Kids Frugal Fun: New Year’s Shakers

Each week Mom on Dealz brings us a craft to do with your child that is fun, educational, and frugal!

Wondering what to do with some of the boxes your child’s toys came in? Here are a couple of ideas!

Craft # 1: New Year’s Eve Shakers

Small Box
Construction Paper
Desired Decorations including a bell
Beans, rice, etc


1. Fill the box with beans or rice and tape shut.
2. Wrap the box with construction paper and glue the pencil to the back.
3. Glue the bell and other decorations on the box.

Educational Activities:

  • Fine Motor Skill: Have your child rip or cut small pieces of paper to glue to the box.
  • Science: Discuss recycling the box and how important recycling and reusing is to protecting the enviroment.
  • Math: Create patterns with the decorations and identify them as AB, ABB,ABC patterns, etc

Craft #2: Box City Scape

Boxes of different sizes
Markers, Crayons, Decor

1. Tape boxes together.
2. Decorate to look like buildings and build your own city with the boxes! The kids will love this!

Other Box Uses:

  • Building blocks-tape together and let your child build towers, tunnels, etc.
  • Puppet Theatres
  • Magazine or book storage
  • Stencil or other craft mat
  • Shadow Box/Diaroma
  • Treasure/Treat Box
  • Baby Doll Bed

What are some creations you have made from cardboard boxes?

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68 comments… add one
  • This looks so super easy and you could use this really for any special occasion, thanks for sharing!

  • This looks fun. I’m going to check out more of your Kids Frugal Fun posts.

  • This looks like a really fun craft my kids and I will enjoy doing together!
    Thank you for sharing, can’t wait to try it~

  • great kids activity – my son is now into the loud fireworks though 😀

  • love this wish i would have seen it

  • I love this post!!! Thank you so much for all of the great ideas, we always have so many boxes that just sit around, so having a great idea like this is just great!!! Thank you again!

  • How fun! Nice idea, thanks!

  • These are adorable! Thanks for sharing.

  • supper cute you can also do this for kids at a birthday party CHEEP entertainment

  • what a neat idea. i will have to do this just for fun one day soon.

  • Wow! This is such a great idea. A fun project that doesn’t cost tons of money. thanks

  • Looks really cute and really fun for the little ones!

  • love your site

  • These are great ides!!!!!

  • What a great idea!! :)

  • Cute! Will have to remember for when my 7 month old is a little bigger =)


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