Encourage your little ones to explore color matching and sorting possibilities with a delightful tactile homemade game. Paint simple wooden buckets in primary and secondary colors, then paint wooden spoons in corresponding tints and shades. Seal the deal with a coat of beeswax or olive oil, which will keep the game preserved (and nontoxic).
There's a reason why schoolteachers ask families to save empty cereal boxes—they're the perfect base for any number of clever craft projects. Here, a cereal box gets reinvented as a vertical racetrack, ready to challenge our favorite marbles to a friendly competition. Made by Joel has the tutorial.
Bowl Them Over
Turn your bathroom discards into a fun game for all. Gather your toilet paper tubes, along with some some paint, markers, black card stock, and glue. Once you've brought your snowmen to life (like these from Creative Me, Inspired You), grab a bouncy ball and get ready to roll.
This shoebox turned theater from Handmade Charlotte deserves a standing ovation. While an adult should take care of the handiwork, which involves an X-Acto knife, smaller children can help with the puppets—and, of course, run the show. Miniature LED lights add a final, magical touch.
Go with the Dough
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