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DIY Shrinky Dinkies

Those of us in the DC area have been snowed in for months days. We all love our kids and we all love snow and we all love snow days (keep saying any of those to yourself that you need to re-believe) but after a while, a little diversion is necessary for everyone. DIY Shrinky […]

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Hot Rock Art

It’s summer. It’s hot. Use that to your advantage? Why not! Today’s Wactivity comes to us from a FABULOUS blog called Ciburbanity. My ole classmate and bud, Charlotte Martin, runs this thing and if you don’t follow it yet you should! It’s inspiring and fun and funky and honest and downright refreshing. You can find […]

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Pop Art

Here’s a way to get wacky with bubble season, WhyNotters. So easy! So fun! So messy! So surprising! What you need: – Bubble solution – Some small bowls/containers – Paper – Food coloring & one, or more, wacky creators What to do: – Go outside. (I love me a good mess but this, my friends, […]

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Wearable Paint

Need something fresh and jazzy for the start of school? Or want an activity to get you through those last long days of summer? Either way, this is for you! What you need: – Fabric paint (or puffy paint) – Wax paper – Ribbon, string, twisty ties, or other closure mechanisms. – One wacky Whynotter […]

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Back To School Sculpture

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a fine-motor-activity-that’s-so-artsy-and-fun-no-one-will-notice! School’s around the corner and getting fingers ready for writing again is key. What you need: – Pipe cleaners – Practice Golf balls (easily ordered online, thank you AmazonPrime), Wiffle balls will work for the younger set. What to do: Take your “ingredient” list and GO […]

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Oil & Water(colors)

Simple, fun, and science, this lil Wactivity might just make you look at watercolors with more wonder. What you need: ~ Oil + a Qtip, small paint brush, or dropper. I used canola oil, olive will work too. ~ Water ~ Watercolors (if you have liquid ones it will look even cooler, more vibrant, etc […]

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Bubble Printing

Here’s a fun way to show your artistic skills and decorate plain old paper! All you need is some paint, bubble solution, a plate of some sort, a straw, and a piece of paper! And of course, an artist. Step 1: Fill the plate or bowl with bubble solution and paint. Step 2: Have the […]

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Cork Creations Craftivity

Sometimes you need to step up and make life a little more jazzy. We own these fully functional cork trivets but they were just oh-so-plain. Life is waaaay too interesting and entirely to important to have things that make you feel just “Eh.” So I decided to change my destiny! (Or at least the destiny […]

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DIY Corn Wactivity

In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, we bring you some DIY corn that is fun, fabulous, and decoratively functional! What to gather: – Paint in corny colors – Paper plate or other paint-OK surface – Bubble wrap, little bubbles – Paper: white + green – scissors – Glue (stick or liquid) & one Wacky WhyNot […]

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Duct Tape Luggage Tag

It’s fun, it’s functional, it’s fabulous… and it’s your weekly Wactivity, WhyNotters! What you need: – Duct tape (in whatever colors you fancy) – Scissors & one wacky Whynotter! What to do: – I got the basic ‘how to’ from this video Take a gander and you’ll get the idea. But I made some modifications. […]

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Awesome Egg Exoskeleton

This is one of those wondrous wactivities that has a lil something for everyone. Like crafts? Gotcha. Love to make a mess? This is for you! Into cool, controlled implosions? Sign on up! What you need: ~ Balloons (even tiny water balloons will work) ~ Water, flour, and a whisk ~ A shallow dish, like […]

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Jet Pack Jollies

It doesn’t get easier than this, WhyNotters! All you need to make these at home is a spare bottle (we used old sippy cups), fire hued tissue paper, rubber bands, and some willing stuffed WhyNotters! Crumple the tissue paper, stuff it into your cup, then use the rubber bands to strap those jet packs on! […]

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Rockin’ Recycle Ornament

Easy, peasy decoration and/or gift for this Weekly WhyNot Wactivity What to gather: – Empty one paper towel or two toilet paper tubes – Paint/markers/glue & glitter/stickers or something to decorate them – Scissors – Stapler – A bit of string &, of course, one wacky crafter! What to do: – Decorate your tubes however you […]

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DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Spring is finally, finally really and truly here, WhyNotters! To celebrate, here is a very springy, nigh on summery Wactivity to decorate your doorsteps and delight your inner DIY-er. What you need: ~Cornstarch ~ Water ~ Something to paint with ~ Something to mix in Optional: Food coloring & of course, one wacky activity doer! […]

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Veggie Stampin’

A fun, creative way to use those otherwise composted end bits of veggies! What you will need: A bunched veggie – we used celery A way to cut the bottom bit off (get a grown up if needed). Paint Something to put the paint on – wax paper works great! Paper + one Wacky Creator! […]

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Wild, Wacky and Wow-inducing Eggs

Make a tasty snack into a wack and colorful snack! For this wacky snack you’ll need: ~ Hard Boiled Eggs ~ Food Coloring ~ Plastic Baggies ~ And of course, a Wacky Experimenter (and some brave, wacky taste-testers)! Step 1: Make the cracks! Gently hit the egg on a hard surface, or push down on […]

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Pumpkin Paintin’

We were feeling kinda fall, so what a better way to celebrate the start of October than with a little pumpkin paintin’ (Another easy Wactivity for WhyNotters of ALL ages!) What ya need: – Pumpkins (any size will do, we worked with those cute, mini ones) – Finger Nail polish (we grabbed the ones from […]

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Duct Tape Flowers

Isn’t tape for sticking things to…things? Why not stick it to itself too?! Use duct tape for this artistic project to create a beautiful flower! Tools the artist will need: Duct Tape (or electrical tape like in the picture) A Ruler Scissors A Pen And of course, an artist to create this beautiful flower! Step […]

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Wacky Paper Maché

Paper WHAT? Maché (totally sounds like muh-shay, by the way)! A project most everyone knows, but is easily forgotten in our quest for the new fangled. What you’ll need: • 1 Plate (one with high sides, or a really flat bowl) • An old newspaper (torn into strips)  • 1 Balloon • Flour • Water […]

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Washer Art

Here’s a fancy, fun, easy craft for WhyNotters of ALL ages! This would be great for a party, sleepover craft, or rainy afternoon. Make ’em for yourself! Make ’em for your besties (maybe even make matching ones??)! What you need: – Some string (we got colorful, doesn’t have to be) – Some plain ole washers, […]

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