Free Tips You Need To Make Kids Crafts At Home, Plus Free Paper Plate Witches, Pumpkins, Cats and Sp

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Encouraging your child's creativity at home by creating imaginative crafts is very beneficial for their development. Children can explore many different textures, shapes and patterns, and discover how to put ideas into action by handling different materials, and sticking them together. Crafting is really great fun, and also a good way to spend some quality time with your children.

Buying craft items and supplies from a craft store can be expensive, so save money by starting your own junk/scraps box at home. All you need is a large box or storage bag that you keep in a cupboard ready to store your household packaging. It's easy to start collecting and is amazing how quickly your junk box or bag fills up with useful items. Each time you are in the kitchen preparing meals, keep all your empty boxes, tubs or cardboard tubes that you would normally throw in the bin or recycle, and add these to your craft box. Whenever you come across any interesting items, such as packaging and wrappers from birthday gifts or Christmas presents, you can put them in your box ready for when you want to make one of our crafts. Collecting lots of different items will ensure an endless source of creative crafts.

Craft shops stock a huge range of different craft materials. Why not visit your local store and buy a small selection of items to store in your box. Look out for cheaper end of lines, two for the price of one, bargain buckets, and reduced price crafts that have damaged packaging. If you look out for these cheap deals, or just buy one or two inexpensive items per week, you will quickly build up a good stock of craft materials for your home craft projects. A good choice would be feathers, pom poms, wiggly eyes, wool, material, tissue paper, coloured paper and glitter. Even at Christmas you could collect lots of shiny things to use, including small pieces of tinsel, wrapping paper, ribbons, gift tags, parcel twine, and shiny foil sweet wrappers.

While out on a shopping trip, check out fabric and material stores for fabric scraps, odd buttons, and for balls of cheap wool or yarn. Cookware and kitchen shops often sell cheap wooden spoons. You can make a whole family of spoon puppets just by sticking fabric and wool onto spoons and drawing on faces with felt-tipped pens.

Don't forget to always have lots of paint, coloured crayons, glue and sticky tape at home!

Here is a free craft to help you create some paper plate witches, pumpkins, cats and spiders. This is an easy craft, and you can let your child create their own spooky creatures if they choose to.

Paper Plate Witches, Pumpkins, Cats and Spiders

You will need:
Paper plates,
Poster paint,
Coloured paper,
PVA Glue,
Sticky tape,

To Make - Paint your paper plates and allow them to dry. Try using green paint for a witches face, or black for a spider or black cat, orange for a pumpkin etc.
Decorate your plate by drawing on a scary witches face, add wool strands to make hair, and for creating spider legs, or cats whiskers. Cut some ears from coloured card, green leaf shapes for the top of the pumpkin, and stick them onto the plate with sticky tape or glue.

Tip - Allow plenty of time for the paint to dry on the plates before you stick the extras on.

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