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19 Impossibly Cool Crafts For Kids That Adults Will Want To Try

They might blow your mind, too.

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1. Paint masterpieces of modern art using bubble solution and food coloring.

Here's the how-to — you'll probably want to try this outside.

2. Gently heat (used, clean) plastic cups in the oven to make gorgeous recycled flowers.

To get the colors, you scribble with permanent markers (which btw, aren't permanent. Just use rubbing alcohol to get the stains out). Read the instructions here.
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To get the colors, you scribble with permanent markers (which btw, aren't permanent. Just use rubbing alcohol to get the stains out). Read the instructions here.

3. Cut actual fruit in half and use them as stamps to cover almost anything with a juicy pattern.

This tutorial uses a canvas lunch bag for the project, but you could do it on paper or even cotton t-shirts.

4. Swirl food coloring, glitter, and googly eyes through a pan of unflavored gelatin, then cut it into shapes for your window.

Of course they won't last ~forever~, but that's just an excuse to make more! By the way, the unflavored gelatin won't attract bugs, so don't worry. Here's how to do it.
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Of course they won't last ~forever~, but that's just an excuse to make more! By the way, the unflavored gelatin won't attract bugs, so don't worry. Here's how to do it.

5. Fill a cardboard tube with reflective paper and beads to make a kaleidoscope.

Older kids can probably follow most of the steps themselves, but for younger kids, you might stick to letting them pick out their beads. Here's how to build them.

6. Turn popsicle sticks and construction paper into high-flying helicopters.

Learn how here, and find tons of other cool popsicle stick building crafts in the book Rubber Band Engineer, $19.44.
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Learn how here, and find tons of other cool popsicle stick building crafts in the book Rubber Band Engineer, $19.44.

7. Build an easy pendulum out of a water bottle filled with paint to make giant swirly patterns.

A physics lesson and art class all in one! Here's how to make it happen.
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A physics lesson and art class all in one! Here's how to make it happen.

8. Decorate an oversized cardboard mailing tube, then make noises into it like it's a didgeridoo.

Also, learn the word didgeridoo, because it's fun to say. Here's the how-to.
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Also, learn the word didgeridoo, because it's fun to say. Here's the how-to.

9. Make salt dough, then press plastic dinosaurs into it before it dries.

And if you have a sandbox, hide them so the kids can "excavate" them later. Read more about it here.
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And if you have a sandbox, hide them so the kids can "excavate" them later. Read more about it here.

10. Tape pool noodles so they transform into lightsabers.

Okay, so making these won't take too long (you should probably do the sawing in half part for the kids), but playing with these will take hours. Here's how to make them.
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Okay, so making these won't take too long (you should probably do the sawing in half part for the kids), but playing with these will take hours. Here's how to make them.

11. Make wall decor using cardboard looms, sticks from the backyard, and pom poms.

And yarn needles, which you can get at the craft store. Here's how to do it.

12. Decorate 99-cent birdhouses with colorful modeling clay.

Way less messy than painting, and you still get a cool place for pretend feathery friends to roost. Get the how-to here.
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Way less messy than painting, and you still get a cool place for pretend feathery friends to roost. Get the how-to here.

13. Collect flowers, leaves, sticks, and other nature on your next walk (or on your family road trip), then frame with contact paper and a paper plate.

See how to do it here.
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See how to do it here.

14. Create your own slime using ~science~, then play with it.

This color combo is called "jungle slime", and goes well with tiger figurines. Learn how to make it here.
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This color combo is called "jungle slime", and goes well with tiger figurines. Learn how to make it here.

15. Paper-maché funny shapes to a balloon, then pop the balloon in the morning.

Your kiddos can go with the Matisse theme, or a dinosaur theme, or a diamonds theme, or whatever strikes their fancy. It will all work as long as you make sure the shapes overlap. Here's the how-to.
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Your kiddos can go with the Matisse theme, or a dinosaur theme, or a diamonds theme, or whatever strikes their fancy. It will all work as long as you make sure the shapes overlap. Here's the how-to.

16. Use crayons, vegetable oil, and water colors to make gorgeous translucent bunting.

It's a few steps, but that means it will keep your kids occupied longer. Learn how to do it here.
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It's a few steps, but that means it will keep your kids occupied longer. Learn how to do it here.

17. Spool- (or, French-) knit a skinny scarf with a homemade knitter.

Here's how to make and use a knitter like this one.
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Here's how to make and use a knitter like this one.

18. Melt plastic beads in the oven to make colorful sun catchers.

You don't even have to venture outside for this if you prefer to do it in your air-conditioned kitchen. Learn how here.
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You don't even have to venture outside for this if you prefer to do it in your air-conditioned kitchen. Learn how here.

19. Skip the messy multiple buckets of colors by tie-dying with Sharpies and an embroidery hoop.

And isopropyl alcohol — here's the tutorial.
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And isopropyl alcohol — here's the tutorial.

Have fun crafting together!

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