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Creative crafts/experiments for older kids

Even though I'm an adult these things look crazy fun!
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Make Your Own Ice Cream!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for homemade spearmint ice cream!

Make your own Beeswax Candles

Instead of buying decorative candles, teach your child how to make some of his own!

Rolled Beeswax Candles

Rolling beeswax candles is a wonderful and easy activity that will get your child thinking about bees in a whole new light.

Boat Racer

Invite your fifth grader to design a fleet of miniature paddle boats to race in the family bathtub.

Walnut Shell Dye

Teach your child how to make an all-natural, yellow-brown dye, using just walnut shells and water. This deep dye can be used on textiles, art, and wood.

Tin Can Lantern

Help your child comprehend the past by using hands-on activities like this homemade lantern project.

Make a Tin Candle Luminary

This kids' activity will help your child make a beautiful tin luminary, which filters candlelight to trace beautiful candlelit patterns on the walls!

The Science of Sun: Transference

Use this fun project to create unique works of art using the power of the sun! This is a great science and art project to do on a sunny day!

Potato Cannon

This potato cannon activity teaches your middle schooler about the principle of Boyle's Law. Make a potato cannon and have a blast learning about science.

Make Ice Cube Candles

Make some beautiful and unique candles to light your home.

Homemade Lava Lamp

A homemade lava lamp gives any room a retro flair. Find out how to make a homemade lava lamp, and learn some science too, with this educational activity.

Make a Parachute Toy

This homemade parachute toy is incredibly easy to build. Plus, it gives kids an excuse to investigate and experiment...the backbone of kindergarten science.

Make a Hovercraft!

Here's a fun activity that will introduce your fourth grader to the concept of frictionless motion by constructing a hovercraft.

Create an Ocean in a Bottle

Kids are sure to be entranced by the magic of the ocean when they create their very own ocean in a bottle.

Build a Pinhole Camera

Before digital cameras, before Polaroids, there was the original pinhole camera. Build a pinhole camera and see what true vintage photography looks like!

Make Sand Candles!

Planning a beach vacation? Here's a cool nature craft you can make in the sand with your child.

Create a Secret Storage Book!

Here's a fun arts and crafts activity that has you and your child creating a book with a secret hollow!

Homemade Kaleidoscope

Make a kaleidoscope at home to teach your child about the color spectrum and mirror science.

Scratch Art

Encourage your preschooler's creativity with this exciting art project! Every "scratch art" drawing is unique and colorful!

So Silly!: Make Your Own Putty

The perfect activity for a rainy day, or any time your little one moans, "Moooo-oom, there's nothing to do!"

Make Rose Petal Beads

Who knew that you could make beads out of rose petals? Not only can it be done, but the beads smell wonderful!

Homemade Periscope

Make a periscope with milk cartons and mirrors! This preschool activity is great for playing secret agent and learning simple physics.

Make a Sandcastle You Can Keep!

Help your child make a beautiful homemade sandcastle that will last!

Create a Faux Stained Glass Vase

Try this creative art project with your second grader to help him build up his fine motor skills and artistic awareness as he makes a faux stained glass vase.

Make Stained Glass Crayons

Here's how to use crayon scraps to make beautiful stained glass window hangings.

Paint with Bubbles!

Want to create some really unusual artwork and introduce your little artist to color combining? Try out some bubble painting!

Underwater I Spy Alphabet Bottle

This alphabet bottle is fun to make and a great activity to keep your preschool child busy, while helping her recognize letters in a creative way.

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