Easy Crafts for Kids You Can Do at Home

During weekends or vacations, encourage learning and bonding by trying some fun, kid-friendly activities. There are a lot of easy do-it-yourself crafts that you can make. You can buy your materials at the craft store, online, or you can use what you have at home.

The best thing about doing activities at home with the kids is that you can bond with them in a place where they feel comfortable. It offers a great bridge for kids to learn how to keep themselves occupied in safe and fun ways.

Here are some simple, easy crafts that are fun to do with children:

Oil painting. Get creative with oil paints! You can paint paper plates, old newspapers and catalogs, and items found outside, like leaves, rocks, and small branches. Feel free to substitute watercolors, markets, or acrylic paints for this activity.

Pinwheel crafting. This is very easy and fun to do especially when the weather is nice. You just need paper, a pin, and a pencil. Children first draw or paint on the paper. Then, help them with cutting and pinning the wheel. Finally, let them run somewhere safe outside with the wind blowing the wheel.

Dough modeling. When creating dough for play, three ingredients are usually used: baking soda, cornstarch, and water. You just have to combine all the ingredients in a pan and stir continuously on medium heat. Add color or scent if you’d like, and that’s it! This is a fun and non-toxic activity! Kids will enjoy working with their hands.

Simple Math for Toddlers

Toddlers discover new things every moment!

If you think that your little ones are not ready for math, well, you might be surprised. Now is the perfect time to introduce them to the wonder of mathematics. They are full of curiosity, and would be thrilled to learn something new.

Math for toddlers is not actually difficult, but it can include a lot of hands-on and conceptual activities. Below are some of the beginner math activities you can try at home.

Sorting Shells

sorting shells

Shells come in different shapes and forms. You can buy shells online and nearby if you don’t have something ready at home and they are pretty affordable. Let your toddler group those that have similar shapes together. Add kinetic sand, bury the shells, and let your toddlers dig them for extra fun!

Counting Apples counting apples

A simple and very easy activity to slowly teach toddlers is to count. All you need are apples and bowls. (Other kid-friendly fruit can be substituted for apples.) Start by counting the apples by placing them in a bowl. Then, count the apples by placing them outside the bowl. Not only this is a fun way of counting, it also teaches and enhances motor skills. To start with, let five be the maximum number of apples. Happy counting!

Shapes block

paper crafts

Print out various shapes on two pieces of paper. Make sure they’re colorful. Cut out individual shapes on one paper and start matching them on. Such an easy to max and learn shapes.

When starting for the first time, don’t get discouraged if your toddler seems uninterested. Try slowly incorporating simple counting into activities, and let them play from there.

Teaching Kids About Gratitude

Gratitude is not just simply the act of saying thank you; it is a developed skill that can ground children and help them appreciate the world around them – including you! At an early age, we can teach kids how to be grateful. With a little effort, we can raise them to be kind and humble.

How can we teach our kids to be grateful? There are lots of way, and they are very simple!

Let them list down the things they are thankful for. They can use words, pictures, or symbols to express their feelings, depending on their age and abilities. It doesn’t matter what they are happy about – it can be a new toy, a friend at school, or a recent trip to their favorite place. Explain that not all kids are blessed with what they have and experience, so it is important to treasure these moments.

Teach them how to share.Whether it is a snack or a toy, encourage them to share it with their friends at school or with the community. Sharing, especially with kids who are not as fortunate, is good practice and can teach children humility and empathy.

Set a good example. As parents, let us show our kids that we are thankful for the things and experiences we have, and that we are grateful for the family we get to share them with.

Grateful kids are happier and are more appreciative of the world around them. Gratitude encourages children to be at peace with themselves and during challenging situations throughout their lives.

The Top Five Ways to Have a Healthy Halloween with Kids

What do you think of when you think about Halloween?

Costumes, candy, parties, makeup, trick-or-treating, candy, movies, ghosts, candy, zombies, cemeteries, candy, candy, candy!

Halloween can bring back memories of yummy, chocolaty goodness, spending time with friends, having a sweet candy stash, and crazy costumes. It is easy to overlook that not everyone has these memories, and kid-friendly holidays can be pretty awesome doing healthy things (and without spending a lot of money).

Below are the top five ways to have a fun and healthy Halloween with your kids:

5. Decorate pumpkins

This can be a fun, family-friendly activity! There are lots of places to go pumpkin picking, you can grow them, or buy them locally. Let the children select their pumpkins and decorate them with funny faces with markers. (After the holiday, you can use the pumpkins’ insides for cooking yummy dishes.) Or, with plenty of adult supervision, use knives or other gadgets to carve goofy faces.

4. Donate candy

It feels good to give to others in need. Use this moment as a teaching moment to introduce children to donating things they care about, but do not need. Have them portion off some amount of candy that they would be willing to give to kids who aren’t able to trick-or-treat. See who in your area a Halloween gift might mean something to, and either deliver it to them (or throw it out if there is no one).

3. Decorate your home

This is a great time for kids to remember the importance of their home and keeping it safe, looking nice, and clean. Encourage them to think of ways to make it festive for Halloween! Decorate furniture with toilet paper, fake spiders, and pumpkins! It can be a family bonding activity to set up the area and then clean it up afterwards, something to look forward to every year.

2. Design, plan, and put together out-of-the-box costumes

Kids can get really into this, especially as they grow and begin to understand how fun it can be to dress up as different things. Use their favorite items and whatnot as inspiration – crayons, superheroes, plants, animals, inanimate objects, people – and go to town! Incorporate fabric and craft supplies you have around the house or pick up interesting finds at local thrift stores or online. Let your creativity run wild – the more off the wall, the better. It is funnier sometimes when things don’t quite resemble what they’re meant to be. Remember to take pictures!

1. Exercise

Exercise is the number one way to be healthy on Halloween. From trick-or-treating to parades, from parties to walking through the neighborhood, this is one of the best holidays for everyone to move! Keeping active is good for everybody. You can make it a contest to see how many steps everyone gets, and compete. Or just relax, walk, and enjoy this once-yearly night. Either way, nothing is better for you and your children than being active throughout the day.