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Jul 2 2021

Stay at Home Friendly Crafts that Kids of All Learning Levels Can Enjoy


Days spent at home with your kiddos are often the best days. Time with your child opens opportunities for creativity, one-on-one time, and experiencing new memories together. However, for some parents as great as it sounds to be in the same vicinity as their child, they are quick to ask, ‘Now what?’ What do we do all day? Thankfully, the internet is full of home-friendly crafts that children of all ages can enjoy. Crafting is a fantastic way to allow your child to use all of his or her senses as they use their minds, hands, and sometimes their nose and mouth to participate. The types of activities and crafts to participate in are innumerable, so much so that you will always find something that suits the age, maturity level, and interests of your child. To help identify some of the most fun and engaging crafts, we have created a list of innovative ideas to get your child’s hands and minds working.

Category: ABA Therapy
Posted by: Alejandro Hernandez BCBA

Days spent at home with your kiddos are often the best days. Time with your child opens opportunities for creativity, one-on-one time, and experiencing new memories together. However, for some parents as great as it sounds to be in the same vicinity as their child, they are quick to ask, ‘Now what?’ What do we do all day? Thankfully, the internet is full of home-friendly crafts that children of all ages can enjoy. Crafting is a fantastic way to allow your child to use all of his or her senses as they use their minds, hands, and sometimes their nose and mouth to participate. The types of activities and crafts to participate in are innumerable, so much so that you will always find something that suits the age, maturity level, and interests of your child. To help identify some of the most fun and engaging crafts, we have created a list of innovative ideas to get your child’s hands and minds working.

Play Dough

What is more exciting than making things with your hands? Young and middle-aged kids find this task quite exhilarating. Play dough comes in all colors and textures, with options to use various cut-outs to create shapes and images with the dough. The activity allows room for creativity and focus which are essential qualities for children to learn. While parents often find themselves collecting the colorful left-overs around the house, this form of crafting is one of the cheapest to buy; it lasts a long time—make sure to keep the lids closed and avoid moisture—and is relaxing to play with.

Painting Projects

There are so many things one can do with paint. With numerous painting methods, objects that can be painted, and types of paint, creativity has no boundaries. Some of the most engaging painting projects can be enjoyed by children of all ages and attention levels. Here are some of those projects.

Rock Art

Rock art can be quite fun for children and inexpensive for parents. This project requires rocks, acrylic paint (preferably), and brushes. Your child can go outside and collect different stones of various shapes and sizes. To make it more fun, you can even make this task into a game as they gather their collection. When painting the rocks, the options are endless. Some of the things you can do are:

• Painting each rock a solid color or in patterns
• Writing word or letters
• Drawing shapes and pictures

Once the rocks are fully dry, they can be used for a separate activity such as using them for a game of tic tac toe, for example. Or, each item can be on display wherever your child chooses. Many children have a sense of pride and feelings of accomplishment when they regularly see the things they have made themselves.

Canvas Coloring

Another painting project that can be done is painting on paper or canvas. This form of painting can be done barehanded or with a brush, and you can create almost anything. Kids find this craft fun and it often keeps them occupied for a more extended period of time compared to other projects.

Hand Paint

Arguably one of the most entertaining and enjoyable activities for toddler-aged children is hand painting. This is a craft that will get your hands quite dirty. Mostly for younger children, this form of art encompasses fun and allows your child to see colors come to life right in front of their eyes. This activity is also an excellent way to introduce colors in fun ways that may make each easier to remember.

Coloring

Coloring can take many forms. Children can use markers, crayons, paint, or colored pencils to bring vibrance to any picture. Purchasing coloring books are budget-friendly and can be exciting for your child if they can choose one interesting to them.
If images are not already shown, kids can draw shapes and objects, write letters, and put their ideas on paper. This can then be colored. Adding complexion to a picture drawn by your child themselves can make the task more engaging and time-consuming, giving their minds continuous things to focus on.

Cookie Making

Anything involving food is an activity all children want to be a part of. So, what’s better than making cookies? Although it requires an adult’s careful supervision, this task allows the child to take control and guide the process. For kids who are younger or special needs, cookie making is a great task to participate in. For a child who cannot concentrate well or has trouble staying engaged, making sweets gives them the chance to be skillful and participate in a controlled environment. Children with forms of ADHD, for example, work well in a non-chaotic setting with structure.

As a parent, you can control the timing of the activity. This is an important fact to note as many children do not focus or stay engaged long with a single task. Once you find your child becoming less interested in designing and preparing the dough, you can spontaneously stop, put them in the oven, and immediately start something else. The task allows the flexibility to abruptly stop and then come back to it once the sweets are fully baked.

While there are far more crafts and activities, children of all levels can engage in at home, the ones mentioned are some of the cheapest and preferred by parents and children. No matter how old your child may be, there is no end to the types of activities that can be done in the home. Even better, all of these activities can be enjoyed by children and parents, together. Before you know it, you will find yourself and your child engaged and focused for long enough, you will look at the clock and wonder where the time has gone! For additional ideas and activities for children to do at home, parents can refer to numerous online sites, discussion forums, and ask other parents. The array opportunities ensure there is an activity to be enjoyed by all children and can aid in ABA Therapy.

 

 
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