I am not sure what it is about Minecraft, but kids that are into it seem to get SUPER into it. And on top of the game itself, there are tons of Minecraft products that you can buy for your little gamer. But instead of spending money on cheapo plastic crap, you can raid your recycle bin and spend some time with your kids making custom Minecraft swords, shields, and other Minecraft toys. Twitchetts has a great, detailed how-to to get you going.
Do your kids have a serious case of cabin fever? All of the cold, rainy weather during the past few months has meant my son and I have played inside more than outside. Next time the cold rain and snow drives you indoors, grab some Christmas lights and an old cardboard box to make this cook box of stars fort from I Thought of It Second! She shares how she made this cool indoor activity plus two more ideas for bored toddlers.
Happy Crafty Shark Week! This cute shark attack memory game is a great educational toy for your kids. Grab an old tissue box and turn it into a cute Shark Week toy with instructions from Kiwi Crate. I love how simple and fun this project is.
Do your kids get restless on rainy summer afternoons? A stocked dress-up box is a great way to prompt some creative play and redirect all of that rainy-day energy. Here are some ideas to help you build up a nice little dress-up box stash with homemade and thrift store goodies.
Outdoor play is super beneficial for young kids, but getting your kids to play outside is tricky when it’s 90 degrees and humid. Add some water play into the mix to entice your kiddos to head outdoors. Here are 10 water play ideas to get you out in the sun this summer.
Are spring’s showers giving you and your kids a little bit of cabin fever? This awesome shadow puppet theater is the perfect remedy for the rainy day blues. Valerie at Inner Child Fun created this super simple project from an old cardboard box, and her girls love it! Not only will your kiddos have a great time playing shadow puppets, they can help you create the theater, too. And you know your kids love a toy double if they helped make it.
Water play is a natural choice to keep your kiddos happy and entertained this spring and summer. There’s something about splashing in water that wears my little guy out, which will be nice during warm spring days and over summer vacation. If you’re looking for some free water play activities to entertain your kids, look no further!
Entertaining kids on a rainy day can be a challenge, and this chalkboard stick experiment is a great way to engross older kids for a big chunk of time. This project from Steve Spangler Science takes patience to set up, but the payoff is so amazing that your kids are going to want to do it again and again. You can really make a day of it if you have them color the popsicle sticks. A rainbow of popsicle sticks looks even more amazing!
Did April showers just bring May showers where you are? If you’re living with an energetic toddler, being stuck inside all day is no fun for anyone. Try these cheap and free rainy day activities to keep your toddler entertained and maybe even buy yourself a break to drink a cup of coffee.