What do plungers, popsicles and pebbles all have in common? They’re easy, wacky, crazy materials that can be used to create beautiful art! The quick and simple activity ideas in 101 Easy, Wacky, Crazy Activities for Young Children will foster your child’s creativity and provide the perfect cure for a boring, rainy weekend afternoon!
Plungers Aren’t Just for the Potty Anymore!
- Plungers (new ones!)
- Tempera paint
Plungers come in many sizes. Let children paint by dipping new plungers into tempera paint and stamping the shapes on paper. The more choices of paint and paper, the more individual the art will be. Plung on!
- Ice cube trays
- Tempera paint
- Popsicle sticks
Freeze tempera paint in ice cube trays. After 15 minutes, insert popsicle sticks. Continue to freeze until solid. Let children paint with these frozen treats. The more the popsicles melt, the more paint is applied.
These popsicles are for art processes only. They are not currently recognized by the USDA as a significant source of nutrition. And they certainly don’t taste good, either.
Rock ‘n’ Roll
- Rocks and/or pebbles
- Shoe box with a lid
- Rock ‘n’ roll music
Put on your walking shoes and head outside to fill those pockets with rocks. Empty the rocks into a shoe box. Add a little bit of paint and a piece of paper. Place the lid on the shoe box, turn on Chuck Berry, and rock ‘n’ roll. Children will enjoy shaking their boxes to the rhythm of the music. Take the lid off and discover what a little "rock ‘n’ roll" can do for you.