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Fun craft projects for your family (psst- and they’re packed with learning)!
A little spark turns the ordinary into extraordinary
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Moving water presents unlimited possibilities for fun. You and your child can either set up a sprinkler in the yard or walk around the block looking for sprinklers that spray the sidewalk.
Don’t have a sprinkler at home? Poke some holes in a 2-liter bottle, grab some duct tape, and secure the bottle to the hose for an easy-as-pie DIY.
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Knocking stuff down is fun for all ages—especially kids. Instead of immediately recycling every bottle or can, first use them as pins for backyard bowling.
Just paint them up – or don’t – and voila! Grab a kickball, beanbag, or soccer ball to play.
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Get one bucket with water, one without, and have your kid transfer water from one to the other with a clean sponge. Make a bigger splash by trying out different sized sponges. Which empties the bucket first? Simple and entertaining!
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Are your packages from those online shopping sprees padded with way too much Styrofoam? Well, guess what! Styrofoam is highly buoyant and can be cut into a fun shape for your tot to play with during bath time.
Cut out a long shape that comes to a point for the bow. You can even conduct a little science experiment by seeing what other bath toys might float on your homemade boat. Be sure to wash the Styrofoam before playtime and supervise all sailboat play in the tub.
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A big old box from a refrigerator or TV set is chock full of playtime possibilities. There really is no limit to this one–in fact, for some kids, just the box will do! Have your child help decorate the box to make a fun DIY castle, robot, submarine, or whatever your imagination can dream up.
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Most toddlers LOVE seeing all the funny faces they can make. Take old wallpaper, fabric, or wrapping paper and create a fun photo booth with a funky background. You can hang the fabric on a clothesline for your backdrop, or even tape it directly to the wall.
Prompt your kid to make funny faces and snap some pics on your mobile–don’t forget to join him for some great photos to share with the family!
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Most kids love animals. And what better way to watch some wildlife than making a bird feeder for your own backyard? Just grab a cardboard paper towel or toilet-paper roll, cover with shortening, and roll it in a tray of birdseed. Then hang it up on a tree or fence post and watch the birdies flock.
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A 2-liter bottle of soda can be repurposed as a planter. Simply cut it in half and fill the base up with soil. Then have your little helper plant and water the seedlings.
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Tag is a lot more fun in the summer when it involves water! Use spray bottles to play a refreshing game of tag.
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Natural fruit juice popsicles are not only fun to make, but they’re also packed full of vitamins for your tot. Just grab a set of popsicle molds and have your child help you pour in her favorite fruit juice (100% real juice is sweet enough, skip the extra sugary stuff)! You can even add yogurt, jam, or creamy avocado for some pizazz.