Get creative with these fun National Day crafts and recipes that'll have you feeling proud and patriotic in no time.
Ah, National Day. Time to don those red and white clothes, head out to your fave restaurants for SG54 feasts and enjoy the wealth of fun things to do with the family. We love everything about raising kids in Singapore and the fact that being parents to littlies means some of our fave indoor activities… crafting and cooking! So what better time to grab the arts and crafts supplies or head into the kitchen than the long weekend? We’ve listed seven fab ideas for National Day crafts that you can try at home. Enjoy!
1. Sensory bags
Also called ‘pat mats’, these sensory pouches are perfect for babies and toddlers to play with, as they’re mess-free (always a win in our eyes!). They’re also amazingly quick to make the next time your kid throws the mother of all tanties and you’re losing your mind. Don’t believe us? Watch our video tutorial (above) to see for yourself. You can use anything you like in these bags – paint, glitter, sequins, and so on – but just don’t put anything with sharp edges in. The last thing you want is for one of these bad boys to leak everywhere!
2. Strawberries and cream popsicles
Cool down from all the National Day celebrations with the family by rustling up some of these patriotic icy poles at home. Made with zingy strawberries and creamy yoghurt, they’re a tasty nod to the Singapore flag! We bet you won’t be able to stop at just one…
3. Hand kite
Easy peasy to make in mere minutes, hand kites (aka ribbon rings or hand streamers) are an awesome way to show your colours this National Day. Simply buy a wooden or plastic ring from a craft shop (we used a dreamcatcher ring from Spotlight) and some coloured ribbon, cut the ribbon into lengths of your choosing, then loop or knot around the ring. It’s super simple to do, and your toddler or young child will love waving the red and white ribbons as they watch the parade.
4. Tissue paper pompoms
You don’t need a lot of expensive materials to make these National Day craft wonders and they’re ridiculously easy. Even better, you can use your new pompom-making skills to make DIY birthday party or baby shower decorations! Grab 10 sheets of tissue paper and lay them flat, in one pile, on a table, then fold every 4cm in accordion fashion (fold, flip over, fold, flip over, repeat). Once you get to the end, fold your strip in half and wrap some lightweight wire or string round the middle to secure it. Using scissors, gently round off each end of the tissue paper. You should be left with something that resembles a bit of a bow tie! Then gently take each layer of tissue paper and scrunch them towards the centre, repeating on the other half once you’re done. Fluff up each layer until the whole thing resembles a ball, then tie some string to the wire and hang. Easy! More of a visual person? There are plenty of video tutorials on YouTube.
5. Red velvet cupcakes
What better way to celebrate the nation’s colours than to eat them! We’re always on the hunt for the tastiest cupcakes in town, but nothing beats a spot of home baking. This red velvet cupcake recipe from Boston Girl Bakes hits the right spot with us. And, once you’ve perfected the method, you can make them again for Valentine’s Day – score!
6. Paper fan wheels
Another National Day craft that’s so simple and so cute! Make a whole host of these paper pinwheels and stick them to the wall to make an awesome photo backdrop, or try using patterned paper and attaching a thin wooden rod to make a handheld version. The choice is yours! All you need is some good quality coloured paper and some glue from a good arts and craft store and away you go. Check out Thought’s tutorial for a step-by-step guide.
And, if all else fails…
… try playdough! If the creative juices aren’t flowing, here’s one VERY easy thing you can do to feel patriotic: get some red playdough that the kids can mould into whatever they like! You could even grab some of these white foam moon and stars from Spotlight à la the Singaporean flag to press into their creations for an extra-festive take on their sculpture sesh. Too easy!