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February 2, 2023

Mom Report: Quarantine Crafts!

Stuck at home with kids who need something productive to do? Check out these quarantine-friendly crafts that I have compiled without having to take a trip to the store!

Photo by Cincinnati Family Editor, Amanda Hayward

Photo by Cincinnati Family Editor, Amanda Hayward

Puffy Paint

When I used to teach preschool, I loved making puffy paint with them. They loved to stir it, touch it and paint with it. It is really easy to make and kids can paint using their imaginations or you can print off coloring sheets or templates for them to use while they paint. No paint brushes? No problem! They can use their fingers or Q-tips!  Check out the recipe here:

Photo by: Cincinnati Family Mom Reporter, Tina Pratt

Create Geometrical Shapes

If your Facebook feed isn’t full of geometric chalk drawings yet, it is bound to be with this fun activity! Use painters tape, masking tape or electrical tape to create geometric shapes on your driveway. Then have your kids color in the shapes – with the fun rule: two shapes that share a line cannot be the same color. That will get them thinking and keep them busy for a while!

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Do you have a box of jello in the pantry? You can use it to make Jello play dough or use it for scratch and sniff art. I have a box or two that I am going to have to make into some play dough for my kids this week! or

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Tissue Paper Suncatchers! 

This has been a family fav for years! You can draw a design on the non-tacky side of the contact paper or let your kids imagination run wild! Tape it to a window or door with the tacky side out and your kids place the tissue paper on the contact paper. It makes fun suncatchers when the light hits them!

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Salt Dough Eggs

With Easter coming, this easy and fun craft will get your kids in the holiday spirit! All you need are some cookie cutters, flour, salt and warm water!

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Coffee Filter Flowers

April showers bring…coffee filter flowers? Take some coffee filters and use markers and a spray bottle or food coloring to color the coffee filters. Then use a pipe cleaner for a stem! Check out the directions here:

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Animal Toilet Paper Roll

Finally, we challenge your kids to create an animal out of an empty toilet paper roll! Tag us your kids’ creative masterpieces on Facebook or Instagram!


About the Author

Tina Pratt

Tina Pratt is the mom of two littles. She is a former PreK- 5 special education teacher that now works as a behavior coach. She enjoys being a tourist in her own town and finding ways to embed lessons into everyday fun!