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Looking for some fun ways to pass the time with your wee ones? Why not try these easy craft ideas from our friends at Smart Play Network? All the ideas use things you may well already have lying about at home, like bottles and washing up liquid, or things you can find outdoors. And your kids can then spend time playing with the new toys they’ve made – win win! 

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Fun activities to try at home

#1: Bubble cups

Kids love playing with bubbles! These bubble cups are easy to make and lots of fun to play with afterwards – especially in the bath! 

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#2: Rainbow rice

This sensory activity makes boring old hand sanitiser into something fun!

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#3: Ribbon wands

Have fun making these cute ribbon wands together, then cast some magic around the house! Is there a spell to help them tidy their room? Messius awayo?

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#4: Painting with no brushes

Painting with a brush is fun – but has your wee one tried painting with a sponge, fork, toilet roll or other household items? Here’s how.

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#5: Paper plate jellyfish

Wee ones will love making their own wibbly wobbly jellyfish – how will they decorate theirs?

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#6: Discovery bottles

Bring nature indoors by making a lovely discovery bottle together. Here’s how.

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#7: Sensory boxes

Have fun making a sensory box together and deciding what will go inside – then it’s up to them to see if they can guess what’s what in the box by touch alone!

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#8: Gluck and fake snow

If your kids like getting messy then this video is for them! Find out how to make gluck (slime) and use it for imaginative play, and how to make fake snow for Christmas decorations.

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#9: Musical kitchen

Find out how to make music with everyday objects from your kitchen, including pots and pans, tin foil and pasta!

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