Kids Frugal Fun: New Year’s Shakers

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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

Materials:
Small Box
Pencil
Construction Paper
Glue
Desired Decorations including a bell
Beans, rice, etc

Directions:


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

Materials:
Boxes of different sizes
Tape
Markers, Crayons, Decor

Directions:
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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  • those are cute

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  • This is such a fun idea! I may have to pin this page on my Pinterest!

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  • Looks easy! FUN!

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  • This looks easy and entertaining!

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  • How cute..great idea for the New Years Eve Shakers:)

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  • I did this craft with my Kindergarteners before Winter Break! They loved it… I’m sure their parents loved me for it too haha…

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  • Cute idea, and lets the kids be involved

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  • what a cute idea! When my son gets older we’ll be doing this!

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  • I have a 3 and a half year old great nephew and he’s here with me a lot and likes to make things, so we will do this and I know he will love it

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  • This is a great project!!! I will be doing this with the little ones!!!

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  • Great idea. Posting from the Victoria secret giveaway. Wish I would have seen this before new years. +)

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  • What a crafty idea and a great way to upcycle those empty boxes from Christmas!

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  • I like this project because you can make it with things you already have around the house. My tween would even love to make this.

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  • You always have the best ideas. I know I loved doing this with my kids after reading your post. Thank you!

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  • these are some really fun ideas that you can use with things you already have on hand! great way to recycle and have fun with the kids! I am a preschool teacher and am always looking for new creative ideas to use in the classroom!

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  • Using the boxes from toys is a good idea. I have always used two paper plates. Maybe I will make one of these with my little girl, we already threw away the boxes from the toys but her big sisters b-day is around the corner. A mac and cheese box would work too! Thanks for the idea.

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  • Love this idea – going to do this with my kids at work – thanks for sharing

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  • These are so cute!

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  • love it! a way to keep them busy while school is out AND a way to recycle the millions of boxes that came with Christmas gift giving- thanks!

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  • Happy New Year!

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  • what a cute idea!

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  • Thanks for posting crafty ideas! When I have my grand children, they are always excited about our “crafty” time! It helps to have fresh ideas from others! Thanks again.

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  • This is so cute,but I’m a little late for it. Oh well I will keep it in mind for the next occasion.

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  • What a great idea

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  • Very Cute idea!

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  • What a spectacular idea! Can’t wait to use some of the ideas posted!

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  • cool!

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  • So cute….thanks:)

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  • I think its great to make use of boxes that would otherwise have no other purpose. I use my old shoe boxes as storage for my various craft supplies or papers. And use old papers such as magazines and old calendars to make paper beads for jewelry. There are many uses for regular objects that can be functional and sometimes just for fun. It’s great to teach children of that fact to better the earth as a whole :)

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  • Thanks, always happy to get the kids hands busy doing things, much better than in front of the tv.

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  • Cute idea!

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  • wish i would have seen these earliers! :(

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  • My 6 yr old son LOVES to make noise and create things. We have one more week of vacation so I have to keep him busy. We will try this :)

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  • What a neat craft idea!

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  • What a cute idea… : )

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  • Absolutely love this idea! Going to try this with the kids just for everyday noise makers :) Thanks!

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  • The box city scape sounds like a lot of fun! I love that idea. =]

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  • Cute idea! I’ve seen it done similarly years ago as a guessing game at bridal showers. Include the groom’s name inside along with something like the beans or rice.

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  • This is too cute!!

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  • What a cute craft. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Cute idea! Looks like a lot of fun :)

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  • I love this Idea. My son would love to do these!

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  • How fun! I’m going to try this with my kiddos!

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  • This is a great idea! Thanks for the simple instructions. I think we could make these for birthday parties too (when lots of noise is allowed).

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  • that is a really cute idea!

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  • Great ideas!

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  • great craft

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  • What an adorable idea! My kids would love these. Thank you for the post. :-)

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  • The shakers are cute!! Much nicer than banging on a pot!

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  • I don’t have any young children any more but I like your craft ideas.

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