20 Blogs Featuring Kids’ Crafts You Can Do with Basic Household SuppliesAugust 19, 2013 | in Housekeeping
While it’s definitely not hard to spend a small fortune at a craft supply store, sometimes the best crafts can be done with basic household supplies. Paper plates, lunch sacks, empty tin cans and Popsicle sticks all have their rightful place in the craft world, and most people have one or all of these things already stocked in their house! The next time the kids get bored don’t send them to watch a movie, instead bust out these basic supplies and get to crafting! These 20 blog articles give step-by-step directions for numerous projects that will keep your kids busy for days.
Paper plates are relatively inexpensive, and typically come in a bulk supply. This makes them perfect for crafting because if someone messes up on their project they can just grab another plate and start over. The crafts in these five blog entries teach fine motor skills and exercise your kids’ imaginations, and the kids will have a blast putting them all together.
- Kids Craft: Dream Catcher Using string, beads and feathers you can turn an ordinary paper plate into a beautiful dream catcher.
- Under the Sea Preschool Craft Your kids can make a creative under the sea picture with a paper plate, some paint and beans.
- How to Make Your Own Jellyfish This blogger uses a paper bowl, but this craft could easily be replicated with a paper plate.
- Sea/Ocean Themed Crafts –Paper Plate Shell Lacing Take a paper plate and decorate it using whatever you have on hand, then lace it with a shoestring or yarn.
- 5 Paper Plate-a-Sauruses with Templates This craft gives you the chance to talk about dinosaurs while the kids make their own various plate-a-saureses.
Lunch sacks are both inexpensive and biodegradable, so they are handy to have around for crafting as well as for lunches. Paper sacks make the perfect flowers, puppets and even journals, and with the help of these five blog posts your child can easily craft all of these and more.
- Brown Paper Flowers Tutorial Perfect for the fall, these brown paper flowers might be a project best done by an older child.
- Paper Bag Jellyfish Craft (and Color Mixing Too) You can work on scissor skills with your preschooler by doing this craft together.
- Paper Bag Books: Simple Journals to Make with Kids Try this inexpensive project to produce a journal or scrapbook for your child.
- Paper Bag Bird Nest Cut down the paper bag and fill it with raffia and plastic eggs to create a paper bag bird’s nest.
- Tutorial: Frog Paper Bag Puppet Using crayons or markers help your kids create a frog puppet out of an ordinary lunch sack.
It takes tin cans a long time to break down in a landfill, so recycling them is usually the best option. But you don’t have to just throw them into the recycling bin; instead, use them for crafting! You’ll find plenty of creative tin can ideas to do with your kids in these five blog articles.
- Wind Chime Instead of throwing them away, recycle all of those tin cans into a fun and musical project for the kids.
- Crafts with Teeny: Bird Feeder Turn that old tin can into a way to feed your feathered friends by making a bird feeder out of it.
- Craft for Kids: Tin Can Lanterns These lanterns require a hammer and a nail, so this project is best suited for older kids or for when there is adequate adult supervision.
- Tutorial: Tin Can Caddy for Earth Day and Mother’s Day Gather up some empty tin cans and get ready to paint them for this clever project.
- DIY Tin-Can Stilts Who knew you could make stilts out of tin cans? Your kids will have a blast walking around on these homemade stilts.
Whether you save the sticks from your favorite frozen treat or buy clean sticks from a craft store, most people have some Popsicle sticks hanging around. For many Popsicle stick crafts you need little more than sticks and glue, and with the help of these five blog posts you can find all sorts of craft projects to make.
- Not Your Average Popsicle Stick Crafts Check out this nifty way to create a usable bow and arrow toy out of Popsicle sticks.
- Popsicle Stick Flag Craft By using Popsicle sticks, glue and some paint your child can create their own wooden flag decoration.
- Popsicle Stick Puzzles Create a picture on top of several lined up Popsicle sticks and then mix them up and try to put the puzzle back together again or trade it with a friend.
- Popsicle Stick House Have the kids make a house – or even an entire neighborhood! – out of Popsicle sticks with the help of this blog post.
- Keeping the Kids Busy on a Rainy Day with Crafts is Simple When You are a Popsicle Mom Get together some Popsicle sticks and adhesive foam letters and let your kids decorate the sticks, then work on sight words with them.
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