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14 After-School Activities For Kids

By Nellie's Kindness Crew

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Once the kids have gobbled up their after school snacks, it's time for some free range fun! Crafts, activities, and games are all great ways to keep your children's minds stimulated before dinner while still giving them a chance to wind down after a day of learning. Whether they're old and independent enough to spend the afternoon at home alone or still need to be accompanied by an adult, there's something for them to enjoy on this list.


1. Upcycled Egg Carton Lanterns

The result of this craft is a colorful lantern that can be used to brighten up any bedroom or blanket fort, and it's completely customizable to your kids' favorite colors. A quick trip to the craft store, and you'll have everything you need to help your child get started. Don't forget to grab some empty Nellie's Free Range Egg cartons before they go make their way to your recycling bin!


2. Egg Carton Caterpillars

Is there any afternoon that a little glitter, glue, and googly eyes can't brighten up? Each of these adorable love bugs begins as an empty Nellie's Free Range Egg carton and is decorated with all the acrylic paint, pipe cleaners, glitter, and stickers you and your crafty bunch can find. After the paint has dried, these cheerful caterpillars can be brought to life on their own or made into Valentines for friends and classmates.


3. DIY Board Game

Designing your own board game requires a mini scavenger hunt for game pieces and a board, making it a great lesson in using materials you already have around your home to create something the whole family can play with. Encourage your children to let their minds run free as they begin to brainstorm a theme and collect treatures like acorns and pebbles from the backyard to incorporate into their DIY board game.


4. Speckled Egg Planters

Once the snow has melted and the flowers begin to bloom, it's hard to think about anything other than getting our hands dirty outside in the garden. Luckily, these speckled eggshell planters area a wonderful reason for crafters and gardeners of all ages to enjoy an afternoon out in the fresh spring air. Made from hollowed out Nellie's Free Range eggs, each planter is painted and then filled with potting soil and fresh flowers to bring the beauty of springtime indoors.


5. Upcycled Egg Carton Floral Garland

Thanks to this easy DIY, you can add a beautiful floral accent to your home or child's room any time of year. Older kids can practice their cutting and sewing skills by preparing the tissue paper petals and leaves, while younger kids have the opportunity to hone their fine motor skills by adding dots of glue and the finishing touch to the center of each flower. Best of all, this floral garland is a great way to give our earth-friendly egg cartons new life!


6. STEM Egg Experiments

Who knew eggs were such great science, technology, engineering, and math teachers? These five STEM experiments will teach your curious kids all about physics, the elements, osmosis, and air pressure in a fun way. Whether your child wants to be the next Einstein or is completely new to the sciences, "eggsperiments" are the best way to learn!


7. Egg Carton Butterflies

After a full day of fun in the sun, bring your kids indoors to cool off with these magical DIY butterflies. Each craft is brought to life with a touch of imagination and just a few simple supplies from around the house to teach little ones the beauty of upcycling. When finished, each butterfly craft can flutter away to become a garden decoration or a lovely handmade gift.


8. Cascarones (Confetti Eggs)

Crafting cascarones is a Mexican tradition for holidays and fiestas, and it's easy to see why: they're colorful, eye-catching, and a thrill to play with! The process begins with clean eggshells and dye. The kids can fill them up with festive confetti, then venture outside and put them to use (or better yet, surprise you when you walk through the door).


9. Scented Rainbow Bubble Station

The sky's the limit when it comes to the colors and smells you can mix up for this DIY scented bubble station. For younger kids, mixing and matching essential oil scents and the colors of the rainbow is a great sensory activity. Build yours right in an empty Nellie's Free Range egg carton, then venture outside and watch the bubbles float up, up and away.


10. Egg Carton Spiders

Add a little creepy crawly fun to your afternoons with these DIY egg carton spiders! This spooky hands-on craft is a fun way to celebrate Halloween while putting those empty Nellie's Free Range Egg cartons to good use. Made with simple supplies found around the house, this spider craft is easy to complete and sure to be a scary good time for kids and adults alike.


11. DIY Egg Carton Turkeys

Move over hand turkeys, there's a new Thanksgiving craft in town! These DIY turkeys teach kids how to upcycle empty Nellie's Free Range Egg cartons into festive Thanksgiving birds while practicing their fine motor skills through hands-on activities like cutting, gluing, and painting. Once completed, each turkey can go on to become a festive cupcake topper, decoration, or be used in place settings around your Thanksgiving table.


12. DIY Lollipop Ornaments

Homemade ornaments always add a special touch to the Christmas tree, and turning them into an afternoon craft is a wonderful way to practice skills like cutting and gluing. This year, we suggest reaching for your family's empty Nellie's Free Range Egg cartons to create meaningful memories at home while using up what you already have on hand.


13. Egg Carton Greenhouse

It just so happens that when you add a little soil and place them in a sunny spot, our planet-friendly egg cartons transform into mini greenhouses that are ideal for seed starting. This activity isn't just a fun way to pass the time after school; it's an opportunity to teach your little ones about everything a seedling needs in order to grow big and strong!


14. DIY Egg Carton Jellyfish

Jellyish are some of the most remarkle, fascinating creatures on planet Earth. Did you know that they're made almost entirely of water? Grab an empty egg carton and keep the learning going strong after hours with your kiddos by celebrating our wonderful planet and all its inhabitants.


Linda KraftApril 05, 2020

Very cool ideas!


Hi Linda! Thanks for the feedback! Hope you get the chance to try a few activities!

thomas fowlerApril 03, 2020

that is very cool and i will try too do that


Sounds great, Thomas! We look forward to hearing how they turn out!

SvetlanaMarch 24, 2020

Hi. Thanks for fun ideas! We have decoupaged some hard boiled eggs this afternoon, doing a “test run” before Easter.


Sounds like a beautiful project, Svetlana! We'd love to see a photo if you'd like to share!

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