Coming up with new ways for your kids to have fun can be exhausting, especially when they look at you like you have all the answers. If you’re on the edge of turning on the TV and leaving them to their own devices, then this blog could help.
Did you know there are lots of low-cost activities you can do with the help of your printer? Make sure you stock up on printerinks to avoid your little ones getting disappointed and get ready to have hours of creative fun.
One of the most basic things you can do with a printer is create a collage. Sometimes kids get tired of having to draw pictures themselves, especially when they don’t have the motor skills to actually create something that’s more than a few scribbles. Collages can get them excited about crafts again because all the pictures will be printed out. Depending on their age, you can cut out the pictures together or let them simply stick them onto a big sheet of paper with a glue stick. Help them to find a theme they want to work with, like their favorite cartoon characters or princess castles, and let them express themselves.
Buying coloring books can get expensive, especially if you have more than one child. Sometimes kids get bored with the books they have so you end up buying them the new one they want just to keep them occupied. Creating your own coloring books by downloading templates from the internet for free can save you time and money. Not only will your kids have more variety to choose from, but you’ll be able to print off a new picture at a moment’s notice. As long as your ink reserves are well stocked, there will always be something for your kids to color.
You might be thinking that origami is too complicated for kids, but there are some really simple patterns that even younger children can try. They’ll be able to fold along the lines on the paper to create little animals. This is great for kids who aren’t as confident using scissors, or for times you can’t supervise them, as they’ll just have to keep folding. As children get older and more confident, they’ll be able to progress onto more complex designs and won’t need them to be printed off anymore.
This one will take a bit of preparation on your part, but you can print off photographs and cut them up into little pieces to make jigsaw puzzles at home. While these puzzles definitely won’t last as long as one you’ve bought from the shop, kids will be delighted at the fact that they can put together a family photo. The great thing about this DIY is that it really does save you money. Kids usually put jigsaws together once before abandoning them, but this isn’t really an issue when your scraps of paper can be easily recycled.