I am in need of some art projects for kids ages 4 and 2 years old? They love to do arts and crafts but I do not have a lot of money to do buy supplies, any ideas for household items to do arts and crafts?

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Cristina - posted on 12/15/2008

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My daughter is almost 3 and she loves this one.... you'll need "fruit loops" cereal, baby food jars, a funnel (or you can make one with a piece of paper) and baggies.
Start with having your kids sort the cereal by color....then place each color in their own bag. Have them crush the cereal until it becomes fine (like sand) and then using the baby food jars and the funnel, have them create "sand art" which you can give away as gifts. Grandparents LOVE them...Enjoy

User - posted on 12/15/2008

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we just made birdfeeders using pinecones (from the neighborhood), birdseed and peanut butter. the kids had a blast and the feeders attracted a ton of birds. my 2 year old loves watching them from the front window.

Kelly - posted on 12/15/2008

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I used to teach pre-school, and some of the things we worked on to develop those fine motor skills, were cutting (with child-safe scissors) which may not produce much but they will stay focused on for some time, and I would quite often draw a simple shape (themed for the week's activities) and give them strips of colored paper, which the children would tear into small pieces and then I would give them liquid glue in a small paper cup and a q-tip and they would "paint" the drawn object with glue and stick on the small bits of paper. This keeps them interested for a good while, and develops several skills. I always save my Christmas cards from each year, and the next year we cut out the pictures and glue them onto construction paper shapes such as balls or stars, to make ornaments. This we do in Sunday School with K-2nd graders, but smaller kids can do it as well.

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Shannintipton - posted on 09/30/2011

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Hi Michelle and Rebecca, I just wanted to thank you for your contributions but this thread is a little old. So I will be closing it. But thank you. Keep at it, there are a lot more posts out there. Thanks. :)

Michelle - posted on 09/30/2011

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You can spray shaving cream on a table or floor and let them draw in it with their fingers. It cleans up pretty easy when you're done too.

Rebecca - posted on 09/30/2011

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Since fall has arrived a great craft is to either draw or stencil out some pumpkins or cats *even Halloween themed items if you celebrate the holiday* and then let the kids decorate the walls with them. Also you can collect colorful leaves from your yard, stick them between two pieces of wax paper and then glued down some fall colored construction paper so that the leaf hangs in between and then you can tie some string through it and hang it from the cieling. I did that craft in kindergarten and still remember it like 25 years later!:D

Jenie - posted on 12/15/2008

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rain sticks using dry beans inside an old paper towel roll, decorate the othside (crayons, whatever!) take an empty water bottle and fill 1/2 with water and 1/2 with cooking or baby oil. add a drop or two of food coloring, glue on lid to secure...shake to "mix" and see what happens! fun stuff LOL i have loasd of other stuff (was a nanny for years) feel free to mssg me :)

Gwen - posted on 12/15/2008

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Hi. Check out this website: http://www.dltk-teach.com/

There are tons of activity ideas for all ages. You can search by Holiday, Theme, Alphabet Letter of the week, etc. Tons of activities to do w/ household items (such as toilet paper rolls)! I use this site all the time for ideas!!! Hope this helps :)

Danielle - posted on 12/15/2008

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baking is a fun and pretty inexpensive activity and the kids always have fun! we like to make musical instruments out of old milk containers and put some dry beans in it let them decorate the outside, and they have been busy creating only to continue with some musical fun after! or even making a house out of an old shoe box, let them design their own room and use it for their favorite toys!

Cortney - posted on 12/15/2008

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We make necklaces and bracelets with string or dental floss. Have the kids put cheereos through it which they tend to eat:) or different shaped noodles. We also go find rocks or shells around the neighborhood or yard and then paint them. If you take a coffee filter and let the kids color it with different colored markers then put it under water for a few seconds, it turns out tye dyed makes for a good turkey feather for Thanksgiving. Hope this helps a bit. We are always looking for new ideas too!!

Kelly - posted on 12/15/2008

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If you really want to be thrifty, and are organized enough, keep several large pieces of wrapping paper from this year's gifts, and use that for crafts next holiday season. You can always even give them old junk mail to cut up, color on, and practice gluing with.

Katie - posted on 12/15/2008

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you could get some paper and make ornaments for the holidays! Maybe you could cut out snowflakes , snowmen, etc and have the kids decorate them.

Tina - posted on 12/15/2008

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Old fabric and buttons works great too. I bought a huge tin of old buttons at an auction once and you won't beleive how much fun the kids had with that stuff. Construction paper and glitter and elmers glue too.

Kristi - posted on 12/15/2008

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milk cartons are great for homemade blocks and you can finger paint with chocolate pudding! You can also do "arts and crafts" with foods. Flour and water - you can mold into shapes like playdough and color with marker after you bake it in the oven. You can make a pizza crust and have the kids use different veggies to make pizza faces and designs, ice cookies. You can use pasta shapes and glue to construction paper. Felt stick together so you can get some felt and make a felt board (we tacked felt onto an old dry erase board) then you can have the kids draw shapes, numbers, cut out animals on the other pieces of felt - cut them out - and stick them to the felt board (kinda like refrigerator magnets). Marshmallows are also great for crafts.

Tasha - posted on 12/15/2008

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empty yogurt containers ar great to mix in and if you have leftover you can store it. You can also make musical instruments with them.



The website http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/ has projects to print off for every season and many holidays.

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you can also use egg cartons for arts and crafts. or paper bags,or old socks. making puppets is a good thing for kids to do. and they are easy too.that gives them something to make then play with later. hope that helps.

Kelly - posted on 12/14/2008

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go to www.familyfun.com.....there are a ton of ideas for crafts, baking, games, etc. There is stuff for kids of all ages too!! Hope this helps!:)

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Start collecting toilet paper rolls and the paper towel rolls. Cotton balls. construction paper. You can make tons of animals and character and pictures with just those and some glue and tape :)

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