Family activities and children’s craft projects are great ways to spend time together. Using household items to create crafts keep expenses low and fun high.
Parents looking for things to do with children will be happy to know that there are several items already in their homes that can be used to create easy crafts. Here are fun activities that cost little, but provide hours of fun.
Make homemade play dough
Homemade playdough can be created really easily using this recipe from BBC Good Food with 8 tbsp plain flour, 2 tbsp table salt, 60ml warm water, food colouring and 1 tbsp vegetable oil.
Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix together the water, a few drops of food colouring and the oil. Pour the coloured water into the flour mix and bring together with a spoon. Dust a work surface with a little flour and turn out the dough. Knead together for a few minutes to form a smooth, pliable dough. If you want a more intense colour you can work in a few extra drops of food colouring.
This play dough can be used for sculptures and crafts, left to dry for permanent art, or stored in an airtight container and used again and again. Store in a plastic sandwich bag (squeeze out the air) in the fridge to keep it fresh.
For two easy stamp creating methods, gather all sizes of rubber bands, glue, cardboard, scissors, foam trays from packages of meat and a pencil or pen.
For the first method, cut the cardboard to the size desired for the stamp being created. Then cut the different sizes of rubber bands into shapes to glue into the desired design on the cardboard. Let dry and then dip into paint or ink before pressing to paper or other surfaces. For a more permanent stamp, try gluing the rubber onto small pieces of wood.
To create foam stamps, cut the foam trays to the desired size and use a pencil or pen to press the design into the foam. This will create a reversal of the design when stamped.
Always remember to create mirror images of letters for them to face the correct way when stamped.
Use magazines and leaflets for children’s collages
Gather unwanted catalogues, leaflets and magazines, along with construction paper and glue to create collages. Have children come up with a story to tell through pictures, or have them find images that would illustrate the theme of a favourite book. Collage can also be used to create imaginative, abstract art. Layer and tear the paper, adding paint, glue and sparkles for truly unique artistic designs.
Activities for children do not have to be expensive or time-consuming. By collecting items around the home, parents and children can find hours of fun, as well as new uses for ordinary things. Take a look inside the kitchen cabinets and the recycling bin, and get started on a project today.