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Build this fun rainbow road with recycled cardboard and paper tubes - perfect for indoor play!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Paper Tubes
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Colored Paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Toy Cars

Create it!

Step 1: Cut road pieces from cardboard. Paint black and allow the pieces to dry.

Step 2: Cut small colored strips from colored paper or cardstock. This makes for wonderful scissors practice if you have a little artist working on scissors skills.

Step 3: Glue the strips of colored paper to the center of each of the road pieces.

Step 4: Paint paper tube rolls and allow them to dry.

Step 5: Set up the road pieces and the tubes for tunnels for the toy cars.

Step 6: Add a colorful array of cars and it's ready for play!

For a more permanent play set up, glue the paper tubes and road pieces to a flattened cardboard box or large piece of cardstock! Or, keep the pieces separate for lots of interchangeable fun!

 

 

Make this cardboard crown entirely of hearts for a true Queen of Hearts crown - perfect for imaginative play, a special day, or just because!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Glue

Create it!

Step 1: Cut a strip of cardboard the length of the queen's head.

Step 2: Secure the crown into a ring, using glue or the stapler.

Step 3: Draw or freehand cut heart shapes from cardboard.

Step 4: Paint the hearts and allow them to dry.

Step 5: Glue the hearts to the cardboard band.

Lots of fun options for colors, heart sizes and designs! 

 

We used a variety of textures for this easy to make peacock artwork and the q-tips just might be our favorite part!

Start with:

  • Paper Plate
  • Paper Cup
  • Textured Cardboard
  • Q-Tips
  • Plastic Eyes
  • Cardstock
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • 1 Inch Paper Punch, optional

Create it!

Step 1: Paint a paper plate and allow it to dry.

Step 2: Paint a paper cup and allow it to dry.

Step 3: Add plastic eyes and a cardstock beak to the paper cup.

Step 4:  Paint the top portion and stem portion of several q-tips blue.

Step 5: Cut off the unpainted portion of the painted q-tips.

Step 6: Glue the painted q-tips in a fan formation on the paper plate.

Step 7: Glue the paper cup to the paper plate.

Step 8: Paint two q-tips green. Once dry, cut in half.

Step 9: Glue the green q-tips to the top of the paper cup for added plumage.

Step 10: Paint textured cardboard blue and allow to dry. With paper punch or freehand, cut circles.

Step 11: Glue the circles to the plate for added texture. 

If you place the cup on the very edge of the plate, your peacock should be able to stand up on its own for display!

Quilling is cutting paper strips, rolling them and gluing them to create art. We used bright colors and a paper plate as a base to create this colorful flower garden!

Start with:

  • Paper Plate
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Cardstock, variety of colors
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pen or Pencil

Create it!

Step 1: Paint a paper plate and allow it to dry.

Step 2: Cut strips of cardstock in a variety of colors.

Step 3: Wrap a strip of cardstock around a pencil and glue the bottom to the paper plate.

Step 4: Continue, Step 3, gluing strips together prior to rolling with a pencil to create larger sizes. 

Step 5: Cut leaves from cardstock, folding each in the middle.

Step 6: Glue the leaves to the paper plate. We really liked it like this and you can stop now if you do too. We also liked the garden with some vines added in Step 7!

Step 7: Cut some additional green strips of cardstock. Wrap one end around the pencil to curl it and glue the other end to the paper plate to create vines.

A simple, fun and colorful introduction to quilling - and would be perfect for Mother's Day this weekend!