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Crafting Time: 30 - 45 minutes
By Marie from West Dundee, IL
Approximate Time 20 - 30 minutes or less
By Marie E. Cecchini from West Dundee, IL
To keep really artistic moments with your grandkids contained, use a plastic swimming pool in your front room. The kids can create without worrying about making a mess on my carpet or furniture.
My daughters are purse fanatics, and I wanted to find a way to keep them entertained while my younger daycare kids had nap time. So, I went to a local craft store and bought some denim purses in varying sizes...
I am doing a lesson plan this week to encourage the children to eat blueberries, which they don't like right now. Blueberries are so good for the brain.
Sometimes a paint by number looks fun and easy until you open up the box and see the picture. One of the best way to get kids started with paint by number crafts is to buy them a set of markers and let them go to town.
An inexpensive, fun collage to make with the kids using dried foods for color and texture. This is a guide about dried beans and grains owl mosaic.
Try this simple project you can make with things you have around the house.
This fun cardboard shield is created to look like a soldier's shield from ancient Rome. It stays on the simple side, to really look authentic.
If you are looking to reduce screen time, these three easy crafts for boys are great for keeping your boys occupied.
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What crafts would a 12 year old girl like?
Many girls her age are using the knitting frames to make scarves, bags, etc. I meet moms and daughters all the time when I purchase yarn. If you knit or crochet it is a good age to teach her. If you don't and she is interested, yarn shops or friends or family that do would probably love to teach her.
Yarn dog on this web site. or send me an email and I will send you the site for it also for a cat that are out of yarn, but not knit or crocheted but wound "puffs" or pompoms. harrietschipper AT hotmail.com
Pom pom animals: many sites on line showing numerous variations you can make. Tie dying her own T-shirt (have a friend come and do it with the two of them).
Cooking: making fancy yeast breads, cookies or desserts...teach her to measure etc if she doesn't know. Bread dough or that plastic baking dough that comes in all colors to make little people, animals, etc.
Bead work. Go to Michaels and Joanns for ideas:) Brainstorm who she gives Christmas presents to and have her work on making some of those this summer:) Have lots of fun. Doing things with them makes them closer to you.
I am looking for some easy crafts for my 9 year old grandaughter. Her school is having a craft / bazar day next Saturday (Nov. 11th) which the kids can make things to sell at. I want to help her do this but am having a senior moment with this. We are allowed to help the kids make things to sell. I can't afford to spend a lot on supplies though we do have a lot already. Any help you can give for things she can make that'll sell would be greatly appreciated. The name of her little shop is going to be called "Stacy's Gift & Things Shop," with a Christmas theme. We are hoping for ideas for easy Christmas gifts & decorations / ornaments. Thanks in advance from both of us for any help you can give.
Betty from VA
These are the cutest little Button Snowman Pins I've ever seen...and they look soooooooo easy!
Does anyone have any thrifty craft ideas for kids ages 5-8?
Annette from Marlboro, MA
I list of kids craft websites I have put together
www.pbskids. org (go to Zoom and then Zoomdos
good ideas sent to the show by kids)
www.orientaltrading.com (they are selling the
>kits but you can make your own from the pictures,
either trace the idea or if you want a different
>use a copier)
>www.puzzlemaker.com You can create word searches
>using any theme
Two good magazines for kid activies and crafts
Pack O Fun (can be found in craft stores)
Where is the best place to find some simple homemade crafts?
By ECR from MN
Try this site: http://www.craftideas.info/
I'm in need of some easy summertime crafts to keep the kids occupied for the last part of the summer. I have two boys (8 and 11) that are always "bored" unless they are playing video games or watching TV. As we limit the television time, I hear about the boredom often. I would like to have some easy projects for them to work on when they don't know what else to do. In the past, the projects I have tried have been too messy, too complicated, or too dangerous for the boys to work on without constant supervision. As I work from home, there are times that just isn't possible.
Thanks for any ideas!
By Jessica from Hillsboro, OR
Your boys are at the right age to introduce them to paracord and what they can do with it. Since you're posting online, help them if they need it, to do a search of paracord and what it's used for, what it is, and what they can make from it. Here's a pdf link for making paracord bracelets, if they like doing those, then they can make some keyring fobs, bracelets, pet collars etc. for gifts. These can even be 'take alongs' which they can take with them when they have to wait in the car for someone (after cutting the cord, so no scissors in the car). This can become a learning tool even while they are having fun and what an accomplishment when done. O btw, to get the materials, go to your local outdoors store or buy online, either way take the boys and let them choose the colors. Happy knot tying!
I would appreciate any ideas for simple crafts for 5-11 year old boys and girls. I tutor them and thought during the summer I would try to read to them and also, do some craft projects with them. They are in a battered women's/unwed pregnant home.
By Har'iet from Lakewood, CA
Give these children an empty soda bottle and asked them to figure out what to do with it. Just the container and cap itself has many possibilities. Tell them they are the inventor. I would bet you they will come up with many ways to reuse that bottle and cap.
Ok I will give you 5
Fiil the clear plastic bottle up with coloured waste paper for an art project. That same bottle after it iis dom=ne can become a safe Lawn Dart.
Stand your bottle on the cap. Surprise it stands steady that way. Ok, then figure out what you want to put into that bottle that will always rise when turned over. much like those winter snow scene shakers only you add food colouring to the water.
The bottle caps can be decorated and turned into game pieces like marbles or checkers. Take a pour nozzle of any dishwashing detergent bottle and it will screw on the soda bottle any size presto you have a watering can for flowers or a squirt gun for summer fun by squeezing the bottle.
You can make crafts out of most trash with just a little thought. Have Fun, Mr. Thrifty
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The best craft material is gathered on a hike in the woods or a trip to the beach by the children themselves. Provide glue, wool pieces, paper cups and plates, craft sticks (Popsicle sticks), bottle caps, cloves, and whatever you find in your cupboards that you are not using: acrylic paints and brushes, wax paper to put small amounts of paint on, plain newsprint paper for easy cleanup of the craft table and to paint pictures on (perhaps using a pine cone brush).
Sit down with the children and find your inner child by creating a mythical person or animal or whatever your heart desires. The children will amaze you with what they create. Together you can make up a crazy play about all your newly created friends and perform the play for family and friends. With all these supplies on the craft shelf, the kids will return time and time again to CREATE.
By Christine from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia