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.
I love it when we make one craft, that inspires another one. A couple of weeks ago, we made fun dancing skeletons out of paper rolls. My daughter could not get enough of them. We were playing with them this week and making them dance and flip, when all of a sudden, our skeletons started doing flips on their own. We had wound the string on them so tightly that when we pulled the string to straighten it out, the skeletons spun around clumsily on their own. It reminded me of the paper spinners from my childhood. We were so excited, we couldn’t wait to play around with this idea more.
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.
Turn an old cereal box into a fun and interesting piece of sculpture.
My daughter had a sleepover this weekend. To many of her friends, our house is known as the craft house. I think it is somewhat expected now that there will be an art project when they come over. As suspected, my daughter’s friend asked “Can we do a project?” That was music to my ears. I love kids that are eager to create. My daughter has recently developed a love for making sculptures. We made some out of paper towel rolls last month and she was hooked. Since then, she has made several creations on her own with clay and pipe cleaners, pine cones and paper and we have dabbled in some interesting tin foil creations that we will share with you soon. This weekend though, it was old cereal boxes that we used and the results were quirky and fun.
We are kind of excited about this simple crumpled newspaper fall tree craft.
Corrugated cardboard is a favorite material of ours. The texture of the ridges in the cardboard adds a great feel to any project. I love the earthy look that the cardboard brings to the tree trunk. The crumpled newspaper was fun to work with and form and it added another element of texture to this pretty mixed media project.
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.
My obsession with fall trees continues. I’m obsessed! I admit it. I just can’t help myself. They are just so beautiful. Last winter, we made lovely snow-covered trees and Christmas trees out of pine cones, so we thought why not try this with fall trees as well. We just so happened to have a large bag of assorted pine cones kicking around and have been waiting for a reason to use them. Nature and recyclables combine to make this colorful pine cone fall tree.
CD cases are perfect for making and showcasing artwork.
Just a few days ago, we experimented with printmaking using CDs. It was a wonderful activity that both my daughter and I enjoyed. The paint on our prints had not even finished drying yet, before my daughter was asking what we could do with the CD cases. Since CD cases make wonderful frames with their clear plastic covers, we played around with different CD case artwork to showcase. Here were our favorites.
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 a ‘Beauty and the Beast’ fan, you will love this adorable Chip inspired teacup craft made out of recyclables.
We were lucky enough to get out to the movies this weekend and see the new ‘Beauty and the Beast’ movie. I am a big fan of the animated version, so I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about the live action movie, but I loved it. It was absolutely beautiful. I love all of the characters from the movies, so it is hard to pick a favorite, but if I had to pick just one, it would have to be Chip. He is just so cute. I couldn’t resist making a teacup craft inspired by my favorite little teacup.