Keep these quick and easy craft ideas on hand during transitions in routine or other times when you only have a few minutes to spare. Children will stay busy creating noodle necklaces, pencil holders or royal crowns. Fill the time with sand art or photo frame activities that children can take home and share.
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Craft a wearable noodle necklace in a few short minutes. String uncooked noodles onto a piece of yarn and tie the ends together. Alternate macaroni, penne and wheel pasta or create a pattern with noodles and beads. For a more colourful look, dye noodles with food colouring ahead of time. Straws can also be cut apart and threaded into a necklace instead of noodles.
Stash your writing utensils in a découpage pencil holder. Use a paintbrush to apply a small amount of watered-down craft glue to an aluminium can. Paste a fabric scrap onto the can and cover it in glue. Add other scraps of fabric to the can, allowing the pieces to slightly overlap. Cut off any excess fabric and let dry. Pieces of scrapbook paper or wrapping paper provide nice alternatives to fabric scraps.
Feel like royalty in an easy-to-make crown. Trace and cut out a crown shape from craft foam or thick paper. Punch a hole on each side of the crown. Insert a piece of elastic through the holes and tie in place. Add buttons, beads, foam shapes or plastic jewels. Continue decorating the crown with feathers, glitter or other art supplies.
Create art in a bottle with a sand art activity. Wash and dry clear, empty containers such as spice jars, baby food jars or salad dressing bottles. Pour coloured sand into the bottle using a funnel. Layer the sand to create a pattern of stripes. Salt can make an effective substitute for coloured sand purchased at a craft supply store. Combine 1/2 cup of salt and several drops of food colouring in a plastic storage bag. Mix the food colouring into the salt by gently squeezing and manipulating the bag. Allow the salt to dry completely and then proceed with the bottle art activity.
Make a keepsake photo frame using craft sticks, a piece of cardboard and a few basic art supplies. Place two craft sticks together on the left and right sides of the work area. Lay two additional craft sticks across the top horizontally, connecting the craft sticks on either side. Repeat along the bottom to create a box. Glue craft sticks in place. As the craft sticks dry, glue a photograph to a piece of thin cardboard backing and trim around the photograph. Paint the craft stick frame or decorate it with beads, pom-poms, seeds or puzzle pieces.
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