There’s a misconception that arts and crafts activities are expensive and not accessible. Pero, if you really look around, the materials for arts and crafts are right under your nose.
Who doesn’t remember making the caterpillars out of a caja de huevos? That was top-tier in the 90s and even today. Don’t challenge me about this!
Now, creating something out of recycled materials is great for creativity, but it’s also great for the environment. It’s a win-win all around. So, it only makes sense to continue to learn how else we can repurpose everyday materials.
Let’s start with cereal boxes.
Instead of throwing away (please tell me you recycle them, though) cereal boxes, you can use them for arts and crafts. Don’t believe me? Allow me to show you — just make sure you use the knowledge you’ll gain soon to share with your children.
Being imaginative is a vital tool in childhood and a defining factor for success later on in life. So, the more we can encourage our children’s imagination to grow, the better. One way is by getting paint. I use Tempura in my home since it’s water-based and paint the cereal boxes away. Once the base is in, your child can start constructing each box into buildings, garages, or anything your child’s dolls or legos need at that point. It may seem silly, but this will help their minds flourish.
For this arts and crafts activity, you’re going to carefully disassemble the box until it’s been folded out. Then, you will get an approximate measurement of your kids’ faces and cut it out from the box. Once you have this part down packed, cut out eyes and a mouth. You’ll task your little ones to design an animal on the bare part of the cut-out box. And voila! They’ll have an animal mask that isn’t too flimsy and easier for them to hold. For better results, tie a string on both sides of the mask so you can tie the mask to their face. Or try gluing popsicle sticks to the bottom of the mask so they can hold on to it.
Finger painting is a mess, we know. It might not be my favorite, but I know how important this is to help our kids develop their fine motor skills. But let’s be honest here — setting up the canvas, the paint, and everything else that goes with this activity can be so time-consuming.
So, if you’re like me, and enjoy simplifying things, grab a cereal box.
Open up the cereal box until it’s completely flat and place it on a sturdy surface — the outside floor works. Then, just give them a few paint caps and tell them to only paint on the box. This will teach them how to follow instructions and control their tools. Best of all, I’ve found that this option of finger painting is easier to clean up. Give it a try!
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