5 DIY kids’ projects on a budget

If you’ve been wondering how to keep your kids occupied when they’re stuck at home, you’re in luck! We’ve put together 5 easy ideas from IKEA experts that’ll keep your children occupied for ages!

1. Indoor drive-in theatre

  • Get cardboard boxes from your neighbourhood grocer or your storage. The boxes have to be big enough for your kid to sit in; get one for each child.
  • Attach dinner-size plastic plates to resemble four wheels on a cart. Seat each little one in a box ‘car’ in front of the telly while playing their favourite movie or cartoon.
  • Throw in a bowl of popcorn and ice cream for a more authentic touch.

2. Living room golf

  • Place a long cardboard box upside down. Cut out a few entry holes from the edge placed on the floor.
  • Mark each entry point with a number and place rolled-up mats or carpets on either side of the box, thus creating a path.
  • Each kid gets the chance to hit a ball (tennis balls or soft ones will work) into the holes.
  • The number above the entry point they hit is their score. They can play for a scheduled time to see who scores highest.

3. Stained-glass window

  • Attach a transparent plastic sheet onto the glass of your window, using double-sided tape on all sides.
  • Cut out a few sheets of craft paper in different colours. If you can get coloured transparent sheets, even better.
  • Let your child glue on the coloured pieces as they see fit to create a work of adorable art!

4. Bubble shooting

  • This is a great game for two or more children.
  • Arm one of your little ones with a bowl of soapy water and a straw to blow bubbles.
  • Your other little one can use their straw to burst as many bubbles as they can.

5. Northern Lights in a glass

  • This is a very simple trick with fabulous results. You just need water, a glass, different food colours, and a few drops of any cooking oil.
  • Fill 3/4 of the glass with warm water.
  • Then, in a small bowl, add four tablespoons of oil and four drops of different colours. Use a fork to break up the oil and colour ‘beads’ into smaller ones.
  • Slowly pour the oil and colour mixture into the glass and watch the Northern Lights evolve in the glass!

And that’s it: these simple DIY projects, courtesy IKEA, guarantee hours and hours of fun!


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