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Fun & Frugal Arts and Crafts You Can Do with Your Kids
Arts and crafts are crucial part of every child’s growing up and you should incorporate such activities in your daily routines. They encourage your children’s imagination, improve their motor and cognitive skills and they are generally fun. So, if you are looking for some activities that you can do with your little ones, pay attention to these simple and inexpensive DIY projects.
Popsicle Stick Frames
If you all just adore popsicles, don’t throw away the sticks. Rather, save them for your fun crafts projects. You can easily turn sticks into frames and always have a place for your drawings and pictures. All you need are ordinary popsicle sticks, glue, some washi tape and magnets. Colour the sticks with your child’s favourite colours, glue them together into funny shapes with glue or washi tape. Decorate them with some colourful bows and patterns and you have a frame for all your kids’ drawings and favourite photos which you can later put up on the fridge or living room wall.
Make fun dresses for clothespins by using only some embroidery floss and hot glue. Think of a dress design together and wrap the thread around the clothespin. Additionally, you can easily engage your boys to do the same by making fun outfits for boy dolls. If you wish to stay neutral, stripes are always a great choice, but for the girls you can easily make out some cute skirts. Use glue to attach the lengths of thread at the waist and simply unravel the pieces to make the outfit look fuller.
Holiday Ornaments and Masks
All holidays bring joy and fun, so why not make simple ornaments and masks with your children? You can take the example of an early learning centre where they make beautiful and creative masks and ornaments and create everything with some paper and paint. There is something for each holiday; you just need to find some glue, colors, cardboard, thread and any other craft supply that comes into your mind. For Halloween or even birthday parties, you can rely on face paint and draw the most imaginative masks for your little ones.
Sand jars are a perfect craft projects if you wish to have some fun while making decorations for your kids’ rooms. Find some old empty jars in various sizes and shapes and fill them up with sand or salt. To make them more interesting, you can add powdered tempera or food coloring and mix them with the salt or sand. Also, you can first fill each cup with the material and desired colors and pour different colors of sand into one jar, creating a colorful ornament. To make the jars more fun, you can put up stickers or colorful feathers on the sides or the top and complete the fun project.
Painted Garden Flowers
If you are looking for something to make your garden even prettier, than you and your kids will enjoy this project. The supplies are pretty simple: a few wooden garden stakes, see-through plastic plates, outdoor paint, small screws and twine. Let your children paint the plates in their favorite colors and patterns and once the paint has dried punch a small hole, one centimeter from the inner edge of the plate. Attach the plates with screws onto the garden stakes and cut approximately 4 feet of twine, wrap it around the stake and tie the rest of it into a bow. Lastly, tap the stakes into the ground of your garden and your outdoor decoration is over. Plus, acrylic paint can easily withstand all the weather conditions, so don’t worry about it getting washed off.
Not all craft projects involve plenty of time and money. You just need to be creative and you probably already have all the supplies in your house. Use what you have, take these examples and you can easily spend some quality time with your little ones and create beautiful memories.
Tracey Clayton is a full time mum of three girls. She feels she knows a thing or two about raising happy, healthy and confident kids, and offers helpful advice in her parenting articles at https://highstylife.com/.
She’s also passionate about travelling, fashion and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”