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Engaged and Educated: Affordable Hobby Ideas for Children

Engaged and Educated: Affordable Hobby Ideas for Children by guest blogger  Emily Graham  of  Mighty Moms. 

It can be hard to find fun, affordable, and beneficial ways to keep your child engaged. Video games, chat rooms, and cartoons are fun, but they don’t promise much in the way of learning or developing wholesome interests. Consider getting your child started in a hobby that could lead to an abiding interest, an activity that can provide an engaging cognitive challenge and produce a strong sense of accomplishment and self-pride. Sometimes, a hobby can be a heaven-sent means of keeping a young person out of trouble. Whatever the reason for starting one, a hobby can even change a young person’s life for the better. Here are some suggestions.

Starter Kits

If you’re unsure of where to start in your search for a hobby, check online retailers for starter kits and hobby essentials. When you’re operating on a budget, you can save money by doing extensive online research and watching for sales and discounts from retailers like Walmart.

Knitting/Crocheting

This is one of the most affordable and enjoyable hobbies for any child, and it can be a great way for young and old to spend time and learn together. All you need is a crochet hook and some yarn to get started. Look for savings and promo codes from Target as you gather materials. No need to spend money on patterns, many of which can be found for free on the internet. Your child will enjoy making items that can be given as birthday or Christmas gifts to friends and family.

Solve a Puzzle

Puzzles are just the thing to keep a young person occupied and learn problem-solving strategies, particularly through crossword puzzles or Sudoku, collections of which can be purchased for no more than $3. Jigsaw puzzles (which usually run around $20) provide tangible evidence of a child’s skill and determination. Once it’s put together, simply apply a little puzzle glue, mount your child’s handiwork and have it framed as a trophy that will elicit proud memories.

Painting and Drawing

Children love to express themselves creatively by drawing and painting, both of which are excellent ways for youngsters to pass their time. It can be a therapeutic means of self-expression, a medium for working out frustrations and anxieties, and an enjoyable way for a child to develop hand-eye and fine motor skills. And it’s an inexpensive hobby — pencils, brushes, paints, and paper are generally inexpensive materials. Check for daily offers and coupons for stores like Amazon on paint supplies and other items that can help a child get started with a hobby.

Music

Musical ability can open up a new world of creative endeavor for a child. Learning to play an instrument is an excellent hobby that boosts cognitive functioning, improves mathematical abilities, and sharpens motor skills. Finding an instrument at affordable prices can be difficult, so watch for online savings options through websites like Honey.

Experimentation

Most children enjoy hobbies that show them how to create things like “edible glass.” What’s more, all your child requires is vegetable oil, food coloring, salt, and water to create globs of lava that move up and down in a glass beaker. Beginner science is an educational and inexpensive hobby, especially if you can use items that you already have lying around the house.

Hobbies are healthy ways for children to use their time and discover fascinating new worlds of discovery. The best part: They don’t need to be expensive endeavors; indeed, many can be enjoyed for under $20. You never know — you might set your child on a life-changing path.

Thanks to Emily for sharing her ideas!

Celebrate Mardi Gras with DIY Masks and Let the Good Times Roll

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An assortment of supplies in purple, green and gold.

You don’t have to head to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras. Gather your family and friends and create your own celebration by making fabulous masks.  This project has everything that people love: magic markers, coloring, glitter glue and bling.  Plus, it’s low-cost, low-mess and guaranteed fun for all ages.  Slice up a tasty, colorful King Cake  and see who finds the surprise to become king or queen for the day. Let your creativity roll!

Supplies

All supplies can be purchased at Michael’s stores.

  1. One package of Creatology  paper masks. We like these because they’re sturdy and come in fun shapes. I love butterflies and jesters for Mardi Gras.
  2. One package of Crayola Metallic Markers

    Metallic Markers are Magic
    Metallic Markers are Magic
  3. One small container of green, purple or gold sequins.
  4. A selection of gemstones in green, purple and gold.
  5. Green and purple glitter glue.
  6. One roll of Glue Dots.
  7. Small bag of green or purple feathers.
  8. One package of colored craft sticks.

Create

1. Color the masks with in Mardi Gras colors green, purple and gold. Create a pattern of color bands or a unique design using the three colors. Let younger children just color as they wish. (Coloring is so much fun and the metallic markers have wonderful texture)

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Color masks with metallic markers

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Add sequins and gems around the eyes with glitter glue. (Note that using glue snd sequins can be challenging for little fingers, but younger children will love coloring with the metallic markers. Once mask is colored they can apply gemstones using glue dots.

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Use fine lines of glitter glue to adhere sequins and gems

3. Outline the edges with green and purple glitter glue.

4. Add feathers to top left and right tips. Secure them to the mask with Glue Dots, placing  feathers in the back of mask.

5. Add gemstones to the mask using Glue Dots.

6. Once mask is dray (2 hours), place a Glue Dot on a craft stick and secure to back of mask.

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Use Glue Dots to secure feathers, gems and craft stick

 

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Embellish mask with glitter glue edges and gemstone bling
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Make patterns with glitter glue and gems.
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Place glue dot on craft stick and adhere to back of mask (once dry).
Finished Mardi Gras Mask
Finished Mardi Gras Mask

As always, we invite you to share photos with us.

Enjoy your celebration!

Maura O’Shea, Owner. Founder, The Art Truck, maura@thearttruck.com