Last month we signed up for SeaBird Chronicles' Crafts for Young Children Swap. The idea being to collect a box of craft supplies for about $10 and send it to a partner. It was lots of fun collecting all the bits and pieces, we collected the same bits for us at the same time by splitting packages and buying extras and making, so we ended up with a nice set of things to do at the same time. Plus we got to think up and discover and test projects to do with all the stuff! It was excellent motivation for us to be crafty and messy. We made egg carton caterpillars, and popsicle stick pupets with fabric scraps and goggly eyes, and for some reason Rebecca loves scribbling on blown eggs. Maybe because I drew a face on mine
When I put this together I was convinced it was under $10, but tagging all the bits in the picture makes me think I spent closer to $15. Oops. Well, Rebecca and I had too much fun putting it all together, and since we split most of the bits in half or such, it was for us as much as our swap partner. If we'd left out the paint we probably could have gotten it under $10 easy, but we have gallons of washable kids paint, and giving people presents is just too much fun to pass up.
We haven't gotten our box yet, but I'm sure we will, and then it will be more fun all over again.