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How to Make Kinetic Sand: DIY

Kinetic Sand is a very fun and very popular alternative to play dough, clay, and other putty like toys. Kinetic sand is fun because it has a consistency similar to sand in texture and appearance, but like play dough it sticks together and can form different sculptures, shapes, etc. Kids love this, especially kids that love to play with cars, construction vehicles, etc. because they can use the sand with their toys. There is a popular commercial brand, but it can be expensive, and why buy when you can create!? This fun recipe is simple, fun, and easy to recreate at home. You and your kids can have fun creating it together.

 What You will Need:

What You Will Do:

  1. In a container combine the play sand and corn starch and mix well

2. Combine the soap and water in a separate container, and stir until the water is bubbly

3. Slowly pour the water into the sand/cornstarch and mix well. Slowly mix while adding more water as needed.  If even more water is needed add a little more and mix.  Continue to add more water until you reach your desired consistency. We used 3/4 of a cup of water, and the consistency was perfect, but if your sand is coarser or finer than you may need more or less water, so add it SLOWLY!

This incredibly easy result will allow you to play for hours! Now you can build, sculpt, and play with your toys all day.

Dinosaur Habitats: DIY Dinosaur Gardens

My kids are obsessed with dinosaurs. I thought it would be a neat idea for them to create their own fun little dinosaur world. They have so many little toy dinosaurs and are constantly telling me what each dinosaur eats and where they live, I thought it was time they showed me. I have seen so many of those little fairy gardens that I thought why not a dinosaur garden? The idea is pretty simple, and leaves the creativity up to the kids. So why not?

You and your kids can get as many items as you would like. You could build your dinosaur garden in a planter, an old tire, a large apothecary bowl or jar, or even right in your own backyard. All you need is some ideas and whatever type of plants you want.

Small Dinosaur Gardens Dinosaur gardens

What you will need:

  • plants (ivy, ferns, flowers, bushes, moss, the ideas are endless!)
  • rocks (gravel, stones, sand)
  • Dirt
  • container
  • dinosaurs

What You Will Do:

There really is no way to tell you exactly what to do. Let your kids imagine the world they believe dinosaurs lived in. Check out some of the habitats different types of dinosaurs lived in for some understanding and ideas. Or feel free to design your own little dino world!

DIY Spring and Summer Crafts: Wind Chimes

That gorgeous outdoor friendly weather is finally making its appearance. That mean we are all going to want to spend more time outside, so why not make the outside a little prettier? Outdoor decor does not have to be expensive, in fact it can beast, inexpensive, and fun. Turn decorating in to a fun activity with your boys, and get super creative with some incredibly cool wind chimes.

Wind chimes are great outdoor decor. They not only look cool, they sound cool. Wind chimes can also be really unique. They can be created from items from around the house, items considered trash can actually be really fantastic pieces for a wind chime.

Building things like wind chimes also teach kids how to see things in a unique and out of the box way. They learn to harness their creativity, manipulate their world, and follow steps and instructions.

wind chimes

DIY Ready has 32 different ideas for making your own wind chimes with your kids. They have an amazing list of possible materials and even include a great tutorial if you want to recreate their ideas. But they also can help you create your own incredible wind chime. So head on over to DIY Ready to learn how to create your own fantastic wind chimes.