Quality time with your children can be very fun and relaxing for both of you, but it can also be very educational for your children. You can build interesting, fun things or things that you need around the house with little to no money.
Your children will learn how to recycle and re-use things that you already have.
Here are some craft ideas that will keep all of you entertained:
Create personalized dolls from yarn
If you don’t find yarn, you can use the filling from an old pillow. You can add hand-made clothes, buttons instead of eyes, you can use old pieces of material to add hair and paint to create personalized features. This not only allows you to make toys for a smaller price, but it allows your child to use their imagination and choose exactly how they want their doll to look like. Here is a basic tutorial to get you started.
Work on Christmas decorations
Even if it does not feel like it, Christmas is just a few months away. Christmas or Halloween decorations can be very expensive, especially if you buy them in season. Why not save a buck and have fun with your family?
You can use cardboard, colorful paper, glitter and fake snow to create interesting decorations for your Christmas tree. You can get inspired from here and improvise, as you get more skilled.
Grow your own plants
All children are interested in nature, and growing their own plants or fruits can be a fun and educational experiment. Depending on where you live, you can pick seeds from the fruits and vegetables you have around the house and let them sprout. Make sure to put them in nice vessels in a place with natural sunlight, and teach your child to be responsible and water them whenever is needed.
Use what you would normally throw
Empty rolls of toilet paper can be decorated, painted and glued so they can be turned into robots. Empty bottles can be cut (with help from an adult), and turned into bird feeders. Cardboard boxes can easily become doll-houses or small cars.
This will not only save you some money when it comes to craft supplies, but it will also teach your child how important it is to use whatever you have available and be creative. Too many toys are bought and then forgotten in the corner of a room.
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