Crafty Stuff

Tips and crafty ideas on keeping your kids amused.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Basics For An Art & Craft Box

There are quite a few things that you can put in a box to use for art and craft, but some of the things I have found that we use the most are
  • scissors
  • glue
  • coloured paper/card
  • colouring pencils/crayons
  • paint - the basics red, yellow, blue, black and white (you can make any colour with this selection)
  • cheap paintbrushes from the dollar store

As you continue with your craft activities, you will gather more things.

You can even pick up something to add to the box when you do your groceries.

Some simple and less messy ideas for craft include

  • playdoh (plastacine/modelling clay can be used but tends to be more sticky and staining)
  • colouring book and washable crayons (these are good crayons for young kids who tend to run off with crayons while your back is turned, and draw on the walls)

Friday, February 18, 2005

Cheap & Easy Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking is a way of keeping memoirs in an attractive form. You need not purchase expensive supplies from the local scrabooking shop but can make your own.

Minimum Items Required
  • clip folder
  • plastic sleeves
  • coloured paper
  • white paper
  • photos
  • stickers
  • glue
  • scissors
  • black pen
Method
  • Choose the person/thing you are going to make the page about, then choose a peice of coloured paper and arrange the photos on it.
  • Next, choose a contrasting colour which can be added to the back ground to help make it more interesting.
  • You can make stripes, flowers, clouds or just boxes to stick on the background. It really is up to the imagination.
  • Ensure that you leave enough space to do a small write up for the page, explaining who/what it is about.
  • Stick everything down and allow to dry. You may want to rest a heavy book on the top so that it doesn't curl from the drying glue.
  • Decorate with stickers.
  • Place in the plastic sleeve and clip into the clip folder.
If you are going to send it away as a gift then you will, at a later date, be able to send more pages in plastic sleeves to be added to it.
You can also capture your child's art this way instead of stuffing peices of paper away in some box.

"Imagination is a good thing, especially when you use it."