Fun activities for kids

Project Overview

Getting the kids involved in some fun craft or simple D.I.Y. is a great way to keep them entertained for hours. Here are a few quick and easy ideas to drag them away from the TV for some quality time over the holidays.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Star Torch
2 Pet Rocks
3 Colourful Name Signs
4 Flower Print Posters
5 Summer Scrapbook
  • Step 1. Star Torch

    You can make bedtime lots of fun for the kids with this D.I.Y. star torch.

    What you’ll need:

    • Pencil
    • Sheet of thin cardboard
    • Cutting knife
    • Sticky Tape
    • Large LED torch

    How to make it:

    1. Trace an outline of your torch head onto the cardboard and cut it out in a circle.
    2. Draw stars and moon shapes on the cardboard circle, then carefully cut out the shapes.
    3. Place the cardboard circle over the torch lens and tape it down.
    4. Then just turn it on and watch the stars shine on the wall. 
  • Step 2. Pet Rocks

    A classic craft project that the kids will love making. Start by adding your base colour, then paint eyes, mouth, glue on hair and anything else you like.

    What you’ll need: 

    • A bag of pebbles or smooth stones (Not too small.) 
    • Bright coloured craft paints 
    • Ball of wool or cotton for hair
    • Craft glue 
  • Step 3. Colourful Name Signs

    A fun decorative project for kids of all ages to enjoy and hang their name up in their room.  

    What you’ll need: 

    • Newspaper
    • A sheet of cardboard (or MDF) 
    • Pencil and ruler
    • Cutting knife, scissors (or jigsaw)
    • Craft paint or spray paint
    • Glitter, trinkets and buttons
    • Craft glue

    How to make it:

    1. Start by laying out plenty of newspaper over your work area to keep it clean. 
    2. Use the ruler to draw each letter of your name onto the cardboard and cut them out. (For a more solid letter, you can cut out the letters out of MDF with a jigsaw. Or simply pick up some craft letters at your local Bunnings.)  
    3. Next the kids can get creative and decorate the letters with coloured paints or gluing on glitter and buttons. Wait for the paint to dry and hang them up. 

  • Step 4. Flower Print Posters

    You can help the kids make a pretty poster, using plants and flowers from the garden.  

    What you’ll need: 

    • Newspapers
    • Flowers and leaves
    • Sturdy board or worktable (for hammering) 
    • Watercolour paper
    • Paper towels
    • Rubber mallet or hammer

    How to make it:

    1. Cover your worktable in newspaper. Place your sheet of watercolour paper on top. 
    2. Get the kids to collect some flowers and leaves from the garden and arrange them onto the watercolour paper.
    3. Cover your design up with a paper towel, then gently hammer so the flower makes an impression into the watercolour paper. 
    4. Next, carefully peel off the paper towel and flowers, and a lovely imprint should be left on the watercolour paper.

  • Step 5. Summer Scrapbook

    The kids can have fun decorating a summer scrapbook cover with a sandpaper sandcastle design. 

    What you’ll need: 

    • Pencil
    • Coarse sandpaper 
    • Scissors
    • Glue
    • Wrapping paper
    • Toothpick
    • Tape
    • Card stock
    • Pencil
    • Scrapbook
    • Double-sided tape

    How to make it:

    1. Cut out your wrapping paper and glue it to the scrapbook cover.
    2. Draw your own sandcastle elements, trace the shapes onto the smooth side of your sandpaper and cut them out.
    3. Make a flag for the top of your castle. Stick a toothpick behind the top of your castle and cut out a flag from card stock and glue it on.
    4. With the double-sided tape, stick the pieces of the sandpaper castle to the front of the scrapbook. 
    5. Then add in all your favourite drawings, photos, and memories from summer! 

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions which came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings team member.

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