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5 things to craft with your child

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Children love to be kept busy and active, just as much as we like a peaceful 15 minutes, below we’ve given our top 5 craft activities.

Threading beads / buttons

There are so many variations and benefits playing with beads and buttons, children love making patterns, they can learn colours, counting and most importantly hand/ eye coordination and motor skills. Whether they choose to line them up in colours, thread them onto string/ elastic and make bracelets. It’s an educational fun craft that doesn’t have to be expensive. They’re also great for little gifts – homemade so your little people can be proud handing them over.

Making their own little pizza discs

Getting children interested in cooking and baking can really help them to try new foods. Here’s a quick and easy way to make “pizza discs” the children can choose their toppings too so it really is all made by them – you just have to help with the oven.

You will need:

  • Tortillas, grated cheese, tomato puree and toppings of our choice (sweetcorn/ peppers/ham etc)
  • Circle cookie cutter

Preheat the oven, cut the tortillas into circles with the cutters, with a spoon, smooth the tomato puree onto the discs, top with cheese and any other ingredients of you choice. Pop into the oven for 10-12 minutes and serve. Easy peasy!

Painting with vegetables

Food doesn’t have to be just for eating, get them acquainted with the different textures and colours by chopping in half and using them to make stamping paint pictures. There are so many vegetables that are good for this. Potatoes, carrots, broccoli to name a few.

Handprint patterns

IMG_0918Get a few pieces of card, trace round yours and your little ones hands, cut them out and decorate. Felt tips, crayons, glue & glitter, stickers – the world is your canvas. This can be as messy or contained as you like. This craft is good for making cards so it’s cost effective too. Stick some googly eyes on and tape a lolly pop stick to them and they become puppets.

 

Toilet Roll models

Do you throw the toilet roll middles away? If you do, stop now as you’re wasted precious free crafting materials. These along with milk bottle tops are perfect for gluing and sticking, making cars/ people/ rockets etc. Another cheap yet fun activity for the kids to keep them busy.

What’s your favourite craft activity to do with the children?

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