I love doing crafts with my toddler. Crafting seems to bring out both of our creative sides! We have the opportunity to bond, learn, and even get a little messy. However, not all craft projects are designed with kids in mind and all those craft supplies…well, it can get pretty pricey!
Tracey Clayton, contributing author at High Style Life, is visiting A Mama Tale today to share some of her favorite craft ideas that are not only fun but also frugal! Ready to get creative without breaking the bank? Read on!
Fun and Frugal Crafting Ideas You Can Do with Your Kids
Crafting is a great way to spend some quality time with your kids and improve their fine motor and creative skills. Besides, kids appreciate the things they make themselves more, so crafting is a way to teach them proper values and to have fun at the same time. Here are several ideas that don’t require any special crafting supplies – you can make them from scratch and have fun with your children.
Are your kids having tons of action figures, dolls, marbles, or Legos, just lying around the house waiting for a careless foot to step on it? If the answer is yes, then making a storage for it is the thing for you. You’ll need cans, glue, scissors, and some paper – it’s up to you whether it’ll be old comic book pages, magazine pages, or simple colorful paper. When choosing the size of the can keep in mind the size of the toys you’re going to put in. Be cautious, though, and make sure the cans don’t have any sharp edges left that could hurt you or the kids. Simply glue the print you chose around the can et voilà – your super fun storage is ready.
There are two simple ways to make flowers. For the first one, you’ll need coffee filters, food coloring, a shallow bowl, a paint brush, scissors, and paper towels. Let your kids dye the filters with food coloring after diluting it in water. Let the filters dry on a paper towel and then simply roll them to create colorful roses. Another way of making 3D flowers requires egg cartons, paint, a few buttons, scissors, and glue. Cut your egg carton – each egg container will be one flower bud. Paint them, let dry, and then glue the buttons in the middle. Glue the flowers to a canvas and you got yourself a pretty nice picture to decorate the kids’ room with.
Little girls love making jewelry, especially when it’s colorful and fun to make. You’ll need craft sticks, some washi tape, paint, or yarn. If your yarn keeps tangling and slows down your crafts, you can find nifty wooden yarn bowls and be prepared for future projects. The trouble with craft sticks is that they won’t bend so easily but you can make it happen by soaking them in hot water for half an hour. Carefully bend them (use the glass as a mold) and let them dry overnight. After that, you can decorate them to your kids’ taste – with washi tape, by painting them, or by wrapping them in colorful yarn.
Mason Jar Bank
Why purchase a piggy bank when you can make one by repurposing mason jars? Besides getting a cool money-saving station, you’ll teach your kids a little about reusing, recycling, and environmental friendliness. Get the project started by cutting a mason jar lid to make a coin slot and let the kids do the rest. Washi tape, puffy paint, stickers, or glitter for decoration – it’s up to their taste. While making this, you can teach your kids a lesson on saving money. It’s one of the best gifts you can get them – to teach them to be responsible with money.
One kid’s trash is another kid’s treasure, to paraphrase that famous saying. Teach your kids the power of repurposing through crafting and watch them grow into responsible adults. In addition, you and your children will have some fun along the way, so get your supplies and go for it.
About the Author:
Tracey Clayton is a full-time mom of three girls. She feels she knows a thing or two about raising happy, healthy and confident kids, and offers helpful advice in hers parenting articles. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”
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