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5 DIY crafts for boys

Think craft is just for girls? Think again. These five super fun ideas are perfect for the little man in your life.

shaving cream painting

Shaving cream painting

Boys love to get messy. Why not encourage your little man’s inner artist to experiement with this fun, sensory painting?

What you’ll need:

  • Shaving cream
  • Baking tray
  • Food colouring
  • Paddle pop sticks or skewers
  • White paper or cardstock

How to:

Simply spray a layer of shaving cream onto the baking tray. Smooth it out with a spatula (or a ruler) and dot with food colouring.

Let your little one swirl the colours with his fingers or, for older children, make fun patterns using a paddle pop or a skewer (watch out for sharp ends!).

To make a print, simply press a piece of paper onto the top of the shaving cream. Remove, and scrape any excess shaving cream off with a ruler (or after a few minutes, wipe away with a tissue). The food colouring will stay on the paper while the shaving cream wipes away to create a pretty marbled painting.

rock pet

Pet rocks

Didn’t everyone own a pet rock or two growing up? These fun little friends are a cinch to make and are a great way for your toddler to get creative while making his own low-maintenance pet!

What you’ll need:

  • A selection of river stones, palm-sized is good
  • Finger paints and paintbrushes
  • Google eyes (available at your local craft store)

How to:

Let your child pick a rock and some paints. You can provide some ideas by encouraging your little one to think about the type of pet they’d like. Bugs and other creepy crawlies make a fun theme — think ladybugs, spiders and frogs — or you could paint spots on your rock to make a dog, or even a giraffe!

Paint the rock using your chosen design. Leave it to dry then stick on some eyes. Name it and love it forever!

salt dough dinosaur egg

Dinosaur eggs

What little boy doesn’t love dinosaurs? These eggs will have your little man squealing in delight as he smashes open an egg to reveal his very own baby dinosaur.

What you’ll need:

How to:

First, make up a batch of sand dough.

Next, fill your balloon with a toy dinosaur or two and some glitter. Blow up the balloon half way and tie off.

Roll out the dough to 1-centimetre thickness then cover the balloon with the dough, pinching off the ends to seal. Leave in the sun to bake hard for a few hours.

Let your child crack open the egg once it is hard to reveal the baby dinosaur inside!

tin sail boat

Tin boat

Perfect for sailing on a hot summer day or a rainy afternoon, these quick and easy toy boats are a must for every young sailor!

What you’ll need: 

  • A clean foil pie tin
  • A paddle pop stick
  • Glue
  • Scrap paper
  • A small ball of playdough (or Blutac in a pinch!)

How to:

This one is so easy! Just cut a triangle from a piece of paper for a sail and glue it to a paddle pop stick. Stick the paddle pop stick into a small ball of play dough, stick the play dough to the pie tin and set sail!

Scrappy kite

scrap fabric kite

Kids of all ages love kites. Using a small piece of scrap fabric, two straws, some string and a piece of fishing line you’ll be flying high with your little man in no time.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 small rectangle of fabric, approximately 20 x 30 centimetres (to make the front of your kite)
  • 50 centimetres of ribbon
  • 2 drinking straws
  • A length of fishing line
  • A length of bias tape

How to:

Take two straws. Make them into an off-centre cross.

Next, cut your fabric into a rectangle that covers the size of the straws, allowing a 1-centimetre seam around the edges. Iron the edges closed with bias tape to make a perfect kite shape.

To attach the front of the kite to its frame, simply hand-stitch (or staple if that’s easier) the corners of the fabric to the straws. Attach a ribbon for a tail, tie some fishing line around the cross-centre of the straws and you’re ready to fly!

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