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Ever wondered what to do with odd or worn out socks? Recycle them into sock puppets. Making sock puppets is an easy, inexpensive craft that keeps your kids busy, encourages imaginative play and promotes the development of fine motor, creative and language skills.

What you need:

  • An old, clean sock

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Be creative and develop your maths skills as you print with paint to make repeating pattern art. Display your art work on a wall, or fridge, or use it to make your own wrapping paper and greetings cards.

Go on a repeating pattern hunt around your house and garden.

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Grab a bowl of water, a few empty washed out plastic food containers and some spoons and get playing.

Water play is a fun, sensory activity that encourages exploration, investigation and creativity. Water play activities can be set up indoors, or outdoors, and help your child to develop language, motor, cognitive and social skills.

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Making drawings or collages of favourite foods is an easy, inexpensive craft that keeps your kids busy and promotes the development of fine motor, creative and language skills and scientific understanding.

What you need:

  • Recycled cardboard or card-stock to cut a plate shape from (or you can use a paper plate)
  • Pencil ...
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Encouraging your child to draw, or make collage, faces can provide opportunities for discussions about emotions and mental well-being.

Ask your child how they think their drawn or collaged face is feeling? Why do they think this?

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Play dough is an easy to make, inexpensive, modelling material. Using just a few ingredients, your kids can get creative making their own modelling dough and sculpting it into their own role-play toys, letters and models.

  • Store your home-made play dough in an airtight container in the fridge and re-use it.

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Getting your kids to design, and make, their own versions of a magnetic fishing game keeps them busy and promotes the development of fine motor, creative and language skills and scientific understanding.

What you need:

  • Recycled cardboard or card-stock (for game pieces)
  • Box lid or a box with the top cut ...
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Making stick puppets is an easy, inexpensive craft that keeps your kids busy, encourages imaginative play and promotes the development of fine motor, creative and language skills.

What you need:

  • Recycled cardboard (from food packaging or boxes) or card-stock
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Materials ...

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Holiday decorations using jar lids

Looking for an easy craft that will keep your kids busy?

Let them get creative with just a bit of glue, a recycled jar lid, aluminium foil and some scraps of recycled paper, ribbon, buttons etc.

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