Activities For Kids: 4 Crafts They Will Remember Forever
As a kid nothing is quite as empowering and confidence building as making something yourself. Whether it’s something as simple as finger painting, or your own gigantic Lego fortress, kids love nothing more than the feeling of making something.
However, there are some activities for kids that will stay with you forever. Here are a few things you can try that will give your kids lasting memories.
Message in a bottle
Kids these days are comfortable moving objects around on a touch screen long before they even know how to spell, but with all the emails, text messages and online chat there’s nothing quite like the sense of mystery and discovery that comes with sending a message in a bottle. Of course, these days taking a bottle, plastic or glass and throwing it into the ocean feels distinctly un-eco-friendly, and the odds of the bottle actually reaching someone are kind of infinitesimal.
However, in these modern age we can find a solution that’s slightly more hi-tech than lobbing your note into the ocean, while not quite as hi-tech as just sending an email (which is boring). Instead, try fastening your note to a helium balloon, and then just let it go!
Now again, in this day and age we all tend to be just a weensy bit paranoid about sending our personal information out into the ether (unless we’re on Facebook, when we’ll tell them everything) but it’s easy enough to set up a disposable G-mail account and to vet your kid’s letter to make sure there’s nothing in there that you don’t want to send out into the world.
One girl who tried this, one Laura Buxton, made a lifelong friend from the experiment, in the name of another girl called Laura Buxton!
Handprint paintings are one of the standard activities for kids that you have to do with small kids. You may have one of your own. The aim is to bring those handprints out when your child is fifteen and embarrass them with the devastating knowledge that they used to have small hands.
But why not mix it up a bit? Kids love getting paint on themselves, but they also love stamping in things. Put down a lot (and I mean a lot) of newspaper and get them to stand in a tray of paint, then stand on a piece of white paper with their feet close together. Then draw a six legged body and a tiny antennae bearing head on top, and suddenly your child’s footprints are a butterfly!
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Designing a Boardgame
This is a task for slightly older children, but it can be great fun. You just need a big bit of cardboard, a healthy supply of felt tip pens, some dice and some lego (for making the counters). Your kids will have loads of fun working out rules, deciding on a theme and deciding on where to put in bonuses and traps. Then afterwards you can have fun testing the game!
This is a big project, and will probably need more parental support than the other crafts on this list, but there’s nothing like giving a child their own tree house. You will need to either know a lot of about woodworking yourself or get a professional in to make the actual tree house, but your kids will have loads of fun talking about what to do in terms of color schemes and decoration.
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