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10 Preschool Activities Using Household Items

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I am always on the look out for fun activities for my little ones that won’t cost me a fortune in extra items needed for doing them.

I decided to gather together a list of 10 great activities using items commonly found around any home. Some of these are mine, and some are from other bloggers who graciously gave me permission to share them. All of them pass the penny pinching test, as well as the fun for kiddos test. Click the blue links for each activity! I hope y’all enjoy!

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Cupcake Wrapper Flowers

Baby food jar vase

Baby food jar vase

5 Brain-Boosting Busy Boxes For Toddlers

5 Brain-Boosting Busy Boxes For Toddlers

5 Brain-Boosting Busy Boxes For Toddlers

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Egg Carton Caterpillars

Egg Carton Caterpillars

Egg Carton Caterpillars

Quick and Easy DIY Watercolor Paint  Recipe For Toddlers

Quick and Easy DIY Watercolor Paint Recipe For Toddlers

Quick and Easy DIY Watercolor Paint Recipe For Toddlers

Edible Jewelry

Cheerio Bracelet

Cheerio Bracelet

Paper Plate Rainbow

Paper Plate Rainbow

Paper Plate Rainbow

Egg Carton Flowers

Egg carton flowers

Egg carton flowers

Living Room Fishing

Living Room Fishing

Living Room Fishing

Cloud Dough

So much fun!

So much fun!

Ninja Turtle Apples

Ninja Turtle Apples

Ninja Turtle Apples

There you go! 10 awesome activities for your little ones! Which would you like to try first? For more activities for your kids that are fun, cheap and educational, check out my blog posts Dollar store education: Color sorting blocks and Pompom Pickup!

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Cupcake Wrapper Flowers

Cupcake Wrapper Flowers

Cupcake Wrapper Flowers


Want a busy time activity for little ones? How about making cupcake wrapper flowers? I originally saw the idea on another blog somewhere, but adapted it to the materials we had on hand at our house and the way my daughter wanted to do it.

We used:

Cupcake wrappers
Twigs
Twisty ties (like come on loaf bread)
Buttons
Sweet smelling body spray

Feel free to make substitutions on any materials. Remember, we just used whatever we had on hand.

Stringing buttons

Stringing buttons

Stack the buttons in whatever pattern you want or even just use one button, stringing them on the twisty tie. Poke holes in the cupcake wrapper (I used an ink pen with a button as a template). String the twisty ties through the holes, attach the twig to the back and twist the ends around it firmly.

Smells yummy!

Smells yummy!

My daughter loved the next part. I let her pick out a sweet smelling body spray, and spritz all of her new pretty flowers. She loved smelling them, and had me reapply it every week or so to keep them smelling like delicious.

Tada!!

Tada!!

My daughter was so proud of her handiwork. She’d had so much fun gathering up twigs that were just the right size, selecting the perfect buttons, and helping me put it all together, she could hardly wait to show them off.

Baby food jar vase

Baby food jar vase

Of course, with such gorgeous blooms to display, I had to come up with a vase to showcase them in. What else would I use in a house with little ones other than an empty baby food jar? I let my daughter decorate the jar with sparkly jeweled sticker things, which she thought was just the right touch. She set her beautiful bouquet proudly on the shelf at the head of her bed, ready for sniffing and seeing at any time. 🙂

This is such a simple, sweet craft with materials most of us have around the house. It definitely works for both my penny pinching side and my creative side. What are some things you have lying around your house that you’d love to find a creative use for?