Looking for Kids Craft Ideas, Free?

It can be hard to know which kids craft ideas to try out. As any parent knows, keeping kids amused for hours at a time is a difficult if not impossible task. It is much easier to pick different activities and spend a little bit of time on each. Thus, finding good kids craft ideas, free can be a godsend, because of the relatively short attention spans of your little ones.

Kids of all ages but younger children in particular love working with salt dough. Thankfully it is cheap and easy to make and it isn’t full of potentially harmful substances making it almost perfect for your family fun. The only issue you may have with this dough is the fact it often falls on the floor and so may be walked through your home. The quick solution to this is to put down newspaper or a plastic mat underneath the table your children are working on. This will also make tidy up time much easier.

There is a lot of history of modeling with salt dough throughout the world from the ancient Egyptians to South American civilizations. The Germans thought of adding salt to the dough to prevent the mice from nibbling on their creations. You will be amazed at what you can create from two cups of all purpose flour, one cup of salt and some tepid water. Mix the ingredients together and knead the mixture as you would for bread. Use a pastry roller to flatten the dough. You can use any pastry molds or cutters you have in your kitchen or you can buy kids molds at toy shops. This dough doesn’t keep so you need to use it preferably on the day it is made or at the latest the next day.

You need to bake the items in a cool oven otherwise they will crack. Once baked, your kids can paint their creations with watercolors or acrylics depending on their age. If you want the piece to last, you will need to protect it with several coats of varnish. Salt dough modeling is popular with adults too so this craft which started as a childhood entertainment could turn into a lifetime hobby.

Kids craft ideas can include sewing, knitting or other forms of needlework. You can buy various kits suitable for the age of the child. Children will get a real sense of satisfaction from producing something they made themselves. A needlework picture can be framed to hang on the wall. If they make a cuddly toy such as a rag doll, it can sit on their pillow or perhaps on a shelf in their bedroom.

If you are handy with a sewing machine, you can make up some finger puppets for younger kids and then let them glue the finishing touches to the material. For example they can add beads for the eyes or wool for the hair. Cotton wool makes good beards, handy to know if it is Santa Claus you are making.

Kids love to play with beads although it is not a suitable craft for younger children unless they are closely supervised. The temptation to taste the beads will probably prove too much for them. It is not unknown for them to put the beads in their ears or up their nose which can mean a visit to the ER. You can buy large plastic beads for younger ones to make their own jewelry. Young boys will enjoy this activity but older ones probably wont be interested. Older girls will want something more adventurous. You can find plenty of seed beads in different colors and materials to keep them amused for hours.
If you want to make your own beads, you can model them from the salt dough described above. Or you may choose to make them from paper like they did in the 1930′s. You will need colored magazine pages and some PVA glue. If your kids can handle a scissors they will need to cut out strips of paper which should start off wide and taper to a narrower finish. Starting with the wide end, they will then roll the paper tightly around a pencil using the glue to bind it together. Once you have reached the end of the paper, you can take the bead off the pencil and transfer it onto twine. You will need to paint the paper beads with varnish to seal them and leave them to dry. Use a length of cord or suede material to make the necklace and when the beads are dry, transfer them to this. You can tie the necklace with a simple knot but don’t make them too tight.

Beaded bracelets and necklaces can be quite a fashion statement when you are a ten year old girl. If they are really creative, they may just make pieces good enough for Mom or older sisters to wear as well. They could sell their creations as a way to increase their pocket money. Who would have known that kids craft ideas could turn into a business idea!

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