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7 Cheap Crafts for Kids

7 Cheap Crafts for Kids

7 Cheap Crafts for Kids

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Looking for some fun ways to keep the kids busy without breaking the bank? Research shows the average American household spends about $28 each month on craft supplies or activities for their children, according to Statista. That adds up to more than $300 a year. 
 
To help reduce these costs while still having fun at home, here's a list of low-cost craft ideas that parents can use: 
 
1. Make Your Own Dough
If your kids are fans of Play-Doh, why not save a few bucks with cheap crafts by making your own dough with just a few pantry items? There are plenty of recipes online, including this one, which takes about 5 minutes to make. You can store the dough in an airtight container for up to 3 months. 
 
2. Paper-Product Animals
With a paper plate and some paint, you can make all sorts of fun animals. Let the kids paint the plate, and add eyes and fins to make a puffer fish like this, or grab a paper bowl and some yarn and create a DIY jellyfish like this.
 
3. Make Recycled Art
Your recycling bin can be a great source of low-cost arts and craft supplies. Paint an empty tissue box to create a monster, turn an old water bottle into a piggy bank, or transform that stack of old magazines into DIY paper necklaces. You not only get to make a low-cost craft, but you're also giving an old product a new life. 
 
4. Melt Broken Crayons 
Don't throw out that bin of broken crayons. Instead, grab some silicon molds from the closet (or grab a few from a dollar store) and melt the pieces into new shapes. Cut the paper off the crayons, cut them into small pieces, fill each mold, put the molds on a cookie tray, and bake them for 10 minutes. Once cool, the kids can have fun at home with them. (Here's a DIY tutorial).
 
5. DIY Racetracks
You can create your own DIY racetrack for tiny toy race cars with painter's tape. Map out a course on the floor, tape it up, and let the kids race through town. 
 
6. Collage It
With a combination of junk mail, old newspapers, stickers, and a little paint, kids can have fun at home by making a collage. Give kids all the materials and let them design a collage for their bedroom wall. 
 
7. Rock Painting
Rock painting is a great idea to add to your list of cheap crafts. Take the kids on a rock hunt, collect some flat ones, and let them paint 
 
These cheap crafts can help parents keep a little more money in their wallets. If you're looking to do bigger projects, such as creating a craft room, or just need some extra cash in general, turn to NiceLoans!. You can apply for an installment loan at your nearest NiceLoans! store location and get funded today! Visit the NiceLoans! frequently asked question page or call our friendly customer support team at 883.308.6423 if you have any questions about the loan application.
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