Turn off the TV: These 4 kids' craft ideas are way more fun

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Turn off the TV: These 4 kids' craft ideas are way more fun

With winter on its way, we’re suddenly spending more time at home looking for new and exciting things for the whole family to do. And while it’s easy to fall back on watching movies and playing video games, it’s worth making an effort to include kids activities that don’t involve a screen. Trust us; even the biggest Animal Crossing fan will appreciate a screen break when it comes in the form of a fun crafternoon project. We’ve done all the hard work for you, pulling together four winter kids' activities for children of all ages to get into.

The magic of these crafts is that many are made with things you’ll likely have lying around the house, but for anything else you need craft-wise, try Kmart, Typo and $2 shops.

Toilet roll turkeys

A cute Thanksgiving-inspired craft the kids can enjoy any time of year, these turkeys from @pinkstripeysocks are made from old toilet rolls and cereal boxes. Decorate with paint or markers plus anything else you fancy.

What you’ll need

  • Toilet paper roll
  • Cereal box
  • Scissors
  • Paint or markers
  • Anything else you’d like to use to decorate

Method

  1. Cut vertical slits around one end of the toilet roll to create ‘feathers’.
  2. Bend the flaps out and cut several of them off to create a semi-circle of ‘feathers’.
  3. Cut out a turkey head shape from the cereal box cardboard to match the toilet roll body.
  4. Decorate your turkey head and body using paint or markers and anything else you’ve got handy.
  5. Cut corresponding slits into the body and head pieces so that they slide together to make a turkey.


Image credit: @pinkstripeysocks

DIY number puzzles

Perfect for kids who could use a helping hand with numeracy, these pipe cleaner puzzles from @cintaandco are simple to make. Depending on the age of your children, you can level up the difficulty by adding beads.

What you’ll need

  • Recycled cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Optional: beads

Method

  1. Cut a piece of recycled cardboard into a rectangle.
  2. Use a marker to write out the numbers 1 to 10.
  3. Bend pipe cleaners into the shapes of the numbers.
  4. To play, little ones match the pipe cleaner numbers with their corresponding numbers on the board.
  5. For extra difficulty, older kids can thread a corresponding number of beads onto each pipe cleaner.


Image credit: @cintaandco

Graphic painted shells

Inspired by artist @erinsummer_ via @hellowonderful_co, these eye-catching shells make for an easy indoor kid’s activity. Collect real seashells before you start, or buy a packet of plaster lookalikes from a craft store.

What you’ll need

  • Seashells (or plaster shells)
  • Marker
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Anything else you’d like to use to decorate

Method

  1. If you’re using real seashells, clean and dry them.
  2. Use a marker to etch out a design before you paint.
  3. Use acrylic paint – water-based won’t hold – to decorate.
  4. Dress them up with anything else you like, e.g. glitter glue.
  5. Leave to dry thoroughly before choosing where to display.


Image credit: @erinsummer_

Watercolour portraits

Looking for something fun for older kids to do? @artbarblog to the rescue. This activity encourages ‘blind’ drawing where kids draw your (or their own) face without looking down at the paper. Giggles are guaranteed.

What you’ll need

  • Watercolour or drawing paper
  • Sticky tape
  • Marker or felt-tip pen
  • Watercolour paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Optional: Table mirror

Method

  1. Tape the paper to a table so it won’t move during drawing.
  2. If the kids are doing self-portraits, set up the table mirror.
  3. If not, instruct kids to look at their subject’s face and draw it without lifting their pen or looking down.
  4. You should end up with an abstract portrait-meets-line drawing.
  5. Use watercolours to paint in the face or add a beautiful background.


Image credit:@artbarblog

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