DIY Activities

Cute craft ideas, activities for kids & more.

Color Days: A Celebration

How a simple book of poetry became the inspiration for a monthly playdate to celebrate the beauty in nature that surrounds us all.

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Welcome the Mess of Process Art

Sometimes it’s hard not to hover. Sometimes it takes every ounce of will I have not to jump in to stop forthcoming messes from happening or show my kids the right way to do their art project. This is when I remind myself about “process art”—art that focuses on the process rather than the finished product—and I force myself to observe their discoveries and experiences in creating art. 

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8 Adorable Ideas for Fingerprint Art

It's amazing what you can create with just your fingers and a bit of paint. I spent a rainy afternoon with my kids coming up with fun and creative ideas of things to make with our fingerprints or thumbprints, and here are a few of our favorites. 

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25 Sensory Bin Theme Ideas

Sure, it can be fun to just put interesting sensory items into a bin for play, but it can also be fun to create themes for creative play. (Parents need a creative outlet, too, right?) Here are 25 of our favorite sensory bin themes and filler ideas to get you started on your own.

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Sensory Bins 101

You see them in classrooms and museums, yet there’s no reason you can’t make a sensory bin for your child at home. They’re hands-on tools for children to explore their world through senses. Okay, yes, it can be messy, but sensory play is also fun, engaging, and open-ended. Find out what the benefits are and how to start making your own sensory bins. 

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Super Simple Colored Rice

I’d never dyed rice until a few months ago when I made a food-inspired sensory bin for my kids. It was so surprisingly easy, and it made some beautiful shades of rice to play with. Find out what you need to make this rice for your DIY crafts and activities. 

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How to Make Homemade Playdough

Believe me, yours aren’t the only kids who leave the tops off the playdough containers so that it quickly become a dry, crusty rock. But here’s a recipe for super soft playdough that needs only a few ingredients from your kitchen and, when stored properly, will keep for up to three months. 

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12 Process Art Activity Ideas

Toddlers suddenly like to exercise their own independence, which can be frustrating when you’re trying to get in the car, but when it comes to process art, it’s amazing to watch unfold. Let your child discover, explore, and have fun creating. Here are 15 process art activity ideas to get you started.  

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