All right here it is! The must do crafts with your kids! If you’ve read any of my blogs in the past you know that I am a stay at home mom who loves to DIY. I am regularly trying to find new ways to incorporate learning for Titus into fun play. But with it starting to get super cold here in VA ( we just had our first snow of the winter) I knew that I needed to find ways for us to be entertained inside. Hopefully this will help all of my stay at home mom friends, nannies, or all of my friends who are about to have their kids at home all day for 2 weeks.
I have been spending many late nights on Pinterest searching “Fun activities for kids inside during the winter.”I have found my top 5 and even tried all of them to make sure they actually worked. The great thing about all of these is that you can have your kids interact by helping you make them and enjoy the play time.
- Homemade Slime (no borax): I know lots of people make slime with borax and have no problem, but I’ve read lots of articles about borax and decided I wanted to find slime that was easy to make with no borax. So I found it here. For your homemade slime you need: 2 bottles of Elmer’s “school” glue (I used clear), Food coloring, 1/4 cup glitter, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 3 tables contact solution. Tip: I feel like I had to add a little more baking soda and contact solution at the end so that it wasn’t so sticky.
- Salt Dough Hand Ornament: Super success! All of the ingredients to make this I already had in my house and it was a lot of fun. Titus was able to help me make the dough and we made his hand print. Then we had to bake it in the oven and will be able to decorate it later. Here is the link for the Hand Ornament. All you need: 1/2 Cup Salt, 1/2 Cup Flour, 1/4 Cup Water. Knead together into dough forms. Make impressions and cut out hand shape. Poke a hole in top for hanging. Bake at 200F for 3 hours. Then Paint and seal.
- Edible Play-dough: And no I don’t WANT my child to eat any of these but if it just so happens that it ends up in his mouth I want to know whats in it. This craft he did not help me make but got to play with it after. Here is the link for Edible Play-dough. For this you need: Baby rice cereal, Vegetable Oil, Cornstarch, Water and Food coloring. And you just knead all of the ingredients together. I did find that I had to add an additional 1/2 of baby cereal to make it not so sticky.
- Edible Finger Paint: This one is by far my favorite and has been so much fun! I found this amazing recipe for Finger Paint here. The other great thing about this edible finger paint is that at any given time I have all of the supplies already in my house. You need: 2 Tbsp of Sugar, 1/3 Cup of Flour, 2 cups of water and food coloring.
- Pom Pom Snowman: This one entertained him for a while and could also be used for a fine motor activity. It was also a really cute craft to have a little snowman for him to play with. All you need: Pom poms or cotton balls, an empty water bowl, and decorations for the outside (ribbon and googly eyes).
So these are my top 5 favorite indoor activities to entertain your kids this winter season. They are all easy to make, fun to do and safe! I hope ya’ll enjoy them in your house as much as we have.
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