Stuck at home on a hot summer day with restless kids? Looking for some ideas that can help keep them occupied while you kick back, relax, and enjoy a nice refreshing iced tea? Well we’re here to provide you with some fun arts & crafts idea that will keep the kids busy and leave you headache-free.
The best part? The only materials you will need are some construction paper, markers, glue sticks, and white paper plates.You won’t even need to leave your house for these great ideas!
Paper Plate Animals
The number of animals you can create from paper plates is so vast, it’s shocking! There are so many fun and creative ways that you can use paper plates to make yourself an entire zoo. We’re providing you with just a sample of fun and awesome crafts your kids will love to make.
Summertime is all about fun and games. Get ready for some family fun with this easy to make ring toss game. Kids can enjoy painting and cutting their rings and assembling this game all on their own! All you will need are paper plates and a paper towel tube for hours of fun.
Paper Plate Flowers
Flowers are blooming throughout the summer months and with just a few household supplies, your kids will be able to show their creativity by making these fun paper plate flowers. Kids can use their imagination and make an assortment of different flowers.
Here’s a great idea to keep your kids entertained all day. Using their plates, they can create a variety of masks. Then when they’re finished with these creations, they can create their very own plays and act them out for the whole family to enjoy!
Paper Plate Holiday Decorations
It may only be summer, but the holidays are right around the corner, and before you know it Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are here. From pumpkins, turkeys, snowmen and even Santa, many fun holiday crafts start with a simple paper plate. Want an inexpensive yet endearing way to decorate the house this holiday season? Have your kids make these adorable crafts.
Dream catchers date back to ancient times when the Ojibwa people would weave them and hang them over the cradles of newborn children to provide infants with peaceful and beautiful dreams. This craft will give your kids a fun little history lesson while also giving them the comforting promise of happy dreams
Paper Plate Purses
Any mom who has a daughter who considers herself a mini-fashionista will love this tip. Using paper plates, your daughter can create her very own purse, and even design the outside to look like Coach or Burberry. (If only designer purses were so simple to obtain!)
Here’s a great craft to keep your kids active inside and then give them something fun to do outside as well! Frisbees are a classic summer activity. Now your kids can create your own and test them out in the backyard.
Kids (and a lot of moms too) love to make crafts. I don’t know any 6-year-old who doesn’t want to get finger paint everywhere or glue something together…most often their fingers, but moms know how to undo that catastrophe. Sitting down together with your kids and making something from bits of nothing is not only fun, but its bonding time too!
In today’s world, where ten-year-old’s have iPhones and iPads, and video games are in almost every bedroom, it’s hard to find things to do with your children. My son is glued to his phone and Playstation 3, but we do things together as a family to keep us talking and not disconnected. Crafting for younger children is an excellent way to do that, and even teenagers can get into it, as long as it’s something slightly attitude-y and cool.
Two of my favorite craft ideas at holiday time were always the paper plate wreath, and a holiday character made from craft sticks. I’ve made reindeer, snowmen, elves…you name it, I’ve painted wooden sticks to resemble it. Some with glitter, some with pipe cleaners…you get the picture.
The paper plate wreath was my favorite in school, and I was very excited when I graduated from construction paper to tissue paper. My earliest incarnations were heavy with glue and very weird color combinations, but hey, I got better. So this holiday season, pick up some craft supplies, sit down with your kids (you don’t really need the kids. I made stuff like this back when I was single), and have some family bonding time over holiday crafts!