Posted: Aug 21, 2013 7:00 AM
Get your kids excited about heading back to school! These easy crafts can be used every day and will add some extra fun to their school day!

allParenting DIY lunchbox

DIY lunchbox craft

What you'll need:

  • Lunchbox
  • Foam alphabet stickers
  • Foam shape stickers
  • Waterproof glue

What you'll do:

  1. Have your child spell out his name with the foam letters, and then have your child stick the letters to the lunchbox. For a more permanent decoration, use waterproof glue to adhere the stickers to the lunchbox.
  2. Decorate the rest of the lunchbox with foam stickers in flower shapes, sport shapes or whatever else your child is interested in.

allParenting Homemade lunch money holder

Homemade lunch money holder

What you'll need:

  • Empty plastic mint or gum carton
  • Alphabet stickers
  • Star stickers

What you'll do:

  1. Peel off any stickers from the outside of the empty gum carton.
  2. Rinse out the empty carton and dry it off.
  3. Spell out "lunch money" with the alphabet stickers and stick the letters to the top of the carton.
  4. Decorate the top, sides and bottom of the carton with star stickers.

allParenting Painted pencils

Painted pencils

What you'll need:

  • Plain wooden pencils
  • Narrow masking tape (such as Martha Stewart patterning tape)
  • Paint brush
  • Waterproof paint

What you'll do:

  1. Use the masking tape to tape off a design on the pencil, and then tape off around the eraser at the top of the pencil.
  2. Paint over the whole pencil with waterproof paint (waterproof is important so the paint doesn't rub off as your child uses the pencil).
  3. Once the paint is dry, peel off the masking tape, and then sharpen your hand-painted pencil and you're ready to write!

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