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    I have made pictures with contact paper and scraps of fabric,rick rac,sequins etc. with my grandson. Clear or white work well. If clear they could make place mats.
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    I was thinking about balloons and I found this site with some stuff to make with balloons.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/unexpe...lloons#3gi2njx
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    freezer paper - draw shapes, iron on to felt, cut out - can be used to decorate anything

    I always bought those small wooden bird houses (about $1.00 each) - kids love to decorate them and then hang them inside or outside.
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    I did that once. My daughter would liked to have killed me. She does not do crafts ever. So from there on I found a drawer unit and I keep throwing junk in there and when they come over they can raid and play. Their favorite is to make flower fairies.
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    They spent the night and then decorated sewing machine.
    To do the fairies you can take the flowers apart, put a bead on a pipe cleaner for a head, then you can string the flower on to the pipe cleaner. Pipe cleaners hanging down for legs. You can use another pipe cleaner for arms. I got a huge bag of flowers at the thrift store for not very much - hours of entertainment.
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    how about some beads and buttons get plai note cards for them .can make their own cards
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    My youngest son loved molding things with different types of clay and playdough. Very tactile
    Create something beautiful from scraps.

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    My son loved to use real clay and a hammer on an anvil and pretend he was a blacksmith. Oh and he had tongs to hold on to the clay. When he got the chance he used a forge and iron - he made a pair of tongs right away. The black smith couldn't figure out how he had done it so easily and by himself. He'd practiced all winter sitting on the floor. He must have been 9 years old. Someone had told him the clay was just like hot metal. It must have been. One time someone asked him to demonstrate how to do blacksmithing inside a school so he took his anvil and some tools and clay. The kids loved it. When the big kids came to do it he shook their hands. Did I mention he has a real good grip? Well they wiped the laughter off their faces and they tried blacksmithing, too. No pranks there. Some of the better blacksmiths practice in clay before they do something intricate.
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    Good idea and how about a special crafting apron, with lots of pockets and their name on it.

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    I think a copy of the book Rosie Revere Engineer would be a great addition. My four year old daughter loves it.
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    Rolls of brown mailing paper. Kids can paint on this of use for and many other ideas. We had the kids roll cars and trucks through plates of acrylic paint, then onto paper, also kitchen tools and stamped on the paper. Can be cut up for murals, of book covers even for wrapping paper. Kept them going for hours.
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    You could get them their own tool box to put their special tools in. Or their own special backpacks to put their supplies into.

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    Don't forget shaped pasta for jewelry and most definitely stickers.

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    One of the best items I've purchased, (since sliced bread) for my 'grandones' is called SANDS ALIVE. I got a 5# box for $32+. It is absolutely the neatest stuff. It's not actually sand. It's really neat feeling. http://www.amazon.com/Play-Visions-S...ds=living+sand

    I had to keep the GK's for several days earlier in Summer and wanted something to occupy them (so I cud sew..lol) I set up my old card table, and it's so old I covered it w/white contact paper, that way cud take it off when done. Seriously, they played for hrs and hrs. I gave them some old jello molds & plastic cups and the ideas were endless.

    It's not for carpet, but on reg flooring it's sweepable. It doesn't stick to them, or fabric or floor, can pick up bigger pcs, but I just sweep up the little pcs. Trying to keep it all on the table is kinda hard, ya kno kids..lolo In all the time they've played with it, I might have lost less than a 1/4 cup, so not bad.. It never hardens, or spoils. I keep it in a big Tupperware cereal keeper..haha..

    I hope this gives you an idea.. Have fun..
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    My grandkids all like arts and crafts. They prefer to have 'stuff' to do with as their creative minds dictate. So, for Christmas, I want to give them a big box of 'stuff'. I'll include the standard paper, tape, paint, markers, feathers, and the other items found in the craft aisle at Joanns or Michaels. I'm looking for other fun things. I'm thinking about coffee filters, cupcake papers, tongue depressors, etc.

    Any ideas? What can I include that would not be considered a craft item, but that a creative child would enjoy. These children range in age from 4 to 10 years.

    Thanks!!

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    Paper, paint, glue, crayons to scribble and then paint over, stickers, pasta can be glued to a favorite old shoe then put foil inside, dirt, and a plant. Beads to glue on something for a Christmas ornament. Plastic straws that can be used and cut in different little sizes.

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    Oh I thought of another one, paper doilies, those were one of my favorite things to create with when I was little.

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    Macaroni, beans & beads with twine. (thinking of vacation Bible school many years ago)
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