New Old School: Make New Crafts From Old Materials

If you think the possibilities of paper and glue have been exhausted, think again! These eight activities show new ways to use your old craft materials.

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Create a Shoebox Habitat

Children are imaginative story-builders. Create a shoebox habitat with your child to put those budding creative instincts to good use.
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Make a Morning Routine Book

Build good first grade reading and writing skills, as well as family peace and quiet, with this hand made story book about mornings in your home.
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Make Leaf Rubbing Gift Cards

Combine science with reading and art to help your first grader create an attractive holiday gift for a beloved friend or relative.
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Make Your Own Watercolor Wrapping Paper

Not only is homemade wrapping paper pretty, but by experimenting with decorative tools, kids are also doing science, art, and small-motor muscle building.
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Create Awesome Apple Note Cards!

Here's an wholesome arts and crafts activity for your kid: create awesome handmade apple note cards with just some paint and blank paper!
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Write a Story From an Ant's Perspective

Here's a writing activity that helps first graders explore an ant's perspective...and practice writing, too!
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Make a School Notes Clip Magnet

Get into the back-to-school spirit with this clip magnet that'll make sure your first grader never loses his important school papers again!
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Homemade Cookie Cutters

Everyone loves homemade cookies, but have you ever thought about making the cookie cutters at home? Here's some instructions for making homemade cookie cutters.
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