Weekend crafts that are easy on the pocket

Crafts are a great way to keep kids busy on the weekends. You’ve come to the right place if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on expensive art supplies. It can be difficult to plan fun weekends on a budget, especially when you have an active toddler who needs to be entertained. The good news is that these fun crafts can keep your child busy and happy with just a few basic, inexpensive supplies.

Here are some of our favorite crafts for toddlers and preschoolers.

Dinosaurs in cardboard plates

If your child loves dinosaurs, this craft is a must! It’s quick and easy to do, and it’s ideal for kids as young as three who will love to paint their designs and draw on faces.

You will need

  • A large cardboard plate and scissors.
  • Googly eyes
  • Black marker
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Toilet paper
  • Poster painting
  • Brush or sponge brush

Do it this way:

  1. To make the body of the dinosaur, fold and cut the cardboard plate in half.
  2. Draw and cut out a head and tail, as well as a few triangular tips, on the other half of the plate.
  3. Glue the tips to the other half of the rounded side of the cardboard plate.
  4. Apply glue to the head and tail and let dry.
  5. Cut 3 cm from each side of the toilet paper roll to make the feet.
  6. Cut slits one-third the length of the opposite end of the toilet paper roll.
  7. Insert the body into the foot slits; your dinosaur should now be able to stand on its own.
  8. Let your child paint the dinosaur on a tablecloth or newspaper to protect the table surface, then let the paint dry.
  9. To make the face, glue on a googly eye and draw the mouth with the marker.
  10. Give the dinosaur a name and get ready for some fun games.

Fish made of toilet paper rolls

Toilet paper rolls, paint, and googly eyes are all you will need to make these adorable fish. We painted ours in different colors, but you can also decorate them with various pieces of paper. You may need to help your child cut out, but after that they are free to decorate their fish however they want.

You will need

  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Scissors
  • Paint and brushes
  • Googly eyes and glue
  • Various pieces and pieces of paper to decorate

Do it this way:

  1. Paint the toilet paper roll and let it dry, or cut and fold the fish first, then paint and decorate.
  2. Press down on the toilet paper to flatten it and make two neat creases at the top and bottom.
  3. To make the tail, cut two 45-degree slits at the bottom and tilt them toward the center.
  4. On both sides, bend inward from the slits at a 45 degree angle.
  5. Unfold the slits, turn the toilet paper over and repeat the process on the other side.
  6. Insert the folds into the roll.
  7. To make a fish, cut the front end of the toilet paper roll into a round shape.
  8. Let your child color and decorate their fish.
  9. Finish with googly eyes and a mouth.

Butterfly paper hand puppet

What kid doesn’t like butterflies? When your child is done making this cute butterfly paper puppet, they can move their hands up and down to see how the wings start to flap as they run around the living room.

The following are required:

  • white paper
  • Pencil
  • Black marker
  • Khokis or colored pencils
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Glitter glue or glitter (optional)

Do it this way:

  1. Draw a long oval on a piece of white paper that is about three-quarters the length of your child’s hand. To make the head of the butterfly, draw a small circle on one end and outline with the marker to cover the pencil marks.
  2. Color the body and head, then cut them out.
  3. Add two googly eyes and a mouth with glue.
  4. To make the legs, color six strips of paper 1 cm x 8 cm long, then cut them out.
  5. Fold the accordion legs and glue three on each side to the butterfly body.
  6. Fold the paper in half and draw a 5cm x 4cm block on the fold to make the butterfly wings. The butterfly body will then be attached to it.
  7. Draw the wings on the block as a base and cut out the block and wings in one piece.
  8. Fill the wings with color and remember that the brighter the better.
  9. Secure the block to the body with glue on the underside.
  10. Cut a 13cm x 1.5cm bracelet from the paper.
  11. Join the two ends of the strap by gluing the butterfly to the strap.
  12. Slide your hand over your child’s and start beating.

Puppets with wide eyes

With this sensory craft, you can create an infinite number of characters. When your child’s puppets are finished, she can play with them in a way that builds her confidence and fires her imagination.

You will need the following:

  • White cardboard
  • Googly eyes
  • Orange, yellow and brown poster paint
  • Brushes or sponge brushes
  • Black marker
  • Scissors
  • A damp cloth to wipe your child’s feet before changing colors.

Do it this way:

  1. Cover the floor with newspaper or a plastic tablecloth, then place the cardboard on top.
  2. Place your child on the floor and use the first color to paint one of their feet.
  3. Remove its foot from the box by pressing it against it.
  4. Using the rag, wipe the paint off its foot and repeat with the other colors.
  5. Allow the paint to dry completely.
  6. Glue googly eyes and use the marker to draw a mouth and nose.
  7. Cut out the animals and glue them on ice cream sticks with glue.

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