Creative Kids: Frozen Treasure Fairy Wings – Five Easy Craft Ideas You’ll All Love To Make
As the weeks go by, we all do our best to keep our children entertained at home. If you’ve run out of ideas on how to keep them engaged, you’re not alone.
Here are many crafts you can make at home using items you probably already have around the house. A good idea is to have a craft basket in your kitchen and fill it with useful items such as empty paper towel tubes, cereal boxes, bottle caps, used shampoo bottles, egg cartons, etc. !
Unleash their creative side with these tried and true crafts and activities to help you in the weeks to come.
Fairy wings and crowns
Make cardboard fairy wings and crowns using leftover cardboard from an empty box. Fold the cardboard in half and roughly sketch the shape of a half wing. Cut out one side then fold, trace and cut out the other side. You can then paint and decorate the wings and wreaths with flowers from the garden or any nifty piece you may have, including stickers or pieces of old material or magazines. Make two holes in the back of the wings and use tape or string to make the straps.
Perfect for a sunny day outside. Take a container or bowl and fill it halfway with water. Add a few drops of food coloring to make it more exciting. Gather several small toys, for example animal figures, buttons, seashells, etc., and place them in the water. Freeze overnight. Repeat the same step to add water, toys and freezer. You can do it all in one go, but it works best to evenly distribute the toys throughout the shape, which makes it more fun. To remove the ice pack, turn it over on a sturdy surface and pour lukewarm water over it. Then place the block of ice on the ground outside or on a tray on the table and let the children have fun finding all the treasures. They can melt ice by pouring water over it, sprinkling with salt (this helps melt the ice), and using any safe tools you might have around the house, such as plastic cutlery, a toy hammer, etc.
Empty egg carton flower wreath
Using scissors, cut the empty egg cartons into individual pieces. Cut four slits in each corner of the pieces and fold over the side to look like flower petals. Paint each flower the color of your choice and let dry. Cut out the middle part of a cardboard plate. If you don’t have a paper plate, cut out a wreath shape from an empty cereal box. Glue the flowers to your wreath and tie a ribbon to make a knot.
Sparkling magic potions
It’s a fun and colorful activity to do with slightly older children. My six year old son loved this one! Obtain a small jar or container and place it on a plate or tray. Fill it halfway with vinegar and add a drop of food coloring. Apply a good pressure of dishwashing liquid and stir. Add glitter if you have it. Slowly add a spoonful of baking soda and watch the sparkling wonder spill over the top of the jar. Keep adding a small amount of baking soda until the fizzing stops!
Rainbow bubble snakes
All you need is an empty plastic water bottle from the recycling bin, a sock that doesn’t have a match (there are plenty of those in our house), duct tape, dish soap and food coloring food. Start by cutting off the bottom of the water bottle. Then slide your sock over the end of the bottle and secure it in place with duct tape. You can also use a rubber band if you don’t have tape. Take a bowl and mix together water and a splash of dish soap. Put a few drops of food coloring on the end of the sock, then dip it in the water. Blow through the top of the bottle and watch the rainbow snake appear at the bottom of the sock. Please remind little children to blow air, not to suck it in, otherwise they will eat bubbles!
Turn empty toilet paper tubes into puppets. Paint your toilet paper tubes and let dry. Then glue lollipop sticks to the bottom inside the toilet paper tubes for the handles. Decorate your puppets with googly eyes and hair yarn. Use a marker for the finishes. Throw a fun puppet show behind the sofa for the whole family.
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