something that i can get my children into activity that lasts awhile and is affordable that i can join with my girls age 4,4,and 8

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Hi there! I have four little boys aged 9, 8, 7 and 4 and all of them absolutely love arts and crafts. I'm on a really tight budget and have recently introduced my kids to Perler Beads. Their like the Pixos but a cheaper version and much easier to use! Walmart and Toys r us sell them by the bucket full for fairly cheap. We make things together daily and they even go off and spend HOURS on end making things with them and the near silence in my house while their doing it is very welcome!  Good luck finding something to do! :)

Soe - posted on 03/03/2009

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Hi Danielle, I know what it is like to live life on a budget so I hope this may help you. I used to make homemade suncatchers with my oldest daughter when she was you girls age and she just loved it! You need: wax paper, paper bags (1-2), crayons, egg carton, crayon sharpener, iron, simple shapes to cut out, string, and scizzors. What you do is you take 12 different crayon colors, sharpen each color crayon and put the shredded crayon into the egg carton. A different color in each well. Turn on your iron (of course you would do this part) to a low-med setting to warm up. Take a paper bag and cut it so that it is open and place onto an ironing board. Cut a big enough piece of wax paper to put over the paper bag and with your fingers take small amounts of the shredded crayon and sprinkle it over the wax paper. You can mix as many colors as you want but you want to make sure you don't make any spot look like a large mountain because you will melt these colors. Once you are done sprinkling the colors, place another piece of wax paper on top covering all of the sprinkled crayon and then fold over the other half of the paper bag on top of the wax paper. Take the iron and slowly iron the paper bag until all the colors melt and blend in with the wax paper.

This should only take a couple of minutes or so. Once the crayons are melted you take the wax paper out from inside the paper bag and place it on a clean spot to cool down and harden. Cut out shapes of just about anything (like hearts for Valentines day, easter bunny eggs, stars, balloons, anything really) and trace over the wax paper with a pen or dark pencil. Cut out. Poke a hole at the top of the cut out and insert a long piece of string, or anything that hangs good and you can hang onto your windows or your ceiling. It is a a craft that will last a while and it is really neat how the kids learn to create colors by mixing them. Hope this helps. Take care.

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