Dont have enough room for a full-sized sandpit? Why not make your own sand and rocks box instead! Its a great way for young kids to explore their senses of touch, sight and sound and it will help to develop their imagination through free-play too. Set the sand and rocks box up with a construction theme for hours of fun.
Have a go at creating your own mini aquarium in an old jam jar. Its easy to do and the kids will love how the glitter and sea creatures swirl around inside the jar. The aquariums also make great party decorations and party favours for kids to take home instead of a party bag.
Have fun making your own colourful clay with this easy recipe. Kids love playing with clay and making their own creations. Follow these easy instructions and make your own clay at home. From pots and animals, to Christmas tree decorations, letters, numbers, fossils, ornaments and more.
Finding fun activities to keep your toddler busy isnt always easy! Toddlers have a short attention span and are always on the go, so we have put together some tried and tested ideas. Things they will love to do and dont need a lot of preparation or cleaning up afterwards.
Who said kids paint brushes had to be boring! There are so many things you can use to make your own kids paint brushes with things you already have at home, or from your local $2 shop or craft store. Homemade paint brushes using clothes pegs and other materials allow kids to experiment and the opportunity to discover different textures and fun designs.
Does your kids room need a new lamp shade for the main light or their bedside table? Why not have a go at making your own! It's easy to turn your kids artwork into a unique, personalised lamp shade theyll love having in their bedroom. Or if your little one is too young for drawing, why not create the artwork yourself instead.
Painted rocks are easy to make at home with kids of all ages. A fun way to transform plain rocks using bright colourful patterns, drawings and messages. Use your rocks as decoration or join the painted rocks craze, hiding your decorated rocks at random for others to find.
Your toddler or preschooler will love making their own exploding paint bags! A fun science and outdoor messy play activity thats easy to do at home. All you need to do is make your own chalk paints and then watch as the paint bags explode with a pop!
This rainbow spaghetti sensory play activity is lots of fun and very cheap and easy to make at home. Playing with rainbow spaghetti is a great sensory experience for toddlers and preschoolers. Theyll enjoy exploring the colour and slimy texture of the coloured spaghetti as it slips through their fingers.
Your kids will love this edible mud sensory play activity. Edible mud is easy to make at home using items from your pantry and safe for your kids to put into their mouth. Its a really fun messy play activity which comes with lots of sensory benefits too.
Have a go at making your own gloop at home with this easy recipe and ingredients from your pantry. Gloop is an interesting mixture with a unique texture that toddlers and preschoolers will love to explore and play with. Its great for moulding and developing their fine motor skills too.
Autumn activities are lots of fun for toddlers and preschoolers. They provide a great opportunity for young kids to get outside in the garden or local park, foraging for autumn leaves and twigs that have fallen to the ground. Autumn foraging activities also help to teach children about the wonders of the seasons and to incorporate natural foliage into their arts and crafts and play.
Make your own bread paints and brighten up breakfast, lunch or snack time for your toddler or preschooler, by painting their bread in different colours and designs. Making bread paints is cheap and easy for even young kids to do too. Even fussy eaters won't be able to resist!
Sensory bags are easy to make and perfect for sensory play for babies and toddlers without all the mess! Sensory bags help young children to develop their sense of touch and fine motor skills as they manipulate the small objects around the bags. The types of sensory bags you can make is endless! Get creative and use things from around your home or from the craft shop.
Homemade bubbles are lots of fun! They are also very easy and cheap to make with this bubble mixture recipe. Blowing bubbles will get your toddler or preschooler outside, popping and chasing the bubbles as they run around.
Make your own dinosaur world or mini Jurassic Park! Its a great water play and sensory play activity that toddlers and preschoolers will love. Dinosaur worlds are easy to set up with things you have to hand and kids will have fun as they make their dinosaurs come to life through imaginative play.
Have a go at making your own magnetic puzzles. Magnetic puzzles add a fun dimension to puzzling that toddlers and preschoolers cant resist. Pieces stay in place and no more stepping over puzzles on the floor or searching for lost pieces.
Interactive zip sensory boards or busy boards are really easy to make and great for developing your toddlers fine motor skills. Zip sensory boards are hands-on and engaging, and a great learning through play and sensory activity. All you need are some old zips of different colours and sizes, stiff card or an old cardboard box and glue.
There are lots of fun kids arts and crafts activities you can do with coloured pasta and its easy to make at home. You can sort it, thread it, mix it, use it for simple maths, add it to a sensory box and so much more. Non-brand dried pasta is also very cheap to buy and comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes.