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Coupons for Good: 4 Fun Paper Crafts to Do with the Kids

Parents like the idea of kids learning through fun crafts, but knowing where to start can be difficult. Crafts often involve intricate tools and skilled construction, which may be challenging for young minds. One easy way to start is with one of the most common and easy-to-work-with materials available: paper. Discover four fun paper crafts you can do with your kids.

Animal Masks

Paper Crafts
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If your kids are looking for costume items to make their playtime outdoors more interesting, you don’t have to break the bank buying masks at your local costume shop. Instead, you can help your kids construct simple masks with paper bags, construction paper, glue, and markers.

Cut the bags down the sides so that you have more of the paper base to work with, then glue on any appropriately colored construction paper to brighten up the look. Finish by using markers to draw detailed features such as whiskers and eyes.

Pop-Up Book

Creative children can produce some amazing objects when you give them the opportunity. One way to nurture their creativity is to help them put together a pop-up book.

You’ll want a pack of paper of various colors along with pens and markers. Look for coupons from Office Max through Coupons for Good to find ways to save money on these materials. Get your kids to write a story and create illustrations that go along with their text. Finally, help them find ways to make the pictures pop up or move in the finished book.

Calendar

Helping your kids make a calendar is a fun way to not only involve them in creative activity, but also teach them about the days of the week and months of the year.

You’ll want several large sheets of double-sized paper, along with pens and markers. Gather several pieces together and staple the pieces down the middle. Fill in each month page by page, perhaps attaching illustrations to each month. If your children want to make the calendar more colorful, you can use paint chips, which you might find with  for retailers such as Lowe’s, to mark the days of the week in seven different colors.

Paper House

Although paper dolls and houses may not be not as popular as they once were, they remain a great way to encourage your kids to play creatively.

To make a paper house, you’ll need paper. Look for sources such as Goodshop, which offers coupons for Office Depot products, markers, and scissors. You may want to give your kids a predesigned house schematic for the piece. Be sure to supervise your children, especially younger ones, as they use scissors to cut material. They will need your help to make the cuts to fit the necessary dimensions.

Finding craft projects that your kids will enjoy is a fun way to bond with them and discover what kinds of activities they enjoy doing with you. Thanks to paper crafts and their versatility, an afternoon of enjoyment is only a ream of paper away.

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