Our easy Saturday morning crafts session: wrinkling animals, airplanes, boats, rings, watches, balls and other random things out of tin foil. First we tried to use tin foil made for crafts (mainly in the pics) but the normal one for kitchen use molds better in my opinion. The crafts one was also too stiff for the kids. The almost 2 yo started off mainly tearing the tin foil, and the 3 yo insisted on using scissors, but later they also squeezed the tin foil into various shapes, so I guess they got to know the material in a way that suited them. And our kids have, more or less, played with these things the whole day. Obviously the tin foil toys have gotten broken many times over, but the great thing with this material is that you can easily mend broken toys.
This is something I will add to my list off easy crafts to be done in a hotel room – I assume you can buy tin foil everywhere for an affordable price, you don’t need glue, it is easy to clean up, and there is a great variation to what you can make (how about bath toys?).
I got the idea of trying tin foil from my favourite crafts blog Skapligt enkelt, where a Swedish primary (or pre-?) school teacher made tin foil sculptures for her class. In class she had used them to talk about how we interpret feelings through faces and body language. I thought the idea was great, but too advanced for toddlers, so our toys were a lot simpler.