Every morning, my two-year-old demands, “Go to Drop-In!” And every morning I explain again that the drop-in centres and libraries are closed, and that she’s stuck with me for story time AND crafts.
I miss showing up at places where the painting or the glitter and glue projects are already planned and laid out for us, but during these Stay At Home times, I’m learning how to get creative every day to keep my little one entertained — without running to the shops for supplies.
Here are three of our latest #QuarantineCrafts you can make with what you have at home:
SALT DOUGH COASTERS
The point of this craft was a little beyond my toddler, but she sure enjoyed playing with the dough!
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 cup water
Mix the ingredients, add food colouring if you have it, roll out the dough and cut into shapes. Bake at 200 degrees F for 2-4 hours until they are completely dry (or air dry for 2-3 days if you have patient kiddos).
Add a hole before baking and turn shapes into ornaments.
Use paint for more decorating options after they’ve dried.
This craft is deceptively simple and you’ll have to try it to truly grasp how entertaining it is!
Small balls (small enough to fit under a paper towel)
Roll the corners of the paper towel and place them over the ball. Draw on bug faces. Give the “body” a little nudge and watch the bug bump and roll in all directions!
Try and race your bugs across a finish line.
MILK CARTON BALL DROP
This craft is great for manual dexterity in toddlers and babies.
A milk or juice carton
Cotton balls or other small items
Clean and dry your carton. Cut out a large window and show your little one how to drop cotton balls into the “shute.” Watch them delight in “where’d it go? There it is!”
Paint or paper-wrap your carton
Have fun! And follow 1065ELMNTFM on Instagram for more #QuarantineCrafts.