Several recommendations for the little ones to have fun at school or as a family.
Probably most of us have done some kind of craft at some time, especially during childhood. And it is possible that we remember that moment with some affection, having been a different activity than usual and that results in an elaboration made by ourselves.
These elaborations are not only fun: they allow us to connect with the different elements that we use and with the people with whom we make them, they make us organize ourselves and enhance creativity and the development of fine motor skills. In short, it is not a bad idea that if we have children under our care, we suggest them from time to time to do some kind of craft since it involves promoting different aspects as well as possible entertainment and communication. That is why in this article we are going to offer instructions for making different crafts for children.
Crafts for children: a selection
Here is a series of nine crafts for children that can be done with your help in a fun and enjoyable way, both when making them and when enjoying the product made. All of them have been obtained from different books, web portals and tutorials.
1. Homemade plastelina
When we talk about making crafts, we usually think of making a specific final product, with a specific or merely decorative function. However, the truth is that we can also make materials that children use for fun. An example is plastelina. This preparation will serve both to make a craft and to awaken and stimulate experimentation at the culinary level in the future.
Simply mix flour, water, salt, oil and some food coloring in a mold to give it color. About three cups of flour, one cup of salt, one cup of water, and two tablespoons of oil would be a good ratio.
Although it is possible to color it with tempera, we recommend the use of food coloring since with them we can obtain a plasticine that would not be toxic if ingested. It will be the proportions that will determine the properties of this plastelin. This clay is going to be quite durable, and it will allow us to do small crafts with our children.
2. The clock
A possible craft that can also be useful when learning the hours and how a clock works is, precisely, to make a wall clock. To do this, it will be enough with a plastic plate, a marker, two dozen post-its, two strips of cardboard and a pushpin.
To start, cut two cardboard rectangles with one being larger than the other, which will be the future hands of the clock. Stick them in the exact center of the plate (calculate where it is before with a ruler) with a thumbtack. After that, paint each hour on a post-it and after that, place it in order on the plate. If you want to make it more educational, you can put the minutes that would correspond to each of the hour numbers (that is, one corresponds to five minutes, two to ten …) and put them before the hour number in yes.
A very simple type of craft that can be made tremendously original and fun. It is based on impregnating the child’s hands or feet (and ours, if we do something collaborative) and creating some type of composition on a sheet of paper. Later it is possible to add different additions to the handprint, for example being able to make trees or animals.
4. Macaroni necklace
Probably one of the most typical and simple crafts, but equally entertaining. A packet of macaroni, paint and thread will suffice. The child can paint in the way he wants each of the macaroni that will be part of the necklace, and he will insert them on a thread. In case we want to, we can add some other type of element. Once finished it will be necessary to tie a knot to close it.
5. Paper puppets
Cardstock, glue, tape, scissors, paper, and markers are the materials needed to make a simple version of paper puppets.
In the first place we will take a paper and we will fold it in half, to later glue it with tape. We will fold the ends inwards again, in the middle of the folded sheet. From the center where we join both ends, we fold again in the opposite direction. Now we can open the two ends and put our hand through it, so that it is possible to open and close the proto-puppet as if it were a mouth.
From now on, it only remains to shape the creature or being that we want to build, gluing colored cardboard and other elements with glue. Thus, we will stick on the inside of the “mouth” cardboard of a specific color (for example pink). We can cut a tongue out of cardboard to be able to add it and make the puppet more fun. In the rest of the faces we can glue cardboard of another and other colors, and even draw elements such as circles, feather marks or warts (it depends on the animal or being that we do).
We will also have to cut two cardboard circles that will be the eyes of our creature, which we will decorate to taste. If we make several different puppets, we can even make a mini-theatrical performance.
6. Small notebooks
Another craft that also stands out for being able to have some practical utility is the making of one or more notebooks. For this we will suffice with leaves and glue, although we can also use some cardboard and markers.
The procedure is relatively simple: it involves taking a sheet of paper and folding it in half, and then folding it in half again but in the opposite direction. With these folds made and marked, we will unfold the paper and see how we have a total of four folds, which we will cut.
We will fold each of these strips of paper in half and continue folding in the same direction two more times. We will continue gluing the ends of the strips together, until we form a long turn of paper with numerous folds. We will close by the folds until we obtain a strip similar to an accordion. We will glue the folds only in one of the directions, obtaining with this a small notebook. We only need to do the cover.
To do this, we will take a cardboard, which we will fold in half in both length and width. We will cut one of them. In this we will mark the shortest side of the sheet. We will turn without reaching the mark, and we will do the same on the other side. We fold in the other direction, leaving a small space. Once this is done, we will have the cover almost finished. Putting the notebook inside we can fold the ends inwards and glue the first and last daughters of the notebook on both sides on them. We already have our notebook, and we will only have to decorate it to taste.
7. Cardboard masks
Another very simple craft is making cardboard masks. It will be enough with cardboard, scissors, cardboard, markers, an elastic band and a lot of imagination. We can download some type of specific model to use as a template.
The first thing will be to measure the approximate size of the head and transfer this size to the cardboard. We will have to measure approximately the distance between the eyes of the person who is going to wear it and use it to generate two holes through which it can be seen.
The next thing will be to give the desired shape to the cardboard, cutting the shape we want (for example the shape of the head of a dinosaur or the head / helmet of a character). With the help of cardboard and markers, we will finish decorating it.
Finally, you will also need to make two small holes at the ends of the mask. We will cut a plastic rubber band in order to obtain a single strip, and we will tie the ends in these holes.
8. Author’s shirt
This last craft that we are going to propose is also quite simple. The basic and main element is a preferably plain T-shirt, in a single color. From here we can use different paints such as tempera, in order to give it the personality we want. We can also set it in a specific theme, such as nature or the beach.
9. Paper flowers
Making paper flowers is relatively easy to do. For this we will need some type of paper, such as tissue paper or crepe, although we can also use colored cardboard. In this case we are going to make some roses.
To begin, we will cut the paper into rectangular strips, and we will proceed to roll them on themselves forming a small cone and gluing the final part so that it is fixed. We will do the same with strips of different sizes, inserting some cones inside others and gluing them.
After this, we can proceed to insert it into a long toothpick, which we will later paint green, and also one or more leaves for the flower can be cut out on green cardboard, which we will hook onto the toothpick. If we have a polystyrene sphere and we make a lot of roses, we could even stick the roses in it and form a bouquet (which we would wrap with suitable paper for it).