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The crafts use materials found around the house, like egg cartons, cardboard, paper, boxes, string, crayons, paint, glue, etc. See a page about color mixing to see how to combine paint to make all the colors of the rainbow.
Puppets to Make:
|PAPER FINGER PUPPETS
Your fingers are the legs of these simple paper puppets. Make dinosaurs and nursery rhyme characters.
|Paper Frog Puppet
A simple-to-make frog puppet made from a piece of paper. This puppet's mouth moves!
|Paper Bag Puppets
An easy way to make a dog, panda, raccoon, pig, cat, frog, or mouse puppet.
|PAPER PLATE LADYBUG PUPPET
A ladybug puppet made from two paper plates.
Miscellaneous Simple Crafts:
|PHOTO, HANDPRINT BLOSSOM CRAFT
Make a keepsake blossom from a photo of your child and two handprints.
Create your own fireworks by using dark construction paper, glue and different colors of glitter.
A very easy sailboat made from a plastic lid, a straw, paper, and modeling clay.
|GOOD LUCK HAND (KHAMSA)
The khamsa is a symbol of good luck from Morocco, Africa. You can make this simple version out of paper or aluminum foil.
A cute bunny mask made from two paper plates.
Make simple crafts using hand tracings or hand prints.
|PAPER PLATE OWL
A cute owl made from three paper plates.
This very simple alligator is a cute craft that also makes a nice card.
|PAPER PLATE FISH
A simple-to-make fish made from a paper plate.
An easy-to-make ladybug costume that is made from a large paper grocery bag.
A paper snake that's easy to make.
|PAPER PLATE SUNFLOWER WITH STEM
Make colorful sunflowers from handprint cut-outs, a paper towel tube, sunflower seeds, and a paper plate.
Make a bouquet of delicate eggcarton tulips, using foam egg carton sections, and pipe cleaners.
|MAKE A MEDAL
Easy-to-make medals to award at parties!
A wonderful piggy bank made of papier-mâché.
|COFFEE CAN BANK
An easy, personalized bank made from a tin can.
|PRETEND STAINED GLASS
Make a beautiful window hanging using waxed paper, crayon shavings, and pictures.
|REALLY BIG HAT
Make an incredibly huge hat from a large brown paper grocery bag. This is a nice, simple craft that works well at children's parties.
|BLACK CAT HAT
A scary black cat hat made from construction paper.
Make papier-mâché dinosaur hats using balloons, newspaper, flour-water paste, and paint.
|DELIGHTFUL DOG CARD
An easy-to-make card for dog lovers.
Print out and decorate many masks: lion, cat, dog, pig, koala, and robot.
|PAPER PLATE ANGEL
Make a beautiful angel from a paper plate.
|BENDABLE MAGNETIC ANIMALS AND PEOPLE
You can make simple, bendable magnetic toys using doughnut-shaped magnets and pipe cleaners.
An easy-to-make Litter Bug made of recycled items.
Make a handheld rainbow that you can use while putting on your own St. Patrick's Day parade or while dancing a jig.
The handprints of many children form a beautiful rainbow, making a great classroom decoration or bulletin board. This project is good for a group of children.
|PINE CONE BIRD FEEDER
Make a really simple bird feeder from a pine cone.
|MAGICAL LEAF IMAGE
Make a magical leaf image appear using a leaf, crayons, and paper.
|EGG CARTON ANIMALS
Make animal crafts from egg cartons and pipe cleaners. Make a ladybug, spider, a bat, a caterpillar, and a camel.
|HAND AND FOOT TURKEY CRAFT
This cute turkey is made from your child's handprints and footprints.
Make a great paper tree from little hand prints.
Make a paper wreath from little hand prints.
|HAND AND FOOT REINDEER
Make a cute paper reindeer from a child's footprint and hand prints.
Butterfly and Caterpillar Crafts:
|PAPER CHAIN CATERPILLAR
Make a cute caterpillar from a paper chain.
|BUTTERFLY WINDOW HANGING
Make a butterfly window hanging using waxed paper, crayon shavings, and an iron.
A simple-to-make origami butterfly made by folding a piece of paper.
Make a butterfly wand with a popsicle stick, a pipe cleaner and a coffee filter.
|EGG CARTON CATERPILLAR
Make animals from egg cartons and pipe cleaners. Make a ladybug, spider, a bat, a caterpillar, and a camel.
Make an edible necklace using licorice laces and cereal.
|CUP O' WORMS
A very yucky treat made of chocolate pudding and gummy worms! Great at children's parties.
|CUP O' FISH
Make an edible aquarium.
|MAGICAL PRE-SLICED BANANA
An easy-to-make magical banana that will really surprise your friends!
|DINOSAUR COLORING BOOK
A dinosaur book you can print out and color in.
|BUILD A T. REX
Create a fierce Tyrannosaurus rex out of paper, cardboard, glue, scissors, and crayons.
Make a huge dinosaur egg that you can decorate and later hatch.
Print out dinosaur templates to make stuffed dinosaurs.
Crafts from Boxes:
Make a cute barn from a cardboard box.
|OATMEAL BOX SILO
Make a farm silo from an oatmeal box.
Make an enchanted castle from a cardboard box.
Make an entire town using old boxes and cartons, paper, crayons, tape, and glue.
Make a desk-top easel using a cardboard box and clothes pins.
Make a guitar using a box, rubber bands, and pencil.
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