Ok, it's summertime. School is out. Or it's a rainy day, a day home from school, something where boredom threatens to break out and create havoc. What to do with your kids to keep them busy and engaged instead of parked in front of a DVD? Here are 175 different craft projects that work for even some of the youngest pre-schoolers.
A lot of these crafts are things I used to do to amuse my younger siblings or teach kids at church or when babysitting. For example, one project uses potatoes to print a design. The twist on this classic way to block-print on fabric or paper is to use a COOKIE CUTTER to make a shape out of a potato slice! Now, I never thought of that. I used to cut shapes into my potato using linoleum cutter tools but this is easier and safer. If you use your imagination, you'll realize that the cut end of a bunch of celery, which you probably toss out into the compost heap, makes a rose-like print when used in this way.
Other projects: growing Epsom salt crystals, making a toy service station out of cardboard sheets, construction paper and boxes (I used to do this for boys when I baby-sat), cooking Rice Krispie treats and shaping them into critters, and much more.
You can see most of these won't require much more in the way of supplies than you probably have at home (maybe some fabric paint and other craft supplies, and you can even find these at yard sales.)
There is of course, a macaroni-art project. Just one, but it's practically a requirement for Crafts 101!