Archive for the "Crafts" Category

Last-Minute Kids’ Christmas Crafts

Are you looking for a few last-minute Christmas crafts for the kiddos? These easy-to-make art projects are perfect for the pint-sized Picasso who is looking for a holiday activity. Try these artsy activities with your preschooler, kindergartner or young grade school-aged child. You can easily adapt each idea to fit your child's age, stage and developmental needs. Red and Green Ice Freeze two batches of colorful ice cubes — one red and one green. Drip a drop of food coloring into each compartment of an ice cube tray, add water and freeze. Give your child the frozen cubes to "paint"...

Homemade Christmas Tree Crafts

Decorating the Christmas tree doesn't have to include buying pricey ornaments. This year, try something new. Instead of ready-made decor, have the family help you to craft a tree-full of artsy awesomeness. That's right. Each family member (including the adults) will help to make the holiday decor and dress the tree. Check out these easy-to-make Christmas tree ornament crafts! Paper Shape Ornaments Use card stock paper or cardboard to create shapes. Cut out circles, stars, triangles or any other shape. Punch a hole at the top of each one (using a hole punch). Thread a piece of yarn through the...

Kids’ Hanukkah Shape & Pattern Craft

Celebrate Hanukkah and create cute holiday decor with this easy-to-make kids' dreidel craft. This paper art activity also gives your young child the chance to build math skills, including shape and pattern. Combine art-making and education, with this one holiday-themed activity! Read on to learn how to make this preschool art project. Materials You'll Need Card stock paper (choose at least two colors) Clear-drying school glue Markers or crayons Scissors Cardboard How-To Steps Cut the cardboard into three pieces — a square, a triangle and a small rectangle. If your child can't cute through the board, you can do this...

Wright Brothers Day Kids’ Craft: Make an Airplane

December 17th marks Wright Brothers Day. Celebrate this very special day with a few flight-themed activities that the entire family can enjoy. Read picture books about the history of flight, make paper airplanes, and try this airplane art project. Your creative kiddo can let their imagination run free, designing their very own plane to magically 'fly'. Not only will this project help your child to learn about flight, but it also includes a simple science lesson too! Start by reusing an old cardboard box (look for one that's large-sized, such as an appliance or electronics box). Talk about how reusing...

Kids’ Hanukkah Menorah Puzzle

You're looking for a fun-filled way to celebrate Hanukkah with the kids. Combine art and problem-solving with this menorah puzzle project. And bonus, you can reuse everyday items to make this a recycled kids' craft! Gather together popsicle sticks (making sure to thoroughly clean and dry them first) to use for this Hanukkah activity. If you don't have enough on hand, you can buy craft sticks at an arts and crafts supply store. Materials You'll Need Craft sticks (you'll need enough to make the menorah's base and one for each night of the holiday) Water color or tempera paints Paintbrushes...

Hanukkah Finger Paint Menorah Craft for Kids

Celebrate Hanukkah with a finger print paint kids' craft. Your child can create their own artsy menorah using temperas and their own hands. This is an easy way to count the eight nights of the holiday, adding to the art activity daily. If you're looking for a cute craft that your preschooler or kindergarten-aged child can create for Hanukkah, check out the simple how-to directions! Materials You'll Need Tempera or finger paints (and color/colors plus yellow) Card stock or other heavy paper Paper plates How-To Instructions Pour the paint onto the paper plates in pools. Your child can use one...

Thanksgiving Gratitude Collage Craft for Kids

What is your child thankful for? Celebrating Thanksgiving is the perfect time to discuss gratitude with your little learner. If your child hasn't thought much about what they're truly thankful for, now is the time to ask. After discussing thankfulness, and the holiday at hand, it's time to get crafty. Your creative kiddo can make a gratitude collage to display on Thanksgiving. Materials You'll Need Card stock paper or poster board Child-friendly magazines Scissors Clear-drying glue or a glue stick Markers or crayons How-to Instructions Page through child-friendly magazines, looking for pictures of what your child is thankful for. Cut...

How-To Keep the Kids Busy While You Prep Thanksgiving Dinner

Keeping the kids busy while you prep the house for Thanksgiving isn't always easy. Instead of turning on the TV or setting up a video game marathon, try one of these easy options. Not only will the kids have fun, but you might even get a little help too! Kitchen Helpers Put your kiddo to work. The holiday meal prep isn't just for adults. Even though your young child needs to stay away from anything sharp (such as kitchen knives) or hot (such as the stove), they can still do some of the Thanksgiving dinner preparation with you. Younger kids...

Kids’ Thanksgiving Hand-Print Turkey Ideas

Hand-print turkeys are a staple when it comes to kids' Thanksgiving art activities. Trace your tot's hand, cut the hand-print out, use paper and glue (or markers) to add a face and that's it. Now you have a blank slate to create a terrifically cute turkey! If you're not sure how to dress the turkey (that is, the paper one), check out these easy, artsy options. Shaving Cream Instead of painting on feathers with regular temperas, make your own puffy paint. Add water colors to shaving cream, mix and spread the paint across the hand-print turkey. You can also add...

Last-Minute Halloween Kids’ Crafts

Are you looking for a last-minute Halloween craft? If your kiddos are ready to create, but you're short on the spooky stuff, check out these easy art activities. Thumb Print Pumpkins Pour small pools of orange paint onto a paper plate. Dip your child's thumb into the paint and have them press it onto a piece of white paper. Repeat as many times as they want. When the paint dries, add stems with a green marker and jack o'lantern faces with a black one. Glitter Pumpkins Did you run out of time to carve your pumpkin? Paint it with clear-drying...