Look, I know I’m not a thought leader in the kid’s activities world. I’ll admit I felt a little weird at first about writing anything about creative activities for kids because I’m the worst at coming up with ideas. I overthink and put things off and end up feeling super guilty about not being Martha Stewart.
See, I didn’t have a super crafty mom. When I was a bored kid, I had two options: Go Play or Watch TV. Maybe it was the 80’s or maybe it was because my mom worked and her idea of a kids craft was a grilled cheese.
What I’m trying to say is that no arts and crafts genes were passed my way. I see my friend’s Instagram pics of what they’re doing with their kids and after I wipe all of the crumbs off my shirt and rewash that load of laundry I keep forgetting, I think-Why Can’t I Do That?
Maybe you find yourself in a similar situation?
Sometimes it seems like other moms have it all together and you can barely get through the day. Look, here’s the truth.
Nobody has it all together and if they say they do they are lying.
So there’s that. And about the crafty gene. It turns out; it’s kind of like cooking. You just need to be able to read and follow instructions. Then boom-you’re Martha. Well, maybe not Martha, but your kids don’t want Martha Stewart.
They want you!
So, I’ve created this cheat sheet for you. Obviously, you can use it any time you darn well please, but it may come in especially handy for the two-word days when the not so crafty-time-crunched moms like us-freak out. You know, snow days, rainy days, Satur-days, Sun-days, spring break, summer break…
There’s. So. Much. Free. Time.
And you want that time to count. You really do, you want to make memories and all of that, but when you don’t know where to start or you don’t have a plan-you get overwhelmed.
I’ve got your back. See, I’m a list maker and a mom-worrier, so I hunted and researched for the best and easiest activities for those of us not so Marthas out there, and this is what I came up with. And yeah, I’m calling it ultimate, because it took me forever and I promise your kids will legitimately love these activities. I’m willing to bet you will too.
We start out at arts & crafts activities-don’t miss the Matisse-inspired project, and then we move onto to 8 fabulous ways to repurpose toilet paper rolls for younger kids. Five advanced toilet paper crafts follow. Don’t let this scare you away-none of them are hard, but I put “older kids” because they aren’t for toddlers.:) Next we have seven bubble wrap activities that are fun for any age. Then STEM, LEGO, and DIY games-all fun for every age. Last is DIY for older kids-if you need to skip ahead. These are fabulous for the 8 and up scene who may be “totally over” the younger kid crafts.
Ultimate Kids Activities Cheat Sheet! 75 Creative Activities for Kids
CREATIVE & FUN ARTS & CRAFTS ACTIVITIES
CREATIVE & FUN ACTIVITIES WITH TOILET PAPER ROLLS
CREATIVE & FUN ACTIVITIES WITH TOILET PAPER ROLLS (OLDER KIDS)
CREATIVE & FUN ACTIVITIES WITH BUBBLE WRAP
CREATIVE & FUN SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS
CREATIVE & FUN ACTIVITIES WITH LEGO
CREATIVE & FUN DIY GAMES
CREATIVE & FUN DIY ACTIVITIES (OLDER KIDS)
Ok! There is no way your kids can be bored now! Hopefully some of these activities worked for your family. Let me know which ones did and which ones did not. I’m seriously considering YouTubing our family’s crafty moments-which will probably be more like a funniest home video type thing since we are more than a bit crazy here, so PLEASE give me your input!!!!!