I’m not a crafty person, unless it comes to anything that has to do with food, of course. However, my children go to an Arts Core School so we are, by almost accident, an artsy, crafty family. While it may not be what I always write about, I do have a lot of craft ideas in my back pocket for when needed.

Homemade finger paint

We loved to make homemade finger paint when the kids were younger and it is the one craft I do have a recipe for!


1/2 cup cornstarch
3 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups cold water
food colouring


In a medium pan, mix all the ingredients together to make the finger paint. Cook over low heat 10 to 15 minutes. Keep stirring the finger paint mixture until it is smooth and thick. After the finger paint has thickened take the pan off the stove and let the mixture cool.

After cooling, divide the finger paint into storage containers depending on how many colors you would like. Add a few drops of food coloring to each container. Stir the coloring in to the paint to determine the shade of color. You’re ready to finger paint! Cover tightly when storing.

Make Felt Hair Barrettes for Girls

There are templates all over the internet for beautiful felt designed hair pieces for little girls and they are super easy to make! I found this adorable Malificent one that is easy to make and will thrill those girls who are caught up in the Malificent craze.

Paper Mache

What you can make with paper mache is only limited by your imagination. You can make bowls, a piñata or simply something that your kids will like to play with. This dinosaur cave is such a simple but creative idea that both boys and girls will love. Who doesn’t have plastic dino’s roaming around their house that need a cave?


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