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Craft Time With Your Kiddiwinks!

Craft time with your child can be so much fun and a great way to tune in on their fine motor skills. We have comprised some of the best arts and crafts for little hands that we know you and your little one will love.

Home made Play Dough!

Nothing beats Play Dough. Kids can get creative time and time again with this cheap home made version. You can let them make it with you too which adds even more to the fun!

What you will need

2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
2tbs vegetable oil
1/2 cup of salt
2 TBS cream of tartar
Up to 1.5 cups boiling water
Food coloring

Method:

  • Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add boiling water to dry ingredients, stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough.
  • Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and kneed vigorously on a floured surface until all the stickiness has gone.
  • This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency* (if it remains sticky you can kneed in more flour)
  • You can choose to add the food colouring to the water or if you’d like more vibrant colours you can put a few drops of food colouring or gel into the dough as your kneading it, which is a bit messy.
  • Store in ziplock bags or containers

Stained Glass Window!

This is so simple, yet so much fun, your child will love to make these pretty stained glass effect pictures.

What you will need

Coloured cellophane, cut into different shapes and sizes

Water spray bottle

Method-

Let your child spray the water on to glass, we used our patio doors for ease. You can use any flat smooth surface like plastic or your fridge but on glass, it looks much prettier.

The water acts as glue for the cellophane and keeps them busy for a while, at least until the cellophane runs out!

Bubble Wrap Painting!

Save the bubble wrap from your fragile Amazon package and let your child paint on it! The end result is really eye-catching and definitely “pops” out at you!

What you will need

Bubble wrap

Bright coloured paint

Paintbrushes

Painting with forks!

This is so simple and easy, a nice twist to normal paintbrush painting. See what cool and interesting shapes and patterns you can make with your forks!

What you will need

3 or 4 forks

3 or 4 plastic bowls filled with different coloured paints

Sensory Dry Food Play!

Kids love messing with lotions and potions. Anything that gets their senses going, their imagination comes to life. Dry food play is a much cleaner kind of fun, not only this but makes lots of interesting sounds and has great textures for them to explore. Here we made a dinosaur sensory theme, but you can add whatever figurines you like.

What you will need

Green and yellow split peas (found next to the lentils in any large supermarket)

Rice

Food colouring

Top Tip – You can also use paint and zip-lock bags to colour your rice. Put the rice into a zip-lock bag, squeeze in the paint, push the air out of the bag, then simply squish and shake the rice all around inside the bag using your hands to make sure the paint is evenly dispersed. Once it is fully coated, tip each colour out onto a tray and leave to dry! This doesn’t usually take long – around 30 minutes and the rice lasts for years if stored correctly! Endless fun!

Hand & Footprint Art!

There are so many different pictures you can create using hand and foot prints. They make great keepsakes and are a cheap and fun way to make seasonal cards for your family. We have chosen a few of our favourites, below;