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50+ Creative Play Recipes For DIY Art Fun

It’s amazing how much fun you can have in the kitchen and these play recipes for kids are exactly what you need! Create your own homemade paint, sidewalk chalk, playdough and more, with homemade craft recipes to make together.

These thrifty recipes mean no more last-minute trips to the shops when you run out of craft supplies. Keep the kids busy with these fun activities for home, using supplies you likely already have on hand! These recipes are perfect for creative play for toddlers too!

Creative Play Recipes For DIY Art Fun

Play Recipes For Kids

You may be surprised just how much you can make at home. Not only does your kitchen hold the key ingredients to many delicious food recipes… it also happens to be home to some awesome play recipes too.

And the best part of making your own kids’ craft recipes at home is that you know exactly what is going into them. Many of these play recipes are non-toxic and use natural ingredients that are totally kid-safe!

As a parent, that’s a huge positive compared to the long list of ingredients on those store-brought creative products. We all know how much kids like to taste test things!

kids painting with homemade paint

Benefits of Creative Play For kids

Most kids adore creative play opportunities. Especially when they include messy play. Messy play is a perfect sensory learning experience for kids of all ages and each has so many benefits for young, developing minds.

Creative play encourages self-expression in children and identifies their uniqueness.

The process of creating helps younger children to further develop fine motor skills, building coordination and strength in their hands. This is a big reason why playing with playdough is a popular early learning play activity.

Manipulating substances such as slime and chalk helps kids to learn about the world around them.

Painting and colour-based activities help with learning and the ability to identify the different colours and how they combine.

And of course – creative play is FUN!

homemade sidewalk chalk drawing

Preparing for Creative Play

Most creative play is a little bit messy, so you will want to be prepared for the messy fun with some simple tools and equipment on hand.

  • Storage – If you are making craft recipes such as paint, playdough or slime, you may need a storage container to keep them in to avoid drying out. If kept in suitable airtight containers, your homemade play recipes should last just as long as the version you can buy at the store.
  • Suitable play area – For the play recipes intended for outdoor use, make sure you choose an area that you are allowed to decorate. For painting or paper-based messy play, make sure you protect the area with newspaper or a wipe-clean table protector.
  • Protective clothing – While many of these play recipes are washable, it is still a good idea to take measures to protect clothing or wear old clothes during play. An art smock is perfect for kids.

Ready to get creative? Check out loads of fun DIY creative recipes to try:

Play Recipes To Make At Home

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