With an over abundance of curiosity and extremely short attention spans preschoolers are next to impossible to continuously keep busy.
We Got Kidz is to the rescue with this awesome collection of super fun activities that will be sure to stimulate your preschooler’s still developing little brain.
From homemade dinosaur feet to personalized finger painted masterpieces, these crafty ideas will fill the summer months with a bit of creative good fun.
- A miscellaneous collection of craft junk (pieces of felt, tissue paper, pipe cleaners, feathers, etc.), contact paper, and fun colored painters tape.Tape the contact paper to the floor sticky side up using the painter's tape then let the kids have a blast placing their items onto the paper. Once they're done, place a sheet on top of the finished project and secure edges with painters tape to make a fun collage display.
- tissue boxes, duct tape, paint, kitchen sponge, tacky glueYou'll need two empty tissue boxes with top openings. Use duct tape to reduce the size of the opening then cover the exposed duct tape inside the box with more tape. At this point you can have your child either paint the boxes or decoupage them and then let the boxes dry. Cut six triangular claws from a kitchen sponge (dampening the sponge a little will make this step easier) then adhere the claws to the box with tacky glue. Let it dry before your little T. rex goes for a stomp.
- white posterboard, painter's tape, paint brushes (optional), Crayola washable kid's paint or Crayola finger paintThis one's super easy, and really fun for the kids. Tape off your kid's name or initial in painter's tape then let them go to town using either paint brushes or their fingers. Once dry, carefully remove the tape, and you've got a masterpiece worth hanging.
- clear plastic bottle (Smart Water bottles work best), Goo Gone (or any other adhesive remover), clear gel glitter glue, and ultra fine glitterHere is a very clever way to make a timer for time out, or a stress/meditative tool for kids. Simply remove the label from the bottle using the adhesive remover then fill the bottle 3/4 of the way full with hot water (to melt the glue). Then put in an entire bottle of glitter glue and a small tube of ultra fine glitter. You can play with the amounts accordingly: more glue - the glitter settles slower; More water - the glitter settles faster.
- plastic bag that seals tightly at the top (like a Ziploc bag), packing tape, paint (I used Crayola's washable finger paint)Just dot little bits of paint in the plastic bag, close the bag, getting out most of the air, and tape the top closed with packing tape so the bag can't be opened. This ends up giving way to tons of entertainment and exploration. You can even take it a step further and give your kid a block, crayon, or toy cars to run over the plastic bag so they can see the different effects. The bag can be used over and over for some great mess free fun.
- .25 oz box of "Mixchief Add Soda! Jell-O", 2 cups clear soda (Sprite, 7 Up), blue food coloring (you could also use light blue soda and omit the coloring), 4 half-pint canning jars, cup of small jelly beans, Swedish Fish candiesThere are tons of renditions of this floating around the web, but Confessions of a Cookbook Queen's is my personal favorite. Click the link above for full instructions. Your kids will love having a hand in making this tasty treat.
- 1 14oz can Sweetened Condensed Milk, 4 Tbs. Cornstarch (You can probably use less. 2 Tbs. should be plenty.), 1 pack flavored drink mix (Kool-Aid)This one is easy and super fun for the kids (although I would suggest making this an outside activity whereas you can hose everything down once it's complete.)
Pour sweetened condensed milk into a medium sauce pan. Stir in cornstarch. Cook on medium-low heat until well combined. Add flavored drink mix and stir well. Remove from heat and let cool before playing and painting.