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Let’s set the scene. The kids are at home, and you want to find a family activity that will keep them entertained and off their screens. Sound familiar? DIY can be a fantastic way to nurture your little one’s resourcefulness and creativity. The trick is to find DIY projects that are easy enough that children can do them (with a little supervision in some cases) but rewarding enough that they will enjoy the experience. We’ve put together some of our favourite projects that will entertain, inspire and spark your kids' imagination.
We absolutely love this project from Emma, author of Sew Recycled. With a little bit of Sugru and a length of ribbon you can create bookmarks with your favourite animals, items, characters, anything your kids can imagine. The brilliant thing about this project is it will add to the fun and adventure of reading with your kids.
Collecting shells is one of the great joys of a family trip to the beach, but what do you do with them once you’re done? This creative upcycling project from u-createcrafts.com can transform your favourite finds into a beautiful rustic set of wind chimes. The project will require a little bit of drilling from mum or dad, but from there anyone can join in.
What do you do with all of the toys that your child no longer plays with? And how do you get your child to hang their clothes instead of leaving them in a pile on the floor? This project is the answer to both those problems. Using a little bit of Sugru, you can repurpose old toys into fun clothing hooks. There’s no drilling, no spending money on boring fittings and no toys in landfill, just a fun day picking which toys to use.
This awesome project idea from lilluna.com transforms a mason jar into a blank canvas for your child’s creativity. Rocks and sand can be used as a base layer to create a rockpool design, or ice-cream sticks can be used for a picket fence. This is an infinitely customisable idea, allowing your child to express themselves however they like.
This genius fix from mother and Sugru super user Helga helped her son learn his left and right at meal time. Helga says “The cutlery is now much easier to hold for my younger one and the letters also help him learn what goes where on the table and practise the concept of left and right”
If you’d like to hack, stick and create an awesome DIY project with your family, our new Family-Safe | Skin-Friendly Formula is perfect for craft and creativity. Have fun fixing and making with your family and don't forget to share your good work with us on Facebook or @sugru on Twitter and Instagram.