While the winter may almost be over, we are still not really seeing spring just yet. The days may still tend to be somewhat windy and cold depending on where in the world you are, and if that is indeed the case then your child is probably sitting around at home. Either on the computer, playing with toys, or maybe just sitting around looking somewhat bored. If you want to spend some time with them and get them involved in something fun, why not involve them in some fun DIY projects? After all, who doesn’t like some good ol’ cutting, glueing, and folding. If you think like this is something your kid might be interested in, then keep reading as we are going to cover a few cool DIY ideas for you and your kids, which will make their lives more fun, and yours much easier.
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Soap boat races
Let’s start this off with a stroke of genius, because whoever initially thought of this deserves an award. Go to your local hardware store and pick up a piece of rain gutter. Yes, this seems ridiculous so far, but just wait. You can probably pick it up for laughably cheap, some loose change at most, and then on your way home, pick up some soap and toothpicks. Get a bar of soap, carve it into a little boat shape if you so desire, and then stick a toothpick into it. That will be your mast. Cut out a little triangle out of some fabric or coloured card, and just stick it onto the side of that toothpick to create something along the lines of a sail. The rest is pretty self-explanatory, put the rain gutter somewhere at an angle, maybe in the garden or the bathtub, and race the soap boats down the track for hours of fun.
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Travel lego set
Have you got a spare old suitcase lying around? Or maybe an old suitcase-type biscuit tin of sorts? Perhaps even a lunch box? If one of them happens to be available for some uh semi-permanent modifications, then you might just be able to make your kid’s day, not to mention, every trip from now on. Get the aforementioned suitcase or tin, and try to get a standard lego base mat which roughly fits its dimensions. Cut and sand it down on the edges, until it fits nicely, then choose your method of attaching it to the box. Some double sided tape would do the job, but if you strongly believe in your child’s destructive capabilities then some spray glue guns will have to do the job instead. Stick down the matt right onto the middle of the “lid” of the lunchbox or suitcase, AKA the more shallow of the two parts. While that’s drying, get another piece of lego base mat, and make it around the same size as you just stuck down, but only half the size vertically. This will go on the other side of the lunchbox and serve as a barrier to keep the legos in. When that’s done drying, all you need is to put in some legos, and then the world is your oyster. With this, you have a portable “plug ‘n’ play” lego suitcase which you can take anywhere, and set up a lego playfield with ease. One side of the case holds in all the lego, while the other side serves as a bit of flooring where your kid’s imagination can run wild. Since the mat is part of the suitcase, you can use it just about anywhere including boring train journeys, long car rides, or maybe even at the beach.
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If the rain gutter is a bit too big to have displayed out in your humble abode and slathered in soap, then perhaps this will be a bit better. All you need is some dirt, potted plants, some wild flowers or moss will also do the trick, and the rest is up to you. The rest are just extra decorations so feel free to pick up some colourful rocks or marbles, and maybe even a small birdhouse. Maybe some tiny and charming decorations like you find in aquarium shops, in the shape of a small cave or a nice rock formation. When you have these elements assembled, the steps are probably rather familiar. Fill your chosen pot or bowl with dirt, and then put everything else in. Regular maintenance in the form of watering will definitely be greatly appreciated by your plants.
*This is a collaborative post.