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These quick and easy BOREDOM BUSTERS can be made in less than 30 minutes using items that you probably already have around the house! No special tools or skills are required, so ANYONE can do these crafts and activities.  Great fun for the entire family!

 

Down a hall way, create a laser maze obstacle course using crepe paper and tape or painters tape.

 

Stack Attack...Minute to win it! How many plastic or paper cups can you stack in 1 minute?
 

 

DIY play dough… make it in 5 minutes.

The Recipe:  This makes a big tennis ball size…

  • 2 cups flour

  • 1 cup of salt

  • 2 cups of water

  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 4 teaspoons cream of tartar

  • food coloring, essential oils (lavender or peppermint)  cinnamon, and/or glitter

Quick and Easy Method:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a big pot and then put it onto the stove – medium heat

  2. At first, the mixture is quite runny, but after a few minutes on the stove, it forms a dough.

  3. Keep string continuously, make sure to stir the bottom of the pot so it does not burn.

  4. In about 2 minutes your mixture will be like dough.

  5. Take it out, allow it to cool and knead like bread a few times.

  6. Divide the dough into as many colors as you want and add food coloring

  7. Food coloring goes a long way – so start off with a tiny amount (a toothpick tip)

Jewelry Makers

  • Paper

  • Scissors

  • Tape

  • Optional: stickers, paint, markers, etc.

Colorful DIY Key Wind chime

 

You’ll need:

  • at least 5 old keys and/or washers

  • a piece of drift wood or stick

  • string or fishing line

  • optional: acrylic paint

Microwave Puffy Paint

Simply squeeze this easy 4-ingredient paint on to your paper and microwave your artwork for a few seconds to watch the paint puff up and grow right before your eyes! A fantastic way to combine art + science!

  • In a bowl, mix equal parts salt and self-rising flour or combine 1 cup of plain flour and 2 teaspoons of baking powder in a glass bowl and mix together.

  • Add a few drops of food coloring (optional, especially for snow designs.)

  • Next, add enough water to make it the consistency of pancake batter. Pour into empty dish-washing soap bottles (or something similar).

  • Invite your child to join in some puffy painting fun!!! (Use thick card stock paper or cardboard)

  • Place your child’s painting in the microwave for 30 seconds on high (microwave times will vary, of course.) and *poof* — Paint is dry and super-puffy!

We hope projects like these also inspire a little crafty recycling in your home.

Your little ones will love turning "trash" into treasures.