3 Short Steps and 3 Starters for -THE INDOOR DAY CRAFT PROJECT

“Life is like a rainbow. You need both the sun and the rain to make its colors appear.””

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So the weather outside isn’t cooperating and you need to stay indoors today and what better to talk about than indoor day projects. Most homes with children are filled with crafty objects in many places throughout the house. It is true, even non-crafters have the stuff that crafts are made of.

  • Start with a scavenger hunt in the house for anything that can be used for a project. Need help? Here is a get started list for you:
    • Crayons, colored pencils, markers, paint
    • Paper of any and every kind-think color or graphics. Newspaper and wrapping paper can be fabulous in a project.
    • Scissors, glue ,glitter glue, tape. Got duct tape? There are some super duct tape projects out there!
    • Found items such as, old t-shirts, cardboard, buttons, straws, toothpicks, rocks, kid’s meal toys, etc.

Getting the picture?

  • Now, spread it out on the table and let the kids brainstorm. Remember, this is a project to keep them busy. Don’t stress over what they choose to make. Let THEIR imaginations take over and enjoy the process!
  • Let them choose items from the table that they want to use. This may be a good time for a sharing lesson…

Let the creating begin!

Stuck for ideas? Here are a few to get you started:

1. The Simple Rocket Ship

  • The plastic cup rocket ship supplies:
    • 2 plastic or paper cups
    • 2 rubber bands
    • Tape
    • Paper and crayons (markers or paint)
  • Cut a piece of paper into the shape of a rocket and let your little one color it as you prepare the cups. A simple rocket ship pattern is shown below.
  • Punch 4 hole in one of the cups as shown in the picture.
  • Cut the rubber bands to open them.
  • Push them through the holes in the cup to make a crisscross shape and knot them on the outside of the cup. Tape above the holes (especially if using paper cups) on the inside and outside of the cup to prevent tearing when pressure is applied.
  • Have fun and 3…2…1…blast off!

This can also be a jumping frog, or a jumping boy or girl use your imagination!

2. The Picture Collage:

  • Picture collage supplies:
    • Paper
    • Glue (tape)
    • Anything that will make a picture!
  • Glue on objects in a random order, or create a specific picture (a scene from outside).
  • This collage can also be themed:
    • A leaf collection
    • A sticker collection
    • Favorite color
    • Favorite foods (use magazine picture to create it)
    • A wish list ( toy catalog)
  • Create a few to have a revolving picture display on the fridge or in a frame.
  • Tape them up in the playroom or bedroom to add your child’s decorative touch to the room

You can find some more ideas from these fantastic websites. Click on the pictures for the webpage.

 

3. The Pet Rock

Do you have a rock collector or perhaps there are round river rocks in and around the yard? That’s me, a rock collector.

  • Gather some smooth rocks
  • Get the washable paint and brushes out
  • Cover your surface (floor or table) with newspaper or a vinyl table-cloth.
  • Paint the rocks in a rainbow of colors and make labels for your garden. Or paint ladybugs, turtles, hearts, dots, lines, rainbows, whatever you like. You will have a colorful rock garden in no time.
  • These would also make great paper weight gifts for friends and family.
  • Think about a theme; paint them red, white, and blue for a Fourth of July BBQ. Make them look like Easter eggs for an outdoor hunt. Let your kids hide and find them and you have created a game for your craft!
  • Paint numbers, letters, and symbols on them and make them a fun learning game to play outside!

Happy crafting! And remember, if you make a mistake make it part of your art!

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