Crafts to entertain your grandchildren these holidays

As school holidays are approaching it’s time to get your activities and crafts ready. Our grandchildren are fixated on their iPads or iPhones, but sometimes it’s the most simplest and fun activities that can keep them entertained and away from the screen.

Try and make the most of the time you have with your grandchildren. Step away from the toys and technology and start having fun with your grandchildren by using your own skills in crafts.

Here are the top 10 crafts you should try these holidays:

1. Magnetic paper dolls



Cut out some paper dolls and attach them to some sticky magnet sheets. Instant magnetic paper dolls!



2. Butterfly footprints


This is definitely one for hanging on the wall! Have each child use finger paint to make a footprint on a canvas, or even a piece of paper. Add some cute antennae and add their names beneath each creation, and you have a beautiful piece of homemade artwork for Nana and Papa’s wall!



3. Maracas


Maracas made from plastic spoons, plastic Easter eggs, and tape. This would be great for children and very affordable too!



4. Rock stories


Make a set of story stones for kids. They can be used to enhance stories when reading to groups of children or one child.



5. Fireworks


Make these cool fork firework prints! All you need is paint and a fork to make this fireworks craft.



6. Stomp painting


All you need is bubble wrap and paint and you are ready to bubble wrap stomp!



7. Flubber


This is a really fun and exciting activity for children that gets them involved hands on.

What you’ll need:

  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 1 cup PVA glue
  • A few drops food colouring
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 teaspoon Borax (you can find this in the laundry aisle and has heaps of other uses around the home!)



8. Family characters


Families, characters… Each one has its own personality!



9. DIY animal pots


Use your old milk cartons, paint, seeds and soil. Make the most of your skills and teach your grandchildren how to do this fun activity. Make faces on each pot using paint and away you go!



10. Homemade kazoo




  • Cardboard tube (old toilet paper roll or paper towel roll)
  • Wax paper
  • Rubberband
  • Sharp pencil (or other sharp object) to poke holes
  • Paint or other art supplies to decorate your kazoo (optional)

Cover the end of your cardboard tube with wax paper. Secure it with a rubber band. Poke a hole in the side of the tube using the sharp pencil or other sharp object. Decorate the kazoo with paint and get creative with your grand children.



Have you tried these crafts yet? What crafts do you make with your grandchildren? Tell us below.

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