*Sorry for the absence guys. (And by guys I mean the three people who might have noticed I haven’t posted in a week. And by that, I mean my mom and the very patient woman who wrote this guest post for me a few weeks ago - and has ever since been waiting accommodatingly for me to actually publish it. The other person is obviously Oprah.) It's been crazy around here - throwing a school room together for Mary, getting Matthew pet mice, seeing my husband off for a long trip to Canada, caring for a new kitten who likes to poop just a few rooms shy of the filthbox in which she’s supposed to, reading a new book, taking care of a sick Scarlett, running (while losing a ton of nothing; thanks for noticing), and catching/burying mice that keep getting loose because my husband and I drastically underestimated just how four our son actually is. However, you’ll be tickled to hear that with my husband out of the house for a few weeks now, I should have much, much less time to blog than I normally do - as I won’t be waking up with a 3:00 a.m. alarm everyday. I KNOW I AM. In fact, y’know what? Here’s a guest post now. Read this while I go take a nap.
Take it away Heather.
5 Inexpensive Crafts for Kids
Pop stick Photo Puzzle: Line up and lay flat about 16 Popsicle sticks so that they are all touching. Use a mod podge brush to lightly brush on the back of a 4 by 6 photo of your choice. Place onto the Popsicle sticks and then mod podge the photo face. Let it dry for a bit, flip over and then use an X-acto knife to cut the pieces of the puzzle. Be careful and always supervise this fun craft with your kiddos.
Egg Carton Animal Noses: Using cardboard egg cartons are best for this project. Cut the carton by each egg section. Gather supplies like paint, pipe cleaners and buttons for the embellishments on the animal your child chooses. You will want some sort of yarn or elastic band to adhere the nose to your child’s face. Paint, decorate and use glue to create the cutest animal nose! Punch holes in the side of the cut carton piece and thread your elastic band though, and ta dah a fun animal nose!
I Spy Bottle: Save your old large water bottles for this craft. I Spy Bottles are great for little ones learning the basics. Partially, fill an old water bottle (make sure it’s dry) with either: birdseed, rice, sand, lentils or small pasta. What is great about I spy bottles is that you can have ‘themed’ bottles. Think about special holidays or learning techniques, like the alphabet. Once you choose your theme find small objects to place in the bottle. An alphabet theme can contain small written letters on paper, a picture of a dog, a button and a crayon to correspond with a letter.
Dinosaur Feet: These are fun and always a crowd pleaser. Dinosaur feet make a great birthday craft for those pre-historic themed birthdays. All you need is old and empty Kleenex boxes. All you need is on box for each foot and you may need to cut the opening a little larger for your kid’s feet to fit comfortably. Use paper, markers, and paint to create dino feet! Fun tip: Use colorful kitchen sponges, cut into triangles for the toe nails on the front of each box.
Glowing Balloons: This craft can be a fun one for under $3.00 and last you all night! Head to your local dollar store and buy colorful balloons and glow sticks. Blow up the balloons and place the lit glow stick inside of the balloon. Lots of fun for an evening in with the kids or a birthday party!
Remember to always supervise all craft making and encourage your children to have fun with it! Happy crafting!
Heather Smith is an ex-nanny. Passionate about thought leadership and writing, Heather regularly contributes to various career, social media, public relations, branding, and parenting blogs/websites. She also provides value to nanny service by giving advice on site design as well as the features and functionality to provide more and more value to nannies and families across the U.S. and Canada. She can be available at H.smith7295 [at] gmail.com.