What is the weather like where you live? Is it hot, cold, or rainy?   Some welcome the heat, while others welcome the cold.  Regardless,  it can be quite challenging keeping the children entertained. Many stay-at-home moms turn to  tried and true crafts to keep the kids entertained. But those families who work and find themselves at home with their kids, coming up with fun crafting ideas might be as difficult as pulling your teeth. Here are a few of the more popular and innovative crafts ideas for entertaining your kids.

1. Home-Made Sidewalk Chalk Paint

There are some great recipes making your own chalk paint. The kids will enjoy making the chalk, drawing, and writing on the sidewalk! It’s a non-toxic and fun way to keep your children active and engaged.


2. Recycled Wind Chimes

This project takes about an hour and uses simple supplies that are found around your house. Your children will enjoy creating something from items found around the house!


3. Simple wood crafts

There are quite a few sites out there with several easy to make wood crafts. Crafts that encourage creativity, thinking outside of the box, and using hands and imagination to manipulate items are particularly beneficial to children. And those with boys, a project that uses wood and planes will be sure to be a hit! Think train tracks out of popsicle sticks!


4. Make a flag out of popsicle sticks

Teach your children  to  remember all of the men and women who fought for our great country and the sacrifice and countless hours and they gave for us. Using popsicle sticks, glue, and red/white/blue paint, one can create a beautiful flag. Glue on a longer popsicle stick or even a long stick and everyone can fly their own flag this Independence Day.

5. Create magic with tents

Children absolutely love to build a fort or a playhouse for imagine fun time. This fun and simple craft can be as simple as using blankets and a couch or as involved as creating a monster sized fort using the Toydle indoor fort building kit.

Article by Brandy Schneider, a stay at home mom and creator of www.halfbakedhomemaking.com.

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