There are many crafts that 9-year-old boys will enjoy; it's just a matter of finding the ones that they won't think are boring, too difficult or, of course, "girly." When brainstorming crafts for this age group, consider that 9-year-old boys will generally enjoy working with their hands and making something practical or even "gross." Keep the crafts simple for short attention spans.
Have 9-year-old boys turn their plain white shirts and socks into groovy works of art with a tie-dye craft. Tie-dye will teach them about color while they have fun twisting and dipping their clothes and seeing the finished product. Mix up several colors of fiber-reactive dye in plastic wash tubs or squirt bottles so boys have multiple color choices. Twist shirts and socks in knots and secure the knots with rubber bands. Dip or squirt the shirts and socks with dye. Follow the directions on the dye box for setting and washing instructions.
Milk Jug Bird Feeder
For boys who spend all of their time outdoors digging in the dirt and exploring the animals and terrain of the backyard and beyond, a milk jug bird feeder will allow them to experience nature up close. Using a clean plastic milk jug, puncture a hole in the side of the jug opposite the handle with a scoring knife. Then let the boys cut out the hole where the birds will enter. Take off the cap of the jug and tie a wire around the base for a hanger; replace the cap once the wire is secured. Hang the bird feeder as-is or let the boys decorate it by gluing on leaves, twigs and other natural elements.
"Do Not Disturb"
Even 9-year-old boys need some privacy once in a while. Organize a "Do Not Disturb" hanger craft so siblings can learn when brother wants his space. Cut out a rectangle using foam paper or card stock so the width is about 1-inch wider than the width of the door knob. Cut out a circle at the top of the rectangle large enough that the door knob fits through. Give boys stickers, markers, foam cut-outs and anything else they might want to use to make the sign their own. Have them write "Do Not Disturb" on the hanger.
Mix crafts and science with a homemade slime project. All you need is water, borax, white glue, food coloring, stirrers, tablespoons and some disposable cups. Fill a small disposable cup with water and add a spoonful of borax; mix it well. In another cup, add about 1 inch of glue, 3 tbsp. of water and a few drops of food coloring and stir. Add 1 tbsp. of the borax mixture to the glue mixture and stir well. It will start the chemical reaction that creates "slime." After the slime forms, let it sit for about 30 seconds. Then the boys can try making sculptures, worms or balls out of their slime and see how quickly it tries to revert back to its original "goopy" shape.
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