Getting crafty with the kids…

The Crafty Crow, along with other websites such as Martha Stewart’s Kids, is one of those great inspiring places you can visit when you feel you’ve run out of ideas for DIY activities for your little ones, and they have just compiled a very useful crafts list of items you can keep in a cupboard for spontaneous DIYing with your kids. Copied from the blog:

Make your mark:
crayons (Crayola)
markers
colored pencils (Prismacolor)
pastels

Paints:
watercolors (Prang)
tempera paint
acrylic paint (Delta Ceramcoat)

Textiles:
yarn
felt: craft or wool
fabric scraps
thread
embroidery floss (DMC)
muslin

Three Dimensional:
homemade dough
air dry clay
aluminum foil
chenille stems
toothpicks
scrap wood
craft/popsicle sticks
wood shapes
polymer clay (Sculpey)
clay

Stringing & Beading:
string
straws
pony beads
wood beads
glass bead
fishing line

Printing:
ink pad
sponge
brayer
rubber stamps
printing ink

Fun to have:
glitter
pompoms
feathers
cotton balls
googly eyes
craft foam
sequins

Stick it together:
white glue (Aleene’s Tacky Glue or Sobo)
glue stick
brads
Mod Podge
liquid starch
fabric glue (Fabric-Tac)
wood glue

Tools:
scissors
paintbrushes
hole punch
variety of needles

Papers:
copy paper
construction paper
tag board/card stock
wax paper
colored tissue paper
coffee filters
clear contact paper
freezer paper
roll of white paper (i.e. butcher paper, wrapping paper)

From The Recycling Bin
cardboard
magazines
junk mail
egg cartons
milk cartons
empty boxes
clean cans & jars
netting from produce bags
bubble wrap
packaging peanuts
styrofoam trays

Keep it clean:
newspaper
apron or large shirt
old sheet(s)

(image via Tonya Staab)

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