DIY Projects: Bird Feeder to Fluffy Slime! Try out these DIY projects to bring camp into your home!

Are you bored at home? Have you run out of activities to keep everyone entertained? Give some of these fun and creative activities a try! From DIY Bird Feeder to Fluffy Slime these activities are designed to use objects and materials found in most homes, while using your imagination and creativeness! The idea behind these activities is to replicate the fun activities and crafts we do at camp!

DIY Bird Feeder

Did you know birds eat half their body weight in food each day? That could mean up to 1 pound of seeds a day!! For today’s activity we are going to make some homemade bird feeders. Using apples, peanut butter, and bird seed! This activity is a quick project that will help seed eating birds get the nutrients they need to survive! This project should take about 15 minutes to complete.

Materials:

  • 1-2 Apples per participant
  • 1 Jar of peanut butter or sun-butter
  • 1 plate of bird seed
  • 8-10 inches of string, yarn, or fishing wire
  • 1 nail or screw per apple
  • Butter knife or spoon
Instructions:
  1. Before starting the apple, grab the plate, and pour the bird seed on it. Making sure to cover the entire plate in a thin layer.
  2. Take nail and insert it, point down, in the top of the apple. Make sure it is as center as possible. Leave enough room to tie the string onto the nail.
  3. Take 8-10 inches of string and knot each end onto the nail, so that the apple dangles when the string is held up.
  4. Once the string is tied, take the knife or spoon and spread the peanut butter all over the apple. Make sure to apply a thick layer to hold the seeds. If avoiding messy fingers, participants can hold the nail.
  5. Once the apple is covered in peanut butter to participants satisfaction, roll the apple in the plate of seeds. Make sure to get all sides and edges.
  6. Repeat steps 1-6 with remaining apples.
  7. When seeds are covering all of the apples, place your DIY bird feeders outside on a tree branch near a door or window.
  8. Now sit back and watch birds gobble up their treat!

Follow the Line

How’s your balance? This activity is fun to do to work on you balance while being fun and challenging! You can “walk the plank” or see how twisty and turny a line can be! Try all different kinds and see how your balance is on each type of line! This project should take about 10 minutes to complete.

Materials:

  • Sidewalk Chalk
Instructions:
  1. Take any color of chalk and make a starting line.
  2. Next draw a continuous line in the driveway or sidewalk.
    1. The line can overlapping and go in all kinds of directions
    2. Make it a long and challenging as fit for participant
  3. Once line is completed make a finish line
  4. Finally, “Follow the Line”!
    1. Participant should follow the line to their best ability until they reach the end of the line.
    2. Participants can do the line again or go from finish to start!

Color Scavenger Hunt

What’s better than a scavenger hunt? Hmmm, not much! The best part about this simple color scavenger hunt is that it’s so versatile. You can pretty much use it anywhere that you’ll be enjoying outdoors or indoors. Make one for a trip to the park, a rainy day at home, or even for playing in your own backyard. This project should take a little over 5 minutes to set up.

Materials:

  • Paper bag or ½ sheet of paper
  • Markers/colored pencils
Instructions:
  1. Using different color markers of colored pencils shade a small box of each color on the paper bag or piece of paper.
    1. Use picture as example
    2. It is recommended to shade colors participants know or are familiar with
  2. If using a paper bag, have participant to go around the house or outside and look for objects/materials that fit each color on the bag.
    1. When the participant finds the object, they can put it in the bag to hold onto it.
  3. If using a piece of paper, have participant go around the house or outside and point to or show each color they see on paper and the object/material.

DIY Fluffy Slime

Slime is so much fun! There are so many kinds of slime, but what’s better than FLUFFY slime? One thing is certain, it brings a lot of enjoyment and it’s fun to make! This project should take 25 minutes to complete.

Materials:

  • Plastic or Paper Bowl
  • Stir stick or plastic spoon
  • Measuring spoons
  • White Elmer’s Glue
  • Shaving Cream
  • Contact Solution (laundry detergent works too)
  • Food Coloring (optional)
Instructions:
  1. Pour enough glue into the bottom of a container to cover the bottom. Make the glue about 1/4 inch deep.
  2. Add food coloring if desired.
    1. Example put in 2 drops blue, 2 drops red for purple
  3. Mix food coloring into glue.
  4. Add about 1½ times as much shaving cream as glue (this is not an exact science so don’t worry!)
  5. Mix the glue and shaving cream together
  6. Add contact solution about 1 Tablespoon at a time and mix.
    1. Keep adding a little more contact solution and mixing until your slime begins forming into a ball-like form as you mix. It will begin coming off the sides of your container and sticking together.
  7. Put slime on flat surface and begin kneading it with your hands. If it is too sticky, add more contact solution and knead it in.
    1. If it’s too “watery” add some more shaving cream and knead it in.
  8. Steps 8 + 9 may not be necessary! Just add those things if you need to!
  9. Stretch, squeeze and play with your new slime!

DIY Sensory Jar

This easy sensory bottle with glitter glue will be an instant hit at home. Sensory jars are fun to make and are a great way to redirect attention. Here are two main reasons to make these mesmerizing bottles: they make really fun arts & crafts activities, plus, once we’ve finished producing them, these have amazing soothing tools to use when someone gets frustrated or anxious. This project should take about 20 minutes to complete.

Materials:

  • Plastic bottle
  • Warm water (tap)
  • Glitter glue
  • Coarse glitter (color of your choice)
  • Fine glitter (color of your choice)
  • Regular glue or hot glue (to seal the bottle)
  • Plastic Spoon
Instructions:
  1. Fill bottle 2/3s full with warm water
  2. Add glitter glue
    1. The smaller amount the faster it will swirl
    2. Recommended to cover the bottom of the bottle when settled
  3. Stir until blended
    1. It might have a few clumps, but that’s okay
  4. Add coarse and fine glitters
    1. Add as much or as little as you want, there isn’t a precise measurement
  5. Stir the glitter
  6. Repeat step 4 and 5 until satisfied with the amount of glitter!
  7. Fill the rest of the jar up with warm water
  8. Apply glue to the outside rim on the bottle and screw on cap.
    1. Let dry
  9. Once cap is dry: Shake, Swirl and Enjoy your Sensory Jar!

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