Kids Frugal Fun-DIY Trick-Or-Treat Bag

Each week I bring you a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. Halloween is quickly approaching so I will be sticking to this theme for a couple of weeks! Don’t miss the rest of the Halloween themed crafts!

If you’ve missed any previous crafts, check out Momondealz’s Kids Frugal Fun page. Just a side note, I laminateas much as I can when doing games such as this-it really helps preserve the pieces!

Remember, if you love any of my crafts, be sure to Pin them on Pinterest!

DIY Trick-Or-Treat Bag

Materials:

Paper Grocery Bag
Construction Paper
Glue

Directions:

1.  Cover the grocery bag with the desired background color of your choice.  Depending on the grocery bag you choose, you may need to cut the construction paper a bit.

2.  Cut and glue any designs you have chosen/made for the front.

3.  Cut and glue your child’s name and any other personalization designs.

Since there are 2 boys trick-or-treating in our house, we were able to create two bags-double the fun!

Educational Activities:

  • Math:  Have your child measure the bag and all materials such as background, design etc.  Use standard measurement tools like rulers, tape measures, or use non-standard ones like crayons, legos, fingers, etc.
  • Language Arts:  Have your child create a prediction list of the items they hope or think they will get Halloween night to fill up their bag.

 

Halloween Crafts For Everyone!

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I’ve teamed up with a group of lovely ladies called The Mavens of Money and we have brought you a round-up of our best Halloween Crafts.  These are all awesome and a great way to have fun with kids or by yourself!

  1. How to Make a Rag Wreath by A Frugal Chick
  2. Frankenstein Monster Box by Coupons are Great
  3. DIY Halloween Marquee Letters by Madame Deals
  4. Toilet Paper Pumpkin Decor by Mom on Dealz
  5. Handprint Pumpkin Craft by Saving Toward a Better Life
  6. Spooky Sparkle Spiders by The Coupon Challenge
  7. DIY Glow in the Dark Skeleton Halloween Shirt by This Mama Loves

If you missed it, take a look at our Apple Round-up for more Fall ideas!

The Mavens of Money group is comprised of 11 bloggers: MadameDeals | The Coupon Challenge | Mom On Dealz | Coupons are Great | This Mama Loves | A Frugal Chick | The Centsible Family | Stretching Your Budget | Penny Filled Pantry | Freebie Spot | Saving Toward Better Life

Toilet Paper Pumpkin Craft

 

This Toilet Paper Pumpkin Craft is one of my all time favorite crafts!

Each week I bring you a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. Halloween is quickly approaching so I will be sticking to this theme for a couple of weeks! Don’t miss the rest of the Halloween themed crafts!

If you’ve missed any previous crafts, check out Momondealz’s Kids Frugal Fun page. Just a side note, I laminateas much as I can when doing games such as this-it really helps preserve the pieces!

Remember, if you love any of my crafts, be sure to Pin them on Pinterest.

Toilet Paper Pumpkin Craft

Materials:
1 roll of toilet paper
1 sheet of orange tissue paper
Black construction paper
Green construction paper
Brown construction paper

Directions:
1. Cover the toilet paper roll with the orange tissue paper by laying the sheet flat, putting the roll in the middle and then just lifting and tucking the tissue paper in the roll’s hole.
2.  Take one piece of brown construction paper and roll it horizontally.  Then take the roll and fold it in half and stick that inside the roll’s hole.
3. Cut thin strips of green paper and tape stick them inside the hole as well to create “vines”.
4.  Cut the black construction paper into shapes for the face.  We chose traditional triangle shapes for the eyes and nose and then one small line for the mouth.

Educational Activities:

This craft was an adaptation from a tutorial seen here

Kids Frugal Fun-Sun Baked S’mores & Back To School Treat

Each week I bring you a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. August 10th is National S’mores Day and since I LOVE s’mores I thought this would be a cute activity-and a yummy one!

Back To School S’more Treat:

 

Sun Baked S’mores

Materials:
Shoe Box
Plastic Wrap
Tin Foil
1 Sheet of Black Construction Paper
Graham Crackers
Hershey’s Chocolate Bars (save $1/2 with this coupon)
Marshmallows
Craft Knife (adult use only)

Directions:

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Father’s Day Cards To Make-Kids Frugal Fun

Father's Day Cards to make

Each week I bring you a craft that is fun and frugal. Father’s Day is right around the corner so in the next month, I will be creating Homemade Father’s Day gifts for this very important holiday! 

If you’ve missed any previous crafts, check out Momondealz’s Kids Frugal Fun page.

Just a side note, I laminateas much as I can when doing crafts…it really helps to preserve them.

Remember, if you love any of my crafts, be sure to Pin them on Pinterest!

My kids always create homemade cards for every birthday, holiday, or special occasion.  Father’s Day is no different!

Father’s Day Cards To Make:

My kids always create homemade cards for every birthday, holiday, or special occasion.  Father’s Day is no different!  There are a wide variety of cards you can create and here are some of my favorite!

Top 5 List Card:

The top of this card it shown above…here is the inside:

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List the top 5 things you love about your Dad (or grandfather, uncle, father figure in your ,life).  Depending on your child’s age, you can cut and paste images from the internet, have your child draw their favorite things, or they can write their favorite things!

 

Hand Print Card:

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Some may feel that using handprints are over done but there are endless possibilities to using hand prints!  My stepfather love fishing so we made the boys hand prints into fish!

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Pop Up Card:

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This one is so much easier to make than it looks!

Step 1:  Fold Paper in half.
Step 2.  Draw 2 lines on the folded end about and inch long and cut.

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Step 3:  Open card and pull out the cut piece to create your “pop up piece”.

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Step 4:  Glue whatever image you’d like to pop up at your Dad!

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Kids Frugal Fun: Preschool Summer Activities

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It’s SUMMER!  I am so excited because this is my all time favorite season!  My kids and I always have so much fun because we have the beach close by and also Ocean Breeze Waterpark. But not everyone lives near a beach-so what you’re left wondering, “What are some preschool summer activities?”  Here is a little list of crafts and ideas you can do:

Last year the boys and I made a Summer Bucket List and really enjoyed completing each activity.  We plan on making another one this year!

If you’re local you can check out my post on Virginia Beach Things To Do

Patriotic Picnic Decor–Everyone wants something cute for 4th of July right?!

Make Rainbow Rice-Perfect activity for a rainy day!

Make Toilet Paper Monsters-Have a play at the park or at home using your child’s imagination!

Make Edible Pirate Ships-YUM! Who doesn’t love ice cream during the summer?

Create Rocket Boosters from Soda Bottles-My sons love to run around the yard and park with these “boosters” on!

Watermelon Math-Watermelon is one of my family’s favorite fruits to enjoy during the summer-why not learn with it too?

Ice Cream in A Bag-Again, who doesn’t love ice cream during the summer?!

Toilet Paper Fireworks-A nice way to get ready for 4th of July!

Homemade Sunglasses-Your future’s so bright, you gotta wear shades!

Calming Bottle-Tempers can flare up more frequently in the summer so this bottle can help.

Watermelon Learning-Another watermelon craft; this one adds some music to your summer!

Beach Art-Even if you don’t live near the beach, you can still create your own little beach.

Learning With Ice Cream-Take a favorite treat and incorporate some learning!

Make a Bird Feeder-Have fun creating this feeder and introduce your child to birds at the same time!

Make Homemade Bubbles!-What kid doesn’t love bubbles?

4th Of July Party Decorations: Patriotic Utensil Holder

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Each week I  bring  you a craft that is educational, fun, and frugal! Since 4th of July is quickly approaching, I wanted to give you a patriotic craft.  If you have missed any of my past crafts, you can check them all out here!

If you’ve missed any previous crafts, check out Momondealz’s Kids Frugal Fun page.

Just a side note, I laminateas much as I can when doing crafts…it really helps to preserve them.

Remember, if you love any of my crafts, be sure to Pin them on Pinterest!

4th of July Decorations:  Patriotic Utensil Holder

Materials:
3 Empty Toilet Paper Rolls
Red and White Construction Paper
Cardboard
Glue Gun with Glue
Glue Stick
Markers
Glitter or other decorations you would like to add to the holder

Directions:

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Homemade Father’s Day Gifts-Beer Cap Tray

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Each week I bring you a craft that is fun and frugal. Father’s Day is right around the corner so in the next month, I will be creating Homemade Father’s Day gifts for this very important holiday! 

If you’ve missed any previous crafts, check out Momondealz’s Kids Frugal Fun page.

Just a side note, I laminateas much as I can when doing crafts…it really helps to preserve them.

Remember, if you love any of my crafts, be sure to Pin them on Pinterest!

Now before I catch any grief over this post, it should be noted that my sons have no idea what kind of caps were used in this craft, we simply called them bottle caps.

Materials:
Paintable Wooden Tray W/Handles
Glue Gun
Beer Caps
White and Red Paint
Mod Podge

Directions:

1.  Paint wooden tray your desired color (my son insisted on red).
2.  Arrange caps in the design you wish.  We chose a W for our last name.
3.  Paint the caps if desired.  We wanted the border and ‘W’ to stand out so we painted those white.
4.  Hot glue the caps onto the tray (obviously this was a Mommy job).
5.  Cover the caps and tray bottom in Mod Podge to ensure they stay. You can also use resinbut it’s a tad more expensive.

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My husband LOVED his tray (yes he got it early). And I love that he now has a place to put his keys, phone, wallet, papers, pen…well, you get the point!

Personalized Mother’s Day Gifts-A Round Up of Ideas!

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Each week I bring you a craft that is fun and frugal. Mother’s Day is right around the corner so in the next month, I will be creating Mother’s Day personalized gifts for this very important holiday!

If you’ve missed any previous crafts, check out Momondealz’s Kids Frugal Fun page.

Just a side note, I laminateas much as I can when doing crafts…it really helps to preserve them.

Remember, if you love any of my crafts, be sure to Pin them on Pinterest!

Since Mother’s Day is this Sunday, here is a round up of all the crafts I’ve done that can be made for those important Moms in our life!

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Personalized Wine Glass or Personalized Candle Votive Holder

jewelry holder

How To Make A Jewelry Holder

photo cube

Photo Cube

pen flowers

How To Make Pen Flowers

family hand print art

Family Hand Print Art

 

Kids Frugal Fun-How To Make Pen Flowers

Each week I bring you a kids craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. Mother’s Day and Teacher Appreciation Day are both this week and this craft is one I always did in my classroom and it never loses popularity.

If you’ve missed any previous crafts, check out Momondealz’s Kids Frugal Fun page.

Remember, if you love any of my crafts, be sure to Pin them on Pinterest!

Pen Flowers

Materials:
Pens
Fake Flowers
Floral Tape
Flower Pot
Glass Rocks/Stones

Directions:
1.  Have your child decorate the flower pot according to the recipient (you can’t tell but ours says “Mommom”)  If you’re making for a teacher you can put the message “Thanks for making me bloom with learning!”

2.  Break off the lower stems on the flowers.
3.  Using the floral tape, attach the flowers to your pens.

4.  Fill the pot with the glass rocks/stones and stick the pen flowers inside.

Educational Activities:
Science:  Discuss the plant cycle with your child or talk about the needs of plants.  The books Plants Are Living Things (Introducing Living Things)and How a Seed Grows (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1)are great children’s books about plants!

Personalized Mother’s Day Gifts-Candle Votive Holder & Wine Glass

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Each week I bring you a craft that is fun and frugal. Mother’s Day is right around the corner so in the next month, I will be creating Mother’s Day personalized gifts for this very important holiday!

If you’ve missed any previous crafts, check out Momondealz’s Kids Frugal Fun page.

Just a side note, I laminateas much as I can when doing crafts…it really helps to preserve them.

Remember, if you love any of my crafts, be sure to Pin them on Pinterest!

Personalized Mother’s Day Gifts-Candle Votive Holder & Wine Glass

Materials:
Enamel Paint(desired colors)
Glass Candle Votive Holder
Wine Glass

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Directions:
1.  Decide on design you wish to use.   Since my kids are pretty young, I didn’t want them holding and painting glass objects by themselves, so we chose to fingerpaint items while I held the galss materials.
2. Paint/decorate your candle votive or wine glass with a cute or sentimental Mother’s Day message. Allow to dry.
3.  Place glass crafts in a cool oven and heat oven to 350 degrees.  Leave the crafts baking for 30 minutes, turn off oven, but leave crafts inside until cool.
4.  Fill with your Mom’s favorite candle scent or beverage!

Earth Day Crafts For Kids

Each week I create crafts with the boys and share them with you.  I try to make the crafts from recycled products so they fit perfectly into the title of Earth Day Crafts for Kids!  

Here is a roundup of some of my favorite Kids Frugal Fun crafts that make great Earth Day Crafts for Kids!

 

Home Vegetable Garden Plan

newspaper craft

Newspaper Art Craft

toilet paper monster

Toilet Paper Roll Monsters

rocket boosters

Rocket Boosters and Airplane Experiment

Do you have any favorite Earth Day Crafts for Kids?

Home Vegetable Garden Plan-Kids Frugal Fun

 

Each week I bring you a craft that is fun and frugal. We always create a home vegetable garden so I thought why now share our home vegetable garden plan?! 

If you’ve missed any previous crafts, check out Momondealz’s Kids Frugal Fun page.

Just a side note, I laminateas much as I can when doing crafts…it really helps to preserve them.

Remember, if you love any of my crafts, be sure to Pin them on Pinterest!

Home Vegetable Garden Plan

Materials:
Seeds
Soil
Water
Labels

Directions:
1.  Brainstorm what you will grow: Sit down with your child and create a list of the vegetables or fruits they would like to grow in a garden.  Be sure to pick items that will grow well where you live.
2.  Pick the spot for your garden:  We plan on using a corner of the yard that gets full sun because many vegetables need a lot of sun. Plus this corner recently had a shed on top of it so there is plenty of moist soil.
3.  Stay on budget and stick to the plan.  Go online or to a local store to select and buy the seeds and other materials.  Stick to the list of plants you brainstormed-don’t impulse buy more seeds because you may not have the room to grow more than your plan allows.

Other hints to starting your garden:

    • We always start our seeds inside using a Jiffy 5032 Professional Greenhouse 25-Plant Starter Kitbecause our weather is so “iffy” in the spring.  We keep the plants inside as long as possible to prevent any damage that unstable temperatures can cause.
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    • Don’t plant all of your seeds…reserve some in case your first batch fails.  The seed packets generally come with A LOT of seeds so this shouldn’t be an issue.
    • Involve your child in all aspects of the garden.  Not only will they feel included and important, they will learn important lessons such as plant needs and life cycles.  Hopefully they will also learn to appreciate all the hard work that goes into creating the veggies and fruits they see in grocery stores!
    • Make sure to snag some Kids Garden Toolsso they can help!

 

Here are some books that can help when you involve your children with a home vegetable garden plan!

Gardening Projects for Kids: Fantastic ideas for making things, growing plants and flowers, and attracting wildlife to the garden, with 60 practical projects and 500 photographs

The Ultimate Step-by-Step Kids’ First Gardening Book: Fantastic Gardening Ideas for 5–12 Year Olds, from Growing Fruit and Vegetables and Having Fun with Flowers to Indoor and Outdoor Nature Projects

Grow Your Own Pizza: Gardening Plans and Recipes for Kids

Good Growing: A Kid’s Guide to Green Gardening (Klutz) (This one comes with seeds!)

Kids Frugal Fun: Easter Flower Gifts

Easter Flower Gift

Each week I bring you a craft that is fun and frugal. With Easter THIS WEEKEND, I thought some of you may be looking for last minute gifts for family members or friends who aren’t “into” Easter baskets.  This craft didn’t turn out as well as I was hoping but I feel it’s important to show you my hits and misses so you can maybe make them even better!  Regardless, my kids LOVED this one-lots of painting where they didn’t have to stay in lines. :)

If you’ve missed any previous crafts, check out Momondealz’s Kids Frugal Fun page.

Just a side note, I laminateas much as I can when doing crafts…it really helps to preserve them.

Remember, if you love any of my crafts, be sure to Pin them on Pinterest!

Easter Flower Gift

Materials:
Soda Bottle
Strofoam Bowl
Paint
Modge Podge
Sticks, grass,etc
Flower of your choice

Directions:
1.  Clean and cut a 2L bottle into an egg shape.
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2.  Paint the “egg” the color of your choice.



3.  Paint the bowl brown to resemble a nest.



4.  While paint dries, take your child outside to pick up “nest” materials.



5.  After brown paint is dry, cover the bowl with Modge Podge and adhere grass and sticks all over it.
6.  Glue the “egg” into the “nest” and fill with your choice of soil and flower!

Educational Activities:

  • Language Arts: Create your Easter Basket based on your child’s favorite book character. Talk about how the character is described in the book to help bring him or her to life for your child.
  • Science: This craft lends itself to learning about plant cycles and needs.Discuss with your child the needs of the plants (sun, water) and how all plants need these things to survive

Milk Jug Easter Baskets

pirate easter basketEach week I bring you a craft that is fun and frugal. With Easter coming up FAST and Easter Egg hunts already starting, I thought why not tell you how to create a Milk Jug Easter Baskets?   I like keeping our “nice” ones for the Easter Bunny to use but these homemade ones are great for hunts and also can make nice keepsakes!

If you’ve missed any previous crafts, check out Momondealz’s Kids Frugal Fun page.

Just a side note, I laminateas much as I can when doing crafts…it really helps to preserve them.

Remember, if you love any of my crafts, be sure to Pin them on Pinterest!

Easter Basket Craft For Kids

 

Materials:
Empty and clean milk gallon container
Exacto knife or sharp knife
Decorations of your choice

Directions:
1.  Cut the milk carton into the shape of a basket.

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2.  Cut off the spout of the carton and staple together the ends to make a handle.

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3.  Paint and decorate your basket for your desired theme.

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As you can see we chose a pirate theme.  We painted the entire gallon red and used sticky felt and foam to create pirate faces and a ship.  We also glued some gold coins we had to add to the decor.

Educational Activities:

  • Math: You can put math shapes inside of plastic Easter eggs and have your child open them and identify the shapes found. For older children you can use plastic Easter eggs for actual math problems (adding, subtracting, etc).
  • Language Arts: Create your Easter Basket based on your child’s favorite book character. Talk about how the character is described in the book to help bring him or her to life for your child.
  • Science: Grow your own Easter grass by getting some grass seed and putting it in a recycled yogurt or butter container. Discuss with your child the needs of the grass (sun, water) and how all plants need these things to survive