Category - Crafts

Crafty Wednesday – Treasure Art
Crafty Wednesday – Upcycled TV to Puppet Theatre
Valentine’s Craft to Make at Home

Crafty Wednesday – Treasure Art

Love these simple craft ideas for busy families.

These creative kids collect bottle caps! How innovative!!My kids collect things. Weird things — buttons, bottle caps, broken jewelry, fabric cut from old clothes and, most recently, my old breast pump (to play mad scientist of course). I’m always a bit torn about whether to encourage these collections. But ultimately, I want to nurture the creative, resourceful ideas that develop from these treasures. The following photos are of “treasure art” made from buttons. Read More

Crafty Wednesday – Upcycled TV to Puppet Theatre

As Anne mentioned last week, we are splitting up Wednesdays among us to expand on local outings with some family fun at home. I volunteered for crafts. It took me having kids to re-connect with my “crafty” side. I love looking at Pinterest crafts; but I’m not big into directions or rules when it comes to creativity. Much of what I make isn’t pin-worthy. Kids have so much capacity for imagination, that they don’t really care about aesthetics. Which is good, because, although I could have made this upcycled TV into a beautiful puppet theatre, I settled for good enough.
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Today’s craft isn’t super pretty. However, in the year since we made it, it has continually been one of my kids’ favorite toys — for all of them from toddler to preteen.  They do puppet shows, news shows, plays; sometimes they turn it into a store. As an adult, I find it really tempting to make things other adults would appreciate, but when I step back, I realize the less I do to a project, the more my kids can engage in open-ended free play.

So, here is my story of how we made a big, ugly television into a big, ugly puppet theater (that my kids LOVE).  And, at the end, I’m going to include a puppet show that we recently put together when we were playing around.

Follow up note: We kept this puppet theater for a couple years before its capacity for encouraging creative play became outweighed by its inconvenient size – not bad for a free toy.

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