One of the awesome privileges I enjoy about being a stay at home mom is my ability to tap into my fun creative side like I used to when I was a kid. The past week was Thanksgiving break for my kids so they were home ALL week-long ALL day. Right, no reprieve, just kids all day. Let that sink in. Lol So in order to keep them occupied and out of my hair I came up with a series of DIY crafts to do with them. One of them was making bookmarks. As corny as it may seem, I like to encourage reading, and what better way to do it than to let the kids create something they like for their literature.
- Tri-colored popsicle sticks– I found these right at the Dollar Tree in a bag of about 100 I think. Rainbow colored so I didn’t have to do anything extra and it gave the kids an assortment to choose from.
- Construction Paper– Again, multi-colored pack of construction paper. I also purchased this at the Dollar Tree (as you learn me through my blog you will come to know that the Dollar Tree is like the end all be all for all my crafting needs)
- Squiggly Eyes
- Assorted color puff balls
This is really simple, fun but messy. I let the kids cut out shapes on the construction paper. They then chose whatever they wanted to design the paper; markers, puff balls, glitter; you name it, they used it. Once the cut out shapes were all completed they then pasted them to the popsicle stick and voila! A bookmark was made.
Really. That’s it. It was simple and fun and most of all the kids loved it. My nieces and nephew participated as well. So in all, ages ranged from 4-13 of those involved. I even made a few!
If you’re a budget savvy mom like myself then here’s a few tips for arts and craft supplies:
- I started with what I like to call a starter kit. A bucket by Cra-Z-Art that came with a 64 pack of crayons, twist-able crayons, 2 sets of markers, drawing paper, colored pencils, glitter glue and some other small items. I purchased this at Wal-Mart.
- I built on this kit by buying Crayola washable paints, buying additional pencils, additional paper, glue, glitter, popsicle sticks, puff balls,squiggly eyes etc.
- As I do additional craft projects I add on materials as needed.
- My staple stores are: Wal-Mart, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, and Five Below
HAPPY CRAFTING MOMS!