Ideas for Activities and Crafts
Thank you very much for your interest in providing crafts and diversional activities to our children and families at the University of Maryland Children's Hospital. All of the activities and crafts on our list can be mass produced and stored in individual plastic bags to hand out to children. The following list includes some ideas that we have found to work well with our children and with varying ages.
Materials: pony bead patterns (an internet search will provide lots of these), a picture of the finished product, necessary beads and stringing medium (plastic cord, string, or wire)
Materials: large holed beads for small children, plus pipe cleaner or new shoe strings for stringing
Materials: craft sticks (about 20) for picture frames. Put sequins, fabric scraps, and glue in empty film containers for neat and easy storage. Another idea is to glue small, colorful puzzle pieces around the frame
Picture Frames 2
Materials: pre-cut frames out of Fun Foam, puffy paint, glue, sequins, fun foam scraps
Materials: cross stitch material (white or ivory; Aida 14 is the most common and 14 count is an easy fabric to start on), simple pattern (can be found online)/or graph paper to create your own, needle and thread
Materials: pre-cut plain door sign (like hotels use) with crayons or markers
Materials: dream catcher with yarn, string, beads and directions
Materials: directions, embroidery floss, and beads
Materials: blank greeting cards with small tip markers or colored pencils
Materials: origami kits with paper and directions
Materials: can of playdoh and a couple of cookie cutter shapes
Paper Bag Puppet
Materials: paper bag, markers, cutouts for hair, eyes, ears, tails or clothes, glue, feathers, felt, or other accessories
Materials: scraps of tissue paper, glue and small plexiglass with rounded corners
Materials: construction paper, markers, stickers
Materials: colorful tissue paper and pipe cleaners
Materials: construction paper, pre-cut streamers, glue stick, markers, string for hanging
Materials: zip-close bag, tissue paper, pipe cleaner
Cut or tear various colors of tissue paper into a square. You can put some sheets of tissue paper in the bag and have the tearing be part of the craft.
Fill the zip-close bag with tissue squares (the more, the fuller the wings).
Zip the bag closed, pressing out some of the air.
Gather baggie in the middle with the zip close at the top.
Twist the 6" pipe cleaner in the middle of the gather to form a butterfly with antennae.
Curl the ends of the pipe cleaner for the antennas.
For more information about how you can help, contact the UMCH Child Life Program at 410-328-1241.