22.5.12

*Closed* Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

Yesterday (and all week!) was/is the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day! I'm a little late here but we do have something small to giveaway.

But first off "hello" to our regular visitors and welcome to all those coming from Sew Mama Sew!  We are two sisters who live in different provinces and share our sewing creations and bits of our daily life here.

On to the giveaway...I'm putting an order in at Connecting Threads today and I've ordered a set of 4 fat quarters to give away along with one of Alisa's Perfect Fit Bib patterns!

The giveaway is open to anyone and will close on May 25th. A winner will be picked randomly. Please make sure your email is in your comment or on your profile so I can contact you if you win!   Because the fabric is still coming to me in the mail it will be shipped to the winner as soon as I get it. To enter, leave a comment with a fun, frugal kid craft idea.

Have fun visiting all the giveaways over at Sew Mama Sew!

182 comments:

  1. This weekend we made sidewalk paint with corn starch and food dye. Hours of fun and we only used about $1 worth of corn starch.

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  2. My kids are adults, now, but I remember making homemade Play-doh. Easy and fun.

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  3. Very pretty!

    Kid craft? Our favorite right now is phony beads and the elastic cord. "Can I make a necklace, Mama?"

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  4. I don't have any kids, but I also remember making homemade playdoh as a kid with my mom! Also loved some watercolor!

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  5. I don't have children but I love baking with my little niece! Thank you for the giveaway

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  6. All the suggestions so far have been great, and I have 1 more to add - boxes. The larger the better. Kids' imaginations can run wild with large boxes (houses, space capsule, castle, etc). This is my first time visiting your blog, and I want to let you know that I really appreciate the goals you mentioned in your profile.

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  8. We love play doh over here. You can also make shrinky dinks from old deli containers. Thanks for the chance at a cute giveaway!

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  9. I always did one (huge) papier mache project with my kids every summer (outside, and sprayed down with the hose to clean up!) I'm looking forward to doing the same with my new grandson. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  10. Our kids love sidewalk chalk, the little "foamies" stickers, fingerpaints...all pretty cheap. Thanks for chance to win! (EMAIL: marshudson at comcast dot net)

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  11. a bunch of scrap paper, a glue stick and some kid-friendly scissors--they'll have a blast :)

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  12. Thanks for the giveaway! An easy craft that I like having my kids do is get cheap canvases from the Dollar Store and give them little scraps of fabric that they cut and modge podge onto the canvas...and tada, you have a cute little wall hanging for their room!

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  13. Great giveaway, thank you. I used to collect every empty box and tube possible for sticking and glueing into whatever we wanted.
    ks.eyles@yahoo.co.uk

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  14. Finger painting is always the best! :D

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  15. I love having kids draw on giant paper and hang it on the wall for a backdrop for mini plays they put on!

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  16. No children here, either, but as a kid I always enjoyed helping my grandmother make instant pudding. I'm not sure that counts as a craft, but it sure was yummy!

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  17. Hi. Thanks for the giveaway. Making and playing with play dough is great

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  18. Playing in the sprinkler is always fun for my boys.

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  19. A fun frugal craft...hmm...my kids love homemade playdough. It took awhile for me to get over the potential mess, but it's been a hoot! egunik(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. Bubble solution and pipe cleaners, you can make your own with dawn dishwashing soap, water and glycerin, it's super cheap and keeps them occupied for hours! My kids really liked 'painting' the fence with spray bottles of plain water and sponge brushes too (they're usually 10/$1 at Michaels).

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  21. our favorite is baking :) cakes cookies soups --all will do!

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  22. Wish I was more willing for all the messy crafts... homemade playdough is one.

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  23. When my son was 1 I would give him a selection of paint brushes and a bowl of water and he would paint anything outside. Just the change of colour as something got wet like a stone wall getting darker or the patio going a bit pink/brown would be enough to keep him entertained for ages, he'd get wet but not dirty, so not much to clean up either. Now he's a bit older that wouldn't fly but he loves his chalks and drawing on the patio.

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  24. Very fun, thank you!

    Fun crafts for kids...mine LOVE painting and even the toddler can paint with yogurt tinted with food coloring so she doesn't feel like she's missing out and well, since everything goes to her mouth, this way we are safe! :)
    Thanks again!

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  25. would love to win!

    ykatrina at hotmail dot com

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  26. My son and I used to do shrink art. I bought sheets of the special shrink art plastic at a craft store and we traced pictures from coloring books using sharpies. Then color with colored pencils, cut out and bake. They make cute package ornaments, tree ornaments, or whatever.

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  27. I love the bib pattern. I can think of a whole bunch of babies who could use those.

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  28. My mom used to help us make paper ornaments by tracing around cookie cutters onto pretty papers (the gold metallic was the best) ang gluing two together so it was double sided. We'd punch holes and string with thread. We still have a couple of them left (which we all argue over who will get them one day)!

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  29. Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  30. Great fabric. Thanks for offering it.

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  31. my grands all loved the sidewalk chalk and paints.

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  32. I drwa the outline of a person and let my girls use my tiny scraps to "clothe" their people. Almost free

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  33. I love the reindeer craft where the antlers are your children's hand made with construction paper. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  34. Sidewalk chalk, or sidewalk paint (really easy and cheap to make), are always loved around here. And cooling off afterwards with those huge packs of freezer pops!

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  35. I love to make things with modge podge with kids. They get their hands sticky but have fun with it. We made pretty soaps by modge podging flower pictures from magazines onto a bar of soap for Mother's Day gifts in our 2's and 3's Sunday school class. Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway.

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  36. Scraps of fabric, glue and construction paper can be used to make "barn" quilt blocks. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  37. Homemade playdo! Always a hit :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    melissajpalmer at yahoo dot com

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  38. Homemade play-do for sure... My mom has a great recipe for one that you don't need to cook! I used to make it for myself to then create things for my barbies!

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  39. Oh how fun! I love CT fabric and thread. I just ordered some myself! My daughter's name is Bea, so of course I love this fabric!

    Two ideas: The little birdhouses outside Joanns for $1 and paint for $1. My 3 year old must have painted at least 5 of these in the past two weeks and they now "decorate" our front garden. The other is a book from Amazon.com called "Paper Plate Crafts." The plates cost next to nothing,and a six year old can follow the directions pretty independently.

    Thanks!

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  40. Use varied size macaroni/pastas suitable for stringing a necklace. Pour a few tablespoons of rubbing alcohol and a few drops of food coloring into a plastic gallon sized bag. Drop in a few cups of pasta and shake! When the pasta is all colored spread it on newspaper to dry. Repeat with other colors and more pasta. String necklaces or garland with dried pasta or just glue shapes to cardboard (cut up cereal boxes} Fun for all ages. Just one preschool teachers suggestion.

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  41. I love CT. The bib is darling.

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  42. We just made flowers using cupcake liners. The kids loved painting them.
    mframe00@gmail.com

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  43. Glue, water and borax will combine to make bouncy balls.

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  44. Oh, I would love to make that bib to give to my sister who is pregnant with her first baby!
    My daughters love home made flour clay which they turn into creations we bake, paint and varnish. And they also love anything to do with my button stash - there all sorts of great things you can make with thrift store buttons! :)

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  45. Great giveaway, thanks for the chance!

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  46. Thanks for the giveaway.
    anghhong(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  47. Thank you for this giveaway. I did paper dolls with paper clothing and also embroidered these paper dolls and their clothes for my kids. When I bake, I'll give my kids some dough for them to 'shape' then 'bake' their own cookies. Hope you get some good ideas.

    God Bless
    Sandra in Singapore
    gml448@yahoo.com

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  48. I love the fabrics, and I would make great use of the bib pattern should I win it, having twins.. at that age when they eat and their clothes (and the floor) eat with them :-). Thanks for the giveaway...

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  49. My son likes paper crafts like cutting, folding and coloring so I usually give him used papers from our home printer.

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  50. Yarn and popsicle sticks...we weave some pretty hanging crosses.
    shel704 at aol dot com

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  51. For younger kids, I used to put out several buckets of water and lots of different tubs and containers, it would keep them entertained, and cool, for ages! For older kids, I give out a pencil and a piece of paper with the alphabet written down the left hand side (or a suitable location specific word) and send them off to find something for every letter :-)
    Thanks for the giveaway, please count me in x

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  52. Make a nice pillow looking like an animal :-) Have fun and enjoy.
    Thanks for the chance to join

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  53. Done having babies myself but i think theres something in the water lots of friends are expecting

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  54. Ed Emberley drawing book and a box of crayons...thanks for a chance :)

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  55. Homemade bean bags stuffed with rice or beans will bring hours of fun!

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  56. my idea is to knee-patch my kids jeans with their back-pokets, it's a trendy idea in my opinion

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  57. In the winter we would bring in a bowl of snow and I'd give my kids an ice cube tray fil with colored water, some little spoons and medicine dropper, they loved it. Without snow, they just love mixing colors-easy and not too messy!

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  58. We love making play dough - it is made with ingredienst that are ok for a kid if they swallow it. Mom used to make it for the Jr Kindergarten classes. We also love making finger jello - jello with extra gellatine so they wobble and you cut out shapes! Fun!

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  59. Burp cloths from pre-folds: sew a rectangle of pretty fabric right side down to a pre-fold leaving space to turn, turn & press then topstitch around the edge. Quick, lovely and useful. I usually give these as a baby shower gift with matching bibs.

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  60. I can always use new fabric! We recently made bean bags as a fun idea with numbers on them for learning counting.

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  61. Starch marbling-it washes out and even revives the clothes they wear and they are fascinated by the swirls of color they can produce on paper (adults too, let's be frank)

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  62. Cute fabrics!
    My favorite is making home-made playdough. It's quick, fun and makes a ton for pennies.
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  63. I just read a post somewhere about putting an old sheet on the line and letting the kids paint it with washable paint. Then hose it off and they can start anew! How cool.

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  64. Let them color on fabric with wax crayons. Place paper towel over and under the fabric and iron with a hot dry iron to set the color then make something for them using their picture.

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  65. Start a shoebox for small paper treasures that can eventually be added to a collage. Part of the fun will be discovering and saving the little bits and bobs. I recently saw a Hershey's Kisses skinny paper (those that are on each individual kiss) used in a collage done by an adult, but it is fair game for a child as well. Parts of labels from food, used stamps, pics from magazines, wrapping paper and bows - all would work.

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  66. Sidewalk chalk has been a favorite around hear for the last week. We never had a cement pad till last fall so chalk has kept them quite busy. Bubbles is also fun for the younger ones use a old wash cloth and cut the bottom off a water bottle makes great long soap bubbles.

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  67. Salt dough is always a good one. I had my initial in my room when I was a child. I also liked to modge podge various things with fabric scraps - I had a range of jars covered in small squares of fabric that I used to sort my various hair bands and clips into. They always took a while and used things that were already in the house!

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  68. Sidewalk chalk. Going to the beach to gather rocks then painting them. I'm always amazed what my daughter will do with paper, scissors, tape, and markers. (3-story highrises if you add popsicle sticks to the mix)

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  69. Water beads from the dollar store! They are so squishy and bounce. They have generated hours of fun for my daughter

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  70. Google shaving cream and the ideas are endless! Can't beat the price of a can and some food coloring.

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  71. Let your kids make their own coloring books from free images online. I know coloring books are inexpensice generally but if they get to choose what they want they will color all the pages not just a few, plus kids love things they get to choose themselves. to go with it you could make your own crayons by melting down old and broken ones, i have seen super cute molds to make them into all kinds of great shapes:)

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  72. Love the fabrics. My kids are grown now, but they liked to make things with craft sticks and then paint them. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  73. We're conducting a science experiment....lots of salt in a mason jar full of water...let it sit out for a couple weeks and watch the salt crystalize! :) Easy and minimal mess. Does that count as a craft?? lol

    ecisley(at)comcast(dot)net

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  74. • • • Painting faces on paper plates.

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  75. We do "cooking lessons" when i teach them to cook and they make dinner...
    :-)
    Katz.gali(at)gmail.com

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  76. Great fabrics!
    Marble painting! my kids used to love it! or how about homemade play dough??

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  77. Fun, frugal kid crafts? Turn a shoe box into a school bus for small toys (costs next to nothing and recycles a box). Just cut out some windows and a door and draw seats on the inside (if you were feeling really ambitious you could make seats, too).

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  78. We love to get some construction paper and cut out shapes and made a mosaic on posterboard of our favorite animal or food or whatever!

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  79. Home ade play dough or let them glue scrap fabric to paper for their own quilt design
    nkschouten@xplornet.ca

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  80. So cute--we're learning to scrapbook together! carrie dot hare @gmail.com

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  81. I don't have any children so I don't really know. Baking?

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  82. Water...sprinkler, water squirters, paint the house/sidewalk with water.
    sntbosch(at)msn(dot)com

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  83. We made doll houses out of shoe boxes and my mom's crafty scraps

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  84. Try planting apple seeds, after snacking on the apple.

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  85. I love making homemade play dough. My kids love playing with it! xo

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  86. Make "flubber". :)
    http://babblingsandmore.blogspot.com/2012/05/flubber.html

    brooke at richardchurch dot com

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  87. Toilet roll angels are so easy and fun, and cheap!

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  88. Bubbles ! My kids had a lot of fun outside.

    Thank you for the chance.

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  89. Stick stickers to cardstock or construction paper, then cut them out (I don't cut very close.) Stick magent pieces to the back (I buy a roll of it for $1 and cut out little pieces) and voila! custom magents your kids can reuse 10 bazillion times!

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  90. no cook play doh with glitter in it!
    hannah dot kitching at hotmail dot co dot uk

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  91. I love connecting threads. Such lovely fabrics.

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  92. I like to have them draw something sign their name and then I embroider it (or maybe they could work on that too depending on age) and border it to make a pillow or wall hanging. I used to love art time at the table.

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  93. Take scraps of fabric or paper and put between two pieces of wax paper - then let mom iron them together. Stain glass windows!
    beth(dot)sebastian(at)gmail(dot)com

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  94. my kids love to take the 'garbage' (ie the cardboard and stuff) and make creations out of them, like robots and princess' all you need is some tape and markers and kids imaginations.

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  95. I always loved making God's eyes as a kid. We also used to make lots of creatures from shells, stones, and nuts. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  96. My kids would make puppets out of bags, felt, and take a cardboard box and do puppet shows. They also loved planting vegetables and sidewalk chalk was great fun. By the way, the fabrics are just lovely.

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  97. my kids love making bead necklaces and bracelets.

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  98. Making homemade play dough was always fun.

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  99. A fun cheap craft my daughter has loved lately are those little sets of plastic watercolors and a blank sheet of white paper! She loves to paint all over it! Great giveaway & I hope I win! ;-)

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  100. Bubbles was always popular at my house when my kids were young. We also did a lot of hiking and biking. I don't remember spending a whole lot of time indoors when it was summer.

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  101. I think painting rocks can be pretty fun, and it's kind of doubly great since it gets kids active during the search for suitable ones! This may be more feasible in places that have an abundance of smooth rocks though-- I grew up (and still live) on a shore, so I'm not sure what availability is like inland.

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  102. My kids (5 and 3) like to paint. When I'm feeling lazy, I let them paint with water all over outside... The house, the driveway, trees. No mess, and it dries and disappears. When I'm up for more clean up, they use washable poster paints and spend hours searching for and then painting rocks.

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  103. Dd loves making fairy gardens out of whatever she can find...there's a great book called 'Fairy Island' that is very inspirational for this!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  104. We always had a huge roll of butcher paper at our house, and we would roll it out and make banners and big pictures the size of the room!

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  105. Hmm..I will suggest a paper craft like origami. I used to play with my sister when we were young :)

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  106. We like to build towns in the dirt driveway and play with cars.

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  107. Making clay buttons is fun!

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  108. An old quilt slung over a frame to make a tent always worked for me and as much clean water to splosh around as you can provide.

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  109. frugal craft...gosh...could tell you stacks...but cutting out christmas cards glueing onto paper and adding glue and glitter is a winner....glitter makes everything wonderful...xxx

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  110. My little boy is still pretty young yet, but loves his crayons and chalks. Also loves me to blow bubbles! Even more frugal is my brother and I when we were younger, we just loved to dig up chalk in the garden and play with that and the mud, all mixed with water!

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  111. My grandma used to make walnut shells stuffed with a tiny bit of fabric covered batting as pincushions for us. We also drew animals on walnut shells and then put them over a marble to make them roll. Fun!

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  112. I loved making potato stamp paintings when I was a kid, great fun!

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  113. Blanket forts aren't really a craft, but are always a lot of fun! :)

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  114. How about those plastic bead crafts that you arrange in shapes and then iron? I used to love those!

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  115. I've always liked to cook hot dogs with hard (uncooked) spaghetti noodles stabbed through them. Kids get to craft them first, then when you boil the hot dogs the noodles get soft. Add some ketchup and you are ready to go!

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  116. my son likes making stuff with playdough

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  117. thank you for the chance to win. homemade bird feeders.. pine cones and peanut butter.

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  118. Homemade bath paints! mjalfano19@gmail.com

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  119. Play doh used to keep my boys occupied.

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  120. A fun, frugal kid craft...Mine like to make dens, boats, teepees and other sculptures with a big pile of sticks we have out in our yard. Keeps them busy and creative for hours!

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  121. lovely fabric
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  122. magazines scissors and glue- collage the first letter of their name- for Mothers day I had my nieces and nephews cover the letters Mommy - my sister loves it

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  123. Pipe cleaners and Fruit Loops - craft and snack all in one!

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  124. Finger prints in a t-shirt.

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  125. making collages with pasta, rice and beans - kids love it x

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  126. I let my kids cut up a bunch of my scrap embroidery thread and put it in a recycled contained with holes in it. Then we strung it up on the tree for the birds to help themselves to. We're just now starting to see bird's nests lined with our colourful thread popping up all over the neighbourhood! fun!

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  127. Tie-dyed tee shirts are fun to make.

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  128. Beautiful...thanks for the great giveaway!

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  129. What a lovely giveaway! We like to make doll houses (for stuffed animals) out of old cardboard boxes. My kids get a lot of enjoyment out of them. :)

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  130. lovely fabric, thanks for the chance to win it.

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  131. Love the fabric and the pattern.

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  132. We used to lace buttons together for jewelry, finger paint with pudding, made tye dye paper with shaving cream and water colors, puppets from old socks and puppet stage in a doorway with a tension rod and old curtain....we make paintings by coloring with white crayons and then using water colors over it for the wax resistant effect. Salt also make great bubble like effects on watercolor paintings.

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  133. Last night to coax one dirty preschooler into the tub, I filled a muffin tin with food color and shaving cream - a bunch of different colors. I gave her my silicone basting brush and let her decorate the shower.
    cynsaw2(at)yahoo(dot)ca

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  134. Pudding finger paint. Get vanilla pudding mix, color with food coloring after you mix it up. Paint away, and lick your fingers clean between colors! Yummy.

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  135. Sidewalk Chalk and Bubbles. Not really a 'craft', but all my kids (aged 2 1/2 - 10) will all play with it. :)

    flowerbubbleskids(at)gmail(dot)com

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  136. I don't have any kids in my life really, but my boyfriend's sister did make her son an awesome pirate ship out of cardboard boxes for Christmas.

    aprilly (at) g mail (dot) com

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  137. I don't have any kids in my life really, but my boyfriend's sister did make her son an awesome pirate ship out of cardboard boxes for Christmas.

    aprilly (at) g mail (dot) com

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  138. My kids like to use beads and make key chains to clip to backpacks.

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  139. Homemade playdough never gets old here. :)

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  140. beads out of magazine pages are always fun. as a child i made "furniture" and kitchen
    appliances out of cardboard boxes. an ojo de dios is a fun thing to make--kids love them:
    http://www.allfreecrafts.com/nature/ojo-de-dios.shtml thanks for the opportunity and have a great day

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  141. Lovely fabrics!

    When I was little we used to cut up magazines and catalogues and make collages - either by colour or by theme or just randomly glueing things together.

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  142. Can't beat playdough. But for a lasting craft I love finger painting prints and handprints made into pictures. The old fashioned scrapbooks - as in pictures from magazines stuck into a collage and used like an I-spy book.
    Finally, if you can still get them, orange bags with wool and other things sewn onto it. Or polystyrene trays works well too.

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  143. Not having any exposure to kids right now or previously (pretty much), I recommend chalk and bubbles. I guess it depends on the kids age, but I still love to do these things. (hehe i was just browsing at some of the comments and saw someone with the same answer. sorry, i'm random)

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  144. Oh my goodness! My grandkids love perler beads! A big tub of those lasts for a couple of years. They don't ever seem to get tired of making them.

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  145. Water in a bucket and big paintbrushes then let them outside to paint the house!

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  146. Thanks for the chance to win. Glueing small fabric scraps onto paper...

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  147. I loved making sand castles out of toilet paper rolls with my students! I would give them two full size and one cut in half. They would cut out the turrets around the top, draw on windows, doors etc. Then paint around the drawings with glue and roll in sand. I would glue the tp rolls to a block of wood and then they would embellish with seashells. They were a real hit with my preschool and kindergarteners.

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  148. Home made play dough with a drop of Lavender essential oil and purple food colouring. It is soothing and relaxing for the kids and you and smells great.

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  149. Great giveaway! Thanks
    I love to make cookies with my kids. They enjoy adding the ingredients and making shapes and we can eat them in the end!
    anaeosviraventos(at)gmail(dot)com

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  150. Great fabrics and sweet bib! I'm participating in the giveaway, too! Would love to have you pop by and enter. :)

    -Cindy
    http://www.creatingathome.com

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  151. My kids have always like popcycle sticks. Even as they have gotten older. Now they just use hot glue and make enomous structures.

    another thing my kids loved when they were little, was playing with a cookie sheet full of corn meal and trucks or sand toys. Cornmeal is great because it cleans up really well, and it doesn't have dust.

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  152. Ooh, I love those snazzy fabrics!

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  153. I am a regular visitor to your blog and in fact won a bib from you a while back -- this time I have a little one to pass the bib along too if I am lucky again... and especially love the fat quarters you have chosen! As to a frugal idea, lately some of the neighbourhood children stop at my house if I am in my front garden and they pet my dog and tell me how their school day has been...

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  154. Finger paints can be a lot fo fun and of course play do . Thanks for the chance to win.

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  155. My kids like anything with gluing cotton balls !

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  156. Those fabrics are so cute! audiodropzone at gmail dot com

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  157. Thanks for doing this giveaway! :)

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  158. Colouring rice with food colouring and either mixing it up in a tub, or sticking it down to make pictures.

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  159. I read on Filth Wizard's blog (I think) that they made little R2-D2s out of a toilet paper tube, plastic easter eggs, and a little paint! :) Thanks for the chance to win!

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  160. Bubble-painting. You take some watersoluble paint and throw dishwashing liquid in it - pop a straw into the mix. Get the kiddos to blow bubbles with the straw until the bowl is bubbling over. Place a paper sheet on it (lightly) and take it off gently to see what your bubble painting looks like. Soft colours that layer well work best - I love working with light blues and greens. Then leave to dry :)

    Thank you for a great prize and the chance to win it.

    Marilize
    marilize (dot) paulsen (at) gmail (dot) com

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  161. no kids - we babysit grandnieces - the oldest one age six sewed her first dolly quilt top together yesterday - give the 4 yo GN water and a brush and she will happily scrub the same spot for hours - the others are rather little and like to tear up paper
    Thanks for the lovely giveaway as Connecting Threads is a favorite shop of ours - and we could make bibs for the babies

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  162. wrapping paper tubes for whizzing cars down! Great fabric!

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  163. My son loves to dig into the recycle bin and put cardboard or glass jars to use!

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  164. Thanks for the giveaway. Willing to win it.
    Elizabeth
    eliagron@yahoo.com

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  165. during the summer, I grow dill so we can hatch out swallowtail butterflies.

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