crafty ideas to do with my kids

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hey everyone. I am 23, and a stay at home mom of 3 kids. i have a 3 yr old, & 2yr old girls and then a 6 month old son. My hubby works nights so he sleep during the day. i try to keep the kids quiet (2 bedroom small apt) but it doesnt always work (still kinda cold to go walk to the park). I was wondering if there were any crafts that i could do with them. They do color on their own, although if im not busy i will definitely do it with them. I would love to do crafts with them, the only thing is my oldest wants to do it ALL day so how can i tell her look we did some thats it for today???



I would be doing crafts everyday if she didnt get pissed that i stopped.......if anyone has any idea of crafts & how to tell them when its time to stop that would be great!!!



I am looking foward to going to Michaels to get the supplies (my new favorite store lol). I am a sucker to buy stickers and anything crafty.....i just dont know what to do with it lol

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Ema - posted on 04/02/2012

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have you tryed baking with them?...i've just done that about 10 mins ago...lol..there eating them now so that's stopped them bugging me for more things to do...I made splodge biscuits with them....easy as anything...cheap to make too...and easy for kids..(i have a 4yr old boy an a 2yr old girl...) all you need is plain flour sugar a bit of milk and butter... i do it by eye...get a good splodge of butter or marge pop it in a bowl...add double the size of flour and sugar to taste..(i use alot of sugar..lol) get your hands in and keep mixing and crumbling with your fingers till it looks like crumble mix....if it's too squashy..add a bit more flower....too dry a bit more butter.....then add a splash of milk to make it into a doughy paste....butter a baking tray and let them splodge on the mixture in biscuit sized splodges...pop in the oven ..middle shelf on 200c (fan assisted) for about 10 mins....get out an on a plate to cool....and then quiet children....dah daaaa..lol...

Sarah - posted on 04/03/2012

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Get a big ol' plastic shower curtain. Makes a GREAT cheap ground cover for just about any project. Playdoh bits on floor? Paper clippings? Glitter? Flour and sugar? No problem, Just gather it all up, take it outside and give it a good shake. Still dirty? Spray it down with the hose or give it a rinse in the shower and hang it over the shower rod to dry. You can even toss it in the washing machine if you want too but it's a cheap plastic curtain, when it gets too grubby, buy a new one. They are super cheap!

September - posted on 04/02/2012

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Our 3 year old son loves crafts! We spend hours doing crafts. Here are some of the websites I use when looking for craft ideas. Crafts are messy that's a part of it but the benefits far outweigh any of those worries in my opinion. Enjoy!



http://www.kaboose.com/

http://www.busybeekidscrafts.com/

http://familyfun.go.com/



And of course there is always pinterest, you can find craft ideas on there pretty quickly.

Karenda - posted on 04/02/2012

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For ideas look at the kids craft boards on pinterest.com - there are tons of fun ideas.

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Kelly - posted on 04/06/2012

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I was told recently that Mardel's Christian store has great educational stuff. I am a stay at home mother with my son and when he's ready I'm heading there to get him started early for kindergarten.

Best of luck to you

Kellz

Karina - posted on 04/06/2012

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The shower curtain trick is awesome! I try to make my 3 yr old daughter sit on the floor to do her "crafts" but sometimes she wants to sit with me at the table. So i bought another curtain to cover the kitchen table.

As far as ending craft-time, I like to use a timer. Once it dings, Lily knows it is clean up time. Oh, and I set the timer again for +/- 15 minutes and she tries to beat the bell for getting her mess cleaned up. I do it too. We use a timer a lot - to pick up toys, clothes, crafts, baths (or she would turn into a raisin).

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Those are great ideas! They aren't a fan of celery but the last idea, I think they would love!! Thank you

Sharon - posted on 04/04/2012

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1. Use small empty water, gatorade, or juice plastic conatiners. Fill them with uncooked rice and beads or peas. This will make an instrument called shakers

2. Ants on a log...This is crative and nutritional....Celery, Peanut butter, and raisins.. Clean and slice the celery to make the log, place butter to make the sand and then place the raisins ina line to make the ants.

3.Get an empty jar and cover it with construction paper. Think of all of activities that you can think of and write them on a piece of paper and place them inthe jar individually. Allow the child to choose one from the jar and let he/she be in charge of directing the project.

Elfrieda - posted on 04/03/2012

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To make the craft time limited, you could say, "We're making Grandma an Easter card" and then once the card is done, the craft time is done. It might help to have a project in mind and then make only that project and it's over.

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Yes that's a good idea I think I took them once.....I'm afraid to take books (although I want to) because I'm afraid they will color and rip them...

Amy - posted on 04/03/2012

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It's not a craft suggestion, but a way to get them out of the house while your husband needs quiet is to go to the public library (if you have one locally) for a while. Ours has a variety of toys and board puzzles in the children's reading section so they can play for awhile, you can pick out a book to read and then get a few to check out and bring home. We have a ton of books at home and my kids still love to go to the library.

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@Denise that sounds like a great idea thanks

@Dianna I have a Pinterest account it after having my son I really wasn't able to go on the computer......Thank God for iPhone app lol I found so many ideas :) thank you

Dianna - posted on 04/03/2012

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one word PINTEREST! you will find so many great craft ideas to do with the kiddos!

Denise - posted on 04/02/2012

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I just recently found some great craft ideas inspired by Geo from Nick Jr's Team Umi Zoomi. I cut shapes out of foam then traced them on to construction paper & we attach them with a glue stick. I found a mixed bag of googlie eyes, pipe cleaners & pompoms. I got all the supplies at Dollar General or Wal-Mart & they were pretty inexpensive. I made simple things like birds, robots & Brobee from Yo Gabba Gabba. Our favorite was a semi truck, Daddy drives a big truck lol. Then put each project in a gallon size zip top bag with all the extras in it. Your daughter could then add here own flair to it with marker, glitter or crayons. Maybe even have her make up a story about there art to tell the younger ones or make a series of pictures that could be made into a book... Hope that's some help.

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@Tamara My oldest 3 yr old has quite the attention span my 2 yr old could care less but if it's something my oldest is doing then she will do it for a lil bit.....thanks for the felt/ magnet ideas :)



@Max that is a good idea I havent thought of a timer......it would be something I do daily so I think a timer is needed lol but I do try to keep a few things they make/color etc for later on

Max - posted on 04/02/2012

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Try google searches. Family Fun (the Disney magazine) has lots of great stuff, my kids are grown but I still go there for stuff.



Get a crafts timer, just for that purpose. When it goes off, craft-time is over.



Otoh, you may want to just rethink this thing, they grow up SO FAST! I just found a bookmark my middle dd made for me way back in elementary school, such sweet memories.

Tamara - posted on 04/02/2012

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You are lucky that your 2-3 year old children enjoy sitting down to color and do playdough!



A couple of ideas:

*Scrapbooks. There are pre-made children's scrapbooks, but you don't have to buy those ones. Use a 3-ring binder, hole punch some blank paper, and let them go at it. If you have a digital camera and a printer, print out pictures of them to tape onto the pages. They can then decorate them with markers and stickers.

*Flannel board stories. Again, you can buy pre-made kits, but you can also make your own. Print out pictures of people and animals, back them with felt, and play with them on a flannel-covered board. Encourage pretend play and telling stories about the characters.

*Magnet boards. Same idea as the flannel board, but glue magnets on the back of the pictures and use the characters on the back of a cookie sheet. (Careful with the magnets coming off, though). Using cardstock or laminating the pictures will help with durability.

*Legos. Legos have always been a favorite with my kids. They're expensive, but sometimes you can get lucky at garage sales or on Craigslist. Considering the ages of your kids, you may want to get the oversized ones, at least until you're sure none of them put things in their mouths.

*Oriental Trading Company (orientaltrading.com) has a ton of craft ideas for cheap. Plus, you usually can get things in bulk, so you can pull a few sets out one day and have plenty for future craft sessions.



Those are my thoughts. Hope they help :-)

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Thanks guys for the ideas, pinterest is GREAT!!! And no there arent any indoor places, that's reasonably priced.......but hopefully the next week or so it will be warm enough to walk to the park

Momma Of 4 - posted on 04/02/2012

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Pinterest IS great!! you should really check it out. also any INDOOR parks at any close rec centers??? make a weekly plan so your never stuck!! good luck

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Yes they like play doh......they get it all over the floor and won't clean it up so we stopped that......they are at the age where they need to clean up after themselves before going onto the next thing.............I would love to do stuff with them but they never clean up after themselves so why would I want to do fun things with them. I went on pinterest (my fave website before I had my son, now I have no time to go on) and found alot of blogs with craft ideas......I will be taking a trip to Michaels and hopefully getting alot of stuff so I can come up with different things daily (might be hard on my part)



Right now all week is easy cuz it's Easter and there are many things to make but once Easter is over, I will be stumped lol

Ema - posted on 04/02/2012

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my 2yr old loves playdoh...keeps her entertained for hours....for painting i take them in the kitchen...get her down to her nappy...an celotape old newspaper to the floor....

Heather - posted on 04/02/2012

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Bubbles, side walk chalk, going to a park with a pool, library, friend's houses, anything to keep them away from the house for at least 4 hours in the mornings. Playdough can also be played with by 2 and 3 year olds, you just have to watch them.

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Yea I do bake like cupcakes and cakes.....cookies from scratch (but it's so messy) I try not to bake with them too much. I'm On a diet and it's going great, I'm almost positve I can handle the smell and not eat it, so I only do it once and awhile lol. If they were to ask me can we bake I would say yes but they dont really ask. My oldest likes more crafty things tho.....she just wants to do it constantly .... preschool starts in Sept (only 2 hours but that's ok, she will be able to finger paint and all that stuff)

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