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Tin Foil River, Dancing Spider Races & Craft Ideas for Kids!

Check out these super easy and fun activities you can do with aluminium tin foil – create a tin foil river or dancing spider races or create imaginative art for loads of fun for the kids on weekends and school holidays!

Tin Foil River

Things to do at home with a 2 year old

Here’s what you will need.

  1. Aluminum foil
  2. Water from a flowing hose
  3. Bath toys such as boats or rubber ducks

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Take a long stretch of tin foil and lay on the ground outside where you plan on having the game
  2. Fold up the edges along both side so that the water doesnt run out
  3. Leave the bottom open so the water can flow out
  4. Before the bath toys are placed, fill up the ‘river’ with water all the way along
  5. Once full and flowing let the kids place their bath toys at the beginning of the river and turn the hose up a little to increase the flow
  6. Watch as the toys float down the river to the end
  7. Feel free to make obstacles and challenges along the way!


Tin Foil Dancing Spiders Races

Here’s what you will need.

  1. Aluminum foil
  2. Water
  3. Whiteboard Marker
  4. Straws

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Lay out your aluminum foil, fold at the edges to keep water in
  2. Using a NEW whiteboard marker, draw on your spiders
  3. Slowly pour water around the spiders
  4. Let the spiders lift off the foil
  5. Let the kids use the straws to blow into the water to help help the spiders float down the tin foil.

Tin Foil Art & Craft

Here’s a great activity that can keep kids busy and encourages them to use their creativity! It’s a great activity to do in the car on a long road trip, or just something fun and different to do on a rainy day. All you need is a roll of cheap aluminum foil and your/their imagination.

Get creative with tin foil art

Give each child a sheet of aluminum foil and have them mold it into a shape… encourage them to use their imaginations. You might need give them a few ideas to get them going (cat, dog, hat…) if they aren’t sure how to begin.

You could suggest they start by making different little zoo animals – you could have a competition to see how many kinds of animals they can make. There are no rules on the sizes of each animal… see if the other kids could guess what it is.

Perhaps your kids would like making jewellery and playing dress up? Make crowns, headbands, rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings.

Heard of paper chains? What about tin foil chains? Get your kids to make chains out of foil and hang them up.

What about super hero masks? See who can make the best mask, the funniest mask, the happiest mask, the saddest mask.

You can also make hats, sun visors, body armor, “Wonder Aluminum Foil Fun” deflector wristbands, or even goofy eyeglasses. Maybe you’d like to make a fun little bowl for dry cereal or other snacks. Make tiny cups and saucers for a tea party.

Aluminum foil also makes good temporary Frisbees and balls. Or make a set of tiny bowling pins to knock down with a miniature bowling ball. Make a juggling set.

Toddlers can also participate in this activity, but they may need a little help. Keep an eye on them, lest they decided to chew on it!

Aluminum foil modeling is easy and doesn’t take any preparation. Clean up is easy too.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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