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Frozen Play Doh – Make Your Own Kit

Frozen Play Doh – Make Your Own Kit

Frozen Play Doh – Make Your Own Kit

frozen the movie play dough doh kit for kids sensory play fine motor skills homemade gift

This Frozen Play Doh Kit is easy to create and assemble. It makes the perfect homemade gift for a Frozen fan too! 

A Frozen Play Doh Kit Saves the Day on a Rainy or Snowy Day!

Not only does this Frozen play doh kit make a great homemade gift for any Frozen fan, but play dough kits can also come to the rescue when you are in a pinch and need to set up something quickly for the kids to do!

It definitely is our go-to rainy day activity that I can easily pull from the shelf and have set up in no time. The kids get to explore all the loose parts and play independently making them happy and freeing up some time for the grown ups!

We love making play dough kits, check out some of our other themes like our Birthday Play Dough Kit, Ocean Play Dough Kit, and Insect Play Dough Kit!

 

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How to Make Play Dough

If you’ve never made play dough, you may think it is difficult to do, but it is anything but that! With our no-cook recipe, you can make play dough in minutes!

This video shows you exactly what to do!

Also watch to see how you can add food coloring to make play dough in every color of the rainbow, but for this Frozen play doh kit, be sure to keep at least one of the colors plain white like snow!

How to Make Play Dough

If you’ve never made play dough, you may think it is difficult to do, but it is anything but that! With our no-cook recipe, you can make play dough in minutes!

This video shows you exactly what to do!

Also watch to see how you can add food coloring to make play dough in every color of the rainbow, but for this Frozen play doh kit, be sure to keep at least one of the colors plain white like snow!

frozen the movie play dough doh kit for kids sensory play fine motor skills homemade gift

Building the Perfect Frozen Play Doh Kit

Below are the basics for the general types of items I look for to fill up a box:

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Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Start by making homemade play dough. You can add glitter to it or used food coloring to make different colors based on your theme. In this Frozen play doh kit, I kept it white, but you could definitely add other colors!

Step 2

Once the play dough is cooled down, add it to the storage containers.

Step 3

Use the above as a guide for deciding what loose parts, figurines, and other items you want to include.

Step 4

Close it up and cover in gift wrap if giving as a present!

Step 1

Start by making homemade play dough. You can add glitter to it or used food coloring to make different colors based on your theme. In this Frozen play doh kit, I kept it white, but you could definitely add other colors!

Step 2

Once the play dough is cooled down, add it to the storage containers.

Step 3

Use the above as a guide for deciding what loose parts, figurines, and other items you want to include.

Step 4

Close it up and cover in gift wrap if giving as a present!

The Benefits of This Frozen Play Doh Kit

We love playing with play dough in our house because it’s great for fine motor skills and sensory learning. The kids can stretch, pull, wrap, bend, and mold the play dough – all great actions for building muscle strength in the hands and fingers! 

When assembled in a kit like this, kids will also have the opportunity to experience imaginative play. They can have fun building a world with the loose parts around the figurines.

Plus, as mentioned above it is such a fun homemade gift to make for someone special!

frozen the movie play dough doh kit for kids sensory play fine motor skills homemade gift
frozen the movie play dough doh kit for kids sensory play fine motor skills homemade gift

The Benefits of This Frozen Play Doh Kit

We love playing with play dough in our house because it’s great for fine motor skills and sensory learning. The kids can stretch, pull, wrap, bend, and mold the play dough – all great actions for building muscle strength in the hands and fingers! 

When assembled in a kit like this, kids will also have the opportunity to experience imaginative play. They can have fun building a world with the loose parts around the figurines.

Plus, as mentioned above it is such a fun homemade gift to make for someone special!

More Sensory Bases to Explore

Here are my top picks for different types of sensory bases.

sensory sand play for kids

Sensory Sand

Sensory sand is moldable! This bulk pack comes with enough to fill an entire bin for lasting fun! Bonus points for including a storage bin!

mad mattr sensory dough modeling dough

Modelling Dough

This modelling dough compound NEVER dries out! It is a fun texture – it is stretchy like play dough, moldable like kinetic sand, and odorless.

play dough wild dough sensory

Premium Play Dough

This play dough is the cream of the crop! It is ridiculously silky and smooth, lasts for 6 months, and is scented!

slime kit sensory play for kids

The Ultimate Slime and Putty Kit

This kit includes 8 fascinating varieties of slime and putty, including premade putty, magnetic slime, glow in the dark putty, and so much more.

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DIY Firefighter Costume – How to Make a Fire Truck

DIY Firefighter Costume – How to Make a Fire Truck

DIY Firefighter Costume – How to Make a Fire Truck

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This cardboard-made fire truck is the best accessory to a DIY firefighter costume! Plus, it’s a fun way to cart off the kids during Halloween or a local parade!

The Ultimate Pretend Play DIY Firefighter Costume

Imaginative play for kids is really important. This not only gives them a way to think creatively, but it helps them expand and use their imagination in new and fun ways. A DIY fire truck allows kids to take pretend play to the next level!

Once made, this DIY fire truck can be played with year round, but it could be especially fun during Halloween or as local float during a Thanksgiving Day parade!

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See Us Create a DIY Firefighter Costume Wagon!

Once you see how we created this fun fire truck wagon, you’re going to be motivated to make one, too! I was amazed at how quickly it came together to create a really fun look and activity. Plus, the supplies couldn’t be more simple and budget-friendly!

Once it was finished, the kids couldn’t wait to put on their fireman costumes and take their new favorite vehicle for a spin! They were the hit of the neighborhood for sure!

See Us Create a DIY Firefighter Costume Wagon!

Once you see how we created this fun fire truck wagon, you’re going to be motivated to make one, too! I was amazed at how quickly it came together to create a really fun look and activity. Plus, the supplies couldn’t be more simple and budget-friendly!

Once it was finished, the kids couldn’t wait to put on their fireman costumes and take their new favorite vehicle for a spin! They were the hit of the neighborhood for sure!

diy firefighter fireman firewoman firetruck costume parade float

Tips for Making This DIY Firefighter Costume Wagon

Save all the Cardboard! The main supply we used for our DIY fire truck was cardboard! I am a cardboard hoarder, so it wasn’t hard for me to piece all of it together to make the costume, but in case you are an avid cardboard recycler, make sure you start saving!

The Paint. There are lots of different ways you could color your fire truck, but one of the quickest approaches is to use spray paint. The paint comes out evenly, fast, and dries quickly. Of course, you will want to keep the kiddos away for this process and do it outside (or in the garage with the doors open, like I did) for proper ventilation!

If you love making your own costumes, you’ll have to check out our DIY Astronaut Costume and DIY Artist Costume!

 

 

 

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Gather your cardboard pieces and cut out the following shapes: 2 rectangles (to wrap around the side of the truck), 4 squares (for the top of the truck – alternatively if you have a square box, just remove 2 of the sides), 2 right triangles (for the side windows). Plus, cut out the details: circles for lights, small rectangles for the grill, 2 x ladders, and 2 x badges. 

Step 2

For the top of the truck, be sure to cut out windows (as pictured) within the 3 square pieces and within the 2 right triangles.

Step 3

Spray paint all of the pieces. We kept the top white, the bottom red, and the details yellow and white for the most part.

Step 4

Once dry, add the painted pieces to the wagon, securing them with tape.

Step 5

Put the red solo cups on top as the sirens and let the kids have fun! 

Step 1

Gather your cardboard pieces and cut out the following shapes: 2 rectangles (to wrap around the side of the truck), 4 squares (for the top of the truck – alternatively if you have a square box, just remove 2 of the sides), 2 right triangles (for the side windows). Plus, cut out the details: circles for lights, small rectangles for the grill, 2 x ladders, and 2 x badges. 

Step 2

For the top of the truck, be sure to cut out windows (as pictured) within the 3 square pieces and within the 2 right triangles.

Step 3

Spray paint all of the pieces. We kept the top white, the bottom red, and the details yellow and white for the most part.

Step 4

Once dry, add the painted pieces to the wagon, securing them with tape.

Step 5

Put the red solo cups on top as the sirens and let the kids have fun! 

The Benefits of Pretend Play

This DIY fire truck is a fun way to create a lasting vehicle that can be used for pretend play, aka imaginative play, aka dramatic play!

Imaginative play has so many benefits. It allows kiddos an opportunity to strengthen so many skills through play. Think: language development, social, fine motor, gross motor, problem solving, and self-regulation skills, to name a few. It really spans the spectrum!

The amazing thing about pretend play is how children often act out real-life scenarios allowing them an incredible opportunity to encounter social and emotional situations and roles.  

diy firefighter fireman firewoman firetruck costume parade float
diy firefighter fireman firewoman firetruck costume parade float

The Benefits of Pretend Play

This DIY fire truck is a fun way to create a lasting vehicle that can be used for pretend play, aka imaginative play, aka dramatic play!

Imaginative play has so many benefits. It allows kiddos an opportunity to strengthen so many skills through play. Think: language development, social, fine motor, gross motor, problem solving, and self-regulation skills, to name a few. It really spans the spectrum!

The amazing thing about pretend play is how children often act out real-life scenarios allowing them an incredible opportunity to encounter social and emotional situations and roles.  

More Ways to Explore Pretend Play

If your kiddo loved this DIY fire truck, there are so many other fun ways to have fun with imaginative play. Here are some top gift picks!

pretend play doctors kit gift imaginative

Doctor’s Kit

This adorable doctor’s kit is made of mostly wooden parts. It includes a stethoscope, thermometer, syringe, blood pressure gauge, and more!

dress up pretend play career imaginative

Dress Up Kit

Inspire your little ones to role play with this dress-up kit that includes 3 different careers – scientist, explorer and gardner! Great for any and all genders!

play toy kitchen gift for kids

Play Kitchen

This play kitchen is not only adorable but will inspire such fun imaginative cooking play with it’s stove, oven, microwave, and storage areas!

pretend play cleaning kit imaginative

Cleaning Set

It is surprising how much kids love this 6 piece pretend play cleaning kit! A fun way to motivate independence and a love for cleaning!

What’s Next?

DIY Maracas – How to Easily Make a Musical Instrument

DIY Maracas – How to Easily Make a Musical Instrument

DIY Maracas – How to Easily Make

a Musical Instrument 

DIY Maracas easter egg musical instrument

These DIY Maracas are not only so much fun, but they are super easy to make and allow kids to explore their artistic and musical sides! They are also a great activity to do during Hispanic Heritage Month, or after Easter when you are likely to have lots of leftover prize eggs to repurpose!

The History of Maracas!

There are lots of debates on the origins of the maraca, as rattle-like artifacts have been found across the globe including Africa, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas. Though it is believed that the Araucanian people in central Chile may have been the first to use the word maraca to describe a 500 BC old rattle made of gourds.

If you are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, definitely check out our DIY Hola! Shirt, perfect to wear during the festivities!  

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Watch to See How Kids Can Make Their Very Own DIY Maracas! 

The steps to this activity were really quite simple. I organized the supplies on a tray and the kiddos dug in, using the filler and decorative tape in their own creative ways. 

It was super fun to reuse materials like plastic Easter eggs and turn them into something new and fun! I used this as a great lesson to teach the kids about upcycling!

Watch to See How Kids Can Make Their Very Own DIY Maracas! 

The steps to this activity were really quite simple. I organized the supplies on a tray and the kiddos dug in, using the filler and decorative tape in their own creative ways. 

It was super fun to reuse materials like plastic Easter eggs and turn them into something new and fun! I used this as a great lesson to teach the kids about upcycling!

DIY Maracas easter egg musical instrument

Tips for Making DIY Maracas

Alternatives to Prize Containers. For the main rattle, we repurposed plastic Easter egg containers, but if you don’t have any, don’t worry! While toy prize containers work well, you could also use small water bottles, tin cans, and yogurt containers to name a few other options.

TapeProvide both decorative tape as well as strong tape to be sure the rattle is secure and the fillers don’t spill out everywhere!

The Filler. Again, use what you’ve got! We had some leftover rainbow rice, but maracas can be filled with lots of different materials from pebbles, to beads, and also dry beans to name a few!

Tray. When setting up activities like this, I like to organize all the parts and pieces in a sectioned tray. It makes everything super accessible especially when there is more than one kiddo participating!

Materials

  • Toy prize containers (easter eggs work well), or you could use small water bottles or yogurt containers – for the top of the maraca
  • A filler – we used old rainbow rice, but you could use paper clips, rocks, beads, anything that makes noise when shaken together!
  • Toy prize containers (easter eggs work well), or you could use small water bottles or yogurt containers – for the top of the maraca
  • A filler – we used old rainbow rice, but you could use paper clips, rocks, beads, anything that makes noise when shaken together!
  • Disposable spoons for the handle. If going the water bottle route, use a paper tube instead!
  • Decorative Tape
  • Stronger Tape to secure everything

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Fill up your prize containers or alternative recycled container with the filler.

Step 2

Tape any holes or openings securely so the filler does not spill out.

Step 3

Use tape to secure the disposable spoons as pictured, or if using a water bottle, put the spout into the paper tube and tape together.

Step 4

Use colorful tape, or paint, or other materials of choice to decorate the maracas!

Step 1

Fill up your prize containers or alternative recycled container with the filler.

Step 2

Tape any holes or openings securely so the filler does not spill out.

Step 3

Use tape to secure the disposable spoons as pictured, or if using a water bottle, put the spout into the paper tube and tape together.

Step 4

Use colorful tape, or paint, or other materials of choice to decorate the maracas!

Beyond a DIY Maraca: The Benefits of Musical Play 

Musical play has the kids slowing down and using their senses to learn and listen. This DIY maraca will allow them to create beats, make up their own songs, and just might discover a passion in music that they didn’t even know that they had. 

Musical play will encourage them to tap into the artistic side of their brain and process how music is created and composed. This also will open up questioning so that the kids can try out the possibility of learning other musical instruments, too.

DIY Maracas easter egg musical instrument
DIY Maracas easter egg musical instrument

Beyond a DIY Maraca: The Benefits of Musical Play 

Musical play has the kids slowing down and using their senses to learn and listen. This DIY maraca will allow them to create beats, make up their own songs, and just might discover a passion in music that they didn’t even know that they had. 

Musical play will encourage them to tap into the artistic side of their brain and process how music is created and composed. This also will open up questioning so that the kids can try out the possibility of learning other musical instruments, too.

Top Picks for Musical Instruments for Kids

If your kiddo loved making their own DIY maracas, check out these gift ideas!

musical instrument gift ideas kit

Musical Instrument Set

This set includes 33 pieces of 18 types of different wooden percussion instruments including a tambourine, xylophone, maracas, and more!

mad mattr sensory dough modeling dough

Wireless Microphone

This microphone is portable! It comes in 4 different colors and play songs from apps on your phone like Spotify, YouTube, and Apple Music so kiddos can karoake with it!

music gift synthesizer instrument

Synthesizer for Kids

This is an electronic music toy synthesizer. It is a great way to introduce music making to anyone, including kids as young as 3 years old! 

harmonica gift music for kids

Harmonica

A harmonica is one of the best first instruments for kids! Not only is blowing air into it great for oral motor skills, but you may be surprised at how good the music is!

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DIY Artist Costume – Easy and Budget-Friendly Dress Up

DIY Artist Costume – Easy and Budget-Friendly Dress Up

DIY Artist Costume – Easy & Budget-Friendly Dress Up

artist costume halloween diy

Are you looking for a fun dress-up outfit or a simple way for your little one to create their own DIY Halloween costume? This DIY Artist costume is perfect! If they have a love for all things art, this is a fantastic way to create a costume for them that lets them show that off!

A Simple and Budget-Friendly Alternative to Store Bought Costumes!

Why spend all that time and money shopping for a Halloween costume when you have the ability to make one right at home? You can easily have your little ones join in on all the creating fun! 

They’ll be able to create their own artist costume with just a little bit of creativity and supplies. They can also use this costume as a way to dress up like an artist anytime that they want to right at home!

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Watch How to Make a DIY Artist Costume

The more creative that they want to be let them! An artist can be messy or not, and using the paints that you have at home is a way to let your little one go wild. If you plan on washing it though, you’ll want to be sure to use fabric paints!

Make certain that they enjoy this project and have a fun time creating as well. The outcome is going to give them so much confidence when it comes to making a costume to wear and love.

Watch How to Make a DIY Artist Costume

This costume can be totally kid-made! The more creative that they want to be let them! An artist can be messy or not. They can create designs, patterns, real-life pictures, or just tap into their inner Jackson Pollock and create their costume splatter-style!

It’s all about having fun! The outcome is going to give them so much confidence when it comes to making a costume to wear and love.

artist costume halloween diy

Tips for Making a DIY Artist Costume

Fabric Paint. To make this costume washable, you’ll want to use fabric paint.

Accessories. In addition to the painter’s apron, we added a DIY accessory of a cardboard paint palette. And to complete the costume we also added a red scarf, beret, and black and white shirt!

Halloween or Year Long Dress Up. Not only does this costume make for a super creative and special Halloween costume, but it’s great for wearing year-round for pretend play and dress up!

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Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Invite your kiddo to decorate a plain art apron with paint and other supplies of your choice.

Step 2

Provide paint brushes, rollers, or other tools if you like!

Step 3

Allow to dry over night.

Step 4

To make the paint palette, cut a palette shape out of cardboard and make colorful paint marks around it!

Step 1

Invite your kiddo to decorate a plain art apron with paint and other supplies of your choice.

Step 2

Provide paint brushes, rollers, or other tools if you like!

Step 3

Allow to dry over night.

Step 4

To make the paint palette, cut a palette shape out of cardboard and make colorful paint marks around it!

The Benefits of Pretend Play

This DIY artist costume is a fun way to create a lasting outfit that can be used for pretend play, aka imaginative play, aka dramatic play!

Imaginative play has so many benefits. It allows kiddos an opportunity to strengthen so many skills through play. Think: language development, social, fine motor, gross motor, problem solving, and self-regulation skills, to name a few. It really spans the spectrum!

The amazing thing about pretend play is how children often act out real-life scenarios allowing them an incredible opportunity to encounter social and emotional situations and roles.  

artist costume halloween diy

If your kiddo loves making their own costume, you’ll have to try our DIY Astronaut Costume too!

artist costume halloween diy

The Benefits of Pretend Play

This DIY artist costume is a fun way to create a lasting outfit that can be used for pretend play, aka imaginative play, aka dramatic play!

Imaginative play has so many benefits. It allows kiddos an opportunity to strengthen so many skills through play. Think: language development, social, fine motor, gross motor, problem solving, and self-regulation skills, to name a few. It really spans the spectrum!

The amazing thing about pretend play is how children often act out real-life scenarios allowing them an incredible opportunity to encounter social and emotional situations and roles.  

If your kiddo loves making their own costume, you’ll have to try our DIY Astronaut Costume too!

Beyond a DIY Artist Costume – More Ways to Explore Pretend Play

Here are my top picks for more ways kids can engage in imaginative play.

pretend play doctors kit gift imaginative

Doctor’s Kit

This adorable doctor’s kit is made of mostly wooden parts. It includes a stethoscope, thermometer, syringe, blood pressure gauge, and more!

dress up pretend play career imaginative

Dress Up Kit

Inspire your little ones to role play with this dress-up kit that includes 3 different careers – scientist, explorer and gardner! Great for any and all genders!

play toy kitchen gift for kids

Play Kitchen

This play kitchen is not only adorable but will inspire such fun imaginative cooking play with it’s stove, oven, microwave, and storage areas!

pretend play cleaning kit imaginative

Cleaning Set

It is surprising how much kids love this 6 piece pretend play cleaning kit! A fun way to motivate independence and a love for cleaning!

What’s Next?

DIY Astronaut Costume – How to Make it for Kids!

DIY Astronaut Costume – How to Make it for Kids!

DIY Astronaut Costume – How to Make it for Kids!

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This DIY Astronaut Costume is such a fun homemade costume for kids. It’s perfect for dressing up and is also great for Halloween! 

If your child loves all things space, they’re going to love it when you make this adorable DIY astronaut costume for them. It’s literally “out of this world” amazing! 

Imaginative Play with A DIY Astronaut Costume

What little kid doesn’t dream about being an astronaut at some point in time? This easy DIY costume idea is a fun and simple way to make that dream turn into a reality. 

Oh the magic of imaginative play, aka pretend play! Seeing kids get excited about dressing up is literally one of the best parts of seeing their imagination come to life. Even though this is great for a Halloween costume, I think this would be perfect for a simple dress-up outfit at home!

 

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Watch How to Make This DIY Astronaut Costume

The great thing about a DIY costume is you can adapt it easily! Choose colors that your kiddos love most, and use clothing that you already have at home to save costs on supplies! 

The water bottle jetpack makes for such a fun accessory! Kiddos will have so much a great time pretending they are flying through the sky! You could even take it one step further and make a paper bag helmet!

 

Watch How to Make This DIY Astronaut Costume

The great thing about a DIY costume is you can adapt it easily! Choose colors that your kiddos love most, and use clothing that you already have at home to save costs on supplies! 

The water bottle jetpack makes for such a fun accessory! Kiddos will have so much a great time pretending they are flying through the sky! You could even take it one step further and make a paper bag helmet!

Tips for Making This DIY Astronaut Costume

Recycle and Reuse. To save on costs of supplies, use what you’ve got! A plain t-shirt that you don’t mind dedicating to this costume is perfect to use! Check your supply cabinet to see if you have bits and pieces of felt that can be used instead of a buying a new pack.

Space-Themed Patches. We love these space theme patches because they really made the costume look official! However, you could also save on costs by printing official images from the internet and gluing them to the costume instead.

Fabric Glue. Speaking of gluing, make sure you use a strong fabric glue so all your details will stay in place even after washing!

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making play dough into rainbow swirls

making play dough into rainbow swirls

Tips for Making This DIY Astronaut Costume

Recycle and Reuse. To save on costs of supplies, use what you’ve got! A plain t-shirt that you don’t mind dedicating to this costume is perfect to use! Check your supply cabinet to see if you have bits and pieces of felt that can be used instead of a buying a new pack.

Space-Themed Patches. We love these space theme patches because they really made the costume look official! However, you could also save on costs by printing official images from the internet and gluing them to the costume instead.

Fabric Glue. Speaking of gluing, make sure you use a strong fabric glue so all your details will stay in place even after washing!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

For the astronaut costume, Cut a piece of felt into strips. Two long strips and four short strips.

Step 2

Use fabric glue to secure the long strips on both sides of the front of the shirt.

Step 3

Glue the short strips around the cuffs of the shirt and the pants.

Step 4

Cut a black piece of felt, gluing several pieces together if necessary to form a belt around the bottom of the shirt and securing with glue.

Step 5

Glue NASA-Themed patches on the shirt sleeves, chest, and center of the belt.

Step 6

For the rockets, spray paint two large plastic water bottles.

Step 7

On red and yellow felt, create a fire shape and cut it out.

Step 8

Glue the yellow fire pattern inside the red fire pattern.

Step 9

Repeat for each bottle and glue inside the lid of the bottle.

Step 10

Cut black felt strips for the straps, measuring enough to fit comfortably like a backpack.

Step 1

For the astronaut costume, Cut a piece of felt into strips. Two long strips and four short strips.

Step 2

Use fabric glue to secure the long strips on both sides of the front of the shirt.

Step 3

Glue the short strips around the cuffs of the shirt and the pants.

Step 4

Cut a black piece of felt, gluing several pieces together if necessary to form a belt around the bottom of the shirt and securing with glue.

Step 5

Glue NASA-Themed patches on the shirt sleeves, chest, and center of the belt.

Step 6

For the rockets, spray paint two large plastic water bottles.

Step 7

On red and yellow felt, create a fire shape and cut it out.

Step 8

Glue the yellow fire pattern inside the red fire pattern.

Step 9

Repeat for each bottle and glue inside the lid of the bottle.

Step 10

Cut black felt strips for the straps, measuring enough to fit comfortably like a backpack.

Space-Themed Printable Worksheets

If your kiddo loves all things space and astronauts, definitely check out this space-theme printable bundle of worksheets. It’s a great way to compliment this fun DIY astronaut costume!

It is filled with over a dozen playful activities that touch upon different early childhood education skills. Perfect for preschool and kindergarten.

From scissor skills, to the alphabet, number recognition, counting, phonics, writing, coloring, patterns, shapes, and memory games – there is so much to explore and learn!

space themed worksheet astronaut diy printable early childhood education skills preschool kindergarten

For more printable resources, check out our entire collection in this Printable Section.

space themed worksheet astronaut diy printable early childhood education skills preschool kindergarten

Space-Themed Printable Worksheets

If your kiddo loves all things space and astronauts, definitely check out this space-theme printable bundle of worksheets. It’s a great way to compliment this fun DIY astronaut costume!

It is filled with over a dozen playful activities that touch upon different early childhood education skills. Perfect for preschool and kindergarten.

From scissor skills, to the alphabet, number recognition, counting, phonics, writing, coloring, patterns, shapes and memory games – there is so much to explore and learn!

For more printable resources, check out our entire collection in this Printable Section.

Beyond a DIY Astronaut Costume – Exploring Imaginative Play

Here are my top picks for more ways kids can engage in pretend play.

pretend play doctors kit gift imaginative

Doctor’s Kit

This adorable doctor’s kit is made of mostly wooden parts. It includes a stethoscope, thermometer, syringe, blood pressure gauge, and more!

dress up pretend play career

Dress Up Kit

Inspire your little ones to role play with this dress-up kit that includes 3 different careers – scientist, explorer and gardner! Great for any and all genders!

play toy kitchen gift for kids

Play Kitchen

This play kitchen is not only adorable but will inspire such fun imaginative cooking play with it’s stove, oven, microwave, and storage areas!

pretend play cleaning kit

Cleaning Set

It is surprising how much kids love this 6 piece pretend play cleaning kit! A fun way to motivate independence and a love for cleaning!

What’s Next?

DIY Car Toy – Genius Craft Made with Recyclables!

DIY Car Toy – Genius Craft Made with Recyclables!

DIY Car Toy – Genius Craft Made with Recyclables!

diy car toy paper tube car garage

This DIY car toy is a genius way to use recycled materials for a craft you can play with! It also makes for a fun storage solution! This “car cabin” is a simple homemade way for kids to make a “garage” to store all their vehicles and be creative and inventive at the same time! 

A Budget Friendly DIY Car Toy

Whether from a paper towel roll or a toilet paper roll, we always save up those cardboard paper tubes! And this was such a fun way to use them up without having to buy any supplies.

This activity is also a great way to get kids outside and looking for fun and unique items to add to their creations. For example, the roof can easily be made up of sticks so that it creates a natural cabin look. 

For more arts and crafts activities, visit our comprehensive list of ideas! Our list of ideas is always growing, and we love sharing the creativity with all of you!  

Skills: Early Math

Ages: 2 Years +

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

How to Make a DIY Car Toy Garage

This arts and crafts project is super adaptable! We decided to design it like a cabin, using the inside of the paper tubes as slots for the individual cars, and utilizing sticks outside for a textured roof! However, you can mix up the design, colors, and details based on your kiddo’s preferences!

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How to Make a DIY Car Toy Garage

This arts and crafts project is super adaptable! We decided to design it like a cabin, using the inside of the paper tubes as slots for the individual cars, and utilizing sticks outside for a textured roof! However, you can mix up the design, colors, and details based on your kiddo’s preferences!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Materials 

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Assemble the paper tubes in a triangle shape. We started with 5 at the base, and decreased by one with each layer. To stick them together quickly, use hot glue, but if you prefer the kiddo’s to glue on their own, then use tacky glue.

Step 2

Glue 4 toilet paper tubes at the base for a raised look. This also allows cars to ride and park underneath!

Step 3

Add 4 paper tube rolls on the roof sides. These make for fun ramps!

Step 4

Optional, add sticks to the roof or other items as details!

Step 5

Finally, have the kids color the paper tubes and sticks. If you use paint sticks, it will dry very quickly! 

Step 1

Assemble the paper tubes in a triangle shape. We started with 5 at the base, and decreased by one with each layer. To stick them together quickly, use hot glue, but if you prefer the kiddo’s to glue on their own, then use tacky glue.

Step 2

Glue 4 toilet paper tubes at the base for a raised look. This also allows cars to ride and park underneath!

Step 3

Add 4 paper tube rolles on the roof sides. These make for fun ramps!

Step 4

Optional, add sticks to the roof or other items as details!

Step 5

Finally, have the kids color the paper tubes and sticks. If you use paint sticks, it will dry very quickly! 

transportation printable worksheet kids cars trains planes boats

Printable Worksheets for the Transportation Fan!

From trains to planes to buses and boats, we created a bundle full of early childhood activities that integrate all things transportation!

These worksheets feature all things that move on land, air and sea while giving your little one a strong foundation for early childhood education skills.

Topics covered include letter writing, phonics, number recognition, counting, scissor skills, patterning, color recognition, and so much more.

And for more hands on transportation crafts, definitely check out our Milk Jug Car Wash and DIY Race Track made out of paper tubes!

The Educational Benefits of Crafting This DIY Car Toy

What’s better than an arts and crafts project? An arts and craft project you can play with time and time again!

Engaging in arts and crafts allows kids to be creative and utilize their fine motor skills. For example, they’ll have to use their hands and eyes to line up and coordinate stacking and gluing. Plus, this is the perfect way to introduce kids to engineering skills!

And let’s not forget about imaginative play! Once this DIY car toy is ready to be played with, kid’s can create the most amazing pretend world while playing and storing their cars.

diy car toy paper tube car garage
diy car toy paper tube car garage

The Educational Benefits of Crafting This DIY Car Toy

What’s better than an arts and crafts project? An arts and craft project you can play with time and time again!

Engaging in arts and crafts allows kids to be creative and tap utilize their fine motor skills. For example, they’ll have to use their hands and eyes to line up and coordinate stacking and gluing. Plus, this is the perfect way to introduce kids to engineering skills!

And let’s not forget about imaginative play! Once this DIY car toy is ready to be played with, kid’s can create the most amazing pretend world while playing and storing their cars.

More Ways to Explore Automobiles

Here are my top picks for gifts for the car and transportation fan!

wooden car service garage

Wooden Service Station

This wooden service station parking garage includes a car wash, numbered parking garage, a gas pump, garage with doors, an elevator, 2 cars!

car mat toys storage bag

All-in-One Car Mat and Storage Bag 

This play mat turns into a toy storage bag. Just pull the drawstrings to store the car toys for another day!

way to play roads car toy gift

Flexible Buildable Roads

These roads are like puzzle pieces! They are highly durable, flexible, and washable. You can be used in water and on dirt!

shape sorter toy

Dual Lane Race Track

This handmade wooden race track allows two cars to race at once! Cars are included! 

 

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School Bus Craft – Amazing Way to Use an Egg Carton

School Bus Craft – Amazing Way to Use an Egg Carton

School Bus Craft – Amazing Way to Use an Egg Carton

egg carton school bus craft for kids

Make this school bus craft out of an egg carton and other recycled materials. This is a great craft to do during back-to-school time, but is also just simply a fun activity for transportation fans in general!

Recycle and Repurpose with this School Bus Craft 

This craft is so much fun to make. I LOVE showing the kids how to upcycle items from around the house to give them new life. Every material used in this school bus craft came from a recyclable object, including an egg carton, cardboard, straw, and bottle caps! Keep on reading to find out how we made the wheels moveable – a technique you can use in all types of DIY transportation vehicles!

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DIY School Bus in Action!

In this video you’ll see how my kiddo grabbed every figurine he could find to fill up the school bus for some fun pretend play! Each of the egg slots is a perfect seat for an action figure or peg person!

Keep on reading to see the step-by-step breakdown on how you can make a school bus craft too! Just a few simple steps are all that you need to make this easy egg carton craft. The kids can really do a lot of the actions themselves, which is the perfect way to build their confidence while helping them be creative at the same time. (The part with the hot glue gun is going to be all for the parents, though!)

DIY School Bus in Action!

In this video you’ll see how my kiddo grabbed every figurine he could find to fill up the school bus for some fun pretend play! Each of the egg slots is a perfect seat for an action figure or peg person!

Keep on reading to see the step-by-step breakdown on how you can make a school bus craft too! Just a few simple steps are all that you need to make this easy egg carton craft. The kids can really do a lot of the actions themselves, which is the perfect way to build their confidence while helping them be creative at the same time. (The part with the hot glue gun is going to be all for the parents, though!)

egg carton school bus craft for kids

DIY School Bus Craft Tips!

Sanitize your egg carton! If you are using a cardboard egg carton, you can sanitize it by heating it in the oven for 20 minutes at 170F. This will get rid of the germs and make it safe to craft with.

A Faster Way to Paint! If you are on a time crunch, instead of using acrylic paint, you can use yellow spray paint. Spray paint spreads the colors in seconds and can dry in minutes! However, if you’re letting the kids take over, stick with acrylic paint. Keep in mind that acrylic paint is not washable, but it is brighter on cardboard than tempera, washable paint.

Make Your Own DIY Peg People! Peg people, or peg dolls, are such a great open ended toy! We love them so much we made our own. Read more about how you can do it too!

Materials 

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

On your egg carton, cut out a few holes to make the school bus windows. 

Step 2

Paint the school bus and let it dry. Younger kids may need adult help in making the school bus wording. and details.

 

Step 3

Make two wheels and axles by threading a skewer or dowel through a straw and hot gluing the two bottle caps on each end of the skewer/dowel. Make sure you don’t hot glue the straw because then it may affect the wheels ability to move!

Step 4

Add figurines to spark imaginative play!

Step 1

On your egg carton, cut out a few holes to make the school bus windows. 

Step 2

Paint the school bus and let it dry. Younger kids may need adult help in making the school bus wording. and details.

Step 3

Make two wheels and axles by threading a skewer or dowel through a straw and hot gluing the two bottle caps on each end of the skewer/dowel. Make sure you don’t hot glue the straw because then it may affect the wheels ability to move!

Step 4

Add figurines to spark imaginative play!

Printable Worksheets for the Transporation Fan!

From trains to planes to buses and boats, we created a bundle full of early childhood activities that integrate all things transportation!

These worksheets feature all things that move on land, air and sea while giving your little one a strong foundation for early childhood education skills. Topics covered include letter writing, phonics, number recognition, counting, scissor skills, patterning, color recognition, and so much more.

And for more hands on transportation crafts, definitely check out our Milk Jug Car Wash and DIY Race Track made out of paper tubes!

transportation printable worksheet kids cars trains planes boats
transportation printable worksheet kids cars trains planes boats

Printable Worksheets for the Transporation Fan!

From trains to planes to buses and boats, we created a bundle full of early childhood activities that integrate all things transportation!

These worksheets feature all things that move on land, air and sea while giving your little one a strong foundation for early childhood education skills. Topics covered include letter writing, phonics, number recognition, counting, scissor skills, patterning, color recognition, and so much more.

And for more hands on transportation crafts, definitely check out our Milk Jug Car Wash and DIY Race Track made out of paper tubes!

More Ways to Enjoy Buses and Cars!

Here are my top picks for quality toys and items for the transportation fan!

wooden car service garage

Wooden Service Station

This wooden service station parking garage includes a car wash, numbered parking garage, a gas pump, garage with doors, an elevator, 2 cars!

All-in-One Car Mat and Storage Bag 

This play mat turns into a toy storage bag. Just pull the drawstrings to store the car toys for another day!

way to play roads

Flexible Buildable Roads

These roads are like puzzle pieces! They are highly durable, flexible, and washable. You can be used in water and on dirt!

Dual Lane Race Track

This handmade wooden race track allows two cars to race at once! Cars are included! 

What’s Next?

DIY Peg Dolls – Colorful Open Ended Toys

DIY Peg Dolls – Colorful Open Ended Toys

DIY Peg Dolls – Colorful Open Ended Toys

diy peg dolls peg people multicultural colorful paint wooden dolls

DIY peg dolls are surprisingly easy to make! Not only are they a great open ended toy that sparks imaginations, but older kids can enjoy they creativity of designing their own set! Plus, gathering the basic supplies are simple and budget-friendly.

A Peg Doll You Can Customize!

Determining the colors and styles of the peg dolls is the best part! Doing this project yourself allows for the creative freedom to customize however you like! I wanted to make a set for my kiddos that was representative of multiculturalism. This is a great opportunity to discuss race and skin tones.

You can also experiment with color mixing to create the peg doll’s clothing. Mix blue and yellow to make green and discuss how primary colors make secondary colors!  Children can create a peg doll to look just like them or make one that is unique and 100% different from everyone else’s. They can even create adults, kids, and babies too!

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How to Make Your Own Peg Dolls

Making DIY peg dolls is so easy! The trickiest part is having the patience to let them dry before playing!  In this video, you’ll see how simple it can be to paint the dolls so that they’re beautiful and a fun keepsake for later!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

How to Make Your Own Peg Dolls

Making DIY peg dolls is so easy! The trickiest part is having the patience to let them dry before playing!  In this video, you’ll see how simple it can be to paint the dolls so that they’re beautiful and a fun keepsake for later!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

diy peg dolls peg people multicultural materials

Budget Friendly DIY Peg Dolls

Buying a multiculutral set of peg people can be pricey. These simple materials will keep the cost low and the creativity high! You don’t need an acrylic paint set with lots of colors to make a variety of different looking pegs dolls. Instead, experiment with color mixing! Combine the primary colors – blue, yellow, and red – to discover the secondary colors – orange, green, and purple. Believe it or not, this is an awesome way to integrate science during this arts and crafts project!

For more fun ways to explore color mixing, don’t miss our printable Hands on Color Mixing Activity Worksheets. This set is free and includes 5 unique activities that explores primary colors, secondary colors, shades, and tines.

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Use an acrylic paint set to mix and blend the colors, creating skin tones and shades for the clothing and facial features.

Step 2

Paint the body first, allow to dry and then paint the face. Add 2 to 3 layers for more vibrancy.

Step 3

Add details for the eyes and hair to your preference!

Step 4

Cover with a matte finish sealant and repeat the above process for as many peg dolls as you want.

Step 1

Use an acrylic paint set to mix and blend the colors, creating skin tones and shades for the clothing and facial features.

Step 2

Paint the body first, allow to dry and then paint the face. Add 2 to 3 layers for more vibrancy.

Step 3

Add details for the eyes and hair to your preference!

Step 4

Cover with a matte finish sealant and repeat the above process for as many peg dolls as you want.

DIY Peg Dolls Has Educational Benefits

Peg Dolls are a wonderful open ended toy for all genders and ages. Open ended toys spark imaginations and are wonderful for imaginative play. Also known as pretend play, this is a fully immersive experience where children strengthen many skills including problem solving, language development, motor skills, and emotional development, to name a few!

The science behind colors is a big part of this activity as well. As mentioned above, making these wooden peg dolls is a great way to work on combining colors to create secondary colors, shades, and tints.

diy peg dolls peg people multicultural

Last but not least, painting peg dolls is wonderful for strengthening fine motor skills. Using a paint brush will improve grip, hand-eye coordination, especially working on small details like facial expressions!

diy peg dolls peg people multicultural

DIY Peg Dolls Has Educational Benefits

Peg Dolls are a wonderful open ended toy for all genders and ages. Open ended toys spark imaginations and are wonderful for imaginative play. Also known as pretend play, this is a fully immersive experience where children strengthen many skills including problem solving, language development, motor skills, and emotional development, to name a few!

The science behind colors is a big part of this activity as well. As mentioned above, making these wooden peg dolls is a great way to work on combining colors to create secondary colors, shades, and tints.

Last but not least, painting peg dolls is wonderful for strengthening fine motor skills. Using a paint brush will improve grip, hand-eye coordination, especially working on small details like facial expressions!

Top Picks for Open Ended Toys

Looking for ways to spark your kiddos imaginations? Here our my top picks for open ended toys!

Magnetic Tiles

This is our favorite magnetic tile brand! Make beautiful castles with stronger magnets and a beveled design!

wooden balance board open ended play gross motor coordination

Balance Board

This open ended toy is so versatile. A toy to spark creativity, encourage balance, among may other benefits!

Wooden Train Set

This cargo railway set is a perfect starter set for the train and engineer fan!

rainbow wooden stacking toy for color recognition

Wooden Stacking Rainbow

The perfect toy for imaginary play. It is a building toy, a sorting toy, and a stacking toy to name a few.

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