Easy Crafts for Kids

It has rained every day for almost two weeks now! We still have at least a week of rain in the forecast and a tropical storm coming through this afternoon. Our Memorial Day holiday has been a muggy, wet one. Cabin fever has set in!

This morning I decided I was done cleaning. I wanted to spend some time with the boys doing something fun. So, before it started raining, we took a trip to Wally World to get some things we needed to do some crafts!

Stained-Glass Craft

First up was making “stained glass.” From what I saw on Pinterest, it looked super easy. It wasn’t quiet as amazing as I expected it to be, but I think it turned out great. I did things a little bit different than what I had read about the craft.

What you need:

  • Picture Frame- I bought two 8×10 picture frames that were under $4 apiece.
  • Glue- I used iridescent glitter glue! It seemed like it would be shinier.
  • Food coloring- I used neon colors.
  • Toothpicks

To get things ready, I took the cardboard part of the picture frame out and tossed it. Then I wiped down the glass and secured it into the frame with the metal tongs. Now you’re ready to start. I squirted glue in squiggles all over the glass and added a few drops of food coloring. Spread out the drops. I only did about 7 drops. Originally I did a lot more, but it turned into a huge brown blob of a mess, and I had to wash off the glass for the boys and let them start over. Less is more here. You can always add drops if there isn’t enough, which I did do the second time. The boys used toothpicks to move around the colors and the glue until it made a nice artsy stained-glass pattern! I’m hanging them on the windows in the playroom with suction cups that have metal hooks on them. Neither boy got a huge kick out of this craft, but I was glad we tried it.

Canvas Painting Craft

Next up was a canvas painting of their names. This one was super easy, and we all enjoyed that. I bought a pack of three flat canvases, 11×14 for $4.47 at Wal-Mart. I used masking tape to spell out their name on the canvas, gave them a plate with different color paints, and told them to have at it. They spent a good thirty minutes or so painting!

What you need: 

  • Paint
  • Paint brush (fingers could work too!)
  • Canvas or poster board
  • Masking tape

I had to help William paint around his letters well, but he didn’t mind. When it was mostly dry, I pulled the tape off. We were left with a cool finished product! Both boys enjoyed this craft, William, being a little younger, started losing interest after about 30 minutes. Wesley, on the other hand, made sure to cover every white spot!

Super Hero Hand Print Craft

Finally, we finished with hand print super heroes! Wesley chose Captain America and a Ninja Turtle, and William chose Spider Man and Batman. All they needed to do for this craft was provide their hand prints. After they dried, I did the details to make them look like super heroes. I enjoyed painting the details. Painting has always been cathartic for me. Both boys thought this was the coolest! They loved watching their hand prints transform into super heroes.

What you need:

  • Paper- Any paper will work. I spiced it up a bit and used card stock on top of construction paper. I let the construction paper match the hand print.
  • Paint

We had majority of the items for these crafts, and the items we bought were not expensive. These were great crafts that the boys enjoyed, and they didn’t break the bank! They are taking a break right now. After a while, they start arguing and aggravating each other and it drives everyone within 10 feet of them crazy. After movie time, they’ve requested we do more crafts. Sounds great to me!

Typically our Memorial Day is spent grilling out or at the beach. Jeremiah smoked brisket yesterday before the heavy rain was expected. Even though we haven’t been able to spend the holiday the way we usually do, I’ve enjoyed hanging out with the boys.

How did you spend your Memorial Day?


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