simple, no fuss craft ideas
There's a lot to be said for elaborate and spectacular craft
projects but sometimes you just need something quick and easy
keep the kids busy for those last twenty minutes before dinner is
These simple craft ideas don't require lengthy preparation or special
supplies. Chances are you will have the materials on hand to launch
straight in and when it's all over you won't have a whole lot of mess
to clean up.
Cut some paper into strips. If your child is good with scissors
let them do the cutting. The strips don't have to be straight. Take a
strip of paper and join one end to the other, forming a circle, and
fasten with tape or staples. Take another strip of paper, thread it
through your first loop and fasten as above. Keep on adding to the
chain. As soon as they've mastered the art of the sticky tape dispenser
young kids will be able to make paper chains on their own.
2. Foil coins
Cut a series of different sized circles from
cardboard. Then cut some foil squares – large enough to
completely cover your largest circles. Have your child wrap each of the
circles up in foil. Get an old orange bag or purse to keep the coins
in. These are great to use as money in pretend games of shop. You can
also encourage your child to line the circles up from smallest to
This activity is so simple but so compelling
young child. Introduce your child to the hole punch and provide some
coloured paper from which they can punch out circles. Keep the confetti
in your useful box – you can use it to decorate future craft
Fold a rectangular piece of paper in half
lengthways. Then make numerous cuts at even intervals from the fold
towards to within about two centimetres from the opposite side. When
you've made cuts along the entire long side of the paper, unfold and
sticky tape the two short ends of the paper together. You can make
handles using ribbon or another strip of paper. We recently had a great
miniature lantern making session using coloured post-it notes. Just
make sure you get the variety that are sticky at the short end and you
won't have to use sticky tape at all!
If you keep 'hole-y' cereal in your pantry
(nutrigrain, cheerios, fruit loops etc) you can show your little one
how to thread the pieces of cereal onto a piece of string or wool using
a blunt wool needle. If you don't have a needle on hand you can wrap
stickytape around the end of a piece of string to make it stiff enough
for small fingers to manage. When they're finished with the necklace
they can eat it!
6. Leaf art
Step outside together and collect some
looking leaves and bark. Then have your little one paste them onto a
large piece of paper to make a nature scene. If you're feeling brave
you can also stick dry dirt and sand to your nature picture.
Empty your coin purse on the kitchen table.
your little one how to make a coin rubbing by putting a coin under a
piece of paper and rubbing over the top with a crayon. You can also rub
over leaves, cardboard shapes and more.
Get into the habit of cutting suitable
magazines or newspapers and keeping them in a clipping box. The ritual
lends itself to two great no fuss craft ideas – cutting
and sticking sessions!
Concertina fold a long piece of paper an draw
picture of a person (or animal or whatever takes your fancy) with their
arms and legs outstretched. The hands and feet should be located on the
folds of paper. Cut around the outline making sure to leave the paper
joined at the hands and feet. Your little one will get plenty of joy
from watching the chain of people appear and can spend some time
drawing faces and clothes and colouring-in.
When my daughter was a toddler she would
have me cut out animal shapes from colourful paper so that she
could draw faces on them or colour in their legs. It's a
way for young kids to learn about different animals, but I must confess
it can be hard on the parent forced to do all the cutting!
A great one for toddlers and preschoolers
Draw a series of circles on a piece of paper and have your child draw
in the facial features. Older kids can be encouraged to draw different,
increasingly sophisticated, expressions. If you have more than one kid
who is of pen weilding age, have them produce a collaborative effort.
Keep the finished products - they make terrific artwork for birthday
Remember these? It may not sound like your
idea of a
great time but many kids love the challenge of joining paperclips
together - especially if they've never done it before.
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