in need of some good arts and crafts ideas

Adina - posted on 10/15/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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i need some good and not expensive arts and crafts ideas for my 2 1/2 year old son

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Rebekah - posted on 07/11/2011

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Pudding Painting (and it's yummy too!)

Freeze water in plastic bowls and put some food color in it - on a hot day throw them outside to play with!

Get some of those markers that are washable and make a picture on cardstock paper (to prevent bleeding) then give your son an ice cube to smear the marker colors and paint!

Cotton balls, glue and blue construction paper - have your child make clouds. You can talk about nimbus, stratus and cumulus clouds.

Make a basket out of cardstock paper. Holding the paper so it's "landscape" fold into three equal sections lengthwise. Cut about a 1/4 up on each folded section (top and bottom, then fold up to make a basket shape and tape to hold in place. Using another cardstock sheet, cut a strip off to make the handle. Have your child decorate the basket with crayons, markers, stickers, foam stickers, etc. Then fill it up with goodies to give to someone special!

You draw with white crayon on white paper. Have your child use a colored crayon to find the hidden drawing or objects.

Go to the Hobby Lobby store and buy some of those wood die cut outs (really cheap $1.99 for an 9 pack) and let him paint them. My son likes the train ones!

Make potato stamps. Cut a potato in half and then draw a shape on it, cut around the shape and remove part of the potato that is around that shape, but leaving enough of the potato so you can still pick it up. Dip in paint or a stamp pad - voila! Homemade stamper!!!

Do snack crafts that are edible:
Muscle Weights: pretzel sticks and mini marshmallows

Ants on a Log: celery stick, cream cheese/peanut butter, and raisins

Crumbling Walls: chocolate milk, graham crackers and frosting (any flavor). Build a graham cracker brick (cracker, frosting, cracker, frosting, cracker), then place in a cup and pour the chocolate milk overtop - watch the wall crumble!

Duck in a Nest: pears, cheese, lettuce, grape
Cut a pear in half (take off the skin), then cut into slices, but leave in half shape. Put a piece of lettuce on the plate first, then put the sliced half pear shape on top. Then cut 2 small triangles from cheese to make the duck bill, then cut out webbed feet. Cut the grape in half to make eyes. Talk about ducks while eating this delicious snack!

Decorate a cookie together.

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Melinda - posted on 07/13/2011

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Go to www.familyfun.com they have a ton of ideas. I went there to help with the planning of my son's birthday; If you chose a project they give you a list of what you will need to complete it. Also crayola has a travel kit for all ages. www.crayola.com

Cheena - posted on 07/11/2011

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My son, he just turned 5 in April, is an extremely good artist. He has been drawing since the age of 2...

My husband and I, we both are artists as well. As a need to preserve and appreciate his art we provide him with lots of art material and time.

We don't give him any directions, mostly he draws on his own from his imagination. Sometimes we do interact with him on some random ideas, like recently he drew a picture while listening to a song :)



It's been almost 2-3 years, that we were toying with the idea of creating an online studio for all children, where they can share their masterpieces.

I created a group or two on Flickr, ning and even Facebook...eventually, came up with this concept that we call the little sketchers!



We have had a very good response, since our launch, and we are happy to see children getting excited about all this. Art, I believe is not only therapeutic but also a great way to help children retain more in terms of their education. Art reveals a lot about what is going on in that tiny mind!



Little Sketchers is our 'little' effort to enable parents to cherish the creative endeavors of their children!



Website:

http://www.littlesketchers.com/



FB Page:

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Rachel - posted on 10/19/2009

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playdough and paint are fav with my 4. recipes for both online wth stuff u prob already have.

Megan - posted on 10/18/2009

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if you have wooden fences or bricks around your home.... ffill a bucket with water...... get an oversized paint brush and paint away!!! looks like they are painting until it drys and then they can start again... works on concrete too!!! playdough is always a favourite....... you can also make a GOO tub from Lux soap flakes and water!!!

Allison - posted on 10/18/2009

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I am a mother of a 2 year old son and I am also a nanny of a 3 and 4 month old boy. The boy I watch and I love to do crafts and art projects but I can never get my son involved! He would rather watch tv or play with his toys. Is this normal for a kid his age to not want to sit down and work on an art project? His attention span is about 2 seconds lol.

Shannon - posted on 10/16/2009

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I have a 2, 4 and 9 y/o. this month we have painted Styrofoam balls black and put eight pieces of black pipe cleaner for legs and glue on googly eyes to make spiders to stick in the store bought webs, painted baby pumpkins for the front porch, glued buttons to a foam paper cut out that says "boo" for the door, and painted printouts of bats which my girls cut out and I cut out for my son to hang in the windows. Our next project is the pumpkin pie from a real pumpkin tomorrow.

Jessica - posted on 10/16/2009

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im into scrapebooking and my daughter loves to touch my stuff so i just went around the house and collected some stuff like egg cartons, toilet rolls and stuff like that she could make stuff out of and then i brought her some stamps, pencils and little craft items, i found that cheap and easy now when i do scrapebooking, my daughter is has her craft box out and enjoys doing her own thing with a little help, or you could go to the craft shops and have a look at the craft and arts sections, as well as buy some paints and find a old top, children really love painting, good luck!

Bridget - posted on 10/16/2009

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My daughters & I have regular coloring book days. I also bought some non-toxic washable Crayola paint & I tear pages out of their coloring books & let them paint them. We make Cheerio or macaroni necklaces using string. Also, there is a Dollar Tree store in our area (all items are $1) & they have lots of neat little craft things. I go there & buy tablets of construction paper, glue, kids scissors, little puff balls, googly eyes, foam cut outs & whatever else I can get a hold of & I let them girls glue all the different items onto the construction paper (that's their favorite project).

Maggie - posted on 10/16/2009

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easy stuff: coloring with crayons/markers/paint on paper or in books. play dough (there are tons of recipes you can make at home). Sidewalk chalk is fun if you have a place to use it. I like the magazine collage idea - might try that! Make stuff out of popsicle sticks.Macaroni art - you can do anything with noodles!! lacing them through string to make a necklace will help with eye hand coordination, too.

This time of year of course there's pumpkins to decorate. You could also make a birdhouse or feeder out of a gourd. You could start making turkeys for thanksgiving or decorate stockings for Christmas or make ornaments out of dough.

Harder stuff: decorate a treasure box or picture frames with yarn, ribbon, puffballs, glitter, paint - really whatever you have on hand.

We make things out of felt. I cut out the shapes and he glues them together. You can color sand and make pictures with it. you can play with water in all kinds of ways - paint with it, pour it, splash it, teach about mixing colors to make other colors (yeah, mix some learning in there!)

Lisa - posted on 10/16/2009

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one thing that my duaghter love to do is make a wreath for every holliday! we started doing this when she was 3. you can find all the stuff to make them at any craft store and letting them pick out the stuff to put on it is very interesting! I let her paint the stirofoam circle and when it dried i let her spread the glue then put on the glitter. after that was all dry we glued on little wooden ghost and halloween decorations and put a halloween bow on top. we used black paint and dark purple glitter and it actually came out beautiful. She was so proud of it so we made a tradition of making a new one for every holliday. it only cost about 15 bucks to start getting the stuff for it and most of the stuff like glue and paint and glitter can be used for multiple wreaths before you have to buy more.

Christine - posted on 10/15/2009

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Paint! Every baby loves to paint, as long as you give him a big piece of paper some paint to let him put his hands in and go at it. He will ba a happy camper.

Bianca - posted on 10/15/2009

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This month has been really easy for me. I let my 3 yr old paint baby pumpkins. Or like Marcy said - rocks - that's a good idea that i'm actually going to use. I also take old magazines and I cut out things she will like and let her pick out some and I use a glue stick to add glue to the backs and let her stick it on the paper. She loves making collages - they are all over my fridge. We've also made masks out of foam from the Dollar Tree ! I let her decorate her pumpkin also with puff balls and yarn for hair ! She really liked that ! Paper plates are good to finger paint a creation on. I also bought some self dying clay and created little things out of them and let her paint them ... then I hot glue a magnet to the back and stick them on the fridge!
Hope some of this helps !!

Ashley - posted on 10/15/2009

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I found this really great finger paint recipe made from corn starch and dish soap. It isn't very painty but it makes a great mess (that is easy to clean up) and is super squishy between fingers (my son loves it) My son and I also do alot of making animals out of toilet paper rolls. You can buy pipe cleaners and eyes and little fluffy balls really cheap. some construction paper and your all set. We're trying to make a whole farm!

Paint recipe

3 tbls sugar, 1/2 cup cornstarch, 2 cups water (cold), 1/4 cup liquid dishsoap, vanilla extract (smell), food colouring

put sugar and water in saucepan slowly add water. cook over medium heat (stirring constsantly) until the mixture gets gloopy and clear. Take off heat and cool. Add the liquid soap and stir to smooth. add vanilla to fix smell. then add food colouring.

it is lots of fun

Marcy - posted on 10/15/2009

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Adina my son is 3 years old. he goes to nursery school and comes home with tons of arts and crafts. One thing he loves to do is paint. We have created a rock garden outside. We go on a nature walk and find rocks and then we bring them back and paint them and they go on the rock wall. Its cute to walk past them.



The other thing they do at school is each month they have a theme. This month is obviously halloween and he has come home with construction paper bats, ghosts, etc. At 2 1/2 it doesn't take much to make them happy so you don't need to spend a fortune.

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