If you have to spend some time indoors but you still want to have fun, here are some DIY projects that you can do together!
DIY Kinetic Sand
You definitely saw many fun videos of Kinetic Sand, but it is not widely available or maybe it is not the best time to visit the store. Well, you only need regular sand, corn starch, dish soap and food coloring (optional) to create your own. For every cup of regular sand, add ½ cups of cornstarch, a tablespoon of soap, a few tablespoons of water and food coloring. Mix them all together and enjoy!
We all have some old pasta left in the back of the cupboard that we will probably end up throwing. The good news is that you can use it to entertain your child instead! You can color it with pencils, you can apply liquid paint, you can use it to make necklaces (you should boil it for 3 minutes for this) or you can glue some of them together and make colorful flowers. The possibilities are endless, and it costs virtually nothing!
3 Ingredients Playdough
Playdough is a great way to keep your child entertained for hours. Instead of buying the store version (which can be toxic, especially for small children who taste on everything and anything) you can make your own. Bonus: it is much easier to clean the DIY version from the carpets.
You need ½ cup of cornstarch, 1 cup of baking soda, ¾ cups of water and food coloring or essential oils (optional). Mix them all in a saucepan and place it on low fire, while mixing continuously. After a few minutes, it will start to thicken. When it reaches the desired consistency, place it on a cool surface and allow it to cool down. That is all! You can make as much as you want in any color you want!
This is a great activity for younger children. On a thick cardboard, apply various items that seem usually interesting for your child. Zippers, faucets, handles and hinges, door locks, chains, LED lights, lids, create small doors that open and close, pieces of materials that feel different (fur, artificial grass, wool) and allow them to explore and learn new skills. You will be surprised how interested they are in ordinary things!