Once you become a parent, taking a sick day becomes a thing of the past. Here are 10 no-supervision kid crafts for those days when you’re just not at your parenting best.
A table tent is a safe kid craft, one that requires minimal supervision. The craft part comes from your kids creating their own campsite under the kitchen table. They can put together a make-believe campfire and lay out their sleeping bags to enjoy a pretend night out under the stars.
2. Go Through the Toy Box
If you have toddlers, encourage them to sort through their toy box. To keep them interested, you may need to watch them play, but you can do so laying on the floor or on a bed. They’re sure to come across something that they want to play with.
3. Balloon Friends
Blow up a few balloons, grab out the markers and let your kids go to town making balloon friends. Encourage them to add eyes, a mouth, a nose and ears. Yarn is the perfect material for hair as is jute or gift-wrapping ribbon.
4. Snack Pack Characters
If you have some Snack Pack puddings in your fridge, encourage your kids to transform them into their favorite minion or other character with google eyes and a marker.
5. Homemade Binoculars
Do you have a child who is interested in nature? If you do, then collect a few toilet paper rolls to make homemade binoculars. Your kids will be able to use their self-made binoculars to hone in on the activities of bugs, birds and squirrels.
6. Homemade Superhero Masks
Coloring supplies and paper plates are all that’s needed to make homemade superhero masks. Requiring minimal adult supervision and capable of inspiring hours of imaginative play, homemade superhero masks are sure to keep your little ones busy for hours.
7. Button Bracelets
Kid crafts require creativity, and if you have a button box, then you can let your kids use it to make creative button bracelets. Show your kids how to thread the bracelets using various buttons and thin ribbon or string, that’s all the supervision required!
8. Homemade Building Blocks
Collect small boxes, paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls. Then, put your kids to work covering them with washi tape, allowing them to create their own set of homemade building blocks. Along with this being a creative craft project that requires little supervision, it is also one that will keep your kids busy once the blocks are complete.
9. Pipe-Cleaner Creations
Florist foam blocks or Styrofoam packing material turn into fun 3D sculptures when you give your kids pipe cleaners, buttons and beads. You can purchase these materials at your local Michaels craft store.
10. Pool Noodle Bugs
You won’t have to supervise your kids when you put them to work making bugs out of pool noodles. Googly eyes, glue and pipe cleaners will help your kids stay occupied making these creations for hours. If you don’t have the time to put something together, then consider ordering an activity kit from Surprise Ride.
Craft projects one, two and three are from Kid Spot.
Ideas four, five and six were found at MSN.
Parenting is where we discovered projects seven, eight, nine and 10.