Do you find yourself looking for activities for your kids to do at home? It's Spring, the perfect time to get outside, get active and get creative with your children. With that in mind, read on to learn more about some eco-friendly craft project ideas.
Create your own wind chime:
You can make your own gorgeous wind chime from just a few different sized tin cans. Gather your tins and help your child to decorate them using paint and glitter, lots of glitter. Then make a hole in the centre of each tin with a nail. Thread the string through the holes - tie a knot at the end of each piece of string and tie them together. This is a great activity to encourage your child's creativity to shine and add some music to your courtyard or patio.
Make recycled crayons:
Do you have some old, unused crayons lying around the house? We have the perfect idea for your child to make something out of these unwanted colour sticks. Help your child gather all the old crayons together and break them into smaller pieces. Get out a muffin tin and spray it with non-stick spray, put the crayon pieces into each of the muffin holes in the tray. Place it into your pre-heated oven (180 degrees) and bake for about seven minutes. Remove from oven and let them cool completely. Pop crayons out of the tray once cooled, and the crayons are ready to use. Try mixing crayon colours to make more interesting, funky colours.
Milk carton pencil holder:
Recycle your milk carton so that you and your child can create a stationery holder together. Draw a line around your carton at the desired height and cut along the line. Then assist your child in choosing and cutting out pictures that they wish to decorate it with. Use the glue to stick the pictures to bottom of the milk carton. There you have it - your new stationery holder. You can brush a layer of PVA glue over if you would like to, to protect the pictures.
Home-made finger paints:
This is a very easy way to make your own finger paint for your child, and they can help too. Take three tablespoons of sugar, half a teaspoon of salt, half a cup of corn starch, two cups of water. Mix all the ingredients into a saucepan and heat until the mixture thickens. Let it cool and pour into containers. You can add different colour food colouring to make the different hues and then the finger painting fun can begin!
Other eco-friendly projects to try:
· Tin can herb pots.
· Magazine holder out of a cereal box.
· Flower vase from recyclable bottles.
It is very quick and easy to find fun DIY projects for you and your kids to do; just by searching online
Nowadays, a lot of people will find that it is quite difficult to earn a living especially if they have a kid at home. Many of the kids nowadays are so sophisticated that they will no longer lover to play toys and they will just want to play games like PSP games. This is something which could make parents feel very worried.
In fact, one of the reasons why kids are changing in this way is that they do not know that toys could be funny. If you want to make them think in this way, you should try to allow them to use their innovative kids craft ideas to make their own toys.
Yes, you can first discuss with your kids and ask them to provide some ideas about the toys that they are interested in playing. Then, you can try to search information on the internet with them regarding the materials needed to make some of the toys.
If they want to make dolls, the things that you need to prepare for them are definitely different from the things that you need to prepare for them when they are going to play some electronic toys. Therefore, it is very important for you to discuss this before finding something for your kids to make it.
Making toys is also one of the ideas that many parents nowadays would like to do. And many free preschool craft guides will teach people to make this kind of craft indeed. If your kids do not have a lot of ideas on the choice of design, you can ask them to read some online guides and get some ideas from those guides.
Sometimes, your kids may have plenty of different kinds of handmade craft ideas and some of them may not be really feasible. In that case, you can ask the reason why they want to include those ideas in the production of the toys. If they have special reasons which could touch you, you should try your best to think whether you can help them realize their dreams. Sometimes, nothing is impossible with a willing heart. You can always work hard to check whether there could be something useful for making the crafts if you are willing to search.
Nowadays, more and more kids are materialistic. They will not want to use some cheap products and they will think that expensive products could make them happy and feel proud when wearing it. In that case, you are strongly advised to use this kind of art based education to teach them that handmade crafts could also be interesting and they should never try to think in a way that money is the most powerful thing in this world.
A few months ago, someone left a comment on one of my YouTube videos about how crafts can help people work through depression. I thought it was an odd comment but it made me think about how arts and crafts might help people get through the hard times. It is a proven fact, that moderately busy people are happy people. Having something to do in your spare time can really help. Making crafts or showing others how to do crafts can help a depressed person add sunshine to his or her day.
Scrap booking is an excellent way to help with depression. Make a scrapbook of happy and cheerful things. Use bright colors like yellow, light blue, celery green, pink, and lilac. Let the colors lift your spirits. Add pictures of family members and friends who bring joy to your life. You could include pictures of an event where you had a good time. Pictures of weddings, family vacations, and holiday celebrations are wonderful to use for an uplifting scrapbook. Imagine a blue, water themed scrapbook filled with pictures of your cruise vacation that you took last year. Include some cruise ship embellishments. This would also be a great place to store brochures or ticket stubs. When you're feeling blue, you could look through your scrapbook and remember the good times you had in the past.
I have also found that sharing my crafts with others has added to my happiness. Start a channel on YouTube and upload videos about your crafts. A standard web cam is sufficient enough to get started. To enhance your videos, start a blog. You can get a craft blog going in no time. They are free at blogger.com and WordPress.com. Add pictures of your crafts to your blog. Upload some videos about creative crafts, kids crafts, easy crafts, summer crafts, and Sunday School crafts. Valentine's Day, Christmas, and Mother's Day are also excellent topics for craft videos. However, I would wait until right around that specific holiday to upload the video. You will get more views because everyone will be looking for ideas at that particular time.
You can also join some craft networks like Lil Scrap of Heaven and Scraps of Color. Once you set up your YouTube channel and your blog, someone will probably invite you to join one of these networks. This is where the real fun begins because of the swaps and contests. You'll also get inside information on new products and crafting techniques. Craft networks are excellent for providing an artist exposure for his or her work.
Later on, you may want to specialize in a particular field of interest like papercrafting, recycled crafts, crocheted crafts, or mixed media. Eventually, you will have a lot of craft friends. You will not feel anymore depressed because you will be so busy with all the swaps and contests. A busy person is a happy person. This will lift your depression and you won't have time for sadness. There is a large handmade craft community waiting to welcome you with open arms.