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Welcome to the Create and Craft Club

Welcome to the Create and Craft Club

7 Crafts and Activities for Quiet, No-Mess Indoor Play

For little ones stuck at home, boredom can seem like the end of the world. Luckily, there are a number of quick and easy crafts you can whip up to keep the kids entertained – have a look at our selection below and see what catches your eye!

7 Crafts and Activities for Quiet, No-Mess Indoor Play

1. Ziplock Bag Painting

This ingenious painting activity requires very little preparation, is mess-free, and enables kids to have fun creating rainbow artworks. Plus, it’s a great sensory and learning experience for young toddlers. The activity involves squirting small blobs of vibrant acrylic paint, like A-Color Glossy Acrylic Paint (479055), onto a piece of card and sealing it into a bag so it can be squished around to create fun works of art.

[image credit: candokiddo.com/news/2014/11/18/tummy-time-finger-painting-sensory-play]

2. Soft Bowling Set

Unlike the regular ball and pins at the bowling alley, a sewn-up set is quiet and can be played with as much as your little tyke wants – it’s sure to keep them entertained for hours! The pins are easy to make, but to save time, you could just stitch three and set them up in fun and tricky arrangements. Why not stitch yours in a fun, vibrant fabric, like House of Alistair Strawberries and Cream Fat Quarter Pack (490375)?

[image credit: sewmag.co.uk/free-sewing-patterns/bowling-set1]

3. Quiet Book

If you haven’t heard of quiet books, these interactive toys encourage calm, quiet activities and help young minds grow through independent play and creativity. Best of all, it doesn’t require much fabric or felt to whip up – simply grab a set like 20cm x 30cm Felt Sheets (479837) and cut fun scenery and characters for your little one to play with. Penelope Quinn has even put together a handy tutorial to make your own here

4. Fishing Game

This sweet activity is perfect for young and older kids alike! Since it uses magnets like our 3mm x 14.5mm Magnets (534887) in the fish and on the fishing line, there are no sharp parts to worry about. Why not get the little ones involved in the designing process too? They’ll love drawing fun fish and nautical creatures that you can easily trace onto felt.

[image credit: repeatcrafterme.com/2013/02/diy-fishing-game-with-felt-fish.html]

5. Cork Boats

These fun little ships only require a little help from parents to glue the corks together and attach the toothpick mast. After that, they can be decorated and personalised entirely by the kids – those felt sails are just asking for a painted-on skull and crossbones. The cork will float when put on water, ready for a fun bathtime adventure, but little tykes will soon find that their creations will flop over if the top is too heavy – a good opportunity to learn about balance.

[image credit: onelittleproject.com/cork-sail-boats]

6. Soft Road Set

These versatile road pieces are easy to make and much quieter than a Hot Wheels track! Kids will love driving their little vehicles throughout the house, so make sure that you cut lots of pieces. The sections of road can be arranged in a different order each time, meaning your little one can get really creative designing routes and drive-in areas decorated with other toys. Anyone fancy a visit to Jurassic Park?

[image credit: whilehewasnapping.com/2013/06/kids-felt-roadtrack-set]

7. DIY Puzzle

With a jigsaw die, or a pre-made blank puzzle like our A5 Jigsaw Puzzle (534695), kids can make their own fun game to solve! The designing phase might be a little messy depending on the art tools used, but once it’s sealed and dry, children will love figuring out which pieces go where. Plus, if you mix the pieces of two identically cut puzzles together, it’ll add an extra layer of challenge to find the right ones!