Archive for the "Crafts" Category

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...

Thanksgiving Family Fall Leaf Craft

Gather around the holiday dinner table and telling everyone what or who you are thankful for is a Thanksgiving tradition in many families. Take this year's thankful talk up a notch with a fun-filled kids' craft. Start by gathering colorful fall leaves. With a few simple prep steps your kiddo can help the whole family to start a brand-new tradition that you can add to each year! Materials You'll Need Fall leaves Tempera paint Clear-drying school glue Paintbrushes Card stock paper Scissors Markers Double-sided tape How-To Steps Paint the leaves. Your child can add to the already colorful leaves by...

What Can You Do With All of That Halloween Candy?

How much leftover Halloween candy do you have? After trick or treat night is over, your kiddos count their stash. And that's when you realize that there is absolutely, positively no way they can eat it all. Half the candy will get hard and crunchy before your kids can finish it, that is they don't gorge on it (which is never advisable). So what can you do with the mountain of Halloween candy? Well you could throw it out. But that might not go over well with the kids. Or you can try one of these creative candy-eating alternatives. Candy...

Repurposed Halloween Candy Corn Mosaic Craft for Kids

What is your family's favorite Halloween candy? If candy corn is a holiday staple in your home, and you have plenty of leftovers, use the hardened excess sweets in a totally new way. Repurpose the candy corn, using it as an imaginative art material. Before you toss those leftover morsels, check out this easy kids' candy corn Halloween craft. Materials You'll Need Old/hardened candy corn Tempera paint Clear-drying school glue Card stock paper or cardboard Crayons Paintbrush How-To Steps Paint the candy corn. Leave some as is and group the rest into several different piles. Place a piece of wax...

Halloween Wreath Crafts for Kids

Decorating your home with a spooky Halloween wreath doesn't have to mean buying expensive holiday decor. Get crafty with your family and create your own spooky version instead! Not only will you get a creepy cool holiday decoration from this activity, but the kids can flex their artistic muscles and enjoy the craft-making experience. If you'e not sure where to start, check out these easy-to-make Halloween wreaths. Someone's Watching You Craft a wreath that's covered in ghoulishly ghastly eyeballs. Start with a cardboard base. Cut the board into a doughnut shape and paint it black and orange (Halloween colors). Glue...

Halloween Party Invitation Crafts

Are you having a Halloween party? Is it a family occasion? Instead of sending email invitations or buying the ready-made version, have the kids craft their own. These crafty invitations are easy for kids of all ages to create and give them a chance to get artsy as they take part in the party planning. Bat Wings Fold a piece of black construction paper or card stick in half. Use a piece of chalk to draw half a bat shape, starting at the fold. Cut along the outside. Unfold to reveal the whole bat. Use a metallic silver marker to...

Halloween Puppet Crafts for Kids

As you start prepping your kiddo's Halloween costumes keep the crafty fun going with a few holiday puppet projects. These are easy art activities that kids of all ages and stages can try. And bonus, these also double as pint-sized pretend play friends. What types of puppets can your child create? Check out these Halloween holiday ideas! Paper Bag Puppets Reuse lunch-sized or larger shopping bags, turning them into ghosts, ghouls, witches, vampires, monsters and much more. Flatten the bag, turn it so that the flap face up and to the top and bring out the markers. Your child can...

Halloween Glow In the Dark Activities

Celebrate Halloween with a few fun family-friendly glow in the dark activities. These ideas are easy for parents to help with, but still exciting for kids of all ages. Use these spooky science ideas for a Halloween party, pre-holiday activity or for an extra layer of excitement after trick-or-treat is over. Glow Slime School glue slime is all the rage. There are multiple recipes online, all featuring school glue. Instead of using regular white glue, swap out the traditional sticky stuff for a glow in the dark version. Turn off the lights and explore sensory science! Glow Ice Paint Make...

Rosh Hashanah Apple Sorting for Kids

The apple is a sweet symbol of the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah. If you have kids, helping them to prepare for the holiday means making the symbols and stories accessible to a young learner. Encourage your child to learn about this holiday while developing valuable problem-solving and reasoning skills. How can a holiday kids' activity also help your little learner with their cognitive skill development? Check out this easy apple sorting idea! Materials Needed Card stock paper Red, yellow and green tempera paint A paintbrush Markers Scissors How-To Steps Draw apple-shaped circles onto the card stock paper with a marker....