Painted rocks are easy to create 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 foraging activities are lots of fun for toddlers and preschoolers. They provide a great opportunity for them 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 young children about the wonders of the seasons and to incorporate natural foliage into their arts and crafts and play.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Over the years as our living space has decreased and our use of smart phones, tablets and television has increased, children are now often missing out on connections to nature. In our hectic world, children need experiences that were such a big part of their parents childhood. Check out these natural resource activities to try with your little ones.
With perhaps a little help from you, kids will have lots of fun making their own recycled robots with items you're recycling or already have around the house. Making recycled robots teaches kids about recycling every day items and giving them another purpose, instead of just throwing them away. It is also a great activity for using their imagination, concentration and problem solving skills.
Babies and young kids grow so fast, so what better way to treasure this time than by capturing their hand and footprints to look back on when theyre older. Whether you have a baby, toddler or preschool kids, these ideas are a great way to keep a copy of their hands and feet to add to their keepsakes or memory box.
Have a go at making your own Magic Rainbow Milk. Kids of all ages will love it! Magic Rainbow Milk is cheap, quick and easy to set up and if you do it outside (highly recommended!), theres not too much mess to clean up afterwards.