4 Craft Projects Your Kids and Their Friends Might Want to Do This Weekend

4 Craft Projects Your Kids and Their Friends Might Want to Do This Weekend

By Anita Ginsburg

If you want unique and enjoyable activities for your children and their friends, the best plan is a stimulating craft project. The best crafts allow the children to have creative control, flexibility, and fun without exhausting you. Their friends will have something tangible to take back home and leave you feeling like an amazing parent.

Make Colorful Play Dough

Who doesn’t love play dough? Making colorful play dough is a surprisingly simple, affordable, and creative craft for children. With food dye, they can add personalize the dough and each child will have something to take home and show their parents. The entire process is educational and engaging. Most people probably already have the ingredients to whip up a batch in their kitchen. You only need a cup of flour, a half cup of salt, two tablespoons of vegetable oil, two tablespoons of cream of tartar, a cup of water, and food coloring. To make the dough, just mix all the ingredients, except the food coloring and water, in a pan. Then, add the food coloring to the cup of water and stir well. Pour the colorful water into the pan, turn the burner to medium heat, and stir vigorously. Eventually, the materials will combine and cool to form a great batch of play dough.

Use Decorative Silk to Make Clothes and Have a Fashion Show

Kids love to play dress up and pretend. Children love to create costumes and play as their favorite characters, whether they want to be princesses, pirates, or superheroes. Encourage this love for imagination by getting the materials for them to create their very own outfits. Decorative silk is an excellent material for this sort of activity because it is light and easy for children to work with creatively. If your children and their friends are too young for scissors and complex designs, you can pre-cut the decorative silk for them into more basic shapes that they can still tie together and use to create layered costumes.

Embellish Friendship Journals

Want to find a craft that will have a lasting impact? Creating and decorating friendship journals is an affordable and meaningful project that your kids will look back on fondly as adults. While sometimes painfully embarrassing, it is always meaningful to find something you wrote as a child. Setting up this craft is ridiculously simple, too. Pick up some small journals from the local store, as well as stickers, markers, and any other colorful decorations. After the children finish embellishing their journals, they leave fun notes and drawings in their friends’ journals that will last for years to come.

Decorate Pen and Pencil Holders

The best crafts are practical and a blast to create, and what’s more practical than a pencil holder? The easiest way to set up this craft is to buy a few cheap white mugs from the store along with special markers that can write on ceramic. Additionally, you can include glow-in-the-dark paints and stickers for further decoration. After that, step back and let their imaginations run wild. It is so rewarding to see their personalities shine through with their designs.

Engaging and colorful crafts are the perfect way to entertain your children and their friends on a weekend. The time they spend making these items will create memories they’ll never forget.

About the Author

Bio: Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.

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