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Keeping them Busy: Fun Crafts for the Kids


If you want to get your kids our of your hair and out of trouble, find some fun crafts for them to enjoy. Crafts are a great way for kids to explore their creative side. Here are some ideas for great, inexpensive projects to tackle with your kids.

Make Your Own Play Dough

Kids of all ages enjoy getting messy with play dough. You could go to your local toy store and buy it for a few bucks. Or you could make it with some of the things you have laying around in your pantry. All you is some flour, salt, some water, a little bit of oil and a little food coloring. Heat it until the mixture is well blended, knead and enjoy.

Potato Prints

For this craft, you need a couple of potatoes, a wood knife and some poster paint. Cut the potatoes into thirds and use the knife to carve a design into the spud. Press the potato into the paint and stamp on a piece of paper. If you have younger kids, have them draw the design using a pencil and then carve the potato for them. Your kids can make all sorts of beautiful art pieces using these homemade stamps.

Aluminum Foil Sculptures

To do this craft you need some aluminum foil and a great imagination. Simply twist a sheet of foil and sculpt into any shape you can image. Mount your child's sculpture on a small piece of wood and display it on the mantle.

Create Your Own Storybook

If you want to foster a love of reading in your child, have him create his own personalized storybook. Find pictures of your kid in unique and quirky poses. Paste these pictures to sheets of paper and have your child add funny captions. Make sure your child thinks big and writes about themselves as if they are starring in their own fairytale. Put the pages together with a couple of fasteners and you've got a wonderful craft project that your child can be proud of.

Collage Placemats

Put those old magazines and newspapers to use with this fun project. Give your child a theme to explore. Have them sort through the magazines and newspapers and find images and words that relate to their topic. Help them cut out the images and arrange them on a piece of poster board. Cover the poster board with some contact paper and dress up your table with your child's artwork.

Pinecone Birdfeeders

This is an oldie but goody! Help your child collect pinecones or if you can't find them in your backyard, buy them at a craftstore. Attach a piece of string to the pinecone and make sure you make a loop for hanging. Have your child spread peanut butter all over the pine cone and then dip it in birdseed. Hang it up and watch the birds flock to your backyard.

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