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Making things with your children is a lot of fun.They get to enjoy being creative, and you can get involved as well, and everyone has a good time. Deciding on what to make or what kind of craft activity can be tricky, though. With that in mind, here are three fun craft activities for kids.
Painting is always fun. They can paint objects such as over an old egg box or on a piece of paper. If you decide to paint and make something, then it can be a lot of fun turning that old egg box into a snake or caterpillar. This might involve cutting out sections or gluing on others. Be careful when using the scissors and depending on the age of your child, you might want to do some of these bits for them. This way they can enjoy the painting part and see the final thing once it is finished. Once you have made your snake or caterpillar, you can display it, and they can even play with it like it is a toy. When buying paint for this kind of thing, make sure that it is non-toxic and water based so it will come out of clothes, the floor or anything else it is likely to get on. You can put down a newspaper, but eventually, some will likely end up somewhere it shouldn’t.
Using fabrics is a lot of fun. You can cut out shapes or stick them together. When sticking them together regular PVA glue will probably be fine, but if you want it last longer, then you might want spray adhesives and glue. The adult should do this part as it uses a hot glue gun and can be dangerous for children. However, it can help make some fantastic items - especially with older children. They can decorate a t-shirt with whatever they want, make a bag or whatever they set their minds to. Another great fabric related activity is tie-dying. You can take a white t-shirt and through tie-dying to make it unique and fun. You can get tie dying kits from most craft stores, and they will come with everything you need to create amazing patterns on a standard white t-shirt. You will need to make sure that you don’t need that white t-shirt as it won’t be white once you have finished tie-dying.
Papercraft is fun for almost every age. There are so many free resources on the internet to help you get the right folds to make something amazing. You will want to plan ahead and know exactly what you are making so that the kids don’t have to wait while you check a video or article all the time. If you aren’t feeling confident, then pick something smaller and easier to make. Bunting or paper masks always go down well. You can use glue and scissors to make whatever you want this way. If you want to try some origami, then make sure you have practiced and if the kids aren’t into it, fall back on cutting and gluing to make something fun.
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