Using household items for children’s crafts is an economical and earth-friendly way to allow kids the creative outlet they desire, without breaking the bank.
Children love art and crafts, but continually purchasing supplies for these activities can quickly become costly. A great alternative, is to reuse and repurpose whenever possible.
It’s amazing what kids can come up with, using everyday items that might otherwise be tossed in the trash.
My preschooler has several monster books that he adores, so when I realized that our craft cupboard was overflowing with cardboard tubes, I knew he would enjoy creating his own friendly monster craft.
What we used:
- Cardboard tubes (any size works)
- Paint (various colors)
- Googly Eyes
- Black marker
- Plastic Trays
We started by painting the cardboard tubes. My 4 year old and 7 year old chose purple, green, and orange as their paint colors.
They each have their own distinct way of painting, which is so much fun to observe.
My 7 year old is much more controlled and precise, not only because he’s older, but also because it’s just part of his personality.
My 4 year old tends to go a bit crazy with the paint. He truly enjoys every moment of projects that involve any type of art, and generally ends up needing a bath by the time we’re done. He cracks me up!
When the kids were done painting, we set the cardboard tubes aside to dry overnight.
The next day, the boys were excited to finish creating their monsters!
They began by gluing the googly eyes onto the cardboard tubes, adding as many (or as few) as they preferred.
Next, they used a black marker to draw facial features, such as a mouth, nose, and ears on their monsters.
Once the cardboard tube monsters were complete and the glue had a chance to dry, the kids used them for some fun pretend play, and then found a special place to display them in our house.
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