Crafting with kids is some of the most rewarding time that you can have. The great thing is that with children, your supplies do not have to be particularly costly. In fact, most things can be sourced from your home including things that you might be getting ready to throw away. If you want to do soe great kid crafting, here are some things that you should be saving.
Paper Towel and Toilet Paper Rolls
I prefer paper towel rolls, but to each her own. These can be made into just about anything. They can be the body of a dog, a totem pole, a rocket or just about anything. If you decide to make something with some of these rolls, you might find yourself thinking about wasting a bunch of paper towels to gain access to them. Instead, start collecting them early and if you have a lot of kids to craft with, ask your family and friends to save some too. Tip: Don’t gorget about wrapping paper rolls. They are bigger and often sturdier.
Sure the used ones often end up colored from the popsicles but they are. You can dye them the rest of the way if you like anyway. Be sure to rise them off well before storing them. It is not a bad idea to soak them in water for a few hours and then dry them off to get all of the sugar residue removed. In crafting, popsicle sticks can help you make just about anything. Use them to make tiny little people for a puppet show or perhaps to build a house. They also make nice handles for home made musical instruments among other things.
Styrofoam egg cartons can be used for both crafts and for craft storage. For storage you can use them to organize beads and other small trinkets. You can also use them for painting crafts to keep different paint colors separate and safe from clumsy hands. They have so many great uses. Some people also like to cut out the individual containers to make the body of animals or perhaps flowers. Keep a bunch of these around and you will come up with hundreds of different uses.
Just like with egg containers, shoe boxes can be both art and great storage. Obviously you can put things in them. Since they are cardboard, you can also easily write on them to keep track of just what is inside. As art, they can be backgrounds for a scene such as a garden or a yard. They let your young artist create scenes with things at the forefront and the back for depth They can be turned into a house or other structure or perhaps just cut the cardboard up into strips to be used for anything you like. A shoebox is a great thing to have in bulk.
Besides the items above, there are dozens of great things that you can save whenever you come across them. Save spare beads, buttons, string or ribbon. Save miscellaneous paints, thread spools, jars or just about anything that could be of possible use.