Arts and crafts are a huge part of childhood. Both at school and at home, giving your child an artistic outlet allows them to express themselves creatively and learn some much-needed skills. If you have a child that loves art, odds are, you probably spend a lot of money on art supplies. Markers, paint, chalk, dough, the costs for those things really add up over time.
With pretty much everything, including art, DIY gives you the chance to save tons of money and have fun doing it! While this list doesn’t have any DIY construction paper on it, it is full of supplies that your kids will love to create with.
1. DIY Spray Chalk
I’ll admit, I’d never heard of spray chalk before I found this DIY, but it’s definitely a genius idea. A few spray bottles, some food coloring, baking soda, and corn starch, and your little ones can have all of the sidewalk fun they want!
Find more great kid-friendly DIY projects at Growing A Jeweled Rose.
2. DIY Supersoft Swirl Playdough
There are tons of homemade Playdough recipes out there. Some are edible and some are made in the microwave, but this one is swirled with color, which makes it perfect for kids. This dough is relatively easy to make and includes ingredients that will allow your little ones to play without uncomfortable, itchy skin or staining.
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3. DIY Stamps
Introduce your kids to abstract art early on with these simple DIY stamps. Made using some wooden blocks, foam sheets, and ink, they are super easy to put together and provide almost endless amounts of fun.
Find more creative ideas for your family at Babble Dabble Do.
4. DIY Bath Paint
Bath paint is already available for purchase in tons of stores but it’s way more fun to make yourself. Mad with shampoo, water, and food coloring, this paint is completely body safe for your kids and ridiculously fun to play with. We’ve also got our very own 4 ingredient bath paint recipe right here!
Get more great DIY’s recipes, and party planning ideas at Kojodesigns.
5. DIY Sidewalk Chalk Pops
With spring here and summer approaching fast, it’s probably time to break out the sidewalk chalk. This inventive DIY lets your kids enjoy some outdoor play in fun ways without getting their hands all dry and chalky.
You can find more fun projects and design inspiration at Project Nursery.
6. DIY Glitter Glue
This DIY glitter glue is completely homemade. With the exception of the actual glitter, you cook up and mix everything yourself. This project is a little more in-depth than some of the others on this list but it’s more than worth it.
Paging Fun Mums has tons of kids crafts and activities.
7. Lavender Cloud Dough
Cloud dough is shapable, crumbly, and incredibly fun. This lavender cloud dough takes three simple ingredients and mere minutes to make and is equal parts fun and calming for kids.
Head over to Growing A Jeweled Rose to find great ideas for the ways your kids can play.
8. DIY Foam Paint
This foam paint is created with some shaving cream, school glue, and food coloring. Three simple ingredients and your kids can create artwork that literally pops off of the page.
Visit Dabbles and Babbles to find more DIY projects and recipes.