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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

10 Fun Things to do With Your Children - Crafts

Last week, I shared 10 pretend play ideas that my children love. Today, I'd like to share ten art projects that we like to do.  In the summer, it's not often that we sit down and do an art project. The boys would rather be running around outside. But here are some of our favorites.

  1. Make jewelry - Paint cheerios or pasta and string onto some yarn. Make bracelets, necklaces, anklets or even dog collars!
  2. Fingerprint Animals - Use your fingers to make the bodies of the animals. Add beads for eyes and use a marker to draw in legs.
  3. Use Dot Markers - We got a few of these at a Bingo game several years ago. They are just the right size for toddlers hands and are so much fun to draw with!
  4. Make Slime  - Food coloring, water and cornstarch.
  5. Make a Collage  - My boys love cutting apart magazines. To do something with all of the shapes and pictures they cut out, I give them some glue and construction paper and they glue it all down! Other things we've used to make collages include : torn paper, cotton balls, twigs, leaves, rocks, beans, feathers.
  6. Paint - Throw down a sheet, an old shower curtain or a big piece of paper. Hand your child a paint brush and have them "splat" the paint onto the canvas.
  7. Make a T-Shirt  - Use fabric paint to decorate a t-shirt. Add your child's hand print or footprint, their name and the date. Give it as a gift! (We do this for my dad every fathers day)
  8. Finger paint with pudding - my boys love this. Once the weather warms up, we get in bathing suits and head outside with our pudding. They paint and snack - then we turn the hose on and wash off.
  9. Make hats - This goes along with the band play in the first post. Decorate hats any way your child wants. 
  10. Paper Mache - We use cereal boxes. They just love the goopy feeling in their hands. Let it dry for a few days and paint!
Hopefully these ideas will keep you and your little ones busy! Don't forget to check back next week for more fun things to do with your kids!


  1. Hey I'm stopping by and following from TTA. Can't wait to start reading your posts!

    And what fun ideas!! I want to try them out! Thanks for sharing!

    Jami @Intentionally Living...

  2. Hi! I'm a follower and can't remember if I left you a comment!!! :) Sorry. Great post on 10 things to do with kids! I have 5 boys who love to do anything that makes a mess. :)

    Hope you'll come visit me soon and follow back.
    Lisa xoxo
    Raising Future Leaders


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