They are easy to make, with remarks where necessary and step-by-step instructions. They are easy and interesting to glue together. The difficulty level is specified in the description of each template. For example, you select a flamingo, pay with Paypal or CC. But you can choose your color. Format A4, or US letter.
Then, we need a scissors or a stationery knife, a ruler and PVA glue. Also we need a tool for folding for example a pen without ink, or the back of a knife. I will not go into too much detail because all steps are in the instruction: 1.
Following the pattern cut out each part: 2. Fold cut out parts along the dotted lines put the ruler on the line, and draw with the pen : 3. Now we need to glue the parts together in a certain order on each part there are large numbers showing us the order. There are small numbers at the edges of the parts — find the same and glue them together.
The side of the paper with the print information remains inside the model. And in such way glue together all parts of the sculpture. Actually this process is very interesting, it helps us to relax and relieve stress. It's especially nice to make it in the evening, after a hard day. Switch your favorite music on, abstract from everything, sit comfortably and fold, glue. Complete relaxation We used this tutorial to try it.
I also tried to make our glow by pointing a laser pen at the bubbling concoction. I also love paring it with other materials, in this instance my son used clay and craft sticks to build a tower. Other good parings for clay are bamboo skewers and wood blocks. Sand Rivers This is a classic for me since I personally love to build them! All you need is a sandbox, some digging tools, and access to water. NOTE: This activity is only suitable for sandboxes that drain. Start by digging a long, twisty channel through the sand.
For the best river, make it slightly slope from one end to the other. Within a few minutes the river will start flowing! Add boats, plastic animals, toy soldiers, bridges, matchbox cars, whatever you can think of! Start with a flower that has easy to find and distinguish seeds. Some flowers seeds are so tiny your child might not even recognize them so you may need to show them samples of what they are looking for. Add several staples across the bottom of the bag about 1 inch from the edge.
These will prevent the seeds from falling to the bottom of the baggie. Your seeds should sprout in a few days! Fort Building Build a fort in your living room! Bring in dining room chairs, chip clips and sheets.
Add in a camping light and pillows and you are set! If you love building forts consider buying this awesome fort building kit.
Colored Ice Make some colored ice sticks and use them for a variety of science and art activities. See what we did with them on Creative Family Fun Clay Boats A classic engineering activity, take clay and ask your kids to mold it into mini boats. They will quickly learn what shapes and properties make a boat float!
Check out our full tutorial here. Washi Bamboo Another stick decorating project we love: pair bamboo and washi tape together. Bamboo has a smooth texture just perfect for tape to adhere to. Add in some paint on top of it for even more color! Add more flowers and tie the ends together to form a simple colorful lei.
DIY Wrapping Paper I have stopped buying wrapping paper except for a major holiday like Christmas, and started trying to wrap gifts with supplies we already have at home.
I usually wrap a present in plain white butcher paper then ask my children to decorate for a friend of family member. Duct tape , washi tape , glitter, and Sharpies are some of our favorite supplies for creating homemade wrapping paper. Paper Clip Jewelry My daughter loves jewelry but it is often hard for little hands to work with small beads. Why not use paper clips? String colorful vinyl coated paper clips together to make necklaces and bracelets.
To make Paper Clip Cuff cut a toilet paper roll in half and then again down the center. Use paper clips to decorate the edges, and securing it to your wrist with a couple rubber bands.
Leaf Garland Gather some leaves and make a hole in them using a hole punch. String the leaves onto a long piece of yarn to make a rustic leaf garland. This would also be fun using some decorated leaves. Envelope Book We used astrobrights to make this easy envelope book but you can easily do it with plain white envelopes and decorate them. Skip the cover for an even easier book.
Robot Faces Cut some adhesive backed magnetic sheets cut into little pieces and stick them to pom poms and googly eyes. Paper Planets A simple paper project with lovely results! Recycled Crayons A classic craft everyone should try.
Recycle old crayon bits into your own colorful crayons. This is the method we used: Use different recycled paper for colorful unique beads!
Toilet Paper Roll People This was a hit at our co-op preschool a few years back. Have children decorate toilet paper rolls as people using googly eyes, fabric scraps, pipe cleaners, and yarn. Decorating Rocks Besides sticks another favorite natural canvas of our is rocks.
Chalk markers look amazing on rocks and so does Puffy Paint. Use them as a base for colorful DIY bracelets. See how we did it here. Paper Dolls We have made many variations of paper dolls over the years. My daughter made a lovely version by cutting paper into blocks shapes for the head, torso, legs and arms and taping the whole thing together. Here is another version of this classic project on Picklebums.
When you get to the bottom of the stick tie a knot. Add a dab of glue to secure the knot and prevent it from unraveling. Tip: Wrap the end of the ribbon with a piece of clear tape so that you can thread it with beads more easily.
Mandalas are decorative circular designs, they can be drawn or created using found materials. Here is another lovely way to incorporate nature and chalk into mandalas.
Throw it on the floor, connect separate sheets with duct tape and pop away! What a fun way to spend an hour! Book Writing When my kids are really interested in something, making a book about the topic is great way to encourage creative thinking, even if the topic is Minecraft or Shopkins! Here are 5 easy books kids can make and fill. We typically take over a large table and build the city over the course of a few days. Our last metropolis included an airport, police station, jail, Hello Kitty house, park, and lake.
I particularly love the collaborative aspect of this project. Cardboard Box It never fails, put a large cardboard box in front of your kids and walk away. Pins and Styrofoam Am I the only parent who lets their kids play with pins? Please tell me I am not alone…. My daughter loves pushing pins into pincushions and I happily hand them over to her. We had a bunch of Styrofoam lying around this week and both my kids started pushing my sewing pins into it all on their own.
I also gave them some beads to pin through for an extra fine motor skills task. If you are squeamish about using beads golf tees and Styrofoam is another classic fine motor activity. Check it out on Fun A Day. Light Show Grab a handful glow sticks, turn out the lights and swing them around! The light leaves faint traces as your move them. This is a great activity to try this in front of a big mirror and the perfect way to work out some pre bedtime energy! Bead Sorting Kids love to sort small objects!
I had a ton of these flat marbles lying around and one day I gave my daughter a baking pan full of them along with 4 mini Ziploc bags. She started filling the bags with gems and giving them out to each family member as presents. I love seeing how kids come up with their own ideas about what to do with simple provocations.
For some more creative provocations check out the Creative Table Project on Tinkerlab. We have a template for simple geometric ones here. Place them in the containers and make your own shakers. Ask your child if they can hear the differences in the sounds made by various objects. Balloon Fun Besides a cardboard box, the cheapest toy you can buy for your kids that provides hours of fun has to be balloons.
One of the best activities we have done with balloons is to bounce them in a confined space- a long hallway is perfect for this!
Here is a simple woodworking starter project: Cut a few pieces of balsa wood into smaller pieces, put them out on a table with some tools, tacks, screws, and small nails and invite your kids over! Make sure your children know how to use the tools safely, and supervise as needed depending in their ages. Flowers in Contact Paper Cut two sheets of clear contact paper.
Peel the backing off and stick flower petals to the sheets.
If you are squeamish about using beads golf tees and Styrofoam is another classic fine motor activity. Look how your model becomes more and more complete.
Add several staples across the bottom of the bag about 1 inch from the edge. This is the easiest method we have used to make scratch art and this method is less messy for more long term art pieces. Add boats, plastic animals, toy soldiers, bridges, matchbox cars, whatever you can think of!
For the full instructions head over to Pink Stripey Socks. If you love building forts consider buying this awesome fort building kit. See the full Tutorial on Red Ted Art 5. For the full tutorial click here: How to Make a Stamp Just be sure to use them with children who do NOT put things in their mouth as they are a choking hazard.
Better yet, roll out a long sheet of butcher paper and let a group of kids make a giant handprint mural! For the full tutorial click here: Paper Helicopters. Some projects have made the blog, others are favorites from other bloggers, and some are just simple creative prompts and activities you can set-up in a matter of minutes. Look how unusual and beautiful it is: To be honest, I was impressed when I learned that you can make them yourself! Which are not only hard to make, but they cannot be glue at all.
I will not go into too much detail because all steps are in the instruction: 1.
Homemade Watercolors Another fun homemade art supply to try is homemade watercolors. Recycle old crayon bits into your own colorful crayons. Add in some paint on top of it for even more color! Photos and assembly - Elena Motina Papercraft — a new handmade trend. Better yet, roll out a long sheet of butcher paper and let a group of kids make a giant handprint mural!
I had a ton of these flat marbles lying around and one day I gave my daughter a baking pan full of them along with 4 mini Ziploc bags. Add another layer of hot glue around the bottom of the cap to seal it in place. Photos and assembly - Elena Motina Papercraft — a new handmade trend. These will prevent the seeds from falling to the bottom of the baggie. If you have a long hallway consider mapping out a bowling lane on the floor. Also we need a tool for folding for example a pen without ink, or the back of a knife.