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Earth Day Collage Kids’ Art Activity

Celebrate nature on Earth Day. This holiday provides the perfect opportunity for your young child to learn about the planet and explore what’s right outside of her door. Start with a nature walk. Bring a bag along to collect natural items. Ask your child to look around her and tell you what she sees. Now ask her to specifically pick out the natural things she sees, making comparisons between man-made items (such as street signs or a bike) and things that aren’t (such as flowers and trees). Materials Natural items – leaves, flowers, small twigs, pebbles Cardboard – reuse the...

Everyday Items to Recycle Into Earth Day Art Materials

Help your child to learn about her planet and celebrate Earth Day! April 22nd marks this eco-friendly holiday. If you’ve got a crafty kid, a few recycle and reuse art activities are in order on this special day. But, the Earth-focused fun shouldn’t stop there. Go on a house-wide scavenger hunt, collecting these eco-smart arts and crafts materials. Not only can your child use them on Earth Day itself, but she can use them throughout the year too! Cardboard Tubes Let’s start with which cardboard tube you should look for. Search for tubes that come from clean products/areas. Skip the...

Easter Egg Paint Print for Kids

Are you looking for an easy Easter craft for your kids? If you have tons of those plastic eggs sitting around, then your kids can get artsy. With a little bit of paint you can make Easter prints! Your child can use the circle shape from the open part of the egg to make a bunny’s head, a chick’s body or spring flowers. Before getting started, pick out an Easter-themed design idea. Brainstorm possible print painting ideas, asking your child what shapes each is made from. For example, a bunny is a circle with two oval ears. Learning and Development...

Easter Bunny Print Kids’ Art

Get ready for Easter with a cute bunny themed kids’ art activity. Your child can get crafty and paint her own ‘bunny tracks’. This is an easy project for kids of all ages to try. Your preschooler will get a kick out of making cute little tracks, while your older child gets more detailed. You can even create a holiday game, positioning the bunny tracks around the house (cut them out). The tracks can lead up to your child’s Easter basket, making it more fun to find. Materials: Construction paper Tempera paint Optional: Cotton balls How-to Steps: Pour the paint...

Easter Jelly Bean Jewelry

Get creative this Easter, and make jelly bean jewelry. Chances are that you have plenty of these sweet treats hanging around during this spring holiday. This is a fun project to do leading up to Easter or a way to use up all of those ‘beans’ after the holiday is over. If you have a ridiculous amount of the candy in your house, making jewelry out of it is one way to use it up – without eating it all. This craft activity is a creative way to celebrate with older children, tweens and teens. They can DIY their own...

St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow: Explore Science and Art

Are you looking for ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your child? There are plenty! If your kiddo is into science and art, you can combine the two into one holiday-themed activity. A rainbow that leads to the leprechaun’s pot of gold is a well-known St. Patrick’s Day symbol. Instead of just drawing or coloring a rainbow of colors, create a fizzing paint that helps your little learner to explore chemistry, colors and much, much more! Ingredients: Food coloring Baking soda (note: baking soda, and not baking powder) White vinegar A paintbrush White card stock paper A muffin tin...

Valentine’s Day Craft: Making Roses

Roses. They’re the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. Right? Your child can craft her own flowers, giving them to a friend or family member for this loving holiday. Instead of making 3-D flowers, this rose art activity uses felt to create flat (but textured) versions. Your child can create her own artwork to frame or make a cute card to send! Materials: Craft felt (in red, pink and green) Scissors Card stock paper (in white or light pink) Clear-drying school glue Instructions: Cut the red and pink craft felt into ovals. These will become the rose petals. Your child can size...

Valentine’s Day Heart DIY Felt Board

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a fun-filled kids’ craft! This easy art activity lets your little learner create her own DIY felt board. She can decorate it for Valentine’s Day, and then reuse it later on (making new pieces for other holidays). Materials: Craft felt (8x10-inch sheets work best) Scissors Markers Cardboard Masking tape Clear-drying school glue How-To Instructions: Cut a piece of cardboard into a rectangle that is slightly smaller than 8x10-inches. If you’re using larger craft felt, you can cut the board to a bigger size. Instead of buying new cardboard, reuse part of an old box. Dot glue...

President’s Day Mount Rushmore Kids’ Activities

Celebrate President’s Day with an art activity! Help your child to learn about more than one president with a Mount Rushmore project. Go online and research Mt. Rushmore, and the presidents that it depicts. Then, help your little learner to try one of these imaginative art activities. Mini Model Your child can make her own version of Mount Rushmore – using clay! Use stone-colored modeling clay to sculpt the presidents who are on the original monument. Help your child to create one face for each president, then press them onto a mountain of clay. Another option is to cover crumbled...

Paper Heart Art for Valentine’s Day

Your crafty kiddo has what seems like millions of paper hearts hanging around. It’s almost Valentine’s Day and she’s been cutting hearts out for school projects and her own at-home creations. Now you have a stack of paper shapes and your child isn’t sure what to do with them. Check out these easy Valentine’s art activities that your child can create using pre-cut paper hearts! And, if you don’t have any hearts yet, grab a few pieces of pink, red or purple construction paper, and cut a few out. Fold the paper in half (like a book), draw half a...