Thursday, June 19, 2008

Crafts for Kids

As part of my new job - Semi-Super Nanny, I am going to be spending about 15 hours a week with kids aged newborn to about 5. After just a quick time to think and brainstorm, here are some of the activities and crafts I've come up with. If you have any other activities or crafts that you or your kids love, will you please comment and suggest them for me? If they are crafts, please also include a list of materials (and instructions if necessary). I would love your ideas!

Hide and Seek
Games (i.e. War, etc)
Dress Up/Role Play
Easy cooking (no bakes maybe?)

Craft ideas:
Aprons (making our own craft aprons)
Paper sack puppets
tissue paper portraits
Painted mirror frames
Nature book or box
Peanut butter playdoh

Remember - its over 110 degrees here lately, so outdoor activities are basically limited to walking to the pool, and swimmin, but I'll take any other ideas. :)



BrightHairMel said...

marblized paper
*tempura paint
*shaving cream
*baking dish
*trowel (I know! a trowel)
here's a link:,2025,DIY_13771_4374869,00.html

Crayon drawing transfer shirts

BrightHairMel said...

its on the creative juice episode on diy network...

the episode is picasso or something

The Apron Queen said...

Your button is correctly placed & linked! Thank you! Send me an e-mail at jmlsdi3 at yahoo dot com with your BLOG NAME and mailing address to receive your vintage apron! Lisa

Annie said...

I love "magic paint" coloring books - you just paint with water and the colors show up - great for little ones.

giant butter tubs can be made into instruments, treasure hunt tools, etc.

try water games... have a boat race, build them and launch them..

make themed weeks... and then do crafts/activities/snacks around the themes... that helps to get some specific ideas instead of just whatever goes.

does that help? :) I have a ton of other random ideas too if you need more!

Alexis Cruikshank said...

I would recommend a trip to the library for story time and to pick up some craft books. They have lots of craft books for kids that will give you tons of ideas and the kids can even point to something they want to make. Have fun!

Alexis Cruikshank said...

Just a heads up. I was on looking for a bird template for a project and that site is ripe with kids craft ideas and lots that are cheap to do. I especially liked the paper bag puppets! Check it out!

Anonymous said...

make gak. remember that gooey stuff? you can totally do it.

old fashioned volcano. paper mache the volcano, + baking soda + vinegar. works like a charm.

bake something!