30 Positively Amazing Ways to Have Frugal Fun with Paperclips
You can have amazingly easy fun with paperclips at home with your kids. Gather up your collection of paperclips and get ready for some incredible activities, challenges, games, and more!
Paperclips Are Perfect for Frugal Fun at Home
Are you on the hunt for fun activities for your kids to enjoy at home?
Now more than ever, you’re going to want a stash of games, challenges, and other engaging activities to have at the ready when the kids are bouncing off the walls, whining about being bored, or just need a creative outlet.
As a homeschool family, my boys and I are pretty used to having our home as a base for learning and activities. We are an on-the-go family, however, with errands, appointments, and competitive sports.
With the recent pandemic, I’ve found that I really need to amp up my creativity and flexibility as a fun mom. The boys are typically good at keeping themselves busy and entertaining each other, but too much togetherness has been causing some friction 😉
So, I decided to be proactive. I’ve started to assemble a variety of frugal fun activities for kids to enjoy at home. With trips to the store restricted to essential items and limited shipping options, I’ve been digging into our stash of school, craft, and office supplies.
And, of course, I’ll be sharing all that I find with you. We need to all pitch in and share sanity savers!
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I’ll be putting together more collections of fun activities to do at home using frugal materials. For now, let’s see what type of fun we can get up to with PAPERCLIPS!
So Many Possibilities for Fun with Paperclips!
Okay, now it’s time to gather up all those paperclips you have around your home so you’ll be ready for some awesome fun.
Look in those junk drawers, desk, school supplies area, etc.
Oh, and why not get the kids involved? Send them on a paperclip hunt! Have them go around looking for paperclips (that aren’t in use and holding together important documents!).
My boys came up with this nice collection (and I got about twenty minutes of quiet while they were at it!).
Of course, instruct your kids to put things back in place and not dump their entire desk drawer onto the floor. #askmehowiknow
KooTiko Cute Paper Clips Assorted Sizes, 300 Pcs Smooth Stainless Steel Drop-Shaped Paperclips Large and Small for Office Supplies Wedding Women Girls Kids Students (Multicolor)150PCS Professional Paper Clips, 1.1IN General Size Vinyl Coated Paperclips with 6 Assorted Colors in Storage Box, Rustproof & Nonskid Office Clips for Document Organizing and ClassifyingPaper Clips, Medium & Large (1.1U Brands Paper Clips, Medium 1-1/8-Inch and Large 2-Inch Sizes, Assorted Colors, 450-Count – 661U08-24Officemate PVC Free Color Coated Paper Clips, 450 Per Tub Office Paper Clamp (97229)
Now that you’ve got your stash of paperclips, check out these ideas:
- Fun with Paperclips Printables
- Amazing Paperclip Activities
- Great Games for Fun with Paperclips
- Cute Crafts Using Paperclips
- Snacks & Treats with Paperclip Themes
- Have More Fun with Paperclips Videos
Fun with Paperclips Printables
Paper Counting 1-20 (Free Printable) (Powerful Mothering): Simple way to help your child practice number recognition and counting.
Paper Clip STEM Challenge (Jennifer Findley): Free printable pack that provides your kids with a cool look at how paperclips are made and more!
Printable DIY Paper Clip Bookmarks (Easy Peasy Fun): This awesome activity combines coloring, scissor skills, and fine motor skills for creative fun.
Amazing Paperclip Activities
Make a Paperclip Chain (Rock Your Homeschool): My boys and I have used all sorts of materials to track our 180 days of homeschool. Paperclips are a great alternative if you don’t have room for a paperchain like this!
Paperclip Color Matching Activity for Fine Motor Skills (Schooltime Snippets): I love this frugal way of using materials you have at home to make learning fun. For older kids (like my boys), I will add sight words, math facts, spelling words, and more to bump it up to their level.
Paperclip People (Your Therapy Source): Oh, this activity includes so many awesome ways to make learning fun! Again, I think you can tweak this activity to work for your older kids (math facts, spelling, vocabulary, etc.)
Free Fun Activity with Contractions Printable (The Wise Owl Factory): Creative way to give your kids hands-on practice with contractions.
Math STEAM Activities-Paperclip Math (Sixth Bloom): Fun, hands-on way to make math fun for your younger learners.
Little Bo Peep Color Match (Best Toys for Toddlers): Cute activity to enjoy with your toddlers, preschoolers, and even Kindergarteners. Or level this activity up to include sight words, math facts, and other concepts for older learners.
Paper Helicopter DIY – STEM for Kids (Red Ted Art): Check out this step-by-step tutorial for these amazingly fun hands-on toys/activities.
How to Float a Paperclip in Water Experiment (Sublime Science): Simple activity that only requires a glass of water and two paperclips. Great way to learn about surface tension of water 😉
Fine Motor Activities With Paperclips (The OT Toolbox): Get great ideas for using paperclips for building fine motor skills.
Paperclip Chemistry (Carolina.com): Use paperclips to learn about measurement, atomic structure, and matter.
Great Games for Fun with Paperclips
How to Make a Paperclip Game Spinner That Spins Easily (Living Montessori Now): Discover the trick to using a paperclip that actually works well as a DIY game spinner.
Fishing Game (Aunt Annie’s Crafts): Use a paperclip and a magnet with these free printable fish for a fun fishing game challenge.
Cute Crafts Using Paperclips
Paperclip Painting: A Math Art Activity and Scavenger Hunt (Mosswood Connections): This creative activity mixes in so much learning fun and only requires a few materials.
Paperclip Angel (Crafty Mom Share): Make an angel using a paperclip, bead, and pipe cleaner. Use your paperclip angel as special decorations or to give as a gift.
Make a Tiny Hanger Out of a Paperclip (Everyday Best): What a fun craft to enjoy with your kids! You can use these tiny hangers for dollhouses, DIY cards, or hand a special tiny note.
Easy Snowman Kawaii Bookmark Designs (Red Ted Art): Absolutely adorable bookmark craft featuring snowmen and paperclips!
Bunny Bookmarks Design (Red Ted Art): You can use paperclips to make this cute bunny-themed bookmark around Easter or any time of year.
Heart-Shaped Paperclips (How About Orange): Transform your paperclips into heart-shaped delights. Follow the simple tutorial and you’ll be set. You can interlink them and make a lovely heart-shaped chain 🙂
DIY Paperclip Flags (Homeschool Giveaways): Easy and creative craft that uses paperclips and washi tape with so many possibilities! Use as bookmarks or to give as gifts.
Paperclip Puppets (Made By Joel): Another frugal activity that your kids will love! You’ll need cardboard, scissors (or exacto knife), paints/markers/crayons, and a bit of creativity.
Paper Clip Bracelet (Education.com): Make a bracelet using paperclips and beads.
Snacks & Treats with Paperclip Themes
How to Make Paperclip Cookies for Back to School (Lila Loa): Terrific tutorial for making cookies decorated to look like paperclips.
Have More Fun with Paperclips Videos
Find out how a paperclip is made:
Watch this video to learn how to make a paperclip float on water:
Learn how to make an origami paperclip that works:
Find out how to make a magnetic compass using a paperclip:
Draw a perfect circle using a paperclip:
What other ideas do you have for having fun with paperclips?
I’d love to read your suggestions in the comments area below 🙂