Archive for the "Crafts" Category

Halloween Candy Corn Mosaic Art

Remember the old candy corn you have packed in a drawer from last year? It's time to get them out—but not to eat. Instead, use your old, stale candy corn for a children's art activity. Celebrate Halloween early with this crafty creation your kiddo will totally enjoy! Materials You'll Need Stale candy corn Tempera paint Clear-drying school glue Cardboard (recycle an old box and cut off one side) A pencil Wax paper A paintbrush How To Steps Separate the candy corn into groups of a dozen or more. Pour small-sized pools of paint onto paper plates, scrap cardboard or painting...

Grandparents Day Handprint Card Craft for Kids

September 8th is National Grandparents Day! How can your child celebrate? Instead of a store-bought card or an impersonal email, check out this easy artsy option for kids of all ages. Your child can make a Grandparents Day card from the heart. Adapt the idea for your child's developmental level, helping your younger child or simplifying the steps to accommodate their growing abilities. Older children can try this activity with little adult assistance (you should still supervise the art-making). Craft Materials You'll Need Card stock paper Tempera or finger paints Marker or crayons Glitter How To Steps Fold an 8x10-inch...

National Aviation Day Pretend Play Plane Crafts

Your creative kiddo loves to imagine their an aviator. Don't worry about buying your child a pricey toy plane to pretend play on National Aviation Day. Instead, try one of these easy art ideas! Cardboard Box Plane Reuse an old cardboard box and turn it into a pretend play plane. Choose a large-sized box, such as a moving box or appliance box. Open the box's top and fold down the flaps. These will become the plane's wings. Fold one more flap down in the back to make the plane's tail. Your child can decorate the interior of the box, drawing...

World Friendship Day Handprint Tree Art Activity

Celebrate World Friendship Day with an imaginative art activity. Your child can learn about the value of friendship and explore the artistic process with this creatively colorful craft! Materials You'll Need Poster board or card stock paper Tempera or finger paints Paper plates Markers How-To Art Steps Position the paper vertically. Draw a tree trunk on the paper, using the markers. Write a special friendship message on the paper. Discuss what friendship means with your child. Create a special saying or pick a few words that explain or describe friendship to write. If your child is too young to write...

Parents’ Day Book Craft for Kids

After July 4th is over you have another mid-summer holiday to look forward to—Parents' Day! Celebrated on the fourth Sunday of July, this holiday recognizes the roles that parents play. In honor of this special day, help your child to create a crafty "That's My Parent!" book. Materials You'll Need Cardboard Construction paper Markers or crayons Scissors A hole punch Yarn A glue stick Family photos How-To Steps Size the cardboard and construction paper. The construction paper should fit into the book's cover and back (the cardboard). Have your child draw a picture of their parent or parents on the...

International Youth Day Award Art Activity

August 12th marks International Youth Day. Celebrate the day by honoring a special young person in your household, school, or community. And how can you honor this person? Start with a youth award. If you're not sure where to start, check out these easy how-to directions for making your own individualized award. Materials You'll Need Cardboard Card stock paper Scissors Markers or pens Clear-drying school glue Gold glitter A photo of the person who is honored How-To Steps Glue a piece of white or light-colored card stock paper onto the cardboard. Make sure the cardboard is at least two inches...

4 Bracelet Ideas for World Friendship Day

What better way to celebrate World Friendship Day than with a friendship bracelet! The holiday, which falls on July 30th, is a global way to recognize friends everywhere. Help your child to show appreciation for their BFFs with one of these crafty creations! Popsicle Stick Bracelets Place wide craft sticks into a shallow pan of water. Let the water boil. Do not allow your child to do this part. Leave the sticks in the hot water (turn the heat off) for 15 minutes. Use tongs to remove the sticks. Allow the sticks to cool slightly and bend them around mason...

Last-Minute July 4th Art Activity Ideas for Kids

Are you looking for a last-minute July 4th activity idea for your child? If party planning has taken over the pre-holiday days, you can still help your little artist to create a cute craft. Don't worry if you haven't had time to shop for a mountain of materials. These art activities are easy to do with items you probably already have at home. And bonus, they all feature a patriotic red, white and blue theme for the Fourth of July! Flag Collage If you have old worksheets, child-friendly magazines or other loose scraps of paper, you have the materials to...

Summer Solstice Activities for Kids

June 21 marks the summer solstice. How can your kids celebrate the transition from season to season? If you're looking for fun-filled ideas for celebrating the summer through play, check out these easy activities. Sun and Shadow Drawing Where is the sun on this very special day? Throughout the day go outside and place a large sheet of butcher paper or plain gift wrap on the ground. Have your child stand near it, casting a shadow onto the paper. Draw the shadow's outline. Keep the paper where it is and repeat with new pieces throughout the day. If you have...

American Flag July 4th Party Invitations

Are you having July 4th party? Instead of sending email announcements or store-bought invitations, get crafty and create your own! Not only will your guests appreciate your family's artful efforts, but the activity also gives your child something to do during their school break. Craft Materials You'll Need 8x10-inch white card stock paper Red and blue craft felt or foam Clear-drying school glue Silver star stickers A pencil A ruler A marker How-To Steps Cut the paper into 4x6-inch cards. Each card will become one invitation. Use the ruler and the pencil to make a rectangle star area and stripes....