Boredom busting at-home activities for kids

Check out our happy haul of online DIY (do-it-yourself) craft activities, yummy no-waste recipes, and library storytime videos to help you give the kids some new entertainment each day and keep the boredom at bay while indoors.

5 simple at-home DIY projects

Here are five simple at-home projects and activities to do with kids.

1. Love food, hate waste with banana bread baking

The kids might think it's just making a loaf of banana bread, but cooking up a storm is also a great lesson in maths and literacy. Bonus points because you'll get to use those over-ripe bananas in the fruit bowl and you'll have a sweet treat to enjoy with a well-earned cuppa! Watch our video to get started.

2. Make flowers from cartons

While you enjoy that cuppa, put the humble egg carton to good use by having the kids make a bouquet of egg carton flowers. Start with scissors, glue and paint and watch how easy the rest is on this video.

3. Create animals from cardboard

Another eggs-ellent way to use up those egg cartons is to make some play animals, including a bunny, little chicks, a piglet, kitty cat and mouse. You'll need scissors, glue and paint for this one, and to watch our how-to video.

Host a mini animal parade in your hallway, or play puppets with your new at-home menagerie.

4. Create coasters from clothes

Once you've gone through your wardrobe clean out, give those old shirts to the kids to upcycle into handy little coasters. This activity is all about braiding and involves scissors and a hot glue gun, so adult supervision is required. Here's a quick how-to video

5. Make a bag from a shirt

Got more old shirts than you realised? Convert them into a tote-ally fun activity for the kids and create bags for your essential shopping trips. This easy, no-sew tote bag is a fun project that just needs a little supervision with scissors at the start. Watch how to make your upcycled t-shirt tote.

Check out all of our DIY videos.

Storytime from our libraries

When the kids are finished with crafting and creating for the day, switch to online storytime with our selection of Brisbane City Council library children's literacy sessions videos. We'll be putting more online soon, so babies, toddlers and kids will never get bored and you'll have heaps to choose from.

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This blog was originally published on 9 April and was updated on 16 April 2020 after the Easter long weekend.

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Last updated:9 June 2020