Preschoolers are a handful, they have tons of energy and keeping them occupied can seem like a full time job and an exhausting one at that. Parents are constantly on the lookout for ways to amuse them with educational activities. Making craft is one of the best ways to stimulate your preschooler and let them exercise their creativity at the same time. Here are some crafts for preschoolers that don’t take a lot of prep work nor do they need much in the way of materials, just some leftover egg cartons.
Egg Carton Flowers
You only need a handful of supplies, egg cartons, pipe cleaners, paint, some glue and a few pompoms. Take the bottom half of your egg carton and separate the individual egg and trim off the outside edges (mom you will have to do that part). Select a couple of different water based paint colors and you can let your child cover the inside and the outside. Now you need to let the paint dry. Now this part will be mom again, poke a tiny hole at the base of the cup and thread some pipe cleaner through, on the inside of the cup bend it to secure it. You can use glue to add a pompom in the center covering up the pipe cleaner. You can let your child arrange them in a vase so they look pretty. Here are some other methods to make egg carton flowers.
Color Matching Games
This is another craft that really doesn’t require much in the way of prep work or supplies. All you’re going to need is the egg cartons, paint and paintbrushes. This craft is not only fun for your preschooler but it also helps to teach them about patterns and making patterns. Now let’s get to the good stuff.
All you need is the bottom half of the egg carton. Use a different color on each individual cup and just paint the insides. You will end up with 12 different colors if you use the whole carton, you can repeat colors if that is easier. While you set the egg cups to dry you put together a scavenger hunt where your child looks for small items that will fit inside the right colored egg cup. They can look for small toys, buttons or even Lego pieces that are the same color. See how many your child can put in the right colored cup.
When it comes to crafts for preschoolers it doesn’t have to be complicated. Simple finger painting is often enough for them to be amused.