Creative Kids Ideas For The School Holidays

Creative Kids Ideas – It’s Time To Have Fun!

Kids creative ideas and crafts!

It’s the perfect time to get creative and spend some quality time with the family!

Working with kids and youth, I always like to encourage creativity wherever I go. Hanging out with little ones, especially working together on projects, really brings us adults back to what really matters. I learn so much from kids about myself 🙂

First up we have..

1. MAGIC DOUGH/SALT DOUGH AKA TRYLLEDEJ!

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photo credit: tidtilfamilien.dk

Kids Creative Ideas Number 1! Okay, this is a classic recipe which I grew up with as a young girl in Scandinavia. This magic dough is just like play dough except you BAKE it! So very very cool and super inexpensive!

I recently did this activity with a bunch of lovely little humans at Minnawarra House in Armadale and it worked a treat! The kids were occupied for ages! don’t try to eat it.. it’s really quite horrible, as it’s mainly salt and flour! baking and painting ONLY! 😉

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photo credit: hobbyamok.blogspot.com.au

Recipe:

  • 1 cup table salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup oil

What to do:

Mix flour and salt together then add water and oil. You want to knead it thoroughly so it becomes a nice soft dough for the kids to use with ease, just like a normal soft dough. Add more water if you ‘knead’ to. Pardon the pun.
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Now the kids can create whatever they want! just keep in mind that the bigger the creations, the longer time they will need in the oven.
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photo credit: vestrehus.dk
This dough can also be saved in the fridge/freezer for a later date.
When you and your kids are done with your creations, bake them at 100-150 degrees for around 1.5-2 hrs. Generally, a low temperature for longer time is best, it helps the ‘artisan sculptures’ not to crack! voila! once baked and cool, paint with acrylics and you are off to exhibit at the Louvre in Paris!
Trylledej is such a great little creative idea and a great process. It’s very rewarding and there are no limits to what can be made 🙂 enjoy!

2. BONFIRE AND DAMPER

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photo credit: kidspot.com.au

Kids Creative Ideas Number 2! Another little classic that I remember from my childhood when I was a scout. The kids will LOVE this. Not only does it teach the kids fire safety but it also creates a wonderful sense of community, teamwork and enables a magical connection with the outdoors. Make sure that you have checked that bonfires are still allowed as we have very strict fire bans in WA, especially when the weather gets a bit warmer.

The recipe for damper I use is from taste.com.au. It’s the BEST damper I have ever tasted, very delicious and buttery!

What you need:

  • Firewood
  • Firelighters
  • Kindling
  • Fire pit
  • Sticks for Damper
  • Damper dough
  • Bucket of water (for safety)
  • Bucket of water for sticks

Damper dough recipe:

What to do:

Put your flour and salt in a large bowl. Add your butter cubes and crumble into the mix. Once your mix is nice and crumbled, you’ll want to add your water bit by bit. I must admit, I did add extra water when I made this dough as I wanted a nice soft and smooth texture.

Put your dough aside and get your bonfire ready. This can take anywhere from 45mins-1hour, so you will need to be prepped! Get your bonfire started in a safe and contained place with your kindling and firelighters, stack on the wood as you go along. The aim is to get really hot coals. We don’t want a giant fire that could potentially be unsafe, so keep the fire under control and don’t let the kids bake their damper until the fire is small and very hot 🙂

As for the sticks, I get the kids to find their own sticks in the bush. I then shave the end with a sharp knife to clean off the bark, then put the sticks – damper baking end down – in a bucket of water to soak. This prevents burning/the stick catching fire while the kids are baking.

When the fire is ready, get a handful of dough and make a long snake that can twirl around the stick, see the image above. Off you go! be careful not to burn your damper! 😉

Serve with butter and jam! It’s delicious. I can’t wait to do this again!

3. ROCK PAINTING

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photo credit: www.demilked.com

Kids Creative Ideas number 3! This creative idea speaks for itself really! Go for a walk along the beach and collect some rocks with the kids and then go mad with colours! Acrylic paints work best. These little painted gems look wonderful anywhere and really brighten up gardens, flowers beds, succulents gardens and can be incredibly bright little indoor features around the house and to lighten up your day!

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photo credit: indulgy.com

For more colourful kids creative ideas, you may want to visit www.sugarbeecrafts.com

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Pens, inks and acrylics go a long way! How cute are these affirmations?

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There really is no limit to what the kids can make 🙂 how cute are these owls and birds?

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photo credit: sugarbeecrafts.com

4. UP-CYCLED NATURAL WIND CHIMES

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photo credit: woohome.com

You may need a drill for this one!

What you need:

  • Acrylic Paint
  • A branch
  • pens
  • string
  • beads
  • shells
  • material
  • ANYTHING!

Kids Creative Ideas number 4! This creative endeavour is an intuitive one. Spoons, cups, leaves, beads.. why not make your own beads with the salt dough above? Parents, Nan and Grandad, you may need a drill for the things you find, when you want to attach the items to the main branch/frame.

Here’s some amazing ideas from www.woohome.com

 

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Lovely aren’t they? 🙂

It’s time to get out there and enjoy the sun, create some colourful memories and engage the family in creative connectedness! Have fun everyone! Let the inspiration flow!

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