Like the majority of toddler mums out there, I am always on the look out for cheap ways to keep my child entertained whilst helping her develop and learn. A great way to encourage this is through arts and crafts. However, those of you who have probably attempted this with your toddler will know it comes with its fair share of tidying up.
So I went on the hunt for (practically) mess free activities and stumbled across a felt activity set on Amazon. However it cost £15.00 and I knew that I could recreate it myself, so here is how I managed to get the same effect but for less than £2!
You will need:
Assorted felt sheets (I bought 10pack of A4 size from Amazon for £1.54)
Cardboard (In this case I went for the side of a wet wipe box, but you can use whatever you have to hand)
Hot Glue Gun
Cut your cardboard to side. I opted for around an A4 size as this meant that I could just attach one of my felt sheets straight to the cardboard itself without too much cutting.
In this case I have used 2 separate colours, blue for the sky and green for the grass as I wanted to create a farmyard scene. But feel free to use any colours you'd like depending on what you want to overall look you want to achieve.
Next I simply attached the felt to the card with my Hot Glue Gun.
(Be mindful that felt isn't very thick and you will be able to feel the glue through it, so you will want to keep the glue around the outside perimeters of the felt you are sticking down.)
And then finally just draw and cut out your shapes. As I said earlier my theme was farmyard as at the time I wanted to help Isabella identify her animals and what sounds they make, but you could literally do anything.
I am currently in the middle of creating an underwater scene as she's into Nemo at the moment and I thought that would be good fun. However I haven't taken any pictures yet of that.
What I really like about this is that it was so cheap (literally only cost me £1.54 for the felt as I already had everything else) and it was super easy to put together. Plus you can expand on it as much as you want and let your imagination go wild. From underwater, to dressing up (cut out people shapes and different clothes to put on them) or even cut out numbers and letters to help with spelling or maths. The possibilities are literally endless!
For older children who are able to cut, you could give them scissors and felt and get them to make whatever they want. A great idea for a play date!
Another great pro to this activity is that it's reusable. With stickers you have to keep re-buying packs when they've done. But with this you can literally just keep the felt peices in a zip lock bag and get them out whenever they want to play. (We also keep different bags different types i.e: farm/shapes/colours etc)
I hope this has given you some inspiration if you are stuck for ideas on how to keep your children entertained on a budget. I know it has offered us hours of entertainment here! Let me know if you have done anything similar! I'd love to hear from you!
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Day of Knights