It has been quite a few months since I have last posted. My daughter has been keeping me busy with sports and all of her extra-curricular activities, but with the current state of the world right now, we are at home as many of you are. We hope that all are safe and healthy. I know many are looking for easy activities to do with their kiddos right now. I will try to post as many easy arts & crafts projects with easily accessible items. This toilet paper tube rainbow is simple to make to ring in the spring. Paper towel rolls will work as well. We love our recyclables.
If you are an Amazon lover like I am, you probably have a house full of cardboard. My daughter uses all of our boxes to build boats and spaceships and other assorted fun and imaginative things. Cardboard is great for these kinds of projects, but it is also an awesome material for mixed media type art projects like these corrugated cardboard birch trees. The ridges in the cardboard add a beautiful texture to this birch tree project.
If you are anything like me, you probably have a collection of empty cardboard tubes laying around in a bin somewhere just waiting to be turned into a fun craft. If this sounds like you, then you are in luck! These pop-up animal puppets are adorable and fun to play with.
Free printable animals are included.
The holidays may be over, but all of our cardboard boxes left from Christmas deliveries remain. This is great news for us because we love to work with cardboard. With Valentine’s Day just a couple of weeks away, my daughter has been all hearts and flowers, so naturally we put some of our cardboard to good use to make these pretty mixed media heart Valentines together.
I am excited to share these with you today because they were such a huge hit with my little girl. We had so much fun making and playing with these adorable dancing skeletons. If you are looking for a cute and funny Halloween craft that your kids will enjoy, look no further. These cardboard roll skeletons are sure to bring a smile to your child’s face.
Pretend play is wonderful for building a beautiful imagination. This cardboard pirate’s sword is perfect for the little swashbuckler in your life.
It was pirate week at my daughter’s preschool last week. She came home with an eye patch that they made in her class. For the past week, our home has been filled with “Args and “Aye Mateys”. My stairwell has been turned into a pirate ship and my daughter has turned into an adorable swashbuckler. She made a pink skull and crossbones flag, drew a skull and crossbones on an old cowboy hat and even broke out a pair of snow boots because, well… pirates wear boots. My little girl transformed into a pirate. She explained to me that all she was missing was a parrot and a pirate’s sword. I was up definitely up for the challenge of outfitting my imaginative little pirate. If it is a sword that she needs to battle the high seas, than a sword she will get.
Turn your recyclables into a simple art project that you and your kids will love.
My daughter is a big fan of tinkering with our bin full of recyclables. Cardboard rolls are easily her favorite. She loves to paint them and tie them together, poke holes in them and anything else she can imagine. We found ourselves with an over abundance of paper towel rolls this weekend and wanted to play around with them. What we came up with were these simple paper towel roll sculptures.
Every Maui fan, needs a magical fish hook. Use recyclables to make this fun Moana inspired craft for pretend play.
Have your kids seen Moana yet? If they haven’t, I definitely recommend watching it. It is a great movie about a headstrong teen that is drawn to the ocean. The music in the movie is beautiful and so catchy. I find myself singing the songs all of the time. If your children have seen it, I am sure that you have heard Maui ‘s ‘You’re Welcome’ sung about a thousand times. Maui is my daughter’s favorite character from the movie. She loves him, but as Maui tells you himself, he is nothing without his fish hook. That is where all his magic is.
If you are looking for a kid’s craft for Memorial Day or The Fourth of July, this corrugated cardboard flag is just the thing you need.
If you are an Amazon addict like I am, you probably are rolling in cardboard boxes. We adore cardboard. It is a great material for arts and crafts. We are especially fond of working with corrugated cardboard. It works wonderfully for printmaking and the texture makes for interesting crafts. The ridges on the cardboard make a perfect template for the stripes on this corrugated cardboard flag.
Mother’s day is a month away. If you are looking for a cute gift idea for mom or grandma, these simple cardboard tube vases might be just what you are looking for.
My daughter loves to run around the yard and pick flowers for me. It is the sweetest thing. We will usually put the flowers in a Dixie cup and save them, but we thought that it would be nice to make and design our own bud vases. These cardboard tube vases are perfect for the spring and would make an adorable Mother’s Day gift. You can choose to make a tapered vase, as we did or keep it even simpler and keep the tube as is and glue it to a base.