Archive for the "Crafts" Category

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....

Kids’ Tzedakah Box Art By Age

Celebrate Yom Kippur with a kids' tzedakah box craft. What's a tzedakah box? these boxes are used to collect and make charitable donations. Teach your kiddo about giving to others, with these awesomely artsy ideas for all ages! Toddlers Your tot isn't exactly ready to craft at the same level as your older child, and that's okay. This holiday craft is easy enough for your little artists to try, with your help of course. You'll need to cut a coin-sized slit in the top of a shoe box. Hand the box over to your kiddo and let them finger paint...

World Ozone Layer Day Activities for Preschoolers

September 16th is World Ozone Layer Day. While your preschooler may not completely understand the science behind ozone depletion, that doesn't mean you can't mark this day with a lesson (or a few!) on the subject. Starting early is an easy way to help your child develop a true understanding of the impact that people have on the planet. These activities are simple solutions if you're not sure how to share information on the ozone layer and other similar topics. In-Home Scavenger Hunt This isn't exactly the type of scavenger hunt your kiddos are used to. Instead of searching for...

Sukkot Fall Garland Craft for Kids

Celebrate Sukkot with a creative kids' craft! Instead of buying decorations for your at-home sukkah, the kids can create their own — with a seasonal fall theme. These festive fall garlands are perfect for the sukkah, but can also be used all season long. After the holiday is over, take the garlands into your home and hang them as part of your autumn decor. Materials You'll Need Red and orange yarn Clear-drying school glue Scissors Balloons Fall-colored ribbon Water A plastic bowl (for art use only) How-To Instructions Fill the bowl with equal parts water and glue. Blow up the...

Labor Day Kids’ Collage

Your young child can celebrate Labor Day by thinking about what they want to be when they grow up. Start by talking about different professions. Next, page through child-friendly magazines or look online for pictures of people engaging in the type of work that your child just talked about. After finding plenty of pictures, cut (or print, if you're choosing from an online source) them out. What should your child do next? Check out these easy Labor Day art activity and make a creatively crafty "What's My Job?" collage! Materials You'll Need Poster board Clear-drying school glue or glue sticks...

Yom Kippur Shofar Crafts for Kids

Help your child to better understand the significance of Yom Kippur with a crafty creation. Your artsy kiddo can sculpt, draw and use their imagination as they celebrate one of the most important days of the Jewish calendar. Paper Mache Shofar Create a lifelike version of the holiday shofar (ram’s horn) with paper mache. Crumple and tape newspaper to create the shofar (horn) shape. Cover the entire form in masking or duct tape. Cover the newspaper shofar with paper mache. Mix a pre-packaged paste or create your own by mixing flour, clear school glue and water. Tear construction paper into...

Rosh Hashanah Apple Print Art Activity for Kids

Dipping apples in honey is a Rosh Hashanah tradition that children and adults share. Celebrate this Jewish high holiday with a kids’ craft that takes the apple and honey dipping to a new, and artsy, level. Instead of real apples, your child will make their own stamper. And instead of honey, your child will use Paint. This activity is an easy craft to adapt for children of all ages. Younger kids can use finger or tempera paints, while older kids, tweens or teens can use permanent fabric paints to dress up tote bags t-shirts or cloth napkins. Materials Kitchen sponges...

Labor Day Literacy: How-To Make a Career Book

Reading books about careers is one way to celebrate Labor Day with your child. But it’s not the only option. If you’ve already read dozens of books about community helpers, types of jobs and people who work in spaces and places that your child often goes, it’s time to dig deeper. Your little learner can get an extra lesson in “what people do” by making their own book. That’s right, your child can craft their own Labor Day book. After making the kids’ craft, use the book each year to celebrate the holiday! And don’t worry if you’re not on...