Are you looking for cheap and fun ways to entertain the kids, without having to visit the craft store? If you look around your own home, it is amazing what crafty items we have lying around, without even thinking about it.
The humble roll of aluminium foil can have hundreds of uses for kids - keep reading for just 10 easy craft ideas to get you started. What other ones can you think of? Please leave a comment at the bottom of this article if you discover any more along the way. You may be surprised by what you come up with!
1/ Make a Rainbow Fish by printing out the fish template (see here), cutting it out, then tracing it onto cardboard and foil. Cut out and glue foil onto cardboard. Cut out the face section of the fish from the template, as well as the eye, lip and tail. Trace out onto coloured paper and glue onto fish. Add stickers, individual coloured scales, foil shapes and more! If your kids enjoy it, make multiple fish and turn them into a mobile using fishing line and a coat hanger.
2/ Make a masquerade or superhero mask by printing out a pattern from the internet (see here for the template we used) and cutting it out. Glue onto cardboard (we used an empty cereal box) and cut it out. Glue small pieces of foil onto it, like collage, until it is all covered. Decorate with textas, feathers, stickers, sequins or whatever you have on hand. Attach elastic for the back, or tape on a school ruler for a masquerade mask.
Print out a mask, glue it onto cereal box cardboard and then collage with foil. Decorate with textas, stickers, feathers, sequins or whatever you can find!
3/ Make a fairy or wizard cone hat, by making the hat template (see here for instructions) and tracing it onto both cardboard and foil. Cut each of them out and glue them together. Now it is time to decorate with stickers, star designs, ribbons or whatever you have on hand. When finished, tape together as a cone and add elastic for under the chin.
4/ Make a ten pin bowling set by wrapping drink bottles in foil, and rolling up a large ball of foil to hit them down with.
5/ Make snowflake cards by cutting foil into a small square, a little smaller than the card. Fold it in half and half again. Repeat until it gets small. Cut out small triangles from each side and then carefully open up the foil to create a snowflake pattern. Glue onto coloured paper and then glue onto blank cards. Get creative with shapes and colours.
6/ Make coins for pretend play. Simply trace around all of the Australian coins onto box cardboard and cut them out. To make the first one, trace one of the coin shapes onto foil, cut it out and glue onto one side of the cardboard coin. Then trace out the shape onto foil again, but with an extra 5mm lip around the outside. Glue onto the other side of the cardboard coin and fold in the edges. Get your kids to draw on the number (eg. 50c) in permanent texta.
7/ Make birthday cards using the coin method from above. Glue blank coins onto cards and draw around them, to make them look like balloons or flowers. See photo below.
8/ Make a Christmas decoration by cutting out a large cardboard circle, glueing one side and then wrapping it tightly with string in a random design. Just like the coin craft above, trace out the exact shape of the circle in foil, cut it out and glue onto one side. Then trace out the circle shape for the other side, but with an extra 5mm lip, and glue it on the other side. Fold the edges in smoothly. Press down onto the foil to highlight the texture underneath. Pierce a hole through the top and thread it onto a ribbon.
9/ Make a treasure or jewellery box using foil, see here for full instructions.
10/ Make toilet roll robots by getting empty toilet rolls and wrapping them in foil, pushing the top and bottom edges down into the tubes. Roll up a piece of foil into a ball, to fit into the top hole as a "hat". Use different coloured pieces of paper to add a control panel at the front of the robot and give it a face. Stick on pipe cleaners as arms and get creative with other ideas.
These are just some ideas of what you can do, but once you get thinking about aluminium foil in this way, there are endless uses for it. Have fun!