Tuesday, January 19, 2010

another use for old magazines...


Keeping the children happily occupied in school holidays doesn't have to mean expensive outings or treats. Getting to stay in pyjamas all day is a favourite with my kids! Today, we kept the younger ones occupied with a threading activity using beads made from old magazines (helps make us feel less guilty about our piles of magazines - once we have torn out our favourite ideas and great recipes, the kids benefit too!) Simply cut or tear a strip of an old magazine page or a bit of junk mail, and roll around a pencil. Use sticky tape to hold the bead's shape. Bigger kids can make these themselves, and it doesn't take long to roll up a whole bowl full. The big hole means that even little ones can get some string or a pipecleaner through and make a great necklace, bracelet or just a hanging beady thing-a-majig!


6 comments:

Thea said...

What a gorgeous photo. Your little one certainly seems serious about her crafting. x

Ellieboo said...

That is a great idea - I am definitely going to give this a go with my little one.

ejs@mumspiration said...

Thanks for this great idea - I hate just putting old magazines into the recycling bin and now I have an extra activity to try with my toddler!
Another good use of old mags - cut out interesting pictures from them and use for creating collages. x

Taybian Design said...

What a fantastic idea! I'll pass this onto my sister-in-law!

Katie @ Cheep Ideas said...

So colorful and fun! I've added it to my Recycled Paper Crafts post today. Thanks for sharing!!

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