Ever wondered how you could spend more quality time with your grandkids?
Maybe something more active than watching a movie together? Perhaps you’ve spent some time teaching them to cook. No matter how you choose to spend your time together, creating lasting memories is always worthwhile.
But if you’re looking for something a little different or creative, here are our four favorite crafts for you to create with your grandkids.
Before you start, remember that adults should do any cooking or handling of chemicals. Also, do not substitute ingredients, and seek medical attention immediately if any questionable contents are ingested. None of these activities is suitable for children younger than 4.
If you’ve thought about it before but weren’t sure, now’s the time to give it a chance. After all, March 14th is National Children’s Craft Day; what will you and your grandkids create?
Simple, with little preparation required and plenty of room for creativity, these have all the hallmarks of an activity sure to entertain your grandkids. If you have a rocky yard, send your grandkids looking for smooth, oval-shaped stones.
Then, once they’ve cleaned off the dirt and dried the stones, it’s time to paint.
With some green and white shades, you’re all set – just cover each stone in green and add a few flecks of white to mimic cactus needles. To get even more creative, all you’ll need are some extra colors. For a final touch, find some flower pots and dirt to display your new Cactus Rocks.
If you’re not afraid to get a little messy, making fluffy slime can be a fun experiment in creating unique mixtures that kids love to stretch and twist into their own creations.
You’ll need the following ingredients:
- 2/3 Cup of Elmer’s White Glue
- ½ Teaspoon Baking Soda
- ¼ Cup Water
- 2-3 Cups Shaving Cream (do not use shave gel)
- 1½ Tablespoons Contact Lens Solution (must have boric acid and sodium borate on ingredients list)
How to Make Fluffy Slime:
- Add your white glue to a bowl.
- Add your water and baking soda, then mix with a spoon.
- Add your shaving cream and mix.
- Add the food coloring of your choice until satisfied with the color, then mix again.
- Slowly add your contact solution. Start with a tablespoon, knead the mixture for 5 minutes, then add in another half tablespoon and continue to mix everything. At first, it will be very sticky, but this should change as you add more contact solution.
If you’re looking for a simple activity less messy than slime, try paper mosaics. The requirements are simple: some colorful construction paper, scissors and glue.
First, give each of your grandkids a piece of construction paper to serve as the background for their mosaic. From there, have each child cut extra pieces of paper into small squares (and triangles, circles or other shapes) about the size of a fingernail. These small shapes can be arranged into any design the kids choose. This can be done by gluing the small colored paper shapes onto the background sheet.
If you’d like to pose an interesting challenge, encourage your grandkids to come up with a unique creation out of limited squares or colors.
If you’d like to teach your grandkids to engage with the outdoors – without having to spend much time out there yourself – try making birdseed cookies to hang on trees.
You’ll need the following items:
- ¾ Cup of Birdseed
- ¼ Cup Water
- 1 Small Envelope of Knox Gelatin
- Twine or String
- Cookie Cutters, Molds, or Jar Lids
- Wax Paper
How to Make Birdseed Cookies:
- Mix the gelatin with ¼ cup of water and bring to a simmer while stirring.
- Stir until the gelatin is dissolved.
- Remove from heat and let cool for a minute.
- Stir in the ¾ cup of birdseed, adding a little more if there is liquid still in the bottom of the pan.
- Lay your cookie cutters out on wax paper and fill them half way with the birdseed mixture.