Summer, summer, summertime is almost here and the kiddies can’t wait to feel the hot warm sun on their skin. However, if you have kids who like to stay inside during the hot summer months here’s 5 DIY activities for them to partake in.
1) Rock Monster Magnets
These little critters will make the dullest kitchen look as bright the sun. If you’re looking for a way to repurpose those pebbles your kids collect from the beach you can turn them into your new fridge decorations
Supplies Needed: pebbles, acrylic paint, medium to small size paint brushes, magnets, super glue, black sharpie
Paint 2 coats on each side of the pebbles for a nice shiny finish. After paint is dry, take your sharpie marker and draw your monster expressions leaving space for the eyes. You can either paint the eyes or glue googly eyes to the pebbles next. If using googly eyes, let dry overnight. Use super glue to glue on the back of pebbles, let dry overnight
2) Galaxy Jars
If you’re looking to have your kid’s nights glow, you can create this intriguing and beautiful galaxy jars
Supplies Needed: mason jar, glow in the dark fabric paint, paint brush
Clean the mason jar thoroughly and let dry, squeeze a few colors of your choice onto some scrap paper. Use paint brush to dot around the inside of the jar with the fabric paint, for “planets” create larger dots. Let dry in the sun or bright for 2 hours. Turn off lights and enjoy
3) DIY Kaleidoscope Rice
Trying to create your own kaleidoscope and find something to do with that extra bag of unwanted rice? Well you can turn this into a really interesting project for the kids
Supplies Needed: 8 cups of uncooked rice, food coloring, white vinegar, ziploc bags
Add I cup of rice into a bag. In a small bowl, combine vinegar and one food coloring of your choice. The intensity of the color depends on the number of drops you put in. Add vinegar mixture into the bag and seal, making sure there’s no air inside. Squish the mixture all over the rice (perfect time to get the kids involved). Once properly distributed, pour out rice mixture onto wax paper and let air dry. Use your imagination afterward.
4) Nebula Jar
If you’re planning on exposing your kids to the universe this summer, you can create these nebula jars to match with the galaxy jar previously mentioned
Supplies Needed: jar, cotton balls, water, paint, glitter
Fill 1/3 of the jar with water. Add several drops of paint into the water and either stir or place a lid on top and shake to mix the paint around. Add a little bit of glitter. Stretch cotton balls and add them to the water until the bottom is filled, pressing them down with stick or butter knife. Fill jar with another 1/3 of water and repeat process 2-4. Fill the final 1/3 and repeat steps 2-4
5) Tinted Mason Jars
If you collect mason jars and wanna give them some color, here’s a nice project you can do. It’ll also be nice to use them for both your galaxy and nebula jars.
Supplies Needed: mason jars, 1 tbsp mod podge, 1 tsp of water, 9 drops of food coloring, jelly roll pan, plastic knives or popsicle sticks
Mix water, mod podge, and food coloring in the jar. Move the jar around until the entire thing has been coated then flip upside down and rest it on the plastic knives or popsicle sticks. Once all the excess coloring has drained, bake them right-side up at 200 degrees for and hour or until all of the mod podge is baked off. Remove the finished jars and let them cool
Written by: Dominique Williams, Staff Writer, Modern Domestic