OK, I’ll be honest. I don’t keep “craft boxes” and I don’t have a kids’ craft cupboard at home. Most times when we do craft at home with the pre-schooler, we tend to go for craft kits that contain almost everything we need to make our creations.
But when the crafty bug strikes, and we want to do some craft at the spur of the moment, we might do one of the following easy crafts…
One…. Sponge Art
Using either tissue paper or butcher paper, some craft paints and kitchen or craft sponges cut up into fun shapes, Miss 4 loves to stamp away with the sponges and when her creations are dry, we sometimes use her artwork as gift wrap.
Two… paddle pop stick craft
There are so many things you can make with paddle pop (or popsicle) sticks. You can buy them from your local craft supplies store or maybe even from a $2 shop. We have made houses, boomerangs, and picture frames. All you need is some glue, craft paint and a bit of imagination.
Three… homemade playdough
Ah, good ole’ playdough. It’s so easy to make and yet provides hours of fun! I recently came across a non-cook version. You’ll need:
• 2 cups of plain flour
• 4 tablespoons of cream of tartar
• 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
• 1 cup of salt
• 2 cups of boiling water
• Food colouring
To make, you just add all the ingredients into a bowl and mix until it takes on that doughy texture. You could even add some glitter in it to make it pretty. We use plastic cookie cutters, rolling pins, and straws to create animals, people and anything else that Miss 4 wants us to make!
Four… toilet paper roll puppets
I had no idea that there were so many crafty things you can do with toilet paper rolls! But one of the favourite things that my pre-schooler likes doing is making puppets out of them. All you need is some scrap paper, yarn, googly eyes and pipe cleaners and let your preschooler’s imagination flow.
Five… bread painting
To do bread painting, you need some slices of bread (obviously), food colouring and milk. Mix a drop or two of food colouring with some milk. Then, using a clean paint brush, use the coloured milk to paint your design on the bread. Once you’re finished painting, pop the bread in the toaster.
The first time the kids tried to do this was for Father’s Day. I think they forgot to use the milk and painted the food colouring straight onto the bread. Dad thought it was a cute message but he wasn’t too sure about eating it!
It’s your turn! What type of crafts do you do with your pre-schooler?