Paper – What Kind to Have Available?

In my book Summertime Sanity for You & the Kids(A variety of activities for preschoolers thru elementary) I have a section on paper which lists some recommended paper to purchase as well as craft activities to make using paper.

Try and have a variety of paper on hand. Some of the types of paper I like to have available are butcher paper, card stock, construction paper, copier paper, and tissue paper. You don’t need to get this all at once but it is nice to build up your stock.

One thing I like to have is a roll of butcher paper. You can purchase it at Sam’s Club for about $20.00. It can go a long way and you can do a variety of things with it.

You can do body tracing(outline your child’s body) then they color and decorate it; you can hang it on a fence and your child can spray paint it(using plastic spray bottles – make your own), or your child can decorate it for a tablecloth. Check out my book for additional ideas.

What do you like to do with butcher paper?

Supplies to Save/Collect/Recycle

In my book, Summertime Sanity for You & the Kids(A variety of activities for preschoolers thru elementary) I list supplies that would be great to save/collect/recycle.

Supplies to save.

Supplies to save.

Some things I save are:

Boxes – building, crafts, making cars, trains, stacking, storing

Coffee/oatmeal containers with plastic lids – cutting hole in lid to make learning games, drum

Egg cartons – caterpillar, collecting things in, math, sorting

Lids from milk & water jugs – counting,dropping things in cut out hole in lid (1 to 1), matching game with stickers

There are abundance of things you can collect that your child can use for play. Ask friends and family to save things for you.

The key to your collecting/saving/recycling things are to have storage containers to put them in to keep it somewhat organized. Also, your collections of things saved can be things found in nature – flowers,leaves, rocks.

There are many different ways that you can store the things you collect. In a future post I will share what I use.

When you are collecting things, get your child involved as much as possible.

What do you like to collect and what do you do with it?

Purchased Supplies to Have on Hand

What type of purchased supplies do you need when planning fun activities for your children?

In my book, Summertime Sanity For You & the Kids(A variety of activities for preschoolers thru elementary) I have a chapter on Supply Lists – purchased supplies and things you save.

In this post I will share a few of the purchased supplies that I have found very useful to have.

Purchased supplies to have on hand.

Purchased supplies to have on hand.

Baking soda – science activities
Corn starch – science activities, sensory play
Cream of tartar – playdough
Dish pan – clean up, sensory play
Flour – playdough, sensory play
Food coloring – playdough, science activities
Salt – playdough, sensory play
Vegetable oil – playdough, sensory bottles
Vinegar – science activities

Some of these things you can buy in bulk(maybe share with another Mom). Some of these things you can purchase at the Dollar Store. One time I was at the Dollar Store and I was able to purchase a 5 pound bag of flour for only $1.00.

I like to keep a basket of playdough making supplies – cream of tartar, flour, food coloring, oil, and salt all in one place. You just grab the basket when you want to make playdough and all of your supplies are there.

There are more supplies that you can purchase but you don’t have to buy everything all at once. Buy a little at a time.

What type of purchased supplies do you like to have?