Sometimes it's the simple things . . . crayons, foam stickers, paint markers, glue, scissors . . . that are the most fun.
That last picture is one of my favorite simple kids' crafts . . . cards recycled into art.
Do you keep the cards that you are given for birthdays, anniversaries, Easter, Thanksgiving, etc? If you don't, you are missing out on a simple and entertaining craft supply. When we receive cards in our family, I simply cut off the front of the card or cut out any graphics on the inside or back. Then I tuck these cut-outs into a craft container. Here's a quick glance at my messy collection:
But this messy container becomes a source of super kid creativity as the girls pick through the cards choosing the ones that will become pictures like this:
My daughter told me that this is a picture of me giving her gifts on her birthday. (She did an incredible job cutting out those gifts. And I love how she cut out the solid colored card paper for the pants, shirt and dress which is complete with a contrasting pocket . . . she's a budding designer. I'm a little surprised that she left me bald. Maybe she thinks I would look really good bald.)
And we are holding hands too . . . so cute!
I asked her why she was frowning. She said, "I forgot how to draw a smile for a second, so I'm just smiling upside down." I guess that's what a frown is . . . just an upside down smile waiting to be turned right side up!
So start filing away those cards and your child might just be a budding recycled card artist.
I may link this idea to some of these great parties.