Crafts: Recycled Items
Cut out Easter eggs out of colored construction paper, or decorate white paper eggs with markers, paint, yarn, etc. Punch a hole in the top of each egg and tie it with string onto the bottom of a hanger. Presto! Your very own Easter mobile. You can also do a combination of eggs, bunnies, baby chicks, and flowers.(read more)
Shoe boxes can be the perfect vehicle to jump start your child's imagination! Find a cardboard shoe box, and let your child decorate it with paints, construction paper, crayons and markers. Add headlights by gluing on two plastic milk jug lids or bottle caps, and make wheels out of construction paper circles (attach to the sides of the box so the box remains flat on the ground). ...(read more)
Cover your workspace with newspaper. Using paintbrushes, let your child help you to coat the outside of a clean, dry aluminum can with tacky craft glue, such as Aleene's. Have your child roll the can in small dry pasta noodles, or apply larger dry noodles one at a time. Allow this to dry completely, probably 1-2 hours or longer. Then paint! Makes a great and ...(read more)
This is a fun way to recycle your used water bottles. Fill an empty plastic water bottle with rice and then glue the lid on securely. This will make for a really fun maraca or egg shaker type of instrument. An alternative is to fill the water bottle with rice and then glue another water bottle to it (mouth to mouth). This creates a rainmaker type of ...(read more)
Help your children connect shoe boxes together with cord or string. Add an extra piece of string to the front box for a handle. Decorate boxes with colorful precut shapes (triangles, squares, circles, etc) Put special toys in the box cars, pull on the string and with a "Toot toot" they have their very own train. (read more)
A great way to save some of your kids' stained clothing is to tie dye it. The kids love it. Take any light color garment and gather a small section in your hand (this is what will create the tie-dye circles). Bind the section together by wrapping a rubber band around the material. Repeat as many times as you wish. Then fill buckets ...(read more)
This is a fun craft you can do with your leftover broken crayons. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Get a muffin tin and line it with foil, spray foil lightly with non-stick spray. Then, take your old, broken crayon pieces (use pieces smaller than 1/2 inch) and put them in the tins. Put in oven and check periodically until fully melted. Take tin out and ...(read more)
This is a fun activity for springtime, when the flowers are beginning to bloom. Take a glass bottle, such as a salad dressing bottle or a taco sauce bottle, and remove the label. Then, let your child apply small pieces of masking tape all over the bottle until the entire bottle, except the opening, is covered. Last, help your child to gently brush paint over the tape. ...(read more)
Here's a fun Christmas-time activity: Punch a hole in each holiday card that your receive and attach them to a piece of ribbon, yarn or string. Be sure to space them a few inches apart so that they all can be seen. Once you've strung all of the cards onto your ribbon or string, hang up the cards as a 'garland' on your banister, on your tree, or ...(read more)
This is a great way for your child to recycle paper scraps into jewelry. You can use large paper scraps from wrapping paper, scrapbook paper, or even magazines. Cut long, skinny triangles from the paper, and roll them around pencils, wide end first. Use a bit of liquid glue to hold the point of the triangle. You'll probably need to hold it in place for ...(read more)
Ever notice how the kids like the boxes as much as the gifts? Well, don't just throw those boxes away. I recycle all cardboard boxes by ripping or cutting them into artwork canvases. Using an extra large clip, mount the cardboard onto an art easel if you have one. If not just lay them on the table. Then let your kids create on this new ...(read more)
Instead of throwing away the attraction maps that you receive from an amusement park, keep them and make placemats from them. Let your child pick out which part to use, cut the map to size, and cover the map with clear contact paper. Easy and cheap placemats for the kids!(read more)
Being Savvy Today
Architecture Tours: When Was This Built?
After you and your child mastered (so to speak) the Quick Guide to Architectural Literacy , you can take the things you learned about different styles and the time period when they were popular and try to apply them to buildings in your area—sort of like a history mystery!