Monday, October 29, 2012

Getting Crafty with Kids - Make Your Own Supplies

The weather is getting colder and we are going to be spending more time inside.  I always find that crafts are a great way to keep the kids entertained, add colour to an otherwise drab day and kill a few hours at the same time.  These are great recipes for making your own craft supplies or organizing the ones that you already have. 

This post was originally published on my old blog on February 27, 2012.  It has been modified slightly.............................................................................

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - No Spill Paint Cup:

With summer coming to a close we won't be drinking all of those yummy frozen drinks from coffee shops anymore.  Now is the time to start stocking up on their plastic cups and keeping them for the winter. This idea for re-using them as paint cups is brilliant. The kids can easily see the colour and the lid prevents spills and drips.

These are perfect for home and I'm sure a few preschools and kindergarten classrooms would be happy for cup donations!

DIY - Make Your Own Sidwalk Chalk:

The recipe is simple and uses limited ingredients but the fun you can have with the kids on warm winter days will be limitless. 

Liquid Sidewalk Chalk Recipe:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • food coloring (any colors you desire!!)

DIY - Homemade Finger Paints:

These finger paints are easy to make, inexpensive and the ingredients are all found in your pantry.

Source: Easie Peasie

You can make a rainbow of colours easily with a little food colouring and using old baby food jars is a great way to recycle too!

Build It - Lego Table:

An IKEA Lack table can be transformed into the perfect Lego building station.  This is a great spot to display those amazing structures your kids make.  Even better, this project can be done pretty inexpensively and requires little to no DIY skills. 

Source: Ordinary Mom

Tools Needed:
  • 1 IKEA Lack table
  • 4 large lego bases
  • Strong Glue (she used Gorilla Glue)
Janet Murphy (Ordinary Mom) had a great tip for gluing down the bases - "Make sure you use a lego piece to space them properly apart. I started to push them flush together before I wondered if the pieces would work across the seam. I am glad I did as there is a TINY gap required between the plates."

Add a bin that fits under the table to store all the Lego pieces and you have the perfect Lego building station! 

What are your favourite crafts to do with the kids when you're stuck inside?



  1. THANK YOU for the lego table idea. I've been looking for a lego table for my son's expanding lego collection and this is the perfect solution. One question, where did you get the blue bases? Email me at if you remember. I usually only find green and would prefer the blue. I'm going to try this on the weekend, wish me luck!

    1. You can find the blue bases at major toy stores but I think they often sell out fast. The easiest way to find them is to go to the source. sells them in their online shop and I'm sure they have them in their stores as well. Good Luck!

  2. That was really interesting! I would like to thank you for your posts! I am really glad that you're providing all this information to us.


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