Tip 140: May 2020: Coronavirus – More Home Recycled Activities
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Nancy Lewis Bartlett stated in Children’s Art & Crafts that “the
1. Instant puddings make an edible fingerpaint for infants who can’t keep
out of their mouth. These are made with 2 cups of milk and beaten for 2
2. Toothpaste also can be used as a fingerpaint on wax paper.
3. Liquid starch and food coloring make an excellent inexpensive
4. Fill a small zip lock bag with a table spoon of two colors of Jello. Zip
seal it with masking tape. Let the infant squish it to mix the colors
1. Make several bottle cap containers out of coffee cans or oat meal
cut into their lids. Make one for metal caps and one for plastic caps.
2. Use an egg carton as a sorting box. Start by putting colored plastics
side and ask the child to match the color of the cap on the other side.
3. Using the egg carton put only metal caps on one side and asks the child
metal caps for the other side. Tell them color or size does not matter.
4. Now using the egg carton have the child sort only small caps on one side
caps on the other side. As they get better at sorting, ask them to sort by
5. Mount a small sticker (2 of each design) inside the bottle cap. Place
down, and have the children take turns finding a match.
1. Place three hula hoops in a row and ask each child to stand behind a
bean bag in each of the three hoops.
2. Have a child sit in a chair and place a bean bag on one foot. Ask the
bean bag up and catch it in their hands. Now repeat the process with the
3. Have a group of children form a circle and pass a bean bag around the
add a second bean bag and have them pass it in the opposite direction.
4. Take two clean half gallon milk jugs and cut away the bottom at a slant
scoop. Have two children play catch with the bean bags using the scoops.
5. Hang a sturdy bell by a heavy string on a tree branch outside. Have the
bean bags at it to try to ring the bell.
Give new life to household junk. Turn them into inexpensive, creative
(Nancy Lewis Bartlett)
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