In the day and age of technology, it can be difficult to get your children to spend time with you. If they are not in school, most kids would rather be on their phones or tablets than cuddling up next to mom for a story. However, there is one thing that always seems to catch their attention: crafts! Children love making arts and crafts projects because they’re fun and creative – but did you know that they can also help keep them occupied? In this article we’ll explore how crafting for your dog helps make family time more enjoyable.
Instead of going to the store, why not make one yourself! Any child – even a toddler! – can create a dog toy in just a few simple steps.
To make this craft you’ll need:
- A sheet of felt
- Needle and thread
First, cut two similar squares from your felt materials. Make sure that they are about the same size but don’t worry about making them perfect.
Next, place the two pieces of felt together – right sides facing inward.
Then fit a piece of elastic through each side and sew it down to create a pocket on either end. Make sure that you leave enough room for stuffing!
Now your dog can have hours of fun chasing this toy around your house – and you can even help your child sew it! If you like the idea of making things for your dog, you might want to try revamping and old dog bed to make it look brand new – take a look at this article for some inspiration.
This is another simple craft that everyone can enjoy. To make this type of dog toy, all you need are some old cardboard boxes (like the ones cereal or crackers come in) and a few other items:
- Pipe cleaners
First, have your child paint the outside of their cardboard box. You can help them to make sure that they don’t miss any spots! After it has dried completely, let them use pipe cleaners to create a paw print on one side of the box. It doesn’t matter what color you choose – just make sure that your dog is able to chew it off more easily.
Then all you need to do is cut some holes into the box – big enough for treats!
Finally, stuff with kibble or other snacks and let them play! Your kids will love figuring out how to get their dog’s favorite snack while they’re having fun playing with their new toy.