Before recycling cardboard boxes, why not make a house or something else from them first?
If you have smaller ones, could make cars or a train or boats. If you have long thin ones, could make a slide for kids or toy cars, strengthened with cushions underneath.
I made these with my son Dan in lockdown and some of them are still alive and healthy!
To make some terrariums you will need:
- Glass jars with lids
- sand and/or gravel (optional)
- pebbles, twigs, etc for decoration
- water spray bottle (or just water)
Put in the sand or gravel first if you them, then the earth, then moss and decorate with pebbles and twigs if you like. Spray or sprinkle some water over the moss and put the lid on the jar. Put the terrariums somewhere you can enjoy them!
To care for the terrarium, occasionally open the jar and add fresh water if needed.
Really quick and edible Halloween decorations!
To make them you will need:
- Any kind of orange fruit that has a skin you peel
- Black marker pens
Have fun drawing on faces with different features and expressions!
These look great, are so simple and if you use water based paint you can wash the jars and use them again for something else!
How to make glass jar Halloween lanterns
You will need:
- Glass jars
- Orange paint
- Paint brush
- Masking tape
- Fairy lights, small led lights or candles to light up the lanterns
- Use the masking tape to make eyes, noses and mouth shapes on the lanterns – sharp edges can look more spooky 👻
- Cover the jars with orange paint on the outside only (inside and the paint may burn if you use candles)
- After the paint has dried remove the masking tape and put your lights or candles inside.
I made these jars to help make taking medicines easier and more enjoyable 🙂
They are great as have quite a lot of space and it’s easy to see what’s inside. If you live with other people you can have your own jars so the medicines don’t get mixed up and you can put them somewhere where they are easy to see so you don’t forget to take the medicine and they are decorative so nice to look at!
How to make some medicine jars
You will need:
- Clean jars (if it’s hard to get the labels off, you can try soaking them in water and/or boiling them). if you have a few, choose which ones best fit the shape of the medicine packets and feel nice to open and close.
- pens that can write on glass
Then just draw nice patterns or a picture on the jar and fill with your medicine!
I made this from an ice cream box and some stickers I had at home, the gold glitter sticker was years old, but happily still sticky 🙂
It is the perfect size for my labelling pens and some card labels!
Make your own storage boxes!
All you need is:
- a clean, empty ice cream box (or similar)
- stickers, permanent marker pens or masking for decoration
Here’s our home schooling calendar sticker legend – many ideas inspired by family, friends and the Internet! Going to try and do the core curriculum ones on every weekday, with days off on weekends / holidays.
Make your own calendar sticker legend with your kids!
All you need is:
- A piece of card or paper
- small round stickers (if white can colour them in 🙂 ) or coloured pens
- pens and/or pencils
If your children suggest what to add to the list and make the legend, they *might* be more enthusiastic about actually doing the activities.
Made this picture today with Dan’s play dough 🙂
Dan made these while under lockdown in March – they were shapes he made for maths and he converted them to little robots that can be used as boxes as well 🙂
Kirigami means cutting paper in Japanese (kiri = cut, gami = paper).
It’s a fun and easy activity to do with children and you use them for decoration or glue them on to paper or card, etc.
You can also use the cut out pieces for something!
Sometimes I like to make one where the kirigami is based on, for example, my whole life and each cut represents an event or relationship. Then the folded part represents your life in time and the opened pattern represents your life in eternity. Other ideas to try are things like just one day, a relationship or an idea!
I made this lantern for Dan’s room with some origami paper, masking tape, pipe cleaners and ribbon.
The bulb is one that doesn’t get hot so it is safe!