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3 toddler crafts you can make right now

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Rainy day activities that won't break the bank

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Keeping toddlers entertained on a day-to-day basis can get a little repetitive. If you’re looking for something new to do, these three ideas will keep your little one occupied for at least half-an-hour and can be made using objects you already have on hand.

Rainy day activities that won't break the bank

Kids love making things. Even if craft isn’t your thing, these ideas are perfect for rainy days and, better yet, you don’t have to run out and spend a fortune on supplies!

Rainy day activities that won't break the bankSparkly noisemaker

This craft is great for younger kids who will get a kick out of making their own rattle toy.

What you need:

  • 1 clean, empty drink bottle with a tight-fitting lid
  • A small selection of buttons
  • Glitter, alfoil scrunched into balls and any other shiny or brightly coloured objects you can fit into your bottle

What you do:

  1. All you need to do for this fun activity is gather your supplies, pop them in the bottle, screw on the lid and shake, shake, shake!
  2. Toddlers 18 months and up can help you fill the bottle — just watch out for stray buttons heading towards curious mouths.

Rainy day activities that won't break the bank

Bird feeder

Most kids love animals so why not share some feathery love with your little one by making this simple and cheap bird feeder together?

What you need:

  • 1 empty toilet roll
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter (smooth is best)
  • 3-4 tablespoons of seeds (bird seed is great, but you can use sunflower seeds, pepita seeds or whatever else you have lying around) 
  • Approximately 1.5 metres of string

What you do:

  1. Simply coat your toilet paper roll with peanut butter (have a spoon on hand for hungry little ones) and roll it in your choice of seeds.
  2. Thread the string through the toilet roll and hang high from a tree.

Rainy day activities that won't break the bank

Paper bag puppets

Scrunchy and scary, this dinosaur paper bag puppet comes together in five minutes and will provide hours of peek-a-boo fun for your little one!

What you need:

  • 1 brown paper bag
  • A selection of coloured markers
  • A few pieces of coloured paper
  • 1 glue stick

What you do:

  1. Fold the top third of your paper lunch bag down. Then simply cut out shapes from your coloured paper to make a head, eyes, nose and ears (or draw them if coloured paper is scarce), cut a rectangle of matching coloured paper out for the body and glue all the parts onto the paper bag.
  2. Dinosours are fun to make for little boys, but you’re limited only by your imagination! Why not try a bear, a pig, a cow (perfect if you only have white paper and a black marker on hand) or even a person for your child to play with.
  3. Children over two years can help you cut out shapes with age-appropriate scissors and you can let younger children loose with a glue stick to make their own creation out of pre-cut shapes.

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