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Kids crafts with three items or less

Jessica Watson is a mom to five, four in her arms and one in her heart. She lives in Michigan where her life is as unpredictable as the weather. After the loss of her infant daughter in 2007, Jessica left the corporate world behind, vowe...

Simple crafts packed with lots of fun

You are in the final stretch of summer, but the kids are still raring to go. You've run out of ideas, and your craft closet is almost bare. Try one of these easy crafts, light on ingredients but full of fun.

You have been to the zoo, the library, the park and exhausted your list of playdates. It's only a matter of time before the kids start asking for another craft to try, but you just don't have the energy or creativity for a 20-step project. Try one of these cute projects that are simple but oh so easy.

Stars on a string

Stars on a string

What you need:

  • Paint samples
  • Paper cutter
  • String

If you have five minutes to run to your local hardware or paint store you can make this starry surprise. I'm Just That Way & That's Just Me shares easy-to-follow instructions on stringing together your favorite colors for DIY decor that works in any room.

Recycled crayon art

Recycled crayon art

What you need:

  • Crayons
  • Wax paper
  • Iron

This easy craft makes new art out of old art supplies. Visit Tread Softly for step-by-step instructions on getting creative with crayons and spend an afternoon blending colors and recycling things you already have at home.

Bird feeder

Bird feeder

What you need:

  • Apple or pine cone
  • Birdseed
  • Peanut butter

What an easy way to combine nature, a few supplies from inside and outside your home and busy little hands. Visit Mommy of a Monster and Twins for how to do this fun activity and once you're finished maybe you can even talk the kids into sitting still and bird-watching for a bit.

DIY slime

DIY slime

What you need:

  • Glue
  • Borax
  • Food coloring

Who can forget about their years of playing with silly putty and slime? Now you can make your own at home and let the kids get in on the action. Just make sure they save a little for you! The full recipe and instructions can be found at This Blogger Makes Fun of Stuff.

Rainbow Rice

Rainbow rice

What you need:

  • Food coloring
  • Rice
  • Rubbing alcohol

Once your craft cupboard is empty you may need to turn to your kitchen cupboards for something fun to do. This easy activity lets your kids sift, sort and dig through colored rice they have created themselves. Grab a bucket and shovel and follow this recipe from Four Plus an Angel.

No need to run to the store when you have a house full of indredients for these craft supplies you can make at home.

Stained glass candle holder

Stained glass candleholder

What you need:

  • Colored tissue paper
  • Baby food jars
  • Glue

This gorgeous project is kid friendly and so pretty that no one will believe that it was so easy. Gather up your leftover jars and wrapping supplies and let your kids use their imagination to create these creative candleholders from In These Small Moments.

Foam paint

What you need:

  • Equal parts glue and shaving cream

Looking for more ideas? Try these best craft blogs for moms for a never-ending supply of things to try >>

What to do:

Stir together glue and shaving cream until fully mixed. Give the kids paper and paintbrushes or just let them paint with their hands. The foam mixture puffs up as it dries and has a soft foam feel. The shaving cream also makes it easy to clean off of any surface!

Hopefully these quick and easy crafts will help you get through the last of your summer days without another trip to the craft store!

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