Now more than ever, we should be reusing what we have at home, and what better way to use common household items than to create fun crafts! Get your kids in touch with their creative side, without spending too much money, and consider these common household items to use for crafts!
Try to get creative with the projects and activities you give your children to keep them busy. Whether your kids are into building rocket ships or friendship bracelets, a few household items can be kept one side for when they need something to do.
Just a few common household items can be used to make such an array of different crafts!
Common Household Items To Collect
The below items can be found in almost any home, and with a little creativity, can be used to create some wonderful crafts!
- Bread tags
- Pipe cleaners
- Cardboard (from cereal boxes)
- Toilet rolls
- Egg boxes
- Popsicle sticks
- Tin can
- Milk lids
Instead of scratching around the house when the kids feel like doing some crafts, keep an odds and ends box somewhere in the house where you can collect all these items as you use them at home. This stops you from throwing them away and ensures that you have supplies for crafting.
Extra Supplies To Keep
Other than collecting some household items to keep on hand for when craft time comes, you can purchase some inexpensive craft supplies to keep as well.
The right craft supplies can be used along with the common household items to make almost anything your child can imagine.
Here are some simple supplies to keep:
- Construction paper
- Pom poms
- Googly eyes
- Acrylic paint
- Wood glue
Why Crafts Are So Important For Kids
Crafts might just seem like a great way to have fun and to keep kids busy, but they have other great benefits as well.
Here is why crafts are so important for kids:
Develop Fine Motor Skills
Craft projects which include painting, beading, drawing, or using any other handheld tools will help to fine-tune their fine motor skills. These skills are all important to master dressing, eating, and other simple tasks like brushing teeth.
Something as simple as painting can help improve pencil grip. To further promote this, encourage your child to use plastic tweezers to pick up and place a small decoration on their crafts.
Improve Problem Solving Skills
Crafts should be free and should encourage creativity. Creativity happens best when it is not planned. Being unplanned is actually really beneficial for kids! It allows them to explore all creative possibilities, gives them the option to plan for themselves, and then problem-solve when things go wrong.
Develop Cognitive Skills
Doing arts and crafts help to improve spatial relation, like when kids have to fit and glue items onto a surface or template. It is also great to teach cause and effect, such as mixing blue and yellow paint to make green.
Kids will learn patience, tolerance to frustration, and self-control when doing arts and crafts. By using common household items to create masterpieces, they will be learning to reuse and recycle as well!