Thursday, March 6, 2014

4 Easy Kids' Crafts

Today Chuck's sick and we're stuck at home.  Boo!  I was going to skip posting today and instead just upload our everyday craft photos onto my Instagram account.  But the photos were so cute... so I gave in and I'm uploading a collage here too, just in case you're looking for some crafty inspiration.

4 Really Easy (Practically no prep) Kids' crafts

Keep reading to see how we made each craft:


Fruit Loop Rainbow Craft

  • We did this activity with our library toddler group.   I handed the kids a photocopy of a rainbow and then they glued fruit loops onto the page.  Note:  Most of the fruit loops ended up in the kids' and mommies' bellies.  But it was still a really fun (and yummy activity.)  (Note:  Lesson learned the hard way- gluey fruit loops taste really, really gross.)

Fruit Loop Geometric Patterns

  • Got older kids who aren't big rainbow fans?  I think they would enjoy making different geometric patterns and designs with the fruit loops.  I modeled this design after some Moroccan tiles I saw online.

Smiley Packing Peanuts Craft

  • We have a bunch of packing peanuts lying around, so of course, we had to craft with them.  I doodled Chuck's face onto a brown paper bag.  Then, I cut out two same face shapes from a brown paper bag.  Then, we colored in bits and stapled them almost all the way around to create a pocket.  We stuffed our head with packing peanuts and then stapled it shut (creating a "paper pillow" of sorts.)  Then, we had a ball gluing teeth into the mouth.  Our resulting face "paper pillow" is hilarious and made us both laugh.

Turn Sticks and Pipe Cleaners into Bugs

  • Hooray!  Most of our neighborhood snow melted and Chuck now enjoys picking up sticks (and trash.. ick) off the ground.  We brought the sticks and twigs inside, painted them, glued on googly eyes, and added pipe cleaner details to create instant stick and twig bugs.

 Happy crafting and stay well, friends!