Creative crafts/experiments for older kids
Instead of buying decorative candles, teach your child how to make some of his own!
Rolling beeswax candles is a wonderful and easy activity that will get your child thinking about bees in a whole new light.
Invite your fifth grader to design a fleet of miniature paddle boats to race in the family bathtub.
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.
Help your child comprehend the past by using hands-on activities like this homemade lantern project.
This kids' activity will help your child make a beautiful tin luminary, which filters candlelight to trace beautiful candlelit patterns on the walls!
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!
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.
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.
This homemade parachute toy is incredibly easy to build. Plus, it gives kids an excuse to investigate and experiment...the backbone of kindergarten science.
Here's a fun activity that will introduce your fourth grader to the concept of frictionless motion by constructing a hovercraft.
Kids are sure to be entranced by the magic of the ocean when they create their very own ocean in a bottle.
Before digital cameras, before Polaroids, there was the original pinhole camera. Build a pinhole camera and see what true vintage photography looks like!
Planning a beach vacation? Here's a cool nature craft you can make in the sand with your child.
Here's a fun arts and crafts activity that has you and your child creating a book with a secret hollow!
Make a kaleidoscope at home to teach your child about the color spectrum and mirror science.
Encourage your preschooler's creativity with this exciting art project! Every "scratch art" drawing is unique and colorful!
The perfect activity for a rainy day, or any time your little one moans, "Moooo-oom, there's nothing to do!"
Who knew that you could make beads out of rose petals? Not only can it be done, but the beads smell wonderful!
Make a periscope with milk cartons and mirrors! This preschool activity is great for playing secret agent and learning simple physics.
Help your child make a beautiful homemade sandcastle that will last!
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.
Here's how to use crayon scraps to make beautiful stained glass window hangings.
Want to create some really unusual artwork and introduce your little artist to color combining? Try out some bubble painting!
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.