Say cheese and smile! There are so many ways little ones can use their imagination while being creative. This month, we’ve created a craft that incorporates artistic and pretend play! All of the supplies are products that you may already have in your home. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- Empty tissue box
- Wrapping paper
- 3 Paper cups
- Non-toxic glue
- Black marker
- Pen or pencil (optional)
With these household items you’ll be able to make a toy camera for your budding photographers! Kids can pretend to take pictures with their camera inside or outside. The best feature of this camera is that it’ll never run out of batteries because it’s fueled by imagination!
- Trace the base of the cup onto the bottom of the tissue box.
- Cut out the traced circle.
- Cut out the base of the cup (repeat this step for the other two paper cups).
- Place one of the cups inside of the tissue box. Ensure the mouth of the cup is sticking out of the box.
- Cover the tissue box in wrapping paper. Make sure the cup on both sides of the box remains unwrapped.
- Glue the other cups inside of the first cup, one at a time. This will make the lens of the camera longer. It’ll take about two hours for non-toxic glue to dry.
- Cut a portion of a sponge into a square.
- Glue the piece of the sponge onto the side of the tissue box that will be the considered the top of the camera. This will be the button that kids press to take pictures! It’ll take about two hours for non-toxic glue to dry. You can also draw a flash area diagonal to the button.
Now your little photographers are ready to start snapping pictures! To promote make believe fun, ask your kids to describe the pictures they have taken with the camera to you.
Will you be making this toy camera with your family this weekend?
This month, we’re challenging little ones with a DIY gaming table! We’ve created a checkerboard table from a kid’s picnic table. This craft will keep little minds active as they hang out with their playmates. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- Kid’s picnic table (we used the Sit & Play Picnic Table)
- White wrapping paper or construction paper
- Ruler or measuring tape
- Plastic or paper cups in two different colors
With these materials you can create a checkerboard table in three easy steps! Plus, this activity table can be used inside on a rainy day or outside to keep your children entertained during a barbeque.
- Measure the width and height of the tabletop, cut the wrapping paper to those dimensions and tape the wrapping paper to the table.
- Use a marker and ruler to draw the squares of the checkerboard (we created a simpler version of checkers with 24 total squares).
- Place three cups on the colored squares closest to the edge of the table on each side of the board. Use different colored cups for each side.
Now your little gamers are ready to play some checkers!
Will you be creating this craft with your family this weekend?
Enhance your little rider’s outdoor playtime with this DIY traffic light! This craft will encourage imaginative play as toddlers and preschoolers drive their riding toys around the backyard or sidewalk. Kids can learn all about traffic safety and what it means to stop, slow down and go. It’s always a good time to talk to you kids about outdoor safety. What better way to teach them about safety than through play!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Empty tissue box
- Wrapping paper and its cardboard tube
- Crafting cattails (a ruler or 6” metal rod will also work)
- Markers (red, yellow and green)
- Cup (or something else circular for tracing)
- Open one side of the empty tissue box and fold the loose flaps inside or cut them off.
- Wrap the five sides of the tissue box and keep the opened side unwrapped.
- Use a cup or other circular item to trace and color three circles onto one side of the tissue box. It’s optional to write, “Stop, slow and go” on the appropriate circles.
- Stick numerous cattails into the ground. If the cattails are not secure, you can also use a ruler or 6” metal rod.
- Place the remaining wrapping paper tube over the cattails.
- Put the traffic light on top of the wrapping paper roll.
Now your little ones can learn how to abide by the laws of the road. We also have tutorials for a DIY gas can
and car wash
to maximize make believe fun. Enjoy crafting with your little ones!
P.S: The toy truck featured in this blog post is the 2-in-1 Ford® F-150 Raptor SVT!