DIY Thumbprint Family Tree
Get in touch with your roots via a hands-on genealogical project. Dot the print-out template with thumbprint leaves, then start mapping extended relatives galore.
DIY Paper Bracelets
We love a two-for-one activity: First, paint poppy abstract shapes with watercolors, and then have older kids cut the paper into strips and fold them into wearable art.
DIY Fairy Garden
To you, it’s just glitter; to them it’s magical pixie dust. Sprinkle some over your pint-sized garden and wait for the fairies to come out and play!
DIY Flight School
These paper planes are perfect for kids — just fold, and let your imagination fly. Increase the challenge by making some cardboard targets for the planes to fly through.
DIY Spiky Sponges
When skipping through the sprinkler loses its charm, pull out these homemade spiky sponges for a riff on water balloons (that won’t cause bruising).
DIY Owl Puppet
Handprint turkey, step aside: A new paper craft can rule the roost. Add string to the cup’s sides, and you’ve got yourself a feathered cap, too.
DIY Story Stones
This mom takes rock painting a step further: After the paint’s dry, the images on the stones become characters in a story everyone can tell together.
DIY Origami Frogs
When the fun of folding origami frogs is over, extend playtime with sidewalk games to see which hopper can jump the furthest.
DIY Paper Bead Necklaces
Strips of scrapbooking paper look super cute when rolled into beads, but you can also have your kids experiment with wrapping paper, magazine clippings, or newsprint for a craft you can do without going to the store.
DIY Tie-Dye Spin Art
Transform your salad spinner into a carnival-style spin art machine. Just make sure you fill squeeze bottles with washable paint, in case splatters land outside of the coffee filter canvas.