If you need to catch up on laundry, homework, that presentation for work or you just need a few minutes to yourself, these easy to set-up craft ideas will come in handy.

Paper Bag Puppets

These simple puppets are made from paper lunch bags. Click here to get pattern cut-outs for a raccoon, dog, cat, rabbit, mouse, pig, panda, or frog and assembly directions. Supplies:
  • paper bags (available at most dollar stores)
  • scraps of construction paper
  • glue
  • scissors
  • markers or crayons
  • optional: googly eyes, pipe cleaners (for whiskers)

Paint Your Own Butterfly

  • clothes pin (popsicle stick or drinking straw will also work)
  • coffee filter (or paper towel)
  • pompoms, googly eyes, and pipe cleaners
  • glue
  • paint brushes
  • water color paints
  • glass of water to rinse paints
  • glue googly eyes and a small piece of pipe cleaner onto a pompom.
  • glue pipe cleaner antennae onto the back of the pompom.
  • glue the completed pompom head onto the top of a clothes pin.
  • glue the coffee filter to the clothes pin (be sure the filter is folded to look like wings).
  • paint and enjoy!

Popsicle Stick Airplane

Supplies (per airplane):
  • 1 clothes pin
  • 5 popsicle sticks
  • arts and crafts gems and jewels (and any other decorations your kids like)
  • paints
  • brushes
  • glue
  • glue 2 popsicle sticks to the top of the clothes pin, and 2 to the bottom, so that they look like the wings of a plane (refer to video).
  • break a popsicle stick in half and glue one half to the end of the clothes pin, so that it looks like the horizontal tail wing of a plane.
  • paint and decorate your plane!

Pipe Cleaner Bracelet

  • pipe cleaners
  • beads
  • slide beads onto a pipe cleaner
  • wear and enjoy!

What are some crafts your kids enjoy?

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