Making toys from household waste.

One of the things I love about pintrest is all of the fantastic things you can make with stuff from around the house. I grew up with my stepmother saving a lot of recyclable items for us to use for craft, and have carried on the tradition with my kids. Kids are always looking for something new and exciting, constantly needing fresh ideas and stimulation, and having them make their own toys and use their imagination rather than just buying them new toys or a new computer game is not only cost effective, but gives them a sense of satisfaction and achievement knowing they have made it themselves.

Letting go of the idea of having these items look prefect took me a little while, wouldn’t they rather have a window that looks like a window instead of a vaguely window shaped blob of paint? Nope, cause to them it is not a blob of paint, it is a window that they made themselves and to them it is perfect!

We have a tub in the craft cupboard full of pencils, textas, paint, stickers etc and a shelf or two filled with toilet rolls, cereal boxes, yogurt tubs, old wrapping paper anything that looks like it could be turned into something else, and on weekends when the kids are suffering from cabin fever, out it comes and the creating starts! 

This weekend just passed, Mr 3 wanted to go into Miss 9’s room to play with her dolls and doll house but Miss 9 is going through a no boys allowed phase with her room so out came the craft supplies.

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I built the basic structure out of a cardboard box using packing tape, and hubby helped the kids “wall paper” with scrap paper so they had a nice blank canvass to decorate on.

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Miss 9 donated one of her dolls, and hey presto Mr 3 has a doll and doll house that he loves to play with!

I find the more we do activities like this, the more the kids like to use their imagination and come up with ideas for toys themselves. This morning Mr 3 came to me with 2 toilet rolls and asked if we could turn them into binoculars. 1 piece of yarn, 2 toilet rolls and 3 pieces of tape later, we have a happy adventurer exploring the forest in the back yard, and it didn’t cost us a cent!

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Happy Crafting 🙂

 

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Kids craft – Paper plate dream catcher

I was looking for something to keep my two year old occupied the other day, and I had a thought. While he is too young to introduce him to knitting or crocheting, he isn’t too young to have a go at some sewing!

 

I was considering making some sewing cards, but then remembered a pic I had seen on pintrest and off we went.

 

Obviously him being 2, I cut his plate, and pre punched the holes for him. Then I gave him some stickers, a large plastic needle with his choice of yarn, and off he went!

 

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Afterwards I tied of his ends and lifted him up so he could hang it in the lounge room. He was so proud of himself! Showing it off to daddy and big sis!

 

You can find the original tutorial that I found on pintrest here : 4 Crazy Kings 

Kids craft Sunday!

We are self confessed Christmas nuts here (except for hubby who has been nicknamed ‘scrooge’ my miss 8), and there is no such thing as too early for Christmas craft!

The kids have been wanting to paint for a while, and this year we have decided to do homemade cards and wrapping paper so today we got our potato on!

Yes our potato! This weeks kids craft is potato stamping, which is cheap, fun and looks great!

Materials needed:

Potatoes

A small bladed knife

acrylic paint

Paintbrushes

paper or card board

Optional:

cookie cutters

food dye and a toothpick

We started with three humble dirty potatoes (you can use more or less, each potato will make 2 stamps.)

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I peeled and washed my potatoes, you could always just wash your potatoes if you like.

Next I cut them in half across the middle. For most of the stamps I pressed cookie cutters into the flat surface on them and used it as a guide while I cut away the potato outside the cutter.

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I cut down about 1cm so the shape is distinct, but there is still a lot of potato to grip.

My gingerbread man cookie cutter was too big, so I used a toothpick dipped in food dye to draw a gingerbread man shape, and used it as a guide while I was cutting.

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(I really am not a great drawer but it got the job done)

And from there you just use them as you would regular stamps. You can either dip them into a puddle of paint and then stamp with them, or use a paint brush to paint the surface of the stamp like I did.

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The kids had a ball, and I got some great printed paper to use closer to Christmas.

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And envelopes for Christmas cards

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We sprinkled a little gold glitter on these ones.