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Colorful Afternoon Ideas for Kids

Colorful Afternoon Ideas for Kids

How do your kids fill the afternoon hours? Once school is over, it can be fun to engage kids in an interactive activity rather than burn an hour or two watching Netflix. My kids are always excited about doing something creative. They would much rather play with mommy or daddy than watch a show. We try to spend quality time with our kids every day if possible and encourage them to learn new things through play! Here are some fun kid-friendly projects and activities for creative crafting and independent play.

Make Tissue Paper Butterfly Sun Catchers

Tissue paper butterfly sun catchers are a fun and easy project for kids! You can make these beautiful butterflies any color you want and even add glitter and rhinestones. Learn how to make butterfly sun catchers and get the printable here.

DIY tissue paper butterfly sun catchers kids' craft - Mommy Scene

Mix Colors with Water

Mixing glasses of water is a super fun way to learn about colors! You can teach your kids about the primary colors and show them how they can make other colors by mixing the primary colors. We had a lot of fun making all sorts of colors during our preschool craft time!

Mixing colors with water glasses kids activity - Mommy Scene

Pamper with Scented Manicures & Pedicures

My girls love painting their nails and they were even more amazed by Piggy Paint’s scented nail polish colors. Piggy Paint’s scented hues are so much fun because this nail polish is natural and non-toxic for kids but it’s also scented, colorful, and some of the colors are shimmery and glittery!

Piggy Paint nontoxic scented nail polish for girls - Mommy Scene

These pretty colors have fun fragrances; banana, watermelon, chocolate, blueberry, grape, and melon! Not only do they smell good while you are painting your nails but they actually give your fingernails a fragrance too! Piggy Paint scented nail polish adds the exciting element of fun fragrances to fun nail painting parties!

Encourage Independent Play

After you’ve spent some time with your kids, it’s beneficial to teach them the skill of independent play. My kids often have a hard time playing by themselves. I love doing crafts and activities with them but it’s also important for kids to learn how to entertain themselves without using a screen (phone, tablet, etc.) These whimsical Lottie Dolls are a fun collection designed to empower little girls to go on adventures, imagine, explore and have fun. Lottie Dolls aim to help keep childhood simple and carefree, with beautiful doll designs and accessories that are age-appropriate for little girls.

Whimsical Lottie Dolls for imaginative play - Mommy Scene

The first Lottie Doll was created through 18 months of research and feedback received from parents, educators, and kids themselves. These cute dolls look like kids and are dressed comfortably in clothes that are made from colorful and textured fabrics. The doll bodies are based on the proportions of a 9-year-old child, with slightly bigger heads because hair styling is fun!

Lottie Dolls cute styles and accessories - Mommy Scene

Lottie Doll play sets introduce kids to outdoor activities such as fishing and body-boarding as well as hobbies like fossil-hunting and horseback riding. We love the dolls’ adorable dresses and outfits, accessories, and even horses and playhouses! Lottie Dolls are very detailed; from their faces and hairstyles to their darling outfits and accessories. Every girl will easily find a Lottie Doll style that she can identify with and take on adventures!

Lottie Dolls encourage exploring and adventuring - Mommy Scene

I hope you enjoyed our creative kids’ afternoon ideas and feel a little inspired to plan some fun activities for your kids! It can be tempting to just “survive” watching your kids during the day, but even one creative project can transform a boring afternoon into a time of creative exploration, allowing you and your kids to create memories together!

Katie enjoys all things creative; DIY projects, photography, decorating and family adventures. She feels blessed to be a stay-at-home mom with 3 kids and many artistic outlets.



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Amazing butterflies idea