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22 Easy & Educational Kids Activities: Step-By-Step Instructions

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22 Easy & Educational Kids Activities: Step-By-Step Instructions

“When you know better you do better.” – Maya Angelou

Without activities for kids, I think you’ll agree that it can be REALLY hard to keep your kids entertained while helping them learn.

But does it have to be so difficult?

Mums that manage to keep their kids entertained with brain stimulating activities for kids do two things very well:

  1. They identify activities that will engage their kids and stimulate their learning.
  2. They understand how busy they are and they select the activities that are easy. They use simple materials and have clear steps to follow.

View step-by-step instructions by clicking on an activity below.

  • 1. Help Your Kids Learn Computer Coding With Disney And Star Wars Games

    Today, learning to code is as important as learning English and Math. It’s the language of the future. To make sure your child can speak that language, these free games give them a head start.

    Plus, since they include brands like Disney and Star Wars, you know they’ll be having fun as they learn.

    What You Need:

    • A computer or laptop.
    • Access to the internet.

    Step 1: Visit the website www.code.org/learn.

    Step 2: On the left hand side of the page you will notice you can filter the page by different categories. Make sure you filter the ‘Grades’ category to match the grade your child is in at school or pre-school.

    Step 3: Once you’ve filtered the games, ask your child which game they would like to play.

    Step 4: Click in the game they choose and follow the instructions.

    Step 5: Your child can now play the game.

    Step 6: When your child has finished the game, they can find a new one by going back to www.code.org/learn.

    Activities for kids source: Code

  • 2. Show Your Kid What It's Like To Be A Doctor - The Stethoscope Experiment

    This activity not only shows your children what it’s like to be a doctor, it may inspire them to become one.

    What You Need:

      • Two funnels (A cooking funnel works well).
      • 60cm / 2 feet of plastic tubing that fits on the end of the funnel.
      • Scissors.
      • A balloon.
      • Electrical tape.

    Step 1: Take your scissors and cut off the end of the balloon that you blow in (around 1.5cm).

    Step 2: Take one of the funnels and pull the balloon over the large side of the funnel. Ensure the balloon is pulled tight and flat. Use tape if needed.

    Step 3: Take the plastic tubing and put it over the small ends of each funnel. Tape the tubing to the funnel using the electrical tape if necessary. Both funnels should now be connected via the plastic tubing.

    Step 4: Turn down any music or TV playing. You want the room to be as quiet as possible – much like a doctor’s room.

    Step 5: Have your child place the funnel with the balloon on it over your heart. Instruct them to put the other funnel by their ear. When your child hears your heartbeat with their very own stethoscope they’ll be amazed.

    Step 6: If your child cannot hear your heartbeat, do some jumping jacks to get your heart beating extra loud.

    Step 7: Let your kid know that if they put the funnel on their own heart, they will be able to hear their own heart beating.

    Step 8: It’s time to play some Doctors and Nurses. Have fun using the new medical instrument.

    Activities for kids source: Fantastic Fun And Learning

  • 3. Develop Design Intuition With DIY Popsicle Stick Bracelets

    There’s more to design than pretty painting and complimentary colours. This activity takes kids through the entire process of designing a cool piece of jewellery.

    What You Need:

      • Popsicle sticks (you may get to eat some icy poles in preparation).
      • A glass (with a circumference slightly larger than your kid’s wrist).
      • Water.
      • Kettle.
      • Coloured pens.
      • Tray.

    Step 1: Put your popsicle sticks in your tray, add hot water from the kettle, and let them soak for 30 minutes.

    Step 2: Pour out the water and let the sticks cool.

    Step 3: Take your glass and curl the popsicle sticks on the inside of the glass.

    Step 4: Leave the sticks to dry overnight. When you come back – they’ll be curled in shape like a bracelet.

    Step 5: Use pens to draw patterns and colours on the popsicle bracelet.

    Activities for kids source: Mollymoo Crafts

  • 4. You Won't Believe The Art A Squirt Gun Can Produce

    Combining squirt guns with painting? That’s every kid’s dream. But more than fun, your kids can create some awesome abstract art (outside of course so there’s no mess).

    What You Need:

      • Squirt guns.
      • Watercolour paper.
      • Liquid watercolour paints.
      • A piece of paper (the bigger the better).
      • An easel (or tree/ fence outside to hang the paper on using pegs).

    Step 1: Take the piece of paper and set it on your easel, or outside on a tree or fence.

    Step 2: Take each squirt gun you’re using and fill it with a different colour paint.

    Step 3: Explain to your kids that they’re going to be creating a painting by squirting paint onto the paper.

    Step 4: Remind your kids not to squirt each other – or you.

    Step 5: Point at the paper and shout; “Ready. Aim. FIRE!”

    Step 6: Make sure your kids use different squirt guns so their painting gets an interesting mix of colours.

    Activities for kids source: Fireflies + Mud Pies

  • 5. Hand-Craft A Tic-Tac-Toe Set From Scratch

    Tic-Tac-Toe is more than a fun game (can you remember playing it as a kid?). It’s also a great way to help kids practice their counting, learn patterns and think about how their current actions affect future outcomes.

    Hand-crafting their own tic-tac-toe set will make kids even more excited to play.

    What You Need:

      • 10 flat rocks (around 3 cm wide or 1.5 inches is best).
      • A piece of material (something sturdy works well).
      • Paint pens, paint and a paintbrush or whiteout. For this example, we’ll explain with whiteout.

    Step 1: Ask your kids to sort the rocks into two equal piles of 5.

    Step 2: Ask them to pick a pile. Hand them the whiteout and let them mark five ‘X’s on the rocks.

    Step 3: Now let your kid take the other rock pile and mark them with ‘O’s.

    Step 4: Now grab the material you are using and cut it into a square around 20cm x 20cm (8×8 inches).

    Step 5: Use the whiteout to draw a grid of nine squares on the material. This requires three vertical and three horizontal lines that are equal width apart.

    Step 6: You have now made your very own hand-crafted tic-tac-toe set. It’s time for a game, don’t you think?

    Activities for kids source: Balancing Home

  • 6. Freeze! Now Eat Some Tasty Marshmallows From Your Marshmallow Shooter

    Building their very own shooter is many kid’s version of heaven. But adding marshmallows? It cannot get any better.

    Plus, is there a better way to teach your kids engineering skills?

    What You Need:

      • 1/2 inch PVC pipe and connectors.
        At your local hardware store ask for the following all 1/2 inch thick: 1 piece of pipe 1 foot long, 3 pieces of pipe 1/2 a foot long, 1 1/4 foot pipe, 2 elbow connectors, 1 cap, and 1 T joint
        (Pro-tip: ensure they all fit together before leaving the store).
      • Spray paint.
      • Mini marshmallows.
      • Old newspapers.

    Step 1: Grab the PVC piping ready to assemble the shooter.

    Step 2: Take the 2 foot piece of pipe and lay it in-front of you. Grab the T joint and connect it to the right end of the pipe. Now grab two 1/2 foot pieces of pipe and connect them to the right and to the bottom of the T joint. On the other end of the pipe connected to the bottom of the T joint, connect the cap.

    On the right side of the 1/2 foot pipe on the right of the T joint, connect the elbow connector. The empty end should be facing upwards.

    Connect the remaining 1/2 foot pipe to the elbow connector. Connect the other elbow joint to that piece of pipe, with the empty slot facing to the right. Connect the final piece – the quarter inch piece of pipe.

    Well-done, the shooter is now assembled.

    Step 3: For coloured shooters, take the newspapers, assembled shooter, and spray paint outside. Lay the papers on the ground and put the shooter on top. Now spray the shooter so it’s completely covered. Then turn it over and spray the other side.

    Step 4: Wait for the shooter to dry.

    Step 5: Grab your mini marshmallows. It’s time to have some fun.

    Step 6: Load the marshmallows in the long piece of pipe, hold it on the bottom pipe,and blow through the top pipe.

    Step 7: Look out! There’s a marshmallow coming your way.

    Activities for kids source: Happiness Is Homemade

  • 7. Unleash The Power of Chemistry With The Fizzing Bag Experiment

    Explaining chemistry to kids can be as difficult as explaining to our dogs that the Postman isn’t trying to rob us. That’s why this experiment is so helpful. The huge explosion between the vinegar and baking soda lets kids SEE what chemistry really is.

    What You Need:

      • Food colouring
      • Clothes peg
      • Plastic Glad bags (small size is best)
      • 1/3 Cup of vinegar (per bag)
      • 2 tablespoons of baking soda (per bag)

    Step 1: Open the bag.

    Step 2: Pour the vinegar in.

    Step 3: Pour the food colouring in.

    Step 4: Mix the vinegar and food colouring.

    Step 5: Twist the bag above the liquid (You want to leave a space at the top).

    Step 6: Use a peg to secure the twist.

    Step 7: Pour the baking soda into the top half of the bag.

    Step 8: Seal the bag shut.

    Step 9: The fun is about to begin so make sure everyone is paying attention.

    Step 10: Put the bag over the sink or outside.

    Step 11: Remove the clothes peg and allow the baking soda to fall into the vinegar.

    Step 12: Watch the bag expand and explode.

    Activities for kids source: Kids Activities Blog

  • 8. Teach Your Kids Why Things Float: The Salt Water Experiment

    Some objects will float in salt water. Yet, that same object sinks in fresh water.

    As you know, this is because the salt makes the water denser – much like how a dense chocolate mud cake could support more weight (like a thousand candles) than an airy sponge cake.

    But try explaining that concept to kids (I tried and I didn’t succeed). What helped them understand was seeing it for themselves. Experimenting.

    What You Need:

      • Either small plastic jewels or toys (that you’re prepared to ruin), grapes, OR eggs. You only need one of these options. If you have none of these available, another small item will serve as a replacement.
      • 3 glasses or clear plastic cups.
      • 3 pieces of paper.
      • A pen.
      • Access to water.
      • Salt.
      • Baking soda.

    Step 1: Fill your three glasses with water.

    Step 2: Place the glasses on your bench or table.

    Step 3: We are ready to label each glass. On each piece of paper, write one of the following:

      • Baking Soda.
      • Salt.
      • Plain.

    Step 4: Place each glass on a piece of paper. Each glass is now labelled.

    Step 5: Take 2 tablespoons of baking soda and dissolve them in the glass labelled ‘baking soda’.

    Step 6: Take 2 tablespoons of salt and dissolve them in the glass labelled ‘salt’.

    Step 7: Leave the plain glass of water as it is.

    Step 8: Now take your plastic jewels, eggs, or grapes.

    Step 9: For each glass, ask your kids, “Do you think it will sink or float?”

    Step 10: Record their answers on the corresponding pieces of paper.  

    Step 11: Add your item (jewels, eggs or grapes) to each glass.

    Step 12: Your kids, with their observant little eyes, may notice tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the cup with baking soda. If your kids haven’t noticed, point it out to them.

    You can then explain that the baking soda and water reacts to make carbon dioxide gas – which is what the tiny bubbles are made of. They race to the top of the glass because they’re lighter than the water – much like a floating duck in the bath.

    Step 13: Pay close attention to the glass with baking soda. If you’re lucky, you may notice that the item first sinks and then later rises to the top.

    You can explain to your kids that this is because the carbon dioxide is lifting the item up – just like a lifesaver lifts someone out of the water.

    Step 14: You will notice that the object floats in the salt water but sinks in the fresh water.

    You can explain to your kids that this is because adding salt to water makes it denser – which means the water is heavier. The density, or heaviness of the water, allows your object to float at the top.

    You can explain that this means that the ocean is denser than fresh water lakes because there is salt in it – they will float easier at the beach than at a lake.

    If your object did not float in the salt water, simply add more salt, or use a lighter object (that still sinks in fresh water).

    Step 15: You will also notice that objects also float in the baking soda. This is because baking soda is actually a type of salt. Again, the item floats because the water is ‘heavier’ than the item.

    Activities for kids source: Science Kiddo

  • 9. Satisfy Your Kids Curiosity and Tastebuds With The Skittle Experiment

    You don’t need to convince your kids to try this activity… you’ll have them at “Skittles”.

    But this activity is much more than a tasty treat. It’s an exploration into how colours combine, what’s inside a skittle, and an intro to abstract design (you can tell your kids ‘abstract design’ is the term we use for messy art).

    What You Need:

      • Skittles.
      • Warm water.
      • A plate.
      • A bowl.
      • A cup.

    Step 1: Pour the skittles in a bowl.

    Step 2: Don’t let your kids eat ALL the Skittles.

    Step 3: Put the plate in front of your kids.

    Step 4: Again, don’t let your kids eat ALL the remaining Skittles.

    Step 5: Let them place skittles around on the outer edge of the plate (but still on the plate).

    Step 6: Make sure no skittles of the same colour are side-by-side (this will make it look better later).

    Step 7: Pour some warm water into a glass.

    Step 8: Pour the glass into the centre of the circle on the plate – make sure it reaches the outer edge of the plate where the Skittles are.

    Step 9: Now enjoy the rainbow (first by looking at it… then by tasting).

    Activities for kids source: Crafty Morning

  • 10. Will It Freeze On The Top Or Bottom? The Iceberg Experiment

    Your kids will feel like research scientists experimenting at the North pole during this experiment. But there’s no need to don the thermals, you can do this activity in your kitchen.

    What You Need:

      • A plastic container (preferably with a lid to help avoid spills).
      • Three pieces of paper
      • A pen
      • Small toys and doodads from around your home

    Step 1: At the top of your piece of paper, write “Will it freeze on the top or bottom?” Then draw a line down the middle of the page and label one side ‘top’ and the other ‘bottom’.

    Step 2: Take each toy and doodad, and ask your child whether they think it will freeze at the top or bottom. Record their response for each toy. You can tell them that scientists call this guess a “hypothesis”.

    Step 3: Grab the plastic container and fill it up 3/4 full with water.

    Step 4: Let your child add the toys and doodads to the water.

    Step 5: Now that the toys have been added to the water, your child may observe some are floating while others sank.

    Step 6: Grab another piece of paper and write, “Post water observation: Will it freeze at the top or bottom?” Then draw a line down the middle of the page and label one side ‘top’ and the other ‘bottom’.

    Step 7: Let your child look over the first list and see if they’d like to make any changes to their guesses. Record those changes on the new piece of paper. You can let them know they’ve made a new hypothesis.

    Step 8: Put the lid on the container and put it in the freezer overnight.

    Step 9: The next day you can look at the results. Take the container out of the freezer. Take the block of ice out of the container and rest it on your benchtop with the top facing upwards.

    Step 10: Give your child the pieces of paper with their guesses on it and let them observe the differences between their guesses and where the toys and doodads actually froze.

    Step 11: For some added fun, you can run the block of ice under warm water in the sink and watch the toys and doodads escape from their frozen captivity.

    Activities for kids source: PBS

  • 11. Where Do The Sea Creatures Go? The Rising Tide Experiment

    The tide can cover rock pools super-fast. Your kids are left wondering, where did the starfish go?

    This science experiment will show your kids exactly what happens to a rock pool when the tide comes in.

    What You Need:

      • Dish pan or plastic container.
      • Rocks and stones in varying sizes. If you have any sand that will make it even more realistic.
      • Water.
      • A cup.
      • Toy sea creatures (normal toys will work fine as a substitute).

    Step 1: Place your container on a flat surface and fill it with your rocks.

    Step 2: Arrange the rocks so they are at varying levels – just like a real-life tide pool.

    Step 3: Place the toy sea creatures throughout the pool at varying levels.

    Step 4: Now it’s time to explore why tide pools look different at different times. Ask your child, “Which animals do you think will go underwater first?” Discuss why they think certain toys will go underwater before others (you can give them a hint to look at the height levels of the toys).

    Step 5: Add water to the rock pool one cup at a time. As water reaches different toys, discuss this with your child.

    Step 6: Continue adding water until you reach high-tide (when all the rocks and toys are covered).

    Step 7: Before dropping the water level back to low-tide, discuss which toys will be exposed first.

    Step 8: Begin removing water one cup at a time until you reach low tide.

    Activities for kids source: Buggy And Buddy

  • 12. Crafty Button Snail: Inspire Kids Creativity

    Kids and creativity go together like a snail and its shell. This activity combines buttons and an old CD to build a beautiful button snail. By the way, don’t be surprised that when your kids see the old CD they ask “What’s that Mummy?”.

    What You Need:

    • Buttons in assorted sizes and colours
    • CD’s (old ones you no longer need). Alternatively, you can cut a circle from the cardboard.
    • Glue.
    • Pipe cleaners.
    • Black marker.
    • Coloured cardboard paper.
    • Scissors.

    Step 1: Take your scissors and cut out the body part of the snail (the cardboard will be the body and the CD will be the shell). Leave enough room for the CD to be glued to the cardboard.

    Step 2: Now let your kid take the glue and stick the CD onto the card.

    Step 3: Now let your kid know they can cover the CD in glue.

    Step 4: Give the buttons to your kid and instruct them to stick them onto the CD to make a shell.

    Step 5: Let your kid take the marker and draw some eyes and a mouth on the snail.

    Step 6: Cut bits of the pipe cleaner about 5 cm long.

    Step 7: Let your kids glue on the pipe cleaners so the snail has some antennas sticking up from its head.

    Step 8: Congratulations! You and your kid have made a crafty button snail together.

    Activities for kids source: I Heart And Crafts

  • 13. Easy Art: Blowing Paint Monsters

    As parents know, there’s often a fine line between making a mess and making art. Luckily, making a mess and making art converge when you’re making paint monsters.

    What You Need:

      • Washable paint (just in case it gets on any clothes).
      • Thick white paper.
      • Straws.
      • Google eyes.
      • Markers or crayons.
      • Glue.

    Step 1: Take a piece of paper for each kid.

    Step 2: Let them pick the colours they want to use and then let them squeeze a good amount of each paint next to each other on the paper.

    Step 3: Give each kid a straw.

    Step 4: Let them know they are making the shape of their monster and they can (somewhat) control the direction the paint moves by changing the angle of the straw.

    Step 5: Instruct them to blow just above the paint using the air to push the paint around the piece of paper.

    Step 6: Once your kids are happy with the shape of the monster, it’s time to let the paint dry. You will have to do some other activities in the meantime, or leave them overnight. Once they are dry you can begin step 7.

    Step 7: Put your dry paintings on the table and get the markers, glue and googly eyes. It’s time to add some personality to those monsters.

    Step 8: Let your kids glue on some eyes and draw on some arms and legs. And remember, it’s a scary monster, so expect more than two eyes, legs and arms.

    Activities for kids source: The Seasoned Mom

  • 14. Three Quick & Simple Sidewalk Chalk Games

    Sometimes the simplest games are the most fun. You don’t need iPads, apps and electronics to have a good time. These classics using chalk and a driveway will be a new favourite for your kids, and may even take you back to your childhood.

    What You Need:

      • Chalk.
      • A driveway or concrete space outside.

    Step 1: The first game is called follow the line.

    Step 2: Pick a starting place and let your child draw a long squiggly line around the entire concrete space.

    Step 3: Explain to your child they play the game by walking on only the line and following it from start to finish as quickly as possible.

    Step 4: The second game is called follow the kitty (or puppy if you prefer).

    Step 5: Let your children draw a path of paw prints.

    Step 6: At the end of the path, draw a waiting kitty.

    Step 7: Go back to the start of the path and jump from paw to paw until you reach the kitty.

    Step 8: The third activity is land art.

    Step 9: Encourage your child to collect some rocks and leaves to make scenery for some artwork.

    Step 10: Give them some chalk to fill in the scene – with clouds, a sun, or even drawings of you.

    Step 11: Stand back and admire their land art.

    Activities for kids source: The Pinterested Parent

  • 15. Build Math Skills With The 'Make Ten' Card Game

    Jen is a Vancouver Mama. She helped teach maths skills to her kids Gracen and Sam with the Make Ten card game. Best of all, you only need a pack of cards to start playing.

    What You Need:

    • A deck of cards.

    Step 1: Remove all of the face cards and jokers from the deck.

    Step 2: Shuffle the deck of cards.

    Step 3: Deal out the entire deck between everyone that is playing.

    Step 4: Explain to your kids the rules:

      • You have four piles of cards. You take a new card from the deck and place it facing up in one of your four piles. The first four cards will be the first cards of the four piles.
      • The aim of the game is to use any of the four cards to add up to ten. For example, if a 7 and 3 are facing up, then they make 10. You then take those cards and put them off to the side.
      • Every time you hit 10, you get a point.
      • If none of the four cards combine to make 10, you take one of the four cards and put it in your pile off to the side. You then take a new card from the pile and put it down in the empty spot.
      • Keep going until all the cards are gone.
      • The winner is the person with the most points at the end of the game.

    Activities for kids source: Mama Papa Bubba

  • 16. Develop Your Kids Creativity By Making The Story & The Book

    If you complete this activity, your kids won’t only be learning the creativity required to write a story, they’ll be learning the craftsmanship required to build a physical book.

    What You Need:

      • 4 brown paper bags (per book).
      • Twine.
      • White paper.
      • Double sided sticky tape (or glue).
      • A hole puncher.
      • Measuring tape.
      • Scissors.
      • Crayons.
      • Pencils.

    Step 1: Lay the bags down on top of each other, all facing the same way (and with the fold in the back).

    Step 2: Fold the bag in half, then use your hole punch to make three holes.

    Step 3: Tie the bags together by putting twine through the holes and tying it up.

    Step 4: Trim the ends of the twine so it is neat and tidy.

    Step 5: Cut five pieces of paper small enough to fit on the pages of the paper bag book.

    Step 6: Use the double sided sticky tape (or glue) to attach the paper to the bag.

    Step 7: Now you have a book, it’s time to write a story in it. Take the crayons and pencils and make a front cover for the book and then fill in the rest of the book with a story and drawings.

    Activities for kids source: Premeditated Leftovers

  • 17. This Makes Paper Bunny Craft 10x Better

    Bunnies are one of the cutest creatures. Yet this design makes them look even cuter. Your kids will be amazed (and proud) of the bunny they build.

    What You Need:

      • A4 coloured construction paper (light pink or blue is cutest).
      • Scissors.
      • Glue.
      • White paper.
      • Black marker.

    View the steps here: Easy Peasy And Fun

  • 18. When You Learn About Fork Art You'll Never Use a Paintbrush Again

    You don’t always need a paintbrush to paint a pretty picture… this rooster art activity makes use of the humble plastic fork in an inventive way.

    What You Need:

      • Plastic forks.
      • Washable kids paint (or acrylic paint).
      • Paper.
      • Black marker.
      • A paper plate (or piece of cardboard).
      • Coloured pencils or crayons.

    Step 1: Take a piece of paper and the black marker and draw a basic outline of the rooster on the paper for each kid.

    Step 2: Put the different paint colours on a paper plate.

    Step 3: Hand your kids a plastic fork and instruct them to use the prongs to create their rooster masterpiece.

    Step 4: Once they are finished painting the body, take out the pencils or crayons and let them paint a head and feet for the rooster.

    Step 5: Enjoy your rooster art.

    Activities for kids source: Kids Play Box

  • 19. The Disappearing Egg Eggsperiment

    You put an egg, with a shell, in a mason jar… and it comes out without a shell. It’s not magic. It’s science.

    You’ll teach your kids that the science behind the disappearing egg shell – which is included in step 6.

    What You Need:

      • A mason jar (big enough to fit an egg and around three cups of vinegar).
      • White vinegar.
      • A fresh egg.

    Step 1: Take your egg and place it in the mason jar (being careful not to crack the shell).

    Step 2: Fill the jar with the vinegar, making sure to leave a 2cm (1 inch) space at the top (otherwise the jar could burst from the carbon dioxide gas produced by the reaction).

    Step 3: Loosely cover the jar with the lid (you don’t want it too tight so that the carbon dioxide gas can escape the jar).

    Step 4: Leave the egg sitting in the jar for 2 days.

    Step 5: After the 2 days, it’s time for the big reveal. When you look at the egg you will see it has no shell.

    Step 6: You can explain to your kids that the egg shell dissolves because of a chemical reaction. Egg shells are made of calcium carbonate, which then dissolves in the vinegar and produces calcium ions (which stay dissolved in the vinegar) and carbon dioxide gas (which produce the bubbles you will see while the egg is dissolving).

    Activities for kids source: Premeditated Leftovers

  • 20. Create A Keepsake With Stunning Fired Ink Art

    “Fired Ink Art” isn’t just a cool name, it literally describes what you’ll be doing with this activity. But even better than that is how amazing the art looks. You won’t only want to frame this art on your wall because you’re super-proud of your kid, but because it creates a masterpiece.

    Please note: Just like when you cook with your kids, some tasks are MUM ONLY. This activity has a few of those tasks – so make sure you follow the steps and handle the tasks involving a fire lighter and fire.

    What You Need:

      • Picture frames (old ones you aren’t using are perfect).
      • Alcohol inks (multiple colours).
      • Rubbing alcohol.
      • Foil paper.
      • White paper.
      • Scissors.

    Step 1 – Mum: Make sure the materials are out of reach of your kids.

    Step 2 – Mum: Take the glass out of the frame and place it in a sheet of foil paper for everyone participating (including you).

    Step 3 – Mum + Kids: Take the alcohol ink and invite your kids to drop some alcohol inks (you can cover around 30% of the glass in ink) onto the glass in whichever colours they choose.

    Step 4 – Mum: Grab the rubbing alcohol and add it onto the frame.

    Step 5 – Kids: Let your kids swirl their frame so the ink and rubbing alcohol combine.

    Step 6 – Mum + Kids: You’re about to light the alcohol. To be super-safe, have your children stand 2 metres away from you.

    Step 7 – Mum ONLY: Take your lighter and light the alcohol on fire (don’t worry, it will quickly extinguish itself).

    Step 8 – Kids: Take your white paper and cut out a rectangle that will fit neatly in the frame.

    Step 9 – Kids: Put the glass in the frame and then put the paper behind it. Now close the frame with its backing.

    Step 10 – Mum + Kids: Yay! You have created a visual masterpiece – now you just need to find a spot for it on your wall.

    Activities for kids source: It’s Always Autumn

  • 21. You'll Be Surprised How Good Raised Salt Paintings Looks

    Raised salt painting combines colour and texture in a unique way that is sure to mesmerise kids of any age. Or for that matter, adults.

    What You Need:

      • White construction paper (coloured is fine too, as is any surface as long as it’s sturdy).
      • Squeeze bottle of glue.
      • Table salt.
      • Liquid watercolour paints (or watered down food colouring).
      • Paintbrush.

    Step 1: Take out your piece of paper.

    Step 2: Grab the glue bottle and squeeze out the glue to make your picture or design.

    Step 3: Grab some salt in your fingers and sprinkle it over the glue. Make sure the glue is thoroughly covered and then tip the paper to let the excess salt fall away.

    Step 4: You’re about to put some paint on the glue. Tell your kids to do it very gently – you’ll see why later.

    Step 5: Dip your paintbrush in the paints and gently touch it to the salt covered glue lines. You will see the colour quickly travel through the salt in both directions (this is why you only need a light touch). You can add paint on the design as you wish.

    Step 6: Let it dry (this may take a day or two due to the amount of glue used). Once it’s dry, you’ll be able to display your raised salt art.

    Activities for kids source: Artful Parent

  • 22. Teach Chemistry & Crafts With Fizzing Apple Art

    Comparing chemistry and crafts is like comparing apples and oranges. But this activity brings them together – ironically using apples. How? A chemical reaction to colour that creates a fantastic fizz. Find out how below…

    What You Need:

      • Citric acid (or vinegar).
      • Food colouring (three or four different colours if possible).
      • Baking soda.
      • White cardboard.
      • Scissors.
      • Bowls.
      • Water.
      • Multiple cups (as many cups as you have different food colours).
      • Paintbrushes.

    Step 1: Take your scissors and cardboard and cut out apple shapes. If you want to be exact, here is an outline you can print off to use. 

    Step 2: Make some baking soda paint by adding 2 tbsp of baking soda in a bowl and slowly adding water until you get a paint-like substance.

    Step 3: Make several cups of coloured citric acid (or vinegar) solution. For every colour that you have, in a cup combine 1 tbsp of citric acid (or vinegar), 2.5 tbsp of water and 1-2 drops of food colouring.

    Step 4: You have now prepared everything you need.

    Step 5: You can now let your kids know they are free to coat the apple cutouts with the baking soda paint.

    Step 6: Once the cutouts are painted, your kids can then use their paintbrush to add a layer of coloured citric acid solution on top of the baking soda. Not only will the apple now be coloured, it will begin fizzing as the acid reacts with the baking soda.

    Let your kids know they can use different colours or combine them on the different apple cutouts.

    Step 7: Once all the cutouts are painted, leave them to dry. You’ll notice colours will become more vibrant and the baking soda gives it an interesting texture.

    Activities for kids source: Kids Play Box

We hope you enjoy these twenty-two easy and educational activities for kids.

Remember, you don’t have to do every item on this list. Pick whichever one stands out and get started.

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