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21st October 2023

5 Crafts to Do with Your Foster Children

woman doing crafts with 2 foster children
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There were a staggering 82,170 children in the UK foster system in 2022, with around 57,540 of these living with foster families. Every one of these children deserves the opportunity to grow healthily, which can be facilitated through many things, but arts and crafts are often overlooked. Below, you will find inspiration for crafts and insights on how they can help your foster children.

Rock Painting

rocks with faces painted on them
Photo by Glo Russo

Rock painting is a fun and inexpensive craft that children and adults of all ages can enjoy. Start by heading to the park for a healthy dose of fresh air, but pick up some suitable rocks along the way. Then, you’ll have to wash the stones with warm water and soap, which will kill germs and remove debris.

When your foster children have finished and the rock is dry, you can spread a little cheer around the neighbourhood by leaving them around for other people to find.

Friendship Bracelets

a friendship bracelet
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Whether you’re fostering in Bristol or anywhere else in the UK, you’ll learn about how important socialisation is during childhood development. As a foster carer, you may need to teach those in your care how to make friends, and then encourage them to feel confident enough to build meaningful connections.

When your foster children have a best friend, it may be a good idea to make friendship bracelets together. You can make one for your foster children and they can make one for their close friend. Not only will you all have something meaningful, but the activity will strengthen your connection.

Handprint Tree

a red child's handprint

Making your foster children feel like they’re part of your family is essential, and the best way to do this is through group activities like doing drafts. One of our favourite group craft activities is the handprint tree, which involves getting messy with paint and creating a tree made up of handprints.

When all members of the family have placed their mark on the tree, you can hang it up on the wall once it’s dry. Whenever your foster child sees the piece of work, they’ll feel like part of the family.

Slime

a child playing with slime
Image by Jamie Harrington from Pixabay

Most children enjoy playing with slime, which is why this is one of the most popular crafts you can do. As well as having some fun slime to play with at the end, this craft can be turned into an opportunity to learn some science. All you will need is shampoo, cornflour, water, and a dash of food colouring.

Paper Bag Puppets

assorted arts and crafts supplies
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For a simple craft that won’t cost too much, you can make paper bag puppets with your foster children. All you’ll need is a brown paper bag, coloured pens, scissors, glue, and other accessories like googly eyes. After making your puppets, you can get even more creative by putting on a show. Crafts are a simple way to bond with your foster children while creating lasting memories. They will also help with childhood development including problem-solving, fine motor skills, and creativity.

Christmas Décor on a Budget

Handmade tiny hat tree decoration - christmas decor on a budget
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Decorating for Christmas on a budget has never been more needed this year as the cost of living crisis continues to affect households up and down the UK. But just because you’re decorating on a shoestring budget, doesn’t mean your space has to look cheap, too!

By being a little more savvy and getting a little more hands-on with your Christmas decorations, you can create Christmas decor on a budget that won’t break the bank – but will still install the magic spirit of Christmas into your home.

DIY and repurposing

Christmas tree heart ornament made from sheet music paper
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Save money from buying new materials by repurposing the stuff you already own. There are tons of ways to get all DIY with Christmas decor; why not create your own ornaments using materials like paper, felt, or even old Christmas cards? You could also paint inexpensive baubles or ornaments for a personal touch.

For those who are a dab hand with a needle and thread, try crafting old jumpers into homemade Christmas stockings. If you haven’t got any old sweaters lying around the house, you can buy cheap red and white woolly jumpers or blankets from local charity shops for less than a fiver.

Christmas Lights

a red bauble on a white christmas tree with christmas lights in the background
Photo by Nichole

With the nights getting longer, adding Christmas lights to your festive decor not only adds a magical feel but also provides some much-needed functionality! You could wrap indoor fairy lights up and down the bannisters, or bring the festive spirit outside with outdoor Christmas lights like lights on the shrubs to provide a nice lit walkway.

Either way, Christmas lights are an inexpensive way to give your home a Christmas-y feel without much effort.

Candles

a table centrepiece made from pine branches, pine cones, cinnamon sticks and gold candles
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A much smaller source of light, candles are the perfect way to create a cosy Christmas atmosphere on a budget. Not only will they make the room seem a whole lot more welcoming, but they also provide those same delicious festive smells you’ve no doubt forever been associating with your childhood.

Candles are also an easy way to make brilliant centrepieces – or even save on the electricity bills!

Nature inspired décor

a christmas wreath made from natural pine branches, holly and other natural items
Photo by Milada Vigerova

You can never go wrong with bringing the outside in. Especially when it comes to Christmas decor. If you’re a fan of the more traditional festive look, a house is never complete without a beautiful Christmas wreath on the front door.

For that special nod to nature, go hunting for some pinecones, twigs and branches to make your own homemade rustic wreath. Berried ivy is a great plant material whose shiny leaves and dark purple and green berries will make the most unforgettable doorstop decoration.

Edible decorations

Various gingerbread biscuit tree ornaments
Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay

The only way to make Christmas decor better is to make it edible… Try your hand at edible decorations like place-name cookies, gingerbread bunting, or even peppermint candy canes, and avoid the arduous task of putting Christmas decorations back into the loft at the end of the year…

With these great ideas for budget-friendly Christmas decorations, you can ensure your house looks ready for the festive season – but still have some spare cash for the presents under the tree.

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