Today, I have another wonderful guest post from Aradhana! She is sharing some creative ways to make things with kids!
Yippee! The holidays are here!
Your kids are going to be home all day, and you need to keep them occupied. Instead of whiling away their time in front of the TV, don’t you want to turn their holidays into a magical experience? You desire for them to be creative. How would you go about it?
Take the initiative to make these holidays extra special for your kids with these simple crafts:
Stamp Pad and Eraser Art: This super fun activity can enhance your kid’s designing skills. All you’ll need are papers, stamp pads and a pencil. Begin by drawing any design of your choice like a big heart or a cylinder on the paper. You may use cookie cutters, bottles or any other materials to trace out the design. Use the eraser at the end of the pencil as a stamp and press it gently into the stamp pad colour of your choice. Start stamping different colours into your design till you fill it up. Cut out the final design and put it up for display. By trying different shapes, you can hang these colourful works of art on the wall for all to see!
Paper Pinwheels: Here’s a fun project to use for outdoors. Gather together paper, pins, a pencil, scissors and markers. Cutting the paper into small squares (6×6 inch), decorate it using the markers with different designs and shapes. Once that’s done, use the scissors to make a small cut on every corner towards the centre of the paper (3 inches long). Alternating at every corner, fold every corner towards the centre and pin them together. Once all the corners are together, poke the pin towards to the centre of the pinwheel made up of the extra sheet. Poke this final structure into the eraser of the pencil. And voila, you can run with it and watch it wheel around swiftly in the wind!
Paper Plate Crafts: Paper plate crafts are excellent for toddlers. Grab hold of a few paper plates and some crayons. Find a cartoon theme your toddler enjoys, like the Ninja Turtles, Alvin and the Chipmunks or Looney Tunes and paste/trace them out on the paper plate. Cut the plate out in the appropriate shape and ask your toddler to colour it. These colourful and cute pieces can be pinned up next to your toddler’s bed. He can watch and admire his work of art. This is a wonderful way to learn about shapes and for parents to share stories!
Paper Bag Puppets: If your kid loves cartoons, here is a chance to make him squeal in delight! Bring his favourite cartoon characters to life in the form of paper bag puppets. Playing with puppets encourage creative play and stimulates imagination. Have paper bags, cardstocks of different colours, scissors, glue and black markers handy. If you’re not familiar with the way your child’s cartoon hero looks like, print out a template and keep it ready before hand. Trace out the model of the character on the cards and cut them out. Lay out the paper bag on a flat surface with the bottom flap facing upwards. Glue the cut pieces on the paper bag and draw the other details like eyes, nose, etc. with the help of the marker. Have fun dramatizing with your kids!
Egg carton craft: If you have those empty egg cartons lying around, use it to make sailboats! Using a pencil, poke it through the middle of the carton to make a mast. Tape a ribbon from the mast to the side of the carton to resemble a rope. Make a sail using cut out paper and ask your child to colour it up whichever way he likes. Glue the sail onto the pencil. To get even more creative, you can make tiny paper flags and attach them to a long thread. Tape this onto the boat again. Once you’re done with your sail boat, feel free to place your child’s Lego men or action figures inside to captain the ship. It’s time to sail away!
Art and crafts promote creativity and development amongst kids. It enhances the emotional, social, cognitive and physical development of a child. Gradually, it leads them to express themselves freely with age.
Use these simple crafts to watch your child’s creative mind blossom during the holidays!
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