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10 Kid-Friendly Projects to Do at Home For Under $10

Even the smallest DIY project can be useful. Keep your kids occupied with these cute and easy ideas.

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Some DIY projects for kids take a ton of hands-on help from a parent. While bigger projects like building a backyard play area are a great way for youngsters to grow their skills, mom and dad don’t always have the time to spare. But that doesn’t mean confining kids to finger painting and coloring books. They can make useful household items while building confidence and independence. When your little ones want projects to do at home, try one of these cute, easy DIYs with little to no parental supervision required. Simply gather the supplies, set up the space and let creativity do the rest.

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Pink pom-poms in a round design MirageC/Getty Images

Handmade Coasters

Every household can use a good set of coasters, and they’re a breeze to make. You may already have the right supplies on hand. Design patterns out of pom-poms, then glue them onto a pre-cut piece of felt. Older kids can even cut the felt into their desired shape. For a more rustic option, glue popsicle sticks into trendy wood pallets.

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Upcycled Jars

Instead of throwing away used bottles and jars, let your kids turn them into planters for your hanging herb garden, vases, pen holders and more. They can use string — or hot glue if they’re older — to add unique textures. Paint and glitter add personality and pizzazz.

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Bird Feeders

Bird feeders are one of the best projects to do at home for all age groups. Little tykes can do the classic pine cone rolled in peanut butter and seeds, while more dexterous children can try one of these more complicated DIY bird feeders.

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LEGO Key Hooks

You’ve probably seen the LEGO key hanger online, but making your own is quick and easy. Your kids can make a custom design on a LEGO baseplate, and all you’ll have to do is drill holes for your key rings. You can also buy ready-made LEGO keychains.

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Starting Seeds

Gardening is an excellent home project for kids to help with because it’s imprecise and a little messy. Starting seeds indoors will give you a head start on the spring planting season. Set up a space with dirt, seeds, water and these common household items as seed starters. Then let your kids get their hands dirty.

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Fridge Magnets

Fridge magnets are ideal for holding grocery lists, family photos and wedding announcements right where you’ll see them. They also make adorable gifts. Make frames out of felt, popsicle sticks, beads or shells and fill them with your most recent photos. You could also stick the finished products to a metal bulletin board.

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Girl drinking hot chocolate our of a mug with a warmer Westend61/Getty Images

Cup Cozies

Stitching on a button is one of the most basic and useful sewing skills. If your kids are old enough to handle a needle and thread, they can add buttons and bungees to strips of fleece to make cup cozies. These sweaters for your coffee mug will keep your hands comfortable during your morning commute.

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Toilet Bomb Molds

Toilet Bath Bombs

Kids shouldn’t use the oven unsupervised, but they can still practice their baking skills by measuring and molding these all-natural toilet cleaners. You probably have most of the ingredients already in your pantry. Although the toilet bombs won’t completely replace your regular scrubber, they’ll teach the kids that cleaning can be fun.

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Stylish Dish Towels

Plain white dish towels brighten up your kitchen when they feature your kids’ hand-drawn masterpieces. Although you can purchase fabric paint, colorful permanent markers will do the trick. Just be sure to let it dry completely before washing. The color may fade over time, but your family can design new towels as their drawing skills improve. These cute, easy DIYs make great “world’s best grandparent” gifts for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

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Of course, many projects to do at home involve cleaning. Kids can do a lot of those tasks on their own, too! Our age-appropriate chore chart will help you assign cleaning projects based on each child’s age. Giving them chores will free up your own time so that you can spend more minutes making things together.

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