Art can be made from absolutely anything. Children intuitively know this-think lipstick portraits on the living room wall. Adults seem to forget that art can have humble beginnings.
Before you buy expensive art supplies, see what you can find at home. Your recycling bin is a fabulous (and cost effective) resource for craft materials. Plus, using recycled items is a wonderful way to stretch your child's imagination and creativity, while also teaching him to live a little "greener." Next time you are about to toss something into the recycling bin, ask yourself, "Could we use this to make something fun or interesting?"
These little critters are an easy project for preschool-aged children.
Another simple Olympic-themed project is making medals with your little Olympians. Organize some friendly "Olympic competition" between the kids, complete with a medal ceremony to show off your creations.
Stray baby socks make the perfect winter hats for homemade characters. Throw in an empty paper towel roll and some decorations for a project that your child will love to incorporate into her creative play.
Make your own mini-Olympic torches to play along at home.
Create slithering serpentine friends from materials you have around your house.