Great Do-It-Yourself Crafts for Kids of Any Age
We know how hard it can be when kids are home sick with a fever. So we asked Canadians to share their best craft ideas for when kids are home sick with a fever. We were overwhelmed by their amazing creativity! Parents shared their best tips on how they spend time getting crafty with their sick kids. Here we’ve chosen some of the best craft ideas for every age group.
While babies love exploring with their fingers, regular finger painting isn’t a good option as babies love putting everything in their mouths. The More Time to Play Grand Prize winner, Elise, from Powell River, B.C., lets her daughter Claire finger paint by placing blobs of paint on sheets of paper inside freezer bags. She can then swirl the paint around without getting her fingers dirty or making a mess.
Another option is to make finger paints babies can eat! Alysha, of St Catharines, ON, combines plain white yogourt with food coloring so baby can dip her fingers in the paint bowls and spread on sheets of paper.
Toddlers love helping and organizing, which makes this colourful sorting box craft from Courtney in Sault Ste Marie, ON, a perfect sick-day activity. Let your toddler paint a cardboard box the colour of their choice and then glue on cut-out shapes. Then help your child sort toys, either according to type, size, or colour, into as many boxes as you want to decorate!
Children aged three and four can try crafts that need a little less help from grownups. Brodie and Lukas from Squamish, BC, show how to make a snow globe using only four items: a jar, sparkles, corn syrup, and water. This craft is perfect for pre-school kids because parents can prepare everything and let the kids put it together.
Once children are school age, they can follow instructions and manage tools like scissors more easily. Alexandra from Whitby, ON, explains how to Make Your Own Bike Streamers using ribbon, stick pins, golf tees, scissors and pliers.
Try assembling everything you need and keep in a craft box ahead of time so the next time your child is home sick, you can just reach for Children’s Advil® and your box of crafts.