Part 3 – Easy Crafts for the Creatively Challenged Mom

1. Foil Creations – we did Wild Beasts!

Grab a roll of foil and squish and twist away!

  • Then we made moon rocks – balls of foil. Toss them around the room and get your toddlers to collect them. You can also wrap a tiny sweet or marshmallow in foil and hide them around the room for a yummy treasure hunt.

2. A Paper Pioneer Town.

These little houses and hotels and livery stable are gorgeous!

  • Print out the templates here and cut and colour, fold and stick – very cute!

“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 3v15

Part 2 – Easy Crafts for the Creatively Challenged Mom

I am rather “creatively challenged” so the stuff we do needs to be EASY! I struggle to think of good ideas though I love to be creative.

A challenge for me is to engage the little ones in doing a craft but not do too much of it myself!

After we learned about the Amazon Rainforest, I am embarrased to admit I resorted to an easy old favourite –  colouring pages from the internet!

We printed colouring pictures of rainforest animals and the little ones coloured theirs and we cut them out.

We also cut coloured leaves from  red, green and yellow paper and stuck them on a large piece of paper to create the dense rainforest. Then we stuck the animals in and around the leaves…

Then they drew around the edges of the rainforest adding the finishing touches.

Great delight!

Although it was an easy craft it was great because even our 1 and 2 year olds could take part!

A Rainforest on our wall!


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“Blessed [be] the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things.” Psalm 72v18

Part 1 – Easy Crafts for the Creatively Challenged Mom

I am very creatively challenged when it comes to thinking of craft activities.

My children think of better ideas than I do! So I am very thankful for the internet as a great place to find ideas.

Toilet rolls! we have a drawer full of them – we use them for for plant protection, planting seedlings in and for crafting!

Toilet roll animals are great fun – a wonderful link is DLTK – Simply choose an animal, print out the template and let the little ones cut and stick…

… to their hearts content.

So we made a zoo-full.

Then we drew roads…

 and made a ZOO (of course) – and put the animals into cages at the zoo.

Toy cars could drive to the zoo, toy people could walk around the zoo and the animals could live at the zoo!

Then we played…

and drove…

…and played!

The best crafts are the ones you can play with!

See Part 2.

“I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, [even] my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.” Isaiah 45v12

Beautiful Boxes

These cute little boxes are inspired by a tutorial on Heidi’s Crafts. Have a look on her lovely blog to see how to make these properly!

Heidi-Mari’s, of course, is a Rolls Royce, while ours is a much simpler version for little ones to do. Thank you Heidi-Mari – we had fun 🙂

The boxes are great for putting little celaphane wrapped gifts or snacks inside – or as little Easter egg baskets.

They look so good when completed and even the littlest ones can do the designs on theirs.

1. Start with a 30cm square piece of card (thicker scrapbooking paper works great and is the perfect size).

2. Mom’s job – measure and fold to divide your paper up into 9 squares of equal size. I think this is officially called “scoring”. Also fold the corner squares the opposite way.

3. Little people’s job – choose some paper – 1 or 2 colours and cut out 9 squares that Mom has measured (9.5cm square) and decorate them. Draw pictures, stick stickers, use stamps, go wild. Each child should end up with 9 little decorated squares (we did 4 of one colour, 4 of another colour and 1 special one for the middle)

4. Glue the special square in the middle on the “wrong” side of the paper.

5. Glue the squares of one colour in four spots on the right side of the paper. Cut the other four squares in half diagonally and glue them on like so.

 

Punch holes in the four corners.

 

Fold up your box…

 

…and tie with string or ribbon.

 

Fill with goodies!

 

There ya go! 🙂

 

“For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.” Psalm 92v4