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DIY Playdough + 9 Other Activities for Kids

 

I remember when I was a kid how much I loved it when my mom made pies. Not just because I love pie. (Which I most definitely do.) But because I always got to play with the leftover dough. I’d roll it out, cut it into shapes, make long dough snakes, and get wild with food coloring. The fact that using all of the food coloring at once would result in muddy brown colored dough was lost on me – it was just so much fun! Maybe that’s why I find homemade games so awesome. A DIY water wall? Bubbles mixed at home? You name it, I love it. Herewith, homemade (rainbow!) playdough and 9 other activities for kids…

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  • DIY Playdough 1 of 10
    DIY Playdough
    I'm pretty sure it gets no better for kids than playdough! Make your own using flour, water, salt and a bit of oil, then dye it the color you love best!
    Get the instructions at Modern Parents Messy Kids.
  • Homemade Bubbles 2 of 10
    Homemade Bubbles
    Oh gosh. Bubbles! How I loved bubbles at a kid. Skip the store-bought version and get your fun on with a bit of water, soap and corn syrup.
    Get the instructions from Hellobee.
  • DIY Memory 3 of 10
    DIY Memory
    Ahhh, Memory. The beloved game of toddlers everywhere! You can make your own using wood squares, colored cardstock and ModPodge.
    Get the instructions from Hellobee.
  • Magical Glitter Jar 4 of 10
    Magical Glitter Jar
    Remember catching fireflies and stowing them away in a mason jar so you could watch them sparkle? Take it up a notch with a magical glitter jar made using glitter glue, water and glitter.
    Get the instructions from Chasing the Firefly.
  • DIY Tic Tac Toe 5 of 10
    DIY Tic Tac Toe
    Another favorite of the ages, tic tac toe is the perfect game at home or on the go. This homemade version is made using wooden discs, rubber stamps, felt and a muslin bag for storing.
    Get the instructions from Hellobee.
  • Homemade Balloon Car 6 of 10
    Homemade Balloon Car
    Made from a matchbox, colored paper, straws, a balloon, dowels and little wheels, this air-powered car will keep the kids entertained for hours!
    Get the instructions from (cool) progeny.
  • DIY Hand Drum 7 of 10
    DIY Hand Drum
    Ahhh the days where every kid is a musician just got even cooler with this DIY hand drum made from cardboard, wooden dowels, string and paint.
    Get the instructions from bloesem kids.
  • Handmade Chalk 8 of 10
    Handmade Chalk
    Ok. There's officially only one thing cooler than sidewalk chalk and that's homemade sidewalk chalk! You can make your own using toilet paper rolls, wax paper, Plaster of Paris, paint and water.
    Get the instructions from Oh My Handmade.
  • DIY Fingerpaints 9 of 10
    DIY Fingerpaints
    Stop freaking out every time the little ones stick a paint-covered finger in their mouth and make your own DIY edible fingerpaints! They're made from cornstarch, sugar, water and salt.
    Get the instructions from Hellobee.
  • DIY Water Wall 10 of 10
    DIY Water Wall
    Summer is here and with it comes the heat! Keep the little ones cool and entertained with a DIY water wall constructed from plastic bottles, screws, a drill and an Xacto knife.
    Get the instructions from Tinkerlab.

First image from Modern Family Messy Kids.

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