Doing crafts with your kids is so important as it helps to fine-tune their motor skills and provides them with a creative outlet! Crafting doesn’t have to be complicated or pricey, there are so many great projects that require only a couple supplies, and they’re usually things you can find around the house!
Here are 3 of the easiest and most fun crafts I’ve found that you can do with your toddler.
This Torn Paper Collage is a great way to get a child that may not normally be interested in crafts to want to participate. What could be more fun than tearing up pieces of paper and gluing them onto paper in fun shapes? Tearing paper does more than you think to help with children’s fine motor skills, too!
What could be better than finger painting with lots of different colors? Especially when stickers are used to leave white shapes behind. Get the full project instructions here.
I have to admit that this project has me really wanting to find some bubble wrap so that I can try it myself. There is just something so mesmerizing about the pattern of dots from the bubble wrap! Think of all the fun designs that could be made with this craft!
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I don’t like to throw too many things away. I am finding more and more uses for things that I would earlier in my life discarded as useless. In the spirit of frugality these items have found new lives in my crafting.
Blankets, curtains, sheets, and towels that are past their usefulness make a great replacement for crafting fabric. Old pillows can be opened and the filling can be used to stuff something else. An old worn quilt can be used in place of the batting for a new quilt.
One of the things that I loved doing the most to a favorite dress I couldn’t wear anymore was to take a seam ripper to it. I would take out all the seams and then use the resulting pieces as a pattern to make a new dress. What I loved most was I knew I would get a comfortable fit, but the dress would be in a new color or pattern.
I also use socks to make anything from stuffed animals to cleaning supplies. I use old pantyhose to make soft balls and rackets for indoor games of tennis for rainy days.
I used to think that I had to buy art supplies like chalk, play dough, paint, or crayons. I have since learned that I can make these items in my own kitchen using things like cornstarch, salt, water, and flour. It’s less expensive for me because I can make these supplies in bulk for what it would cost to make two or three cakes, they last for quite a while. and I know that they aren’t toxic to my children.
Junk Mail And Trash Items
Paper mache is fun but I wouldn’t want to spend money on newspapers just to rip them up. I use old ad circulars that are sent to me through the mail. I also use wrapping paper and toilet paper tubes, tissue boxes, and shoe boxes. My toddler and I can make all sorts of creative crafts just by adding some construction paper, paint, or the dreaded glitter.
If, like me, you have saved up this stuff, but don’t know what to use it for be sure to check out ideas on the internet (hello Pinterest!) or in your local library. Some ideas I have come across have been great for my children. Others have been great for me to save money. The best ones have brought us together over a project.
What are your favorite recycled craft supplies?
I see crafting material in most of the things I have in my home. Old sheets make great fabric for sewing projects. Socks can make cute toys. Most of all though I love the potential in an old pair of jeans.
The top of the pair of jeans can make a wonderful spacious handbag. Start by cutting off the legs. Then sew the leg holes and the fly. Then add a zipper to the waistline. If I want I can add decorative patches or an arm strap. There is plenty of room in the center pouch and there are plenty of pockets on the sides for the things I would like to store in my new purse.
I love making these and they work pretty well. Simply cut the legs of the Jeans into three equal parts. Sew up the bottom. Then fold the top over twice to make a lip. If I have time I sew the lip in place. They are good for outdoor plants and lining pots inside. They hold water in the soil but excess water leaks out so I reduce the chances of me drowning my plants
Pen And Pencil Bags
With a seam ripper remove the two back pockets and then with the exception of the top, sew the two pocket pieces together. That’s it! I have a pencil bag. If I want to add a zipper I have a make up bag to go with the purse. If I add beans and sew up the top I have a bean bag.
When a sock has grown old and long ago lost its mate to the dryer, don’t throw it out. That sock has great potential even at the end of its days to save you money.
A Cleaning Supply
Socks can be put on a hand and used as a dusting mitt. Just add a little bit of furniture polish. They can be used in the same way to wash just about anything from the trash can to the kitchen sink. If you prefer a cleaning rag instead of a mitt just cut the sock down the side and there you have a new cleaning rag.
A Bath Product
Socks can be used, not just to clean the shower, but to also clean you. You can put a bar of soap in a sock and it keeps the bar from disolving too quickly and at the same time suds up like a wash cloth. If you use body wash instead of bar soap just add it to the sock like you would a wash cloth or use the sock as a bathing glove.
Socks don’t have to be sock puppets to be toys. A sock can be stuffed and sewn shut to create a new stuffed animal. Be creative, using buttons for eyes and yarn for hair. Perhaps your little ones are of the fuzzy variety. Instead of eyes and hair add catnip or a pocket for a jerky bone.
A sock stuffed animal my mom made me wearing a piece of one of my favorite dresses I grew out of.
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