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5 DIY Crafts for Gateway Kids

Jun 17, 2020

School’s almost out for the summer for kids-- congratulations on making it through one of the toughest school years yet! Though normally it would be time to ship off to camp or run around in the city’s playgrounds, outdoor summertime fun may not be an option just yet. In the meantime, we’ve rounded up five super cool DIY crafts and activities kids can enjoy at home instead. And don’t worry, we’ll be back out there hitting the jungle gym in no time!

Paper Bead Jewelry 

If you happen to have bits of scrapbooking paper, roll these up into beads for making jewelry with! Don’t worry, any other type of paper you have lying around-- magazine clippings, newspapers, wrapping paper-- will work just as well. Find a list of all the materials you’ll need and further instructions here.


Paper Plane Game 

Take your paper plane making skills to the next level with this cute game. Cut holes in a posterboard, assigning each hole a different point value. Once you have paper planes made, kids can practice “landing” them in the targets. Good Housekeeping provides more instructions here.


Mini Lid Banjos 

This craft is super easy and will only take about ten minutes to make. Repurpose old jar lids into tiny banjos by using loom bands (small craft rubber bands) and jumbo craft sticks. The result is darling-- and nowhere near as noisy as the real thing! Find more detailed instructions here.


Instant Ice Science Experiment 

For a more educational activity, try this science experiment from Only Passionate Curiosity. Through this activity, your kids will see water magically turn into ice before their eyes. Pour a pre-chilled bottle of water over an upturned bowl with ice on it. The water turns into ice as it makes contact with the cubes! Find more detailed information here.


DIY Slime 

Making your own at-home slime is actually super easy-- you might even already have all the materials lying around! For this recipe, all you’ll need is a bottle of glue, food coloring, baking soda, and contact solution. Mix them all together and voila! Just remember, this delightful concoction is NOT edible. Find more instructions here.


We hope you have fun with these DIY projects! Show us what you’re making by tagging #YourGateway on social media!