#HomeWithMy: Creative Activities with the Kids

Keep the family entertained with these ideas that will tickle the creativity and imagination of kids both young and old(er)

Being at home with the family means the bonding only stops when everyone falls asleep. With that much time on our hands, even the craftiest of moms may run out of ideas. Here are a few suggestions to add to your list of activities.

Invisible Ink

Every kid who has ever watched a spy movie will, at some point, aspire to become a secret agent. Understandably, because it’s as good as being a superhero if you were not born with super powers! Allow the undercover kiddos to write classified messages with invisible ink and see the little ones live out their spy kid dreams.

What You Need

½ piece of lemon

2 tablespoons water or
¼ cup milk

Paper

Cotton Buds

Heat source (a fluorescent lamp or hair dryer)

What to Do

  1. If using lemon, combine water with juice of half a lemon. This mixture is your invisible ink. Milk can be used on its own if using this instead of the lemon-water mixture.
  2. Dip one end of the cotton buds into the “ink” and write or draw a secret message onto a piece of paper. Let the wetness dry completely. Once dry, the paper will look blank.
  3. To decipher the hidden message, hold the paper up to a heat source. As the milk or lemon “ink” heats up, it will oxidize and turn brown. You can try this experiment with other substances such as vinegar, honey, or orange juice.

Ice Cream in a Bag

Experiments can be fun, but even more so when they are edible! Ice cream runs are definitely not as easy as it used to be, so go ahead and treat the kids to this DIY alternative. This project will surely satisfy anyone’s craving for both knowledge and yummy dessert.

What You Need

1 tablespoon sugar

½ cup of milk or cream

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

6 tablespoons salt

½ bag of ice

1 gallon-sized zip bag

1 pint-sized zip bag

What to Do

  1. In the pint-sized zip bag, combine the sugar, milk, and vanilla extract, ensuring all ingredients are incorporated well. Don’t be afraid to add other ingredients like chocolate chips, crushed cookies, or other flavors, depending on your preference. Seal and set aside.
  2. Pour all the ice in the gallon-sized zip bag and combine it with all the salt. Ordinary table salt will work, but salt that has larger crystals such as kosher salt or rock salt will work much better. Mix the salt around in the ice.
  3. Place the sealed pint-sized bag into the gallon-sized bag with the ice/salt mixture. Make sure it gets buried into the ice.
  4. Seal the gallon bag and shake the content vigorously for five minutes, readying a towel on the side to aid you in case it gets too cold to the touch.
  5. When the contents of the smaller bags are ready, remove it from the ice. This recipe will yield a small amount of ice cream, just enough for about two people to enjoy.

Tip: If you were not able to add flavors to your ice cream, top them instead. Transfer the end product to a bowl and squeeze some chocolate or caramel syrup on top.

Easy Silly Nilly Putty

Probably the easiest experiment we can recommend for any parent, this activity is one of the silliest, too. With only two ingredients that are super common to all households, you can create an afternoon of fun with this fool-proof combination.

What You Need

4 tablespoons of cornstarch

3 tablespoons of dishwashing liquid

What to Do

  1. Combine both ingredients and mix with a spoon until completely incorporated.
  2. When it gets a little difficult to stir, use your hands to massage the mixture. Add more cornstarch if it is too runny, or more dish soap if too dry. This will depend a lot on your preference.
  3. The putty will hold its shape as you continue moving and kneading it. Let it rest and it will turn into a consistency similar to honey or molasses. This is where the fun begins!

#IMJustaKid CHallenge

Almost every household has kids of different ages and stages. While toddlers and preschoolers will be easily impressed with the previous suggestions, there is still the dilemma of entertaining the too-cool-for-school tweens. Speak their language and suggest creating a TikTok video that will elicit laughs from everyone in the family.

What You Need

A TikTok app on your phone

An old photo of yourself and the kids

Clothes that resemble those on the old photo

What to Do

  1. Have everyone put on clothes that resemble the clothes they were wearing on the old photo.
  2. Assign someone to hold the phone and record a portrait video. When the recording starts, instruct all the people present in the old photo to come together to mimic the same poses. Keep recording until everybody is in place and hold the pose for about three seconds. Your output video should not exceed six seconds.
  3. Move on to taking a photo of the old printed photo.
  4. Using the TikTok app, add (+) a video. Click on “Upload” at the right side of the red Record button. Select the video you recorded and the snapshot of the old photo.
  5. Click on "Next." This will take you to the sound options. Click on the magnifying glass icon to search for “I’m Just a Kid” by Simple Plan.
  6. The final output will be your family coming together to recreate the image and the image flashing to show the throwback.
  7. Click "Next," caption your video, add hashtags, and post! You may also share this video to your other social media accounts.

No-Sew T-Shirt Tote

A great way to recycle shirts that outgrow the teens is by turning them into tote bags. This is especially a good idea if the shirt has a sentimental value. Not only is it environment-friendly, it will also come in handy when the quarantine ends and everyone’s allowed to be out and about once again. As an added bonus, eventually showing off their handiwork to their friends will be something your teenage kids will be able to look forward to.

What You Need

A favorite shirt that does not fit anymore

A pair of scissors

What to Do

  1. Start by cutting off both sleeves from the shirt.
  2. Cut out the neck of the shirt, going deeper than the original stitching to make the opening of the bag large enough to fit stuff through. Keep in mind to run the scissors both front side and back of the shirt, at the same time, so it keeps the same length and opening.
  3. Decide how deep you want the bag to be. Measure accordingly and cut a row of fringes at the hem of the shirt. Again, make sure you are cutting both the front and back side of the shirt as you go. We recommend cutting the fringes 1.5cm in width, and marking it 5cm in length from the hem.
  4. There are two looks to consider for this bag. With bottom fringe or without. If you want the fringe to be hidden, turn the shirt inside out before the next step. Otherwise, if you want the style to include the fringe, continue on to Step 5 without turning the shirt.
  5. Tie the back fringe to its front counterpart and continue with the rest of the strips. This will close up the bottom part of the bag, but there will also be holes between the knotted strips.
  6. This is where it gets tricky. To close up the holes, go back to your fringes. Hold on to the top strip on the most left, and tie it to the bottom of the adjacent strip. Continue trying the rest of the strips until you have completed the second set of knots all the way to the right end of the bag.
  7. Once the second row of knots are complete, tie a quick double knot on both end fringes to reinforce it.
  8. For bags with hidden fringes, turn it back outside in. Now, it’s ready for use.

Tip: Choose a shirt with thick fabric. The thicker the fabric, the stronger the tote. When cutting the fringe at the bottom, remember that the longer the fringes, the shorter the bag will be. Personalize your tote even more by adding beads, pompoms and decorations onto it using hot glue.

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