Easy crafts

Diana - posted on 03/07/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I'm looking for some easy crafts I can do with a 3 and 5-yr-old. I want to spend more quality time with my kids and nourish their creative sides but I don't have much experience. Any ideas on simple crafts we can do as a family?

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Irene - posted on 03/10/2010

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Collect leaves of different shapes & sizes. Put them underneath thin paper & use colour pencils to colour over them. Cut them out to do different craftwork with the colourful leaves.

Danielle - posted on 03/10/2010

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Another one is cupcake holders and googly eyes and strips of cellophane and make an ocatpus or jelly fish...
OR get a blank envelope, cut up old birthday cards etc..and stick the pretty "pictures" on the envelope..Also make letter boxes with used toilet rolls and an old cardboard box.

....get a HUGE cardbooard box and make a specail cubby house that the kids can paint and decorate..put it upside down and cut out a door and windows. You can usually go to shops and ask for any discarded carsboard boxes.

get an old sponge and cut out shapes and use it for sponge paintings...

You can do soo much with old toilet rolls...make people with it and a little village...yu can make cars and buildings and even animals. paddol pop sticks and other odd and ends...

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Oh my where do I start! (I am a pre-k teacher) and there are so many art things to do with the kids! The first question is how messy to do like to get? How old are your kids?

1) "Magic Paper" :Go the an office store and get "Astrobright Gallaxy Gold" Paper (it needs to be this kind) put some water in a cup with baking soda and have the kids paint with q-tips/paintbrushes....as you paint the paper will turn red. The more bakind soda the more red it will be
2) Make putty with them: equal parts liquid starch (laundry section) and glue. Add food coloring to the strach if you'd like to have some color
3) Messy: Cornstarch and water (optional food coloring). Had water and pour starch in and mix until desire consistency. It need to look like slime. It is hard to pick up but oozes out of your hands when you pick it up. I put it in a large pan/bowl and had animals, cups...
4)Make puppets with old/missing socks-use the craft glue-it sticks better than elmers
5)Put paint in a spray bottle and dilute with water and "spray" the paint on-add stickers
6) Cheap: Keep your food boxes, plastic containers and have the kids create things with them. Use tape/glue/scissors/stickers...to make things. Ex: use a cereal box and tie a string to the box and a lid and you just make a boat pulling a tube in the water!

I could go on and on. What exactly are you looking for?? I can think of more if I know what you are looking for.

Marcy - posted on 03/08/2010

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We have a lovely rock collection in our yard. We go outside on a rock hunt around the neighborhood with our pails and then we come in and wash our rocks and dry them. Then we paint them and put them back outsise in the rock garden. My son loves doing this....

The other thing you can do is make sugar cookies and decorate them depending on which holiday is coming up.

I love looking on yahoo.com for bizzare holidays. There are lots of calendars of there. For example, March 12th is plant a flower day. You could go buy a flower (or seeds) and plant them outside. March 28th is Something on a Stick Day. You could do stick puppets or make homemade popsicles. I use the calendar a lot because I work full time and my brain is fried.....

Good luck and have fun.

Rebecca - posted on 03/08/2010

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I personally like finger painting, it's cheep and the kids love it. I've even framed a few pieces of their art! I can be a bit messy!! Sock puppets are fun too! All you need is some socks from your "mismatched" sock collection...lol and then some felt or buttons. You can actually buy a big thing of buttons at a craft store for pretty cheep. The sock puppets are fun and you can create different characters and the kids can play with them over and over.



That's what comes to mind first. I'm sure though out the day I'll have other ideas pop in my head and if they do I'll stop back by. Hope this helps get your creative juices flowing!



Rebecca

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