12 Arts & Crafts Ideas for Kids Straight From the Kitchen

Jan 17, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. ET

On this particular rainy day (what? why else would you be Googling "kid crafts"?), the answer to your indoor-boredom needs doesn't lie in the playroom: It's in the kitchen.  

And no, we're not suggesting you start teaching your kids to make a souffle; we're talking about arts and crafts using supplies stocked in your pantry, fridge, and kitchen cupboards. From using sponges and fruits as stamps to making your own homemade play dough, we've rounded up 12 fun kitchen projects for kids of all ages.

More: The Best All-in-One Craft Kits for Kids

Homemade lava lamp

Homemade lava lamp Image: All Free Kids Crafts

Can you believe all you need to make this homemade lava lamp is vegetable oil, antacid, neon food coloring and a water bottle?

DIY Pop Rocks candy recipe

DIY Pop Rocks candy recipe Image: Aww Sam

Grab the baking soda, sugar, corn syrup, food coloring and other supplies from your pantry to make this homemade pop rocks candy.

Owl magnets

Owl magnets Image: Elise Engh Studios

Save up some frozen juice can lids, and the kids will love turning them into magnets with their own designs.

Erupting lemon volcano

Erupting lemon volcano Image: Little Bins For Little Hands

All you need for this fun science activity are lemons, baking soda, food coloring, dish soap, craft sticks and a plate or bowl.

Butterfly printing with sponges

Butterfly printing with sponges Image: The Craft Train

This is so easy to do: Wrap a hair tie around a kitchen sponge, and get to painting!

Edible slime

Edible slime Image: Teach Beside Me

The kids will love playing around with these Starburst candies-turned-edible slime.

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