She’s tired of filling in the pictures in her coloring books, and she’s created an entire zoo from her modeling clay. Now it’s time to stimulate her creative side with some brand new crafts. Whether you have a miniature clothes-lover or a treat-loving little chef, you can provide her with hours of fun and creativity with some inexpensive craft activities.
1. Diva Shirts
If your daughter is the youngest little fashionista you know, why not let her explore her creative fashion side with some T-shirt decorating. Start with a plain shirt in her favorite color and then provide her with the accessories she’ll need to make the shirt’s transformation from plain to posh. She can use fabric glitter spray, fabric markers or paint pens, glue-on sequins and rhinestones, and even some iron-on decals. When it comes to the decals, have her arrange them on the shirt where she would like and then iron them on for her to keep her little fingers safe.
2. Glitzy Jewelry
Let her fill her little jewelry box with a bunch of handmade treasures. Let her make bracelets, necklaces and even anklets from beads of all different sizes, shapes and colors. You can experiment with a few different strands for the necklace from string and elastic to suede cord. Make a visit to the craft store before you start the activity and let her pick out a few special pendants to add to some of her creations. She can even make some of her jewelry specialties to give as gifts to friends and family members on Christmas or birthdays.
3. Homemade Bubble Bath
If it’s impossible to drag her out of the bath (or a fight to get her in), you can make bath time more fun with her very own bottle of homemade bubble bath. The recipe is simple. Help her mix together 2 cups of a tear-free shampoo and a cup of water. You can let her add some essential oils to create a beautiful scent, some food coloring for color, and some polyester glitter to give the bubble bath some pizzazz. Use a funnel to pour the bubble bath into a clear plastic bottle with a lid. Now, let her decorate the bottle until it’s fit for a custom bath shop with stickers, markers, glitter glue, and even glue-on rhinestones.
4. Edible House
Most kids love to bake, so why not turn an afternoon of baking into a craft activity so your miniature chef can explore her creative side. Work together to make some crisped rice squares. While the treats are cooling in the fridge, get some supplies ready for the tasty craft project. Lay out bowls of different colored icing, candy coated chocolates, sprinkles, colored sugars, gumdrops, edible glitter and other edible delights. When the crisped rice squares are cooled, cut them up into six squares that are about equal in size. Help her to assemble them into a house shape (4 for the walls and 2 for the roof). Use icing to hold the pieces together. Now it’s time to stand back and let your crafty kid get to work on decorating her scrumptious house.
- Creative Crafts for Kids; Gill Dickerson, et al.
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