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5 Kids Crafts using basic Kitchen Store Supplies

Its a Sunday, i dont fancy popping out to the shops, but it would be fun to have a crafting afternoon. It got me thinking what could i find in the kitchen cupboard to have a fun afternoon of crafting?

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Here are some ideas to give new use to those back of the cupbaord kitchen store supplies.

1. Moon Dough using Flour and Oil (either vegetable or baby)

Sometimes called Cloud Dough as well, Ive seen these recipes online and cant believe how it only needs 2 ingredients to make!!

How to Make Cloud Dough| Clough Dough Recipe|

The consistency of the dough is lovely to feel and hold. It can be powdery like flour one moment, and then moldable like damp sand the next. This brought HOURS of fun to my home, and maybe it’ll do the same for yours…

Find the instructions over at tinkerlab.

2. Toilet Roll Crafts

Everyone has them left over so what better use to recycle them and use them in crafts? Im sure you have seen ideas for these everywhere but here are a couple more from the guys over at kids activity blog.

25 {Incredible} Toilet Paper Roll Crafts

3. Pasta and more importantly coloured pasta!

Good old basic pasta, ive seen this used before, its a good staple for kids crafts but coloured pasta?! Wow this takes an old favourite and makes it more exciting!

Pasta Crafts for Kids How to Dye Pasta

Check out the website crystalandcomp for full instructions.

 4. Edible water beads using water

Well i know strictly water wont be at the back of the cupoard (i hope) but i found this website to make edible water beads. These look really fun to play with and i love the fact they are safe and wont contain horrible chemicals.

Ugh. My kids love these things. Yuck. But they'll be happy. :P

You might not have these tapoica beads

Water Beadslying at the back of your cupboard right now but i think it might be worth investing in some. They can be easily bought online and if you need a quick fix to make a colourful sensory playtime with your little ones, its good to have these at the back of the cupboard. Check out kidsplaybox for full instructions.

5. Glitter glue using glitter,vinegar,water,cornflour and salt

Yep thats right glitter glue using only 5 ingredients that all can be found at home! Whats not to love about that? 

Homemade Glitter Glue

This Homemade Glitter Glue has become a favourite in our household! So easy to make and so much FUN to create with!!

Check out pagingfunmums for full instructions.

So as you can see from just a few ingredients great things can be made!





Craft boxes for your kids or give as a present

Ive seen these before but i thought id make a post of this today. I really like the idea of these craft boxes, they would make a really thoughful present for someone. You could either give them to a little one for a birthday or even to a mum and dad. These are just some ideas on basics for a craft box. What do you think?


Craft boxes for children

We have put together a list of all the basic things you need to start craft activities with your children. A box full of all the bits and bobs that will inspire creativity and get your children painting, sticking, modelling and crafting. Start your crafting journey with your children here – whatever their age! Get painting, gluing, sticking and modeling!

Here are all the things you need to start a craft box for your children. Once you have gathered together all your basic craft equipment we have put together over 100 art and craft ideas for you to do with your children – whether they are tiny tots or teens. Perfect to have on standby for a quiet afternoon and each craft idea is great for a quick bordeom buster. Find all the art and craft ideas here.

What should you put in your craft box?

Here’s what we think your craft box should contain:

  • Card – white and coloured
  • Paper – white, coloured and patterned
  • Tissue paper
  • Paints (acrylic paints are great as they are so versatile)
  • Paint brushes
  • PVA glue
  • Felt tipped pens
  • Googly eyes
  • Felt
  • Buttons (you can buy packs of buttons cheaply from craft shops or EBay or snip them from unwanted shirts as you go along)
  • Paper plates
  • Ribbons and threads/wool
  • Wooden lollipop sticks
  • Plastic drinking straws
  • Washi tape (this is an added extra for specific crafts but is a really special addition to your craft box)

What else can I add to my craft box?

Here are some fab things you can add to your craft box (or drawer) as you go along – things to save from the recycling or to pick up cheaply from the supermarket for all sorts of craft activities:

  • juice cartons
  • egg boxes
  • toilet roll tubes
  • shaving foam
  • paper cups
  • cornflour
  • salt
  • corks
  • polystyrene trays (from pizza packaging and other food packaging)
  • wooden pegs
  • bottle tops
  • foil
  • fabric scraps (cut from charity shop finds or outgrown clothing)
  • magazines and newspaper

See here for move.

11 Essential Craft Supplies for crafting with kids

My little one is just starting to get into crafts and at the moment shes not so much wanting to use crayons to draw, rather pulling the crayons out and putting them back in the box. 🙂

Its really sweet to see, ive already tried some reindeer footprints (see the post here) which is going to take some practice to master, so im looking around now for some more ideas and with that comes the supplies i will need (can anyone spot i might have an addiction to buying craft supplies yet!)

So here is a post put together with 11 essential craft supplies for kids, i think i need to get a stash of the washable markers ready!


Forget Crayons - The 11 Best Art Materials for Todders

Crayons are the ubiquitous art material for young children, right? If there’s one art material every family has on hand, it’s probably crayons. But as widespread as they are, I don’t feel they are one of the best art materials for toddlers.

Why not?

You have to press hard to get bright color, the paper wrapper is a pain, and the skinny crayons just break so quickly.

So, what are the best art materials for toddlers?


Washable Crayola Markers1. Washable markers, perhaps the little Crayola Pip-Squeaks, although my kids both loved the regular-sized markers as well when they were toddlers. We keep our markers in a plaster marker holder as a toddler-friendly way to keep track of lids and markers. You can also buy a wooden marker holder for the same purpose.

Crayola Twistables Slick Stix2. Crayola Twistables Slick Stix These are awesome for toddlers—much better than crayons—because they glide on smoothly with little pressure and the color is vibrant. They are basically oil pastels in a hard plastic case, making them easy to grip. You just twist up the pastel as you need more. This generally makes them less likely to break than traditional oil pastels (which we also love), but we have had them break on us occasionally, especially if they are twisted up too far.

Playdough3. Playdough. We love homemade—the cooked playdough recipe is the best; the no-cook recipe is easier and quicker—but if you’re not going to make it, give this playdough from Discount School Supply a try.

4Melissa and Doug Adjustable Easel. An Easel is a great way to let toddlers work standing up, as they do best, and to create a simple dedicated art space at the same time (a kid-sized table works well, too.) We’ve had our Melissa and Doug Easel for eight years now and still love it. I think its the best value out there for a children’s easel. Be sure to get  paper for it. We like the easel paper rolls from Discount School Supply the best, but Melissa and Doug paper is okay. If you really want convenience, they sell an easel accessory kit that includes paper, spill-proof cups, and lots more.

Spill Proof Paint Cups5. Spill-proof paint cups – Keeps the paint off the table (floor, lap…) and also keeps it from drying out.

Toddler Paint Brushes6. Chubby paint brushes, such as these jumbo paint brushes by Melissa and Doug, are great for little hands. We also really love these Stubby Chubby brushes.

Triangular Chalk7. Chalk (I like Melissa and Doug jumbo triangular chalk sticks—they are not as small and breakable as the skinny little pieces sold for chalkboards, but not as huge as sidewalk chalk). If you don’t have a chalkboard, you can use chalkboard paint on a wall or simply buy a chalkboard wall decal.

Washable Tempera Paint8. Colorations Simply Washable Tempera Paints If you’re only going to buy one kind of paint, this is what to get.

finger paint9. Colorations Washable Finger Paint You can use tempera paint with your fingers, but finger paint has the perfect smooth texture for smearing around on paper and it stays moist for much longer.

Liquid Watercolors10. Colorations Liquid Watercolors Because they are just gorgeous and vibrant. The traditional watercolor cakes are not ideal for toddlers; liquid watercolors are easier for them to use.

Elmers Glue Bottle11A bottle of squeeze glue. Yes, they will squeeze and squeeze until there is a puddle of glue on their paper, but they will have so much fun doing it, and the glue is so cheap, that I think you ought to let them. Besides, it’s a good hand-strengthening exercise and helps with motor control. And you can bring out the collage materials to stick in the glue. If the normal size squeeze bottle is too hard for them to squeeze, try a mini bottle.


Let me know if you have any other ideas you think are good to add to the list, you can find more great articles for crafting with kids here.