Spending more time than usual at home with kids because of coronavirus concerns? Feeling a bit stir crazy? Looking for ideas of something to do as a family other than watch TV and play board games?
We're here for you! We've gathered together your "emergency kit" of crafts, STEM fun, and recipe ideas for at-home fun with kids -- most made with supplies you likely already have!
At-home crafting fun
DIY Chalk Paint: A Mess-Free Alternative
What you'll need:
1 cup water • 1 cup flour • dish soap • washable paint or food coloring • mixing bowl • a bottle to store the paint
Finger Knitting for Kids
What you need:Yarn
Four DIY Musical Instruments Your Kids Can Make
What you need to make all four instruments:Empty cereal box • paper towel or toilet paper tube• rice• tape• rubber bands• a pencil • scissors • plastic eggs• plastic spoons• wax paper• markers
Directions:Find out how to make a cereal box guitar, paper towel tube rainmaker, plastic egg maracas, and paper tube kazoo!
Art With Anything: How to Make Bubble Wrap Art
What you need:Bubble wrap • scissors • paint • paper • markers
Directions:Find out how to make bubble wrap art!
Kid Craft: Easy DIY Puzzle Piece Frames
What you need:Puzzle pieces • craft sticks • glue • paint • paintbrush • card stock or poster board • string
Other easy at-home crafts and STEM fun our kids love:
- STEM Craft: Fizzy Dinosaur Eggs Are Fun to Make -- and Break
- Math Magic: The Index Card Trick
- Math Magic: A Counting Trick to Have Your Kids Adding in No Time
- Recycled Crafts: Kids Will Love to Make This Bird Feeder
- How to Create Your Own Scratch Art
At-home fun with food:
Macaroni Kid EATS!, our free monthly publication that focuses on family-friendly meals, publishes a regular feature called Craft-a-Snack. Here are some of our favorite snacks to craft with our kids:
Need comfort food? Here are some of our favorite soup recipes from Macaroni Kid EATS!
It's Soup Time! Our Favorite Soup Recipes
Hope these resources help you with some at-home fun during this uncertain time!