Arts and Crafts Ideas for Children

December 02, 2017 08:06 PM

Arts and Crafts Ideas for Children

 

Let your child’s imagination go wild and encourage him to do arts and crafts activities, especially during vacations. Allow him to discover his inner talents while gaining several benefits, a few of which are as follows:

  • Spending more time with his parents and doing a fun activity together.
  • Encouraging him to recycle and to be considerate of the environment while allowing him to think imaginatively.
  • Increasing his social and emotional intelligence, especially when working with a group, as well as enhancing his communication skills.
  • Leaning to be more accepting of failure, while learning that he will eventually succeed after enough practice.
  • Learning to be organized and to rely on himself to clean up the workstation.
  • Increasing his confidence while accomplishing a creative endeavor.

 

Here are a few ideas that may inspire you for activities to do with your children:

  • Making a house out of cardboard:

Checklist:

  • A large cardboard box, such as a chips box or a box for a large home appliance
  • Colorful self-adhesive covering film attractive to your child
  • A pair of scissors
  • Scotch-Tape
  • Decorative items, such as stickers

 

How to build the house:

  • Cut the box to create a triangle shape from the front and back sides, then place a rectangular box on top to create a pyramid shape. Use glue to hold the structure together.
  • Wrap the structure with the self-adhesive covering film.
  • Draw the shape of the windows and the door and help your child to cut these areas out.
  • Let your child enjoy decorating the house with his favorite decorative stickers.

Homemade Play-Dough:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1½ cups of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • ½ tablespoon of lemon salt
  • Food coloring of your child’s choice
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla (for aroma)

 

Preparation:

  • Combine the salt, lemon salt, and food coloring, then add water. Mix all together on a medium heat in a pan for three minutes. Once mixed, add the flour and the vanilla to create a solid dough.
  • Roll the dough then leave it to cool.
  • There you have it! A home-made play dough. To store the play-dough, use a Ziploc bag and refrigerate it.
  • The child can use cookie cutters for creating amazing shapes.

 

Making a Pencil Case:

Checklist

  • An empty CD case
  • A small note pad
  • Coloring pens
  • Colored cardboard
  • Strong glue
  • A stationery knife
  • A glue gun
  • A pair of scissors

 

How to make the pencil holder:

  • Remove the circular part inside the CD case.
  • Cut the cardboard according to the size of the CD case and stick it over it.
  • Cut the cardboard and paste it inside the CD case.
  • Join the cardboard together on the outside of the case.
  • Attach the cardboard to either side of the CD case.
  • Glue the note pad on the other side.

The final result will be a creative pencil case for your child.