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Mess-Free Fun with these 10 No-Glue Crafts for Preschoolers

Want to keep those preschoolers busy but dread the thoughts of having glue and the inevitable sticky mess all over your table, walls, chairs etc.? We hear you! Mess-free fun is guaranteed with these 10 No-Glue Crafts for Preschoolers.

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#1.  Wool Octopus

Yarn-OctopusThere is no glue involved in this fun wool octopus from Craftbits. A few simple ingredients, and a little help from parents, and your preschoolers will have hours of fun playing with their new toy!

You will need:

  • 1 5oz ball of bulky wool( the bulkier the better)
  • 1 3″ styrofoam ball
  • 2-3 yards of ribbon
  • face pieces
  • scissors

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#2.  Colourful Pom Poms

Patriotic-Pom-PomsThis is something for the kids to do in summer and at the same time inject some creativity without the glue. Have them create these decorative pom poms for their bikes using this how-to from Craftbits.

You will need:

  • 6 Strands of Yarn – 55″ long
  • 2 Pipe Cleaners
  • Cardboard Rectangle – 2″ x 3″
  • Scissors

#3. Finger Frog Puppet

frog puppetLet your fingers be the hands(or legs) of these simple paper puppets from Elisoneducation.com. You can make the entire cast of a nursery rhyme or fairy tale in just a few minutes, and then put on your own puppet show!

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#4. Handprint Craft

plaster handprintMake a handprint of your child using Plaster of Paris. You can hang this cute decoration on the wall and is wonderful to look back on when they have grown a few years older! Get the step by step guide here from Enchanted Learning.
[Image via Pinterest]

You will need:

  • Plaster of Paris
  • Large plastic bowl  and stirrer (to mix the plaster)
  • An aluminum pie plate or a plastic lid
  • A large paper clip
  • Disposable plastic gloves
  • Permanent marker
  • Some Paint

#5. Spiral Snake

spiral snakeThis simple cute snake craft, from Enchanted Learning, is made from a single piece of colored craft paper(or white paper that you decorate). All you need is a piece of coloured craft paper, crayons or markets, scissors or tape and some string.

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#6. Pine Cone Bird Feeder

pine cone bird feeder_photopinCare for our feathered friends and also provide entertainment for the kids, by making a pine cone bird feeder.

You will need:

  • A large, open pine cone
  • Vegetable shortening, lard or suet
  • Oats or corn meal
  • Bird seed
  • A few feet of string

Method:

  • Tie a few feet of string to a pine cone.
  • Cover the pine cone with a food mixture below.
  • Roll the pinecone in birdseed and then suspend it from a tree branch outside.

Food mixture: Mix 1/2 cup Vegetable shortening, lard or suet with 2 1/2 cups cornmeal or uncooked oats until well blended. Optional: add dried fruit (chopped up), chopped nuts, seeds (especially sunflower and millet), and/or suet, which are high-energy bird foods.

We also have another Bird Feeder idea here.

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#7. 3D Rainbow Paper Craft

m3drainbowThis cute rainbow paper craft from dltk-kids, is perfect for preschoolers, and you can hang the resulting 3D ornament in their room.

You will need:

  • printer
  • paper
  • scissors
  • Optional: crayons (or paint, markers, etc)
  • string, thread, ribbon or wool

#8.  Make a Marble Run!

marble_runPreschoolers seem to love marbles, so you probably have plenty lying about the house. With a few simple household items you can use marbles to teach your child about simple science concepts like gravity, speed, weight, and balance.

Here’s How to make a Marble Run.

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#9. Make your own Bunny Mask

bunny-masksEvery kid loves to play pretend. Freekidscrafts has a make your own Bunny Mask which is perfect for preschoolers. Be inventive and come up with any other animal or create a whole jungle!

All you will need are some simple supplies of crayons, paint/colours, scissors, craft card, hole punch and scotch tape.

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#10. No Glue Paper Chains

no-gue-paper-chains-300x183Here’s a new twist on an old craft. These no glue paper chains, from freekidscrafts allow kids to create a lot of different shapes and have them all connect together without messy glue. Sounds perfect!

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So over to you! Let us know if you have any other ideas for No Glue Crafts in the comments below.

Louise Kerrigan is a busy mum of 2 boys and one of our Mykidstime content team. She's an avid foreign traveller, and does confess to devouring the odd bar of Toblerone.