Ahoy matey! We have a special DIY craft that will go great with your kid’s splash-tastic adventures this spring and summer. Thanks to Inner Child Fun, we were inspired to make a toy boat out from materials that you can find around the house. We put this boat together with just five materials! Let’s get started:
What you’ll need:
Three wine corks
Paper (card stock or multipurpose)
Markers and/or crayons
Cut a triangle out of the corner of the paper to make the flag and have your little one color the flag
Wrap a rubber band twice around the three corkscrews on one side. Repeat on other side.
Cut the rubber bands and tie them together to make the rope for the boat (make it as long or as short as you would like)
Place the rope underneath the two rubber bands that are currently holding the boat base together and tie the “rope” to the rubber bands
Cut the pointed top of the tooth pick so little ones do not poke themselves with the flag pole during play time
Poke two holes into the flag and slide the toothpick through and place the flag on the middle corkscrew. Now your kids can begin sailing their DIY toy boat!
You and your kids will have a blast making this toy boat. Not only does making this craft encourage kids to get creative by designing their own flag, but once the final product is complete, kids can race their toy boats in their water table, bathtub or pool.
We hope you had as much fun making this FriDIY toy boat as we did!
Are you ready for some artistic and creative fun? Well, so are we! That’s why we made a chalk and dry erase board table out of one of our table and chair sets for kids. You and your little artists will have a blast crafting this table. This table is great for your children’s fine motor skills and can enhance their drawing and writing abilities. Let’s get started:
Put the newspaper underneath the table, chairs and paints. Remove lids from the paints and begin stirring.
Follow the manufacturer’s directions to prepare the paint.
Use painter’s tape to create a divide in the middle of the table.
Tape all four sides of table.
Sand down the entire table with sand paper.
Paint the chalk board paint onto one side of the table (apply two – three coats of paint).
Paint the dry erase board paint onto the other side of the table (apply two – three coats of paint).
Tape the front of the chairs and paint one chair with chalkboard paint and the other with dry erase paint (this step is optional)*.
We also painted the back of the chairs.
Let paint cure for three days before applying any chalk or markers. After the three days you can remove the tape from where you feel is necessary (we left the tape in the middle of the table to distinguish that each side of the table is different and tape on the fronts of the chairs).
Let the drawing fun begin!
Check out all the awesome ways you can draw on this chalk and dry erase board table and chairs:
*Painting the front and back of the chairs with chalk and dry erase board paint is optional. We wanted to show all the different ways your kids could draw on the table and chairs set. However, if you do decide to paint the front of the chairs, we recommend your child wears clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. If they sit all the way back on the chairs, they could get chalk or dry erase marker on their clothes.
It’s time to get crafty with our new blog series FriDIY. The last Friday of every month we will be featuring craft tutorials that you and your little ones can make together! Your kids will be able to use many of these craft ideas with their Step2 toys.
This month, we searched the web for inspiration and stumbled upon an awesome idea from Mother’s Niche for a gas can to go along with your little one’s ride-on toys. We just had to try it out ourselves! This gas can will go perfect with Easy Turn Coupe and Toddle Tune Coupe because both cars have built-in gas caps that little racers can pretend they are filling up! Without further ado, let’s get started:
Gather the following materials: an old detergent bottle or carpet cleaning spray bottle, paper, scissors, auto fuel funnel (which you can find at your local dollar store) and tape. Soak the bottle in hot water and soap before repurposing this as a play toy. As with any craft, adult supervision is highly recommended.
The auto fuel funnel easily detaches into two parts, the funnel and the tube. You will only need the tube for this craft.
Your child can draw the label for the gas can to help develop their writing and drawing skills or you can print out the one we created by clicking here. Cut out the label so it fits on the bottle.
Tape the label onto the bottle.
When taping, we only taped the four sides of the label onto the bottle. For extra durability, you can use packaging tape and cover the entire label in tape.
Get tape or a hot glue gun for the opening of the bottle.
Line the tape or hot glue around the opening of the bottle.
Place the tube onto the opening of the bottle. Hold onto the part of the tube that is attached to the bottle for twenty seconds.
Now your kids can fuel up some fun and imaginative play with their new gas can!