kid crafts- what's yours?

@katkah (235)
United States
February 3, 2008 8:46pm CST
What kinds of projects or crafts have you done with your little ones? Lets give each other ideas to help bond with our kids with some good fun & learning! One thing I like to do with my kids is cooking projects! For the little ones I start easy with the instant muffin mix that only needs water. They dump in the mix, I measure the water & they put it in, then they get to stir. When it's done baking we enjoy the special treat & I get to see the pride on their faces from a job well done.
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@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
4 Feb 08
Give your kids gum drops and soft candies, along with toothpicks. They make great construction tools. Kids can make "machines" and "buildings" and "animals". Make sure they wash their hands first so the candy will be edible later.
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@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
5 Feb 08
Instead of candy try cubes of cheese of chunks of hotdogs!
@katkah (235)
• United States
5 Feb 08
thanks, that's a great idea. I also like to make edible playdough with peanutbutter, dried milk, honey.... I don't have the entire recipe on me at the moment, but it's a good one. The little ones haven't figured out that not EVERYTHING goes in your mouth... lol so it cuts down on me telling them "NO don't eat that!"
@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
5 Feb 08
I was going to say edible peanutbutter playdoh but I have misplaced my recipe so I left it out. Anyway, my kids are past that now. They are both in their middle teens. Maybe about ten years from now I will need to find that recipe again. I know I have it in my files somewhere.
@poisin (9)
• Saint Lucia
4 Feb 08
cooking is one of mine.family photos.playing games that educate them
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@katkah (235)
• United States
4 Feb 08
One thing I did with pictures is this: I had the kids play or hold a certain toy & took a close up shot of them, then printed the pictures onto labels and put them on their toy bins so that the kids would be able to visually see and remember where all of their toys went during clean up time. I also had the word writen next to the picture to help with reading skills. Thanks for your post.
@eden32 (3976)
• United States
4 Feb 08
We like to make musical instruments. We've filled soda bottles with rice or beans to see what sounds they make. We've made drums out of oatmeal containers. My son was big into puppets at one point. We've made those out of socks, scrap material & paper lunch bags.
@katkah (235)
• United States
4 Feb 08
That's a great one! One of the musical games I like to create with the kids involves those plastic easter eggs. Take 12 eggs & fill them with 6 different things so that there are pairs, then hot glue them shut & put them back into the container. Let the kids shake them & try to match the different sounds! Some filling you could use would be: dried beans, dried peas, dried lentils, rice, oatmeal, cornmeal... I just make sure that it's all edible in case the little ones get them open.