If you are trying to entertain young children this summer, try a relaxing and calming craft project. There are some very simple and clever crafting ideas that can be adapted to any age group, and that will give children a sense of accomplishment and pride. Try these ideas with your toddlers or young kids to keep them occupied this summer:
Duct-tape pencil case. Get little kids excited about going to daycare or school by helping them make their own duct-tape pouch. All that you need is plastic bags with zipper-closures, printed duct-tape, and a pair of scissors (for the supervising adult):
- Lay the bag out on a flat surface, like a picnic table.
- Tear strips of tape that can be laid flat, horizontally, to cover the bag. Fold the edges down on the underside.
- Cover the underside with tape in the same manner. Have an adult trim the edges if need be.
Log-slice ornaments. These log-slice ornaments are so simple and basically free to make if you have any old logs lying around the yard. You can also order log-slices from crafting sites which may already have a hole punched in the top for hanging:
- Simply use water-based paints, markers, or crayons to decorate and personalize the slice.
- Tie a string or ribbon in the hole at the top for hanging.
- That's it!
Rainy-day arrangement. Help kids make these fun rubber-rain boot floral arrangements to take home to mom, grandma, or anyone that they love. These are a great way to recycle a pair of old rain boots, too; you might find some boots at local thrift stores if you don't happen to have any. To make:
- Have an adult poke a hole in the bottom of each boot for drainage.
- Add a handful of rocks, gravel, or other aggregates to the inside of the boot. Fill within a few inches of the top with potting-soil.
- Add a plant, seedling, or seeds to the soil, and cover.
- Water, and you are done!
Cup-of-cocoa centerpiece. These cup-of-cocoa centerpieces are the perfect holiday gift for kids to give to someone they care about. They utilize items found in most homes, or at your local dollar-store or crafting venue:
- Paint the inside of a clear coffee mug with brown paint. (Kids love doing this!)
- Fill the cup with white cotton balls to resemble marshmallows.
- Embellish the cup with plastic candy-canes, spoons, or other trinkets.
Try these ideas when you have young kids that need something to do; each is simple and can be adapted or modified to amuse older children, too. Visit crafting stores to pick up basic items that can be used for these- and other- clever ideas. Instill a sense of accomplishment in children with the completion of their very-own project!
Contact a company like Toddle Towne Learning Centers for more information and assistance.