Back-to-school time is sneaking up on kids across the nation, but I bet a lot of you moms are still hearing the mid-summer cry, “I’m boooorrrreeeedddd!!!”
I’m a homeschooler, and I’m always looking for ways my kids can learn while they play. Here are 20 crafts I found at Disney Family Fun that kids can create from things they find around the house. Some are also handy for Mom! Why not host a family craft party at your kitchen table today? Work together on a family project, or each make your own masterpiece.
Message center – Great schedule keeper
Bulletin bar – Keep those to-do lists handy
Magazine bead bracelet – Super stylish, especially if you use fashion magazines
Snack bag bracelet – Put that junk food to good use
Matchbox locket – Just right for tiny trinkets
Cereal box sandals – Goes with that hard-to-match outfit
Cereal box tote bag – Perfect to pair with the sandals
Carton wallet – Great place to store coupons
Pillowcase skirt – Simple, no-sew style
Cardboard kitchen – Just right for dolls
Portable golf course – Fun and function
Tube racer – Keep that roll rollin’
Can robot – More than a bucket of bolts
Pop bottle piggy bank – Save up for more soda
Candy stick vase – Sweet gift
Cardboard petal frame – Pretty picture holder
Newspaper woven basket – Waste? I think not
Two-liter transporter – Beam me up!
Trash tram – Little engineers will love this
Treasure keeper frog – Also makes great soap dish
I think I’m going to make myself that message center and bulletin bar, but the portable golf course looks like it would be a lot of fun for the whole family. Here’s how to make it:
You will need:
- 3-liter plastic soda bottle
- Colored tape
- Cardboard tubes
- Duct tape
- Golf balls (one per player)
What to do:
- Instant Golf Holes: For each one, trim the bottom off a 3-liter plastic soda bottle, then cut out an arched hole (ours was 3-1/4 inches wide and 4 inches tall) in the base.
- Use colored tape and markers to decorate and number the bottle.
- Makeshift Clubs: Fold a 3- by 11-1/2-inch piece of cardboard around the bottom of a long, sturdy cardboard tube (ours came from a roll of wrapping paper). Wrap duct tape around the two pieces to secure them together, then wrap the rest of the tube.
- Set the holes at strategic points around the yard. Player who gets their ball into each hole with the fewest number of strokes wins.
Now go gather up your recyclables and get busy!
Jodi Whisenhunt’s MAGICAL MOUSE SCHOOLHOUSE: Learn While You Play at Walt Disney World Resort is now available in print and can be purchased at CreateSpace and Amazon. (Kindle version coming soon!) Come, think outside the textbook and stretch the walls of your home classroom with Walt Disney entertainment!