Who says it takes a big man to tinker? From infancy to adolescence, children love to manipulate, cut, glue and make. Therefore, Little Guest decided to put together a list of 5 creative crafts to do as a family. No need for scarce or expensive materials, these easy-to-make ideas require little; children’s creativity, overflowing imagination and endless curiosity will be all you need.
There’s nothing like a little DIY as a family to create beautiful memories, have fun, or just pass the time. In addition to the fun side, creative workshops are an excellent way to stimulate your child’s creativity, improve the precision of his gestures, develop his language and awaken his senses. They are also perfect for helping your toddler make decisions, assert himself and demonstrate patience, perseverance and concentration. Finally, making something from scratch will help him develop self-confidence and self-esteem. So set up a workspace, gather materials and get started with your toddler on these wonderful creative workshops!
Manufacturing time: 5 minutes
If small children can’t yet handle a hammer or scissors, they obviously deserve a creative workshop. With edible paint, your toddlers will be able to mix their two passions, eating and having fun.
Mix the dry ingredients together, then add the water as you go along, stirring constantly.
Divide the mixture and add different food colours.
This 100% edible paint is not only safe to use, it can also be kept for months so you can spend entire afternoons having fun with your family.
Manufacturing time: 1 hour
Straight from Native American culture, dream catchers, when suspended above a bed, are supposed to trap nightmares so your child can enjoy a good night’s sleep.
Start by painting the circle in your favourite colour, add as many details and patterns as you like!
Then drill a dozen holes at equal distances from each other on the entire circle (you parents are involved in the handling of the drill, but take the opportunity to explain to the children that this tool must be handled with caution).
Then pass the wool through the different holes in the circle, letting your imagination run wild or looking for a model on the Internet.
Once you’ve made the pattern, decorate the whole dream catcher with beads, feathers or shells that you picked up on the beach on your last trip!
Manufacturing time: 1h
Who hasn’t dreamt of being one of the Knights of the Round Table or living in a pirate fort? With this little craft workshop, your child will be able to make this dream come true.
Start by cutting out the top part of the cardboard and rectangles at the top of each side to form the 4 towers of guards. Then cut out the battlements on the entire top of the cardboard.
In the centre of one of the longer sides, draw a door with a pencil and then ask Mum or Dad to cut out the top of the door so that it will hang from the cardboard. That’s it, the drawbridge is ready!
Using the scissors, drill 2 small holes above the drawbridge and 2 more inside the drawbridge and attach a piece of string on each side (one end on the castle, the other on the drawbridge). Don’t forget to paint, draw or colour your castle!
Bonus: You can create flags to plant on the towers of your fortress using wooden skewers or toothpicks and small triangles of coloured paper.
Manufacturing time: 1h30
If your child is passionate about the stars, the solar system and the planets, this craft is just for him!
Start by making a summary of the planets with him, noting their size, colours and order (for the laziest, know that starting with the Sun, it’s Mercury then Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and finally Neptune).
To form the planets, cut out 10 circles for each of them from different papers, then fold the circles in half and glue each half together.
Before closing the balls, glue a nylon thread of about 40 cm in the centre and then glue and close the balls. For Saturn, don’t forget its ring! Cut and empty a larger diameter ring into paper, and double it.
Assemble the circles of the mobile and connect them concentrically with a transparent thread, then hook the planets to the rings.
Place the sun in the centre and the planets in the order of the solar system. Add sticky stars along the threads and that’s it, you can now fall asleep with your head in the stars!
Manufacturing time: 1h
Are your children future movie stars? They already want to tread the boards of the biggest theatres? Without admitting it, you want to be the manager of their little shows?
Then build a small theatre with them to help them grow their ambitions! Build a frame with three sticks, the two longest will be the feet of your theatre.
Attach the sheet to this frame with string or glue. Once the whole thing is standing upright, cut an opening in the sheet; be careful, this will be the stage, so it is important that a child can put his head through it.
If you are a sewing enthusiast, you can add a small curtain over the opening so that you can close the show.
For decoration, let your imagination run wild, fix feathers and scraps of wool on the sticks, paint or colour the sheet, add whatever you want.
This small puppet theatre will easily find its place in your children’s bedroom or playroom. Laughter and good times guaranteed!
Bonus: your children lack inspiration? Why not ask them to replay their best holiday memories or bring Luca and Mila, the heroes of Little Guest’s nursery rhymes, to life?
If you are tired of tinkering or if you are simply more of an apprentice researcher than a handyman, have a look at our article presenting 5 fun science experiments to do at home!
Guillaume, 25 years old, writer & travel lover, from Paris