Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Holiday Craft Ideas
Well, it's pre school/ school holiday time again which can only mean one thing* CRAFT! Yes, it's time to spend some time at the kitchen table with your kids, lest they spend the entire two weeks torturing one another and consequently you too (i've been there before)!
Let them get grubby and spill paint on the floor. Make sure you've got large sheets of paper, pipe cleaners, glitter and cornflour at hand (because all manner of crafty excellence can be produced with that fine powdery goodness).
For us, the best crafting sessions come when vague guidelines are set and 'finished products' are unimportant. In addition to the traditional craft supplies we like to utilise the contents of the recycling draw!
Below is a list of crafty goodness.
Corn Flour Painting/ Pasting: Cornflour has to be THE BEST pantry item around when it comes to crafting. With it you can make paint, paste and the glorious goop that is oobleck (see below).
Oobleck: Oh mercy, Kids of any age will adore this stuff. But be warned, it's one for the outdoors....
Peg People: Gather some scraps of fabric, some googly eyes and a wooden peg and watch a family grow!
Fabric Painting: The options are endless with this one. Customise pillow slips, clothing or make a wall hanging.
Painting a Masterpiece: Some simple tips on getting great art out of our toddlers.
Fimo Creatures: Such a great one for the older kids or for the young ones with a parents help. Make a keepsake or a gift for a treasured friend. Or you know mum, make some earrings, beads or a necklace (jewellery 'findings' can be bought at lincraft).
Play Dough Sets: I love putting together little play dough kits for my kids. Black play dough for the road with 'workers' and trucks. Blue play dough with ocean creatures and so on.
Dangling Succulent Garden: One for the older kids.
Fish Biscuits: If your kids are into Octanauts, you really must make some fish biscuits.
Counting Cookies: A little bit of kitchen learning? This is a fun one and delicious to boot. Plus, look at my baby Zeph, what a juicy boy he was!
The Infinite Possibilities: Once you've crafted like crazy, take a look at all the endless masterpiece possibilities!
I hope you get some crafting done these holidays and manage to neglect the house work as much as I plan to!
*okay.... maybe it means a filthy house too.