Do you want to occupy your kids with crafts but don’t want to be up all night steam-cleaning the carpets? Check out these easy-to-clean-up ideas that use items you probably already have at home—or easily can pick up on the cheap at your local craft store.
Pull out that overflowing button box and some thin ribbon or cord and let your kids thread together the designs of their choosing into cute button bracelets.
First, send your kids on a backyard treasure hunt to find some flat white or light-colored stones. Then, spread out the washable markers and let them draw on their owls—or whatever animal face they choose.
Washi Tape Building Blocks
Raid your cardboard recycling bin for paper towel and toilet paper rolls and soap or other small boxes. Then let your littles cover them with washi tape to create a custom set of building blocks. Bonus: Stacking them up and knocking them down when they’re done.
Cover some shoeboxes with inside-out wrapping paper to create a white backdrop and then let the kiddos get to work with construction paper, pipe cleaners and googley eyes to create their own personal shoebox animal friend.
Say goodbye to winter by turning your single gloves (where did their matches disappear to?!) into adorable stuffed monsters. All you need is a little batting, buttons, felt, needle and thread for beginning sewers to get started.
Pipe Cleaner Flowers
Show your child how to transform colorful pipe cleaners into a fun springtime bouquet by forming twists and loops for the blooms and attaching them to green pipe-cleaner “stems.” Tie with a pretty ribbon or place in a container to use as a dinner-table flower centerpiece or give as a gift to Grandma.
Stained Glass Kites
Perfect for a team of older and younger siblings, this project turns tissue paper squares into faux stained glass. An older child (or you) can create the kite “frame” out of construction paper and clear contact paper, while little ones can fill in the mosaic. Add a ribbon or string tail with construction paper flags and hang on a window for the whole family to enjoy.
Pool Noodle Spiders
Who knew slices of pool noodles or pot scrubs could be so cute? Even tiny tots can decorate these pool noodle spiders with the sticky dots and googley eyes, and pipe cleaner legs are easy to attach with just a little help from mom or dad.