Free Range Living

6 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.

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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!

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2. 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.

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3. Upcycled Egg Carton Floral Garland

Thanks to this easy DIY, you can add 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!

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4. 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!

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5. 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).

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6. 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.

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