Its great being out and about during the holidays but some chill time at home is beneficial too. Now when I say chill I don’t mean chilling in a pre parent kind of way, its now hiding in the kitchen, drinking cold coffee and stuffing my face with a forbidden biscuit! My eldest loves crafts and painting, shes great at meticulous cutting and sticking. Middle son, however, strikes horror into me every time he picks up a glue stick or paintbrush, a 10 minute activity takes 20 minutes to clear up, especially when the youngest has walked through the paint.
Fear not, we’ve come up with a range of craft ideas to suit messy pre schoolers up to older school kids. To add some competitive spirit we’d love to see pictures of your crafty creations and the best will receive the Toucan Ocean Craft Box.
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Craft ideas for all ages…
My 3 year old loves creating a garden picture, it is really very simple, all you need is coloured paper, felt tips, pva glue and access to a lawn! He colours in the grass and sky on his paper first and then goes into the garden and picks grass, petals, small twigs and daisys. Then covers most of the page with glue 😯 and sticks down his finds. I like this as it involves very little input so he can be as creative as he wants.
Painted rocks and shells
Collect some palm of the hand sized rocks and shells on your travels along with smaller shells. When home get the paints out and let your pre-schooler decorate the large rocks, if they like they can use some pva glue to stick the smaller shells to the rocks and create aliens!
You’ll need a foil pie container, some sweet wrappers, glue and a needle and thread. An adult will have to help with cutting some triangles out of the edge of the pie container, flatten these out and glue the sweet wrappers round the triangles. Decorate the centre by gluing on scrunched up sweet wrappers. Punch a hole and thread a loop through so that the sun can hang up.
Image credits – http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/sun-suncatcher
Tissue paper sun catchers
You’ll need contact paper, if you don’t have any, tracing paper or greaseproof paper would do, tissue paper, glue, a hole punch and some ribbon or string. Tear the tissue paper into small pieces, cut a shape out of the contact paper, spread glue on and decorate with the tissue paper. Punch a hole and thread the string or ribbon through and hang in a window.
Image credits – http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/sun-suncatcher
Grab some yellow paint, a green marker, paper and a fork. Let the kids dip the back of the fork in yellow paint, then drag backwards forming a circle, fill in the middle and let dry. Draw a stem with the green marker. If you’re feeling arty add some orange for depth.
Image credits – http://www.freekidscrafts.com/fork-dandelions/
Grab a plastic water bottle and send the kids into the garden to collect grass, petals, daisies, mud and sand. Pour some water into the bottle and get them to stir it with a stick. My eldest loves to call this her perfume and also likes to put it in the freezer and use it as a pretty ice pack on hot days.
This is a great one if you’ve got some older wellies or plain new ones. All you need is the wellies and some different colour nail varnishes, not your Chanel ones, then get creative with your designs.
Image credits – http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/painted-wellies
Pretty paper plate bag
Grab the materials in the photo below –
Cut out a semi circle from the flat part of the 2 plates to create a handle. Now paint or colour in as you wish, remember that the back of the plates will be visible. Once the paint is dry stick sequins, shapes and feathers on til your hearts content.
When the glue is dry put the 2 plates together, decorated sides out and staple round the edges, your plate is ready for play!!
Paper mache bowl
- plenty of recycled paper, for example: lolly wrappers, coloured paper, coloured foil, envelopes, comics, newspaper, magazines, wrapping paper
- paint and paintbrushes
- newspaper ripped into small pieces/ strips (4-5cms wide and at least 15cms in length).
- a balloon
- a wide cup/ small bowl
- homemade glue – equal quanities of flour and water mixed together.
- strip of card, approx. 2cm x 25 cm
- masking tape
Lie newspaper out on the table and create a work area.
Blow up the balloon and fasten with a knot.
Spread plenty of Vaseline all over it.
Sit the balloon in the cup with the knot facing into the cup.
Brush over some paste with the paintbrush on the top half of the balloon.
Cover the top half of the balloon (that is covered in paste) with strips of newspaper.
Make sure the newspaper is wet entirely with glue – add more if required.
Paste the strips horizontally and vertically as this will strengthen the bowl.
If you end up with an air bubble or glue lump, tear a smaller bit of newspaper and press it firmly over it, to smooth it out.
Cover the ends that haven’t been glued down properly with glue.
Add at least six layers of newspaper and glue to the top half of the balloon.
Leave it to dry in a warm, sunny place for the day.
When dry remove the newspaper mould from the balloon.
Trim off the rough edges, using scissors.
To make a base for the bowl:
Turn the bowl upside down.
Make a loop / circle with the strip of card, and staple in place.
Attach the loop to the base of the bowl with masking tape.
Paste on some glue and cover it with newspaper pieces / strips.
Once the bowl and base are completely dry it is ready to be decorated.
Essentially you are decoupaging (paper collaging) the bowl.
Cover it entirely with your selected paper and glue.
Paint if you desire.
Decorate until all of the newspaper is covered with colour and patterns.
Image credits – http://www.kidspot.com.au/things-to-do/activities/paper-mache-bowl?ref=collection_view%2Ccraft-activities
Make muffin pan crayons
A great way to use up broken crayons and create new ones. You’ll need –
- Non-stick slice pan
- Non-stick mini-muffin pan
- Cooking oil spray (optional)
- Crayons (Note: ensure that only non-toxic, wax crayons are used, if you are using old stubs and are unsure as to whether a crayon is wax or not then please discard it)
- Sharp knife
- Biscuit cutters
Tip: Bags filled with colourful crayon shapes and chunks make a cute alternative to lolly bags for a birthday party.
Preheat the oven to 140°C. If your pans are a little old and battered, give them a light spray with the cooking oil. Pans with a good, non-stick surface shouldn’t require greasing.
Sort your crayons by colour, then divide each pile into big chunks and small pieces.
Fill the slice pan with the bigger pieces until you’ve covered the base of the pan.
Working with one colour pile at a time, cut remaining crayons into small lengths, about 2cm long. Fill each hole in the muffin pan with crayon. Try mixing similar colours, such as red and pink, with a few pieces in a complementary colour.
Place the muffin pan in the oven for around 6-8 minutes and the slice pan for around 10 minutes. The muffin-pan crayons are ready when the crayon has softened, but not become liquid. If some pieces melt quicker than others, use a toothpick to give the mixture a gentle stir. When ready, remove the pan from the oven and set aside for 10 minutes to cool, then pop in the fridge for half an hour. The slice-pan is ready to remove from the oven when the top layer of crayon has turned to a swirly liquid. Carefully remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
While the slice-pan mixture is still warm and slightly soft, turn out onto a chopping board and use the biscuit cutters to cut out shapes. The muffin-pan crayons should just turn out of the pan once completely cooled.
Cardboard box house/robot/boat/train
If you have had a delivery recently this is a handy activity or you can ask at the local supermarket/DIY shop for a spare box. Kids will love drawing on or painting their box and cutting out shapes for windows and doors, then sticking the pieces back on to make a robot or boat (a circle would make a great steering wheel).
I love this one as a train tunnel/race track.
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