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In this world of high tech gadgets and fancy devices, it’s easy to forget the joys getting your hands dirty and making things yourself – especially if you’ve got children. Not only is working on and making a project from scratch an ideal bonding exercise for parents and kids, it’s also the perfect way to help your little one learn to enjoy the simple things in life.
One idea is to make your own version of the well-loved classic Tic Tac Toe, which is also known as Noughts and Crosses. The best thing about this game is that you can very easily customize it for your child’s interests. In order to make the game, you will need two contrasting colors of felt, cotton in colors which also contrast with your felt, a sewing machine, two dots of Velcro and some iron-on adhesive. Cut two of the felt rectangles into six circles each. Then, use the iron adhesive to draw noughts on one color and crosses on another, and then to draw the 9 square grid onto the fabric which you’re using for your board. Finally, sew the edges of the board over to that it doesn’t fray with use and forms a perfect square. The game only takes about an hour to make and is also good for travelling as it is easy to transport.
Another good game to make with your kids is bingo, although you usually need more than one person. We came up with this method by referencing instructions which were sent by new-bingosites.co.uk. Again, bingo is a game which you can easily customize, and if you want you can use it as an educational tool. This is particularly good for learning new languages. You can make and print bingo cards on the internet, but if you’d rather stay away from computers then it’s very easy to make it yourself – you could even use the grid and circles left over from Tic Tac Toe. Use your drawing skills to draw themed images or write words you’d like to help your child learn. If your child is learning a language, then maybe you can have a picture and a word on a separate card. Then, let your child choose the pictures or numbers which they want to put down. Put the words in a bag and pull out at random. The first person to shout “Bingo!” wins a prize.
These are just a couple of ideas for DIY projects to try with your kids, but be sure to look up your own. Have fun!