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Raising Creative Kids on a Budget
Easy Kids Crafts
1. Trace around them (like a stencil) on construction paper and let toddlers decorate.
2. Teach older children how to trace around cookie cutter shapes to make their own pictures.
3. Let older children trace on colored construction paper, cut-out and decorate with such things as sequins, pens, buttons, etc.
4. Cut out edible play-dough in letters to help toddler learn their A,B,C's and let them eat their creations.
5. Cut out play-dough in animal shapes to help toddlers identify them or to make a zoo.
6. Use to make bread dough shapes (let dry and paint).
7. Make "real" mud pies, let dry and paint them.
8. Use to make shapes with wet sand.
9. Use as stencils to make your own coloring pages for kids to color.
10. Bubble Mania - Mix together 2 C. warm water, 1/4 C. good quality dish soap (ie. - Dawn), a little food coloring or paint/Kool-Aid powder, and 2 Tbsp. glycerin or corn syrup. Use small cookie cutters to make bubbles and more bubbles. (Janine Lynn, author)
11. Teach children about shadows and the sun's power! This must be done on a sunny, no-wind day. Carefully tape the cookie cutter (with the tape inside/underneath if possible) to a new sheet of black construction paper; also tape other interesting shapes to it such as screws, washers, paper doily, etc. Set the construction paper outside in the morning, on a flat surface (uncovered patio is great or lay it on a baking sheet to set on the grass). In the late afternoon, bring it in, carefully remove all the objects and tape, and voila! This can spark discussions about the interesting shadows, the strength of the sun's rays, etc.
12. Use foil wrap around cookie cutter, leaving top open. If the cookie cutter could go in the oven you could let your children melt crayons in it and have one big crayon with many colors. Place cookie cutter on a cookie sheet lined in tin foil and put broken crayons inside a cookie cutter. Put in 350 degree oven and continue to watch until all the crayons have melted into one. Use assorted colors but do not mix once the wax starts to melt or you'll get an ugly color. Remove from oven and let cool.
13. A fun way to teach children to count when all the cookie cutters are kept in a basket and presented as a play toy.
14. Let the kids play "Pretend Bakery Shop" and make/decorate cookies and cakes - give them paper doilies to present their creations to pretend customers!
15. Use as stencil to cut out shapes from colored construction paper. Place construction paper shapes on a table and let each child match the cookie cutter to them.
16. Teach children sounds of animals using cookie cutters. Also, for sounds of many other things, like trains, airplanes, etc.
17. Place cookie cutter in terra cotta pots, grow grass in the shape of cookie cutter, kids will have their own grass pets and give it "hair cuts"
18. Trace around cookie cutter onto sponges. Cut the sponges out and let children use the shapes to dip into finger paints and create masterpieces. For edible finger paints, click on www.thepartyworks.com/ediblecrafts.htm
19. Store "plastic" cookie cutters in a low drawer in the kitchen for toddlers to play with while you are preparing a meal or doing the dishes.
20. Use plastic cookie cutters for teething rings.
21. Have children close their eyes to use their sense of feel to describe what the cookie cutter shape is to you.
22. Use met metal cookies to make music by letting the children "clang" them together to the beat of a children's song, such as London Bridges.
23. Use cookie cutters for counting, adding and subtracting.
24. Teach children how to spell by using Alphabet cookie cutters to spell their name.
25. Make your own stamp by cutting the tip of a potato off and pressing a favorite cookie cutter into it, add an ink pad and stamp away.
26. Make lacing cards for a good hand/eye coordination activity while traveling.
27. Trace cookie cutter pattern onto cardstock, cut out pattern; punch holes around the pattern and give to children to lace with shoe strings, plastic lace, yarn with tape wrapped around ends, etc.
28. Make sunglasses.
29. Make paper dolls - let children decorate them with a little glue and left over material, lace, buttons, etc.
30. Use to make small bean bag dolls, shapes, etc. for games, etc.
31. Using mini cookie cutters, make game pieces out of construction paper and laminate. Games include Tic,Tac,Toe; Bingo; Monopoly, Memory, etc.
32. Cookie Cutter Crayons -- With this project you can make new crayons out of your old ones that have been just sitting around. Your kids will think of them like new, and you can also attach them as a little decoration on gift wrapping. But remember: you must have yourself or another adult monitor your children if they do this because this requires the melting of the crayons' wax. This project is rated easy to do.
33. Soap Crayons - you'll need cookie cutters; liquid food coloring for each color crayon; 2 Tablespoons hot water; 1 cup soap flakes. Directions: For each color, put two tablespoons of hot water and one cup of soap flakes into a bowl. Add as many drops of food coloring to the mix as you wish. Stir the soap mixture until it thickens. This takes time, so be patient. Press spoonfuls of the first color of soap into cookie cutters. Let the soap crayons dry for one or two days. Gently bang the cookie cutters to loosen the crayons.
34. Self-hardening clay bead necklace - you'll need mini Cookie Cutters; Paint; Beads; Nylon thread; Jewelry necklace clasp finding; Toothpick; Prepare the clay according to instructions on packet. (or make your own); Use cookie cutters to cut out designs. Let the clay harden before handling and drill a hole though the top with the toothpick. Let the clay pieces dry completely. Once the pieces are dried, paint any color you like. After the paint dries you might want to spray the clay pieces with an acrylic spray. String the clay pieces with the other beads onto the thread. Tie on the jewelry clasp.
35.Use shapes to make puppets.
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