Easy and fun kitchen appliances made using cardboard. Get a good sturdy box. Use a glue gun, Sharpies, plastic plates for burners, muffin tins and play food. Get bottle caps for knobs. Cut out pictures of a clock or print one. Just be creative. Children can use play dough to make their own food using cookie cutters.
You can make a refrigerator using a tall sturdy box. For a handle, cut box about 4 inches in on the tall side. For the door, glue gun a shelf cut from cardboard.
Cardboard has many child related activities. Make airplane small hole on top for head. Larger on bottom to shape of body, add wings. Or make doll houses or toy cars. Have fun!
Source: Found this on Pintrest. Made for my granddaughter!
Very fun looking! Thanks for posting!
If seems like there are always crafts for girls, but when it comes to boys crafts are a little hard to come by. School will soon be out and they will be needing something to do besides computers and electronic games. Here are a few I came up with.
The supplies are for all three crafts. The first four are for the insects, the cardboard tube, jute string, masking tape or painters tape, and spray paint are for the walkie talkies, and the other cardboard tube and the duct tape is for the binoculars.
The insects, as you see, are pretty simple. Just wrap the chenille stem around the craft stick. Shape wings and antennae, choose a button and glue all on as the kids want. No rules, just fun.
The walkie talkies are tubes 5 inches long.
Spray paint the tubes. Use painters tape and wrap on each end. Poke a hole at one end and put the jute through and wrap the tape around the jute and it is done.
As in the photo, start wrapping duct tape at a very slight angle in order to get all the tube covered. Wrap the whole thing then trim the ends to 1/2 inch. Fold the ends inside.
Now cut strips 1/4 inch shorter than your tubes, slip them inside your tube and smooth them to cover the inside, the bigger the tube the easier this will be. If you are using TP rolls instead of paper towel rolls, you can staple them together. I had to tape my rolls together. I split the duct tape lengthwise and ran it through the tubes around the other and back through twice.
Poke holes for you cord, wrap the ends and you have binoculars.
Remember the idea is to let the kids make the craft and it doesn't matter how they look if they are happy.
By Ann from Loup City, NE
I save all boxes (cereal, frozen food etc.), tubes, and most of my recyclables, and they build wonderful structures all year. I even give them challenge projects with some unusual items, or an item to build like a car garage or spaceship, car race track, etc. They love it!
You have the have the most fun loving and "gramma loving" grandkids in the world! Great job as always. PBP
These pets never have to be fed and no aquarium to clean!
This is an easy craft for kids of all ages and something we just did with the kindergarten class that I volunteer in. It does not take much time but makes a beautiful gift for parents, grandparents or someone special. This craft can be done anytime of the year.
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.
What crafts would a 12 year old girl like?
What Leahh could probably use and I would like to know also, is some free sites on the computer for good free directions for a variety of great but not costly or too hard crafts for this age group. For girls and also boys, maybe even as young as 7 -8 years old. Then maybe we can pry them away from all the other electronics and cell phone kind of stuff for an occasional hour or two of "quality time" shared with Grammy and Gramps.
Please post any info on this to this site, It will be a big help. Moony
There is a site that tells how to make Chocolate Lip Balm that is very easy to do. Google this and you'll be surprised at the various sites. At Craft Stores, there are kits with materials and instructions for making those friendship bracelets that are still so popular. Also small kits ( for $1) that have the beads, instructions, and findings for making key rings in many different animal shapes. Both boys and girls like to put these on their back packs.
If they enjoy working with the beads, you can invest in packages of pony-beads and the elastic to string them on at Walmart. They can make their own necklaces and bracelets in school colors or favorite colors. I purchased a multi-color pkg, separated the colors, and put the colors in small food-storage containers with lids (This was good for rainy days too). Also there are kits to make bar soaps with all the ingredients needed. Find an old coffee perculator at a flea market to melt the soap in. Can be used over and over.
Oh! and don't forget the old elmer's glue and craft sticks! Kids like to make things from them. Add some paint, and brushes. Keeps both boys and girls busy. Hope these ideas are helpful. You can also Google crafts for Vacation Bible School. Lots of ideas there, and by various ages too.
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 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.
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 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
Bake cookies or rice krispee bars. Tint the rice krispy mix red or free with food coloring. Maybe do a batch of each and package 1 of each in plastic wrap. Plastic tri-beads threaded 1 red/1 white on a pipe cleaner make cute candy cane ornaments (bend the finished piece into a cane shape. Get some red plastic spoons and dip into melted chocolate a few times. Wrap in cellophane and sell them to stir coffee with to add chocolate flavor. Small clothespins can have a tiny red pompom glued on the knob at the end, and glue on 2 jiggly eyes. add a tiny holly sprig or bow, and glue on a pin-back-makes a reindeer. Candy cane reindeer-glue pompom on the end of the hook part, and 2 jiggly eyes just above. Twist a chenille stem either into a corkscrew or bent into antler shape, then twist it onto the cane.
A couple years ago I made Borax Snowflakes!
You'll need White Pipe Cleaners, Borax (20 Mule Team), Mason Jar, Pencil, Hot water and a string. I made mine into Star Shapes & Spirals
(twist around the end of a ladle or wooden spoon)
These are so PRETTY and really EASY to make.
Here is what you do. 1. Cut a pipe cleaner into three equal parts. 2. Twist the sections together at their centers to form a six-sided snowflake shape. This will be your scaffold or template. If an end isn't even, just trim to get the desired shape. The snowflake scaffold should fit inside the jar. 3. Tie the string to the end of one of the snowflake arms. Tie the other end of the string to the pencil. You want the length to be such that the pencil hangs the snowflake scaffold freely into the jar (not touching the bottom of the jar). 4. Take the snowflake scaffold out of the jar & fill it with boiling water. 5. Add borax powder, one tablespoon at a time, to the boiling water. Stir to dissolve after each addition. Use 3 tablespoons of borax per cup of water (1 pint = 2 cups). It is okay if some undissolved borax settles to the bottom of the jar. 6. If desired, you may tint the mixture with food color. 7. Hang the pipe cleaner snowflake into the jar so that the pencil rests on top of the jar and the snowflake is completely covered with liquid. 8. Let the jar sit in an undisturbed location overnight. 9. The next day, look at your pretty crystals! Remove the snowflake, dispose of the liquid down the drain, and re-hang the snowflake until it is dry. Then you can hang your snowflake as a decoration or in a window to catch the sunlight.
These are the cutest little Button Snowman Pins I've ever seen...and they look soooooooo easy!
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.
Does anyone have any thrifty craft ideas for kids ages 5-8?
Annette from Marlboro, MA
You can make flowers out of toilet paper rolls. You cut at either end and leave space in the middle (make the cuts about 1/2 inch thick and then bend them up and let the kids paint them. You can use pipe cleaners for the stems. Then use an old container or can (with no sharp edges) and let them decorate that and you have a beautiful spring arrangement without the hassle of watering them!
Ever heard of a craft magazine for kids called Pack-O-Fun? It is great and if you have access to a used book or magazine store perhaps you can get some used issues. Magazine stores carry it and although you might consider it expensive, it is worth the money I feel because the ideas are so good. They have a website as well. You do not say if we are talking about boys or girls or mixed young crafters? Your local library should have all kinds of ideas too. Don't just stick to the adult section though, hit the kids section too.
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)
Try this simple project you can make with things you have around the house.
Where is the best place to find some simple homemade crafts?
By ECR from MN
There are all kinds of web sites online that offer these ideas. JoAnn and Michaels offer free printable projects online and I'm not sure but I think Hobby Lobby does too. Google free printable crafts and see what you can find. I use some, but off hand don't know the websites, because I signed up for free e letters from them.
Try this site: http://www.craftideas.info/
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.