Playdough – The best recipe is on the back of the McKenzie’s Cream of Tartar: 2 cups plain flour, 4tbs McKenzie’s Cream of Tartar, 2 tbs cooking oil, 1 cup salt, food colouring & 2 cups water. Mix in a saucepan, stir over medium heat for 3-5 minutes or until the mix congeals.This playdough can sit in the pantry for a few weeks and will still be as pliable and moist as ever.

Paper Plate Crafts – Paper plates are fantastic. They’re faces, clocks, bodies, suns, masks and so much more. You can use glue and paint and other crafty items on them if you wish. But sometimes all you need is some colourful pencils or markers!

Plastic Containers – They’re easy to set aside after they’re emptied and they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. They’re just brilliant for musical instruments. Poke some holes in the top and make a drum. Or fill with rice and make some shakers. And what can the children do? Decorate!

Egg Cartons – Another versatile household item that’s easy to set aside when it’s empty! I love egg cartons for caterpillars, snakes and spiders.

Cardboard boxes – There is something about cardboard boxes that appeal to a child’s imagination and creativity. Hand them a few boxes in different shapes and sizes and some sticky-tape and see them shine! The possibilities are endless. They are easily the bodies of cars or the shape of robots, but they can also be photo frames, pencil holders and more.

Posted by no1ladydj, 28th July 2014

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  • In the past the school have always asked the parents to keep the following when needed. Most of it was toilet rolls, tissue boxes, icecream containers, shoe boxes.


  • this is my favourite post by far! We love doing crafts at home and it really cuts costs to use stuff from around the house!


  • Every house of full of good things ready to be made into a work of art!


  • Whenever we do craft we always raid the recycling bin first!


  • You forgot toilet rolls and paper towel rolls the empty roll makes great people, Bon Bon etc lots of fun


  • great ideas and tips, some I use others will try, thanks so much for this :)


  • These are some great tips for people my favorite is I always love making the play dough and of course playing with it with the kids


  • I love anything that you can do to keep the kids occupied and using their creativity and imagination. Especially if it doesn’t involve a computer or t.v., and isn’t expensive. Kids likely won’t remember playing a game on a computer or watching a movie, but most will remember having fun with their family doing crafty things.


  • Thanks for some good ideas that I had forgotten! Love having different crafty ideas for the grandkids!


  • Good on you for this post. I love repurposing things where I can. What I loved about this also is it took me back to my childhood and I remember making the paper plate clocks and doing loads of things with egg cartons. Remember the paper mâché balloon masks we all used to make as kids using a balloon, newspaper and a bit of homemade clag? I have such fond memories of these simple yet extremely fun activities. I love your play dough recipe as well. Why buy it when you can have fun making your own with the children at home! :)

    • Something we used to do at Kindy was “splatter painting”, but no-one seems to do it these days. We used to get big sheets of white butcher’s paper, several old toothbrushes, several pieces of wire mesh (like you have in a screen door), and lots of different coloured water paints. Dip a toothbrush in one of the paints, move it back & forward across the wire mesh, on top of the paper, and you get splatters & sprays of colour. Do it with several different colours on top of each other, and you’ve got a real piece of art.

      • I’ve been checking out the craft section for ideas – maybe you could add splatter painting there to ‘revive’ it :)

      • Yeah and I think some of these ideas should come back. Kindly should be more about learning to create and socially adjust ready for just than a regimental thing where little kids get assessed etc. splatter painting sounds great. My son is allergic to eggs but I always remember doing those eggs where you blow out the interior and the shell is left and they were always died multi colours etc. when I think about it we did lots of fun things at school.


  • Thanks for posting these great craft ideas, im always on the look out for new ways to help entertain my 4 year old on his nonkindy days.


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