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I'm trying to set up a project space for us for wintery days. I'd like your ideas for your kids favorite projects, failsafe recipes for homemade playdough, and your experienced recommendations for any brand name products. We can't afford a big stash of those great waldorf crayons, but I can't help worrying about what's REALLY in crayola... I've been using the First Art for Toddlers book for ideas, and there doesn't seem to be much attention to more persnickety concerns like fragrance in commercial dish soap, conservation of natural resources, etc.<br><br>
Would love your ideas! (Brrrrrr.)
 

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If your kids are still putting crayons in their mouths, it's worth buying the special ones. Otherwise, Crayola are fine IMO. But I wouldn't get the off brand because they crumble.<br><br>
My dd loves those Bendaroos things. I'm surprised how much play she gets out of them. I was opposed to them, but then I found some on sale and bought them on a lark. She uses them like crazy.<br><br>
Different kinds of paper - I have some scrapbook paper I got at a garage sale my dd LOVES to play with. Scissors of different styles, hole punches, that kind of thing. Construction paper.<br><br>
Glue. Glitter. Glitter glue. All sorts of markers and pens.<br><br>
Pipe cleaners (they're called chenille sticks these days). Craft sticks (popsicle sticks without the popsicle.)<br><br>
My dd loves her Spirograph, too. Oh, and all sorts of stencils.<br><br>
Painting - water colors and the other kind.<br><br>
If your child is old enough, a stapler so he/she can make books. That's a favorite activity here.<br><br>
Edit: I have no idea how non-toxic Bendaroos are, and was in fact just discussing that issue with dh last night. It's worth looking into. I was worried they could be highly flammable, depending on what kind of wax is used.<br><br>
Oh! And homemade stuff like homemade play dough. The homemade is best with that, IMO. We don't even color it and my dd likes it best that way because it looks like real dough. She uses real cooking stuff like cookie cutters and a rolling pin and spatula. There's another homemade dough that you bake and it'll get hard, and she loves to make Christmas tree ornaments or other art projects and then paint them.
 

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We are way big into arts and crafts here, and DD is 2<br><br>
I have an art corner set up and we have a ton of:<br><br>
Crayons/kids oil pastels/markers. If she's coloring, I try to supervise but she's pretty good at not putting anything in her mouth.<br><br>
Easel + finger paints for the painting side, and chalk for the other<br><br>
Lots of "pretty" pattered paper, glue sticks, and child safety scissors.
 

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Well, food makes for great art, too!<br><br>
Add food coloring to a small amount of milk, paint on bread, toast & eat!<br><br>
I've never tried it, but you could probably paint other things with it too, even paper...<br><br>
Definitely non-toxic, if you don't have a milk allergy!
 

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We have also been looking for winter craft ideas and supplies and thought I would include some links on our to-do list. I have been getting lots of inspiration from The <a href="http://belladia.typepad.com/crafty_crow/toddlers/" target="_blank">Crafty Crow's toddler section</a> and <a href="http://chasingcheerios.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Chasing Cheerios</a>. I havn't tried it yet, but this <a href="http://moremomtime.blogspot.com/2009/01/sand-dough.html" target="_blank">sand play dough</a> recipe looks like fun. I have also been wanting to make <a href="http://threesneakybugs.wordpress.com/2008/03/23/making-a-felt-board/" target="_blank">felt boards</a>, especially something with more open ended shapes. I have read that wool felt is more sticky, but I've been having problems finding some. My favorite play dough recipe <a href="http://zachaboard.blogspot.com/2008/10/home-made-play-dough-late-sept-2008.html" target="_blank">here</a> this cooks up great. It doesn't look quite right when you are cooking it because it needs to be kneaded to develop some body. <a href="http://onegoldenapple.blogspot.com/2009/04/good-stuff.html" target="_blank">Here</a> are some ideas for natural colors, I haven't cooked this recipe yet. I have heard spirilina or chlorophyl give a lovely blue-green color. Like PP mentioned white is also a great color; we made a snow man last night. This <a href="http://chasingcheerios.blogspot.com/2008/03/making-bird-feeder-or-naughty-squirrels.html" target="_blank">bird feeder</a> looks like fun. After we make ours I plan on hanging them outside the window so we can watch the birds eat <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">. Or how about this <a href="http://monkeybreadtree.blogspot.com/2009/01/suncatchers-in-wintertime.html" target="_blank">sun catcher</a>? Here is a fun looking multi-media <a href="http://michellesjournalcorner.blogspot.com/2009/03/baby-chick-kids-craft_10.html" target="_blank">college</a>. I have also been wanting to try <a href="http://living.weelife.com/2008/10/more-mad-baths.html" target="_blank">bathtub paints</a>.<br><br>
ETA: How could I have forgotten <a href="http://www.cooks.com/rec/search/0,1-0,peanut_butter_playdough,FF.html" target="_blank">peanut butter play dough</a>? Now I just need to find the best recipe.<br><br>
ETA 2: I also forgot about stickers. Does anybody have any good recommendations for inexpensive stickers?
 

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We use playdough, draw, and paint a lot. I guess that, some origami, and some cutting and glueing is it. We don't have tons of space and my kids seem pretty happy with that so I'd don't worry about getting too fancy. Also, by having less overall I can afford better materials.<br><br>
I make our own playdough. For drawing we have Lyra Ferby pencils and crayon rocks. We had some Stockmar beeswax crayons but my kids never used them - one day I tried them and they were really hard to use (that may be because we live in such a cold climate, but whatever, no sense spending money on something we don't use, whatever the reason)! The crayon rocks go on much nicer and are less than half the cost (and made in the USA so less shipping etc). The Lyra pencils are wonderful but I think when we re-stock I'm going to try some Faber Castell. They are less expensive, I can get them locally, and we already use their tempera and watercolors so I know it's good stuff.<br><br>
This site has eco- art supplies - <a href="http://www.stubbypencilstudio.com" target="_blank">www.stubbypencilstudio.com</a>. I am also kind of intrigued by this company - <a href="http://www.clementineart.com/" target="_blank">www.clementineart.com/</a><br>
Have you seen this site - <a href="http://www.artfulparent.typepad.com" target="_blank">www.artfulparent.typepad.com</a> ? It is great for inspiration, and there are a few entires and links about setting up a space and materials.
 

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My ds <i>loves</i> stickers. We are asking for some of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FEye-Like-Stickers-Play-Bac%2Fdp%2F1602140502%2Fref%3Dwl_it_dp_o%3Fie%3DUTF8%26coliid%3DIM86OJPMBVTWP%26colid%3DPCGHW4TPFOZX" target="_blank">these</a> for Christmas, and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FAround-World-Mouk-Marc-Boutavant%2Fdp%2F0811869261%2Fref%3Dwl_it_dp_o%3Fie%3DUTF8%26coliid%3DI1D3M6UP06XLDG%26colid%3DPCGHW4TPFOZX." target="_blank">this</a> book too. I like that they are reuseable.
 

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sand tray (u can make your own, too)<br><br>
water & a big chinese calligraphy brush<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My ds <i>loves</i> stickers. We are asking for some of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FEye-Like-Stickers-Play-Bac%2Fdp%2F1602140502%2Fref%3Dwl_it_dp_o%3Fie%3DUTF8%26coliid%3DIM86OJPMBVTWP%26colid%3DPCGHW4TPFOZX" target="_blank">these</a> for Christmas, and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FAround-World-Mouk-Marc-Boutavant%2Fdp%2F0811869261%2Fref%3Dwl_it_dp_o%3Fie%3DUTF8%26coliid%3DI1D3M6UP06XLDG%26colid%3DPCGHW4TPFOZX." target="_blank">this</a> book too. I like that they are reuseable.</div>
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Did you notice those Eye Like stickers are buy 3 get one free on Amazon? You can mix and match items on that promo too, so books, stickers, home and garden items etc. the lowest priced item is free. Or you could just get 4 qualifying sticker books. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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