Most of these are great projects to do with the kids.

1. Modeling clay: Most recipes call for flour or cornstarch and are really simple to put together. Find some recipes here:

http://www.pioneerthinking.com/modelingclay.html

2. Root beer: Here’s a recipe that sounds really good.  It is made with vanilla, wintergreen, ginger, licorice, and sarsaparilla.

http://www.greydragon.org/library/brewing_root_beer.html

3. Kites: Simple diamond shape kite instructions are everywhere on the internet!

http://www.skratch-pad.com/kites/make.html

4. Bubbles: Make gallons of the stuff for practically nothing!

http://www.ehow.com/how_3775_make-bubbles.html

5. Lava lamp: You can find out how to make your own by clicking here:

http://www.oozinggoo.com/howto.html

6. Hula hoop: Making your own using poly tubing. Instructions found by clicking here:

http://www.jasonunbound.com/hoops.html

7. Crayons: You can make your own with food coloring and ivory soap flakes.

http://fun.familyeducation.com/childrens-art-activities/drawing/29563.html

8. Finger paint: I used this recipe for years when my kids were little!

http://www.creativekidsathome.com/activities/activity_42.html

9. Incense: This site is awesome and teaches you how to make your own.

http://www.scents-of-earth.com/makyourownna.html

10. Sparklers, smoke bombs, fireworks: check out

http://chemistry.about.com/od/demonstrationsexperiments/ht/sparkler.htm

11. Snowshoes: Find out different ways of making them here:

http://www.inquiry.net/outdoor/winter/gear/snowshoes/

12. Paper: You can make all different kinds with all different textures.

http://www.pioneerthinking.com/crafts/crafts-basics/makingpaper.html

13. Flip-flops: These sandals are made using fabric scraps of your own choosing and are really cute!

http://www.everythingetsy.com/2010/04/flip-flops-make-your-own-with-fabric-scraps-tutorial/

14. Piñata: Lots of great ideas and inspirations for making your own custom piñata.

http://pinataboy.com/

15. Snow sled: This is so cool! It is made out of pallets.

http://www.trails.com/how_6530_snow-sled.html

16. Rubber stamps: Straightforward instructions using erasers.

http://www.mitchklink.com/letterboxing/carving.htm

17. Hydroponics’ Nutrients solution:

http://www.hydroponics.com/nutrient/mix_your_own.html

18. Easy bake oven mixes: I remember buying the mixes and they were so pricey.

http://www.budget101.com/frugal/easy-bake-oven-mixes-187/

19. Slip and slide: I am going to have my husband make one for our kids ASAP. Too fun!

http://lifehacker.com/5589078/build-a-diy-slip-n-slide-for-mega+sized-fun

20. Light Saber: My teenage son is in to star wars and is going to like this one!

http://www.instructables.com/id/Lightsaber-from-trash-and-less-than-2000-worth/

What kind of fun stuff do you make yourself? Please share!

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10 responses

  1. Heather says:

    Terrific list! Thank you. Bookmarking this 🙂

  2. Should my daughter ever use up her mountain of pens, pencils and crayons (and not get anymore as presents from others) I will definitely try out your suggestion. I think she will enjoy that, too!

  3. coville123 says:

    Some great ideas I’m going too try some with the kids!

  4. lucindalines says:

    I LOVE this information!

  5. slowborg says:

    I will be looking at making incense who knew!

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