Help need Christmas Crafts for preschoolers.

My grandson loves to make things. He lives with me and I can't keep him busy enough. He would rather make things than play. Not sure how to describe his skill level, but he has been cutting and using simple tools for awhile. He's 3 almost 4. Needs more to keep him happy.
Major problem is that I'm retired & on a budget. These days I guess most of us are on a budget. We live north of Houston Texas. So if anyone knows where to get cut rate crafting materials please share the knowledge. Thanks & God's blessings to all!

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  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Oct 16, 2017
    Ask friends and neighbors to save lids from spray cans, toilet paper rolls, old greeting cards (which can be cut up), old (clean)pie tins (aluminum (which you can craft and glue things into for pictures) , odd buttons , washed old meat trays, small pieces of yearn and cloth from other projects (from adults) etc - all can be used for endless craft projects. and cost ZERO.
  • Fauxgal Fauxgal on Oct 16, 2017
    Take prescription bottles, and clean the labels off. Let him glue pretty beads, or he could even paint very small noodles first, and glue them on for decoration. They make great bottles for one's purse. I'm sure his mom would love an "aspirin" bottle for her purse.
  • Karen Krysowaty Karen Krysowaty on Oct 16, 2017
    Use toilet paper rolls and paint them and make ornaments out of them. Pinterest has a ton of suggestions. Macaroni can be painted and strung on string to make necklaces or bracelets. We used to cut out old photos of family members and glue them on to popsicle sticks with glitter and hang on the tree. You sound like a great grandma. Enjoy
  • Margaret Margaret on Oct 16, 2017
    If you go to Dollar Tree, you can find a nice size bag of pipe cleaners for $1 and a bag of assorted beads also for $1...For an example, take a red pipe cleaner and thread beads on it and form the shape of a candy cane, heart, etc.. Have fun.
  • Michele Pappagallo Michele Pappagallo on Oct 16, 2017
    Check Pinterest for kid-friendly crafts. Some ideas are toilet paper rolls turned into snowflakes, angels made out of various pasta shapes, finger-painted Christmas pictures, etc.
  • Dollar stores are a wealth of craft supplies and do dads to craft with. I have four Dollar Tree stores in my area, two 99 Cent stores and several independent dollar stores. Even the chain shops carry different merchandise in each store so it pays to stop in and take a quick peek. I always start at dollar stores and make my way up to the more expensive fabric, craft and hobby stores.

    How about puzzles? They have great jigsaw puzzles. Paint by number, might start to think about those too. Google and Pinterest will have hundreds of ideas, maybe Google for 5 year old level since he is rather advanced.

    How about baking, you can teach him to bake cookies? Science projects would be fun too. Sounds like you have a brilliant child on your hands and are doing all the right things to keep him engaged and productive.
  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 17, 2017
    If you don't like trying to vacuum glitter up before it gets into everything inside your house then don't give it to the kids to play with, until they are older and know how to operate the vaccum themselves.
  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 17, 2017
    One activity that does not need glue and is excellent to teach fine motor coordination is lacing cards. Anybody out there remember doing these in kindergarten?
    Thread the yarn through a large eye plastic dull pointed yarn needle (I have seen them at Walmart).
  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 17, 2017
    Do you live within walking distance, or can you take a bus to the nearest branch of the public library? It's absolutely free to get your grandson a library card. If he likes and has concentration span for making things as you say, then that's terriffic. It shows that he is ready to learn. Yes, he is old enough to start learning to take out books himself.
    Ask the librarians there for their suggestions on what kinds of books would be suitable for a child of his abilities and interests. Childrens Librarians can be a great resource for grammas too.

    As well, most public libraries have programs for preschool children that are also absolutely free. These are usually a combination of story time, and and a hands-on session. Taking your grandson to participate would not be any more planning or preparation or expense for you other than just getting him to the location.

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