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I love the craft hack lists, really i could read them all day long, here is one i found over at kids activities blog. 15 Craft hacks for kids, i really like the sponge idea for the paint instead of brushes.
Create an Art Desk. Use the drawer for all the supplies.
Save your Starbucks cups for paint. *I knew I needed an excuse for some coffee!*
Glue a pom-pom to the top of a dry erase marker for an easy way to draw, erase and repeat.
Cut up sponges and use them instead of paint brushes to create with your kids. Just throw them out when art-time is over.
Do you have leftover outlet covers?? Re-make them into play dough toys.
Fill a container with glue. Add a sponge. You now have glue that won’t spill and get everywhere!
Use an old muffin tin as a pallet for kids while they paint. It’s perfect for mixing and using a homemade paint recipe.
Don’t have stamps? Check your pantry. Use a potato as a stamp.
Make your own paintbrushes using clothespins – lots of ideas over at Babble, Dabble Do.
Transform a mason jar with a Salt Lid. It’s perfect for glitter, sequins and other little crafting bits of bling.
20 ways to keep a toddler busy
Ive been looking for activites to keep my little one entertained, sometimes shes happy to sit and play independently but other times she gets bored. So anything that will gain me five minutes or however long i can fit a cup of tea in is a winner for me! 🙂
I came across teachingmama when i was looking for ideas online. Its a really great website with lots of ideas so pop over and have a look!
Check out Number 6, the Paint in Bags i can really see my little one doing this and the plus point is no clearing up! 🙂
Ive seen sensory bags being made before and ive thought they are brilliant, ive still yet to do any, just trying to find the time at the moment but ive come across this website hannahshotchpotch.com which explains this fully.
Making sensory bags but using laminating pouches so these can be sealed with a hot iron or in this post hair straighteners, what an easy idea plus I have load of laminating pouches that aren’t being used. Im really going to have a go at this on the weekend. Please be careful though if trying this, keep hot things away from little hands!
Instead of using ziplock bags I used a nifty trick suggested on a childminding forum I belong to…laminator pouches sealed on three sides using straightners (not to be done with kids around!) I then filled them with the desired mediums before sealing the last open side again with the straightners. I will say at this point I used A4 size laminator pockets and I think next time I will use A5 size pouches as they will be more manageable.
The first two bags I filled with cheap blue hair gel and letters and number sequins. I thought this would be great to use with bean and one of my preschool mindees for number and letter recognition. After using in childminding group today I came away with some further ideas about using these. The gel inside allows for easy mark making and also we discussed that if they were cooled in the fridge this would add another dimension to the sensory play.
The second two were filled with shaving foam and food colouring – the bags give a slightly softer feel than the gel, and the white of the shaving foam dilutes the colour to give more of a pastel hue. This led me onto an idea for a future activity with the little ones of mixing colours in the shaving foam to introduce the concept of colour mixing.
The final two bags were filled with the following recipe for goo, from hellobee. It was great to make and is another addition to future resources, I am very tempted to use it without the bags for messy sensory play.
Recipe for goo:
1 cup of cornflour
4 cups cold water
Add the cornflour, sugar and water to a medium pan (it does expand when cooking)
Heat over a medium heat whisking frequently. The mixture will begin to thicken and solidify, and as is ready when it turns more translucent.
Allow to cool and mix in the food colouring. use to fill bags or as on its own for messy play.
Find the rest of the instructions here.