17 DIY Activities for Kids to Stop Summer Boredom

Summer break means fun, sun, and children ALL the time. We love our children but sometimes we just need them to sit down, quiet down, or go outside. Luckily for you I have a list of emergency DIY activities for kids.

These DIYs for kids will keep your children busy so you can have at least a couple of hours of quiet time. Every mom needs just a little bit of quiet time every once in a while. These activities may need your help in putting them together, but then they have hours of fun after.

So if you’d like to binge watch that new Netflix series, get some work done, or just have a little bit of quiet time try out one of these DIY’s.

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17 DIY’s For Kids

Bird Feeders

Bird Feeder
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Your children will be excited to see what birds (and squirrels) start eating from their homemade bird feeders. They’ll be anxiously watching out the window or on the back porch to see the birds eat.

Magic Meditation Jars

Magic Meditation Jars
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Not only are these mediation jars fun to make but they double as a calm down tool for when they need just a few minutes to collect their feelings.

Nebula Jar

Nebula Jars
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What’s better than seeing a nebula in pictures, holding one in a jar. These nebula jars are great DIY for kids to put on their dressers or nightstands.

Light Up Mason Jar Aquariums

Light Up Mason Jar Aquarium
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If your child loves the sea, fish, or dreams of being a dolphin these light up aquarium jars are a fantastic little DIY they are sure to love. They will want to make several, plus there is no need for fish food or changing the water.

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Unicorn Poop Slime

Unicorn Poop Slime
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Slime is a favorite for a lot of kids. It’s fun to make and fun to play with. Help your kid make slime and they will have hours of play time. While little girls will love the rainbow color of this slime the recipe can be made with any color.

Stress Balls

Stress Balls
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I loved stress balls as a kid. Your child will love squishing, tossing, and rolling them in their hands. They are a great way to destress when they are over stimulated too.

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Homemade Playdough Recipes

Homemade Playdough
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My toddler recently got playdough for Easter. As we know toddlers are not the greatest at understanding how quickly playdough dries. Instead of spending loads of money buying playdough all the time, I’ve resorted to making it. This is a fantastic recipe.

Musical Instruments

Musical Instruments
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While I know we all want our kids to sometimes be quiet sometimes you need to let them make a bunch of noise. These DIY musical instruments let them do exactly that. Now they can make noise to their heart’s content, hopefully outside or in their room.

No Sew Sock Snowman

Sock Snowman
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It’s never too early to start DIY projects for Christmas. Or you can stick this little project in your back pocket for Christmas break. These no sew sock snowman are a fun DIY and your kids are sure to enjoy making them.

Wind Chime

Windchime
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Save those cans and help your kids paint, design, and make their own wind chimes. Let them paint their own designs and plan how they will hang.

Rain Stick Craft

Rain Sticks
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While rain sticks make quite a bit of noise your kids will have loads of fun with them. This is always a kid favorite DIY.

Moon Rocks

Moon Rocks
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While this can be messy and the rocks will be fragile your kids will love the glittery rocks. They will love playing with the sand to shape and form the rocks. My only suggestion is make sure you use plastic gloves. This will keep your hands from being dyed by the food coloring but hopefully keep the glitter under control.

Silver and Gold Homemade Slime

Silver and Gold Slime
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This homemade glitter slime recipe is amazing. You can exchange out the silver and gold glitter for complimentary glitter colors. Think blue and green will mix to create an aqua like color. Yellow and orange for sunset. Pink and purple work well together too.

Painting Fireworks

Painting Fireworks
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There are so many kid friendly uses for toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls. Painting fireworks is one of them. Send the kids outside to do this and they can get as messy as they want.

Yarn Wrapped Letters

Yarn Wrapped Letters
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If you want a quiet activity your kids can do this makes for a fantastic and frugal choice. If you have a kids birthday party or need just an hour or two of peace this is a fantastic activity. Plus they can hang these letters in their room when they are finished.

Moon Sand

Moon Sands
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Lucas loves this moon sand recipe. I mix it up and put it in a tupperware container. Take him and the sand outside on the deck. He will play with moon sand for hours. He especially likes to bury his toys in the sand.

Additionally, Lucas has been a bit of a picky eater. I used moon sand to help with his texture issues and he is finally interested in eating meat again. Moon sand to the rescue.

Homemade Balloon Bowl

Balloon Bowl
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Ok we’ve all see the fail on these but if done right and your balloon doesn’t pop too early these bowls are actually really fantastic. I recommend having your kids make more than one or two at a time just in case a balloon pops early or deflates before the glue fully sets.

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Final Thoughts

DIY activities are a great way to busy your kids for an afternoon and make some awesome memories. Depending on which activity you go with you just might buy yourself enough time that you can get in some peaceful mommy time while your kids play.

Most DIY portions require adult supervision and assistance. Once the toys are done being made your kids will most likely be so excited to play with their new created toy that you can just sit back and relax.

Which DIY for Kids are you most excited to try? Let me know in the comments below. Follow me on Pinterest for more like this and share this out to your friends on Facebook.

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    Crystal Lynn

    Crystal is the founder & CEO of MommyThrives and also full-time mom to a very active little guy. She’s passionate about cooking, cleaning, and organizing and turns her experiences into actionable systems to make mom-life simpler. When she’s not busy, you can find her reading, painting, or even on occasion indulging herself shooting bandits in Borderlands on her PC.

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