Archive for the "Crafts" Category

World Friendship Day Handprint Kids’ Art

Get artsy on World Friendship Day with a paint print craft. The kids can create this project with their BFFs, making cute keepsakes that they can look back at later on when they’re older. This kids’ holiday craft is easy enough for toddlers to try, but still fun for older kids too. Your child (and a friend, of course) will create a pair of handprints using paint. Older kids can follow this up with a simple writing exercise. They can each write one sentence about the friend, trade the sentences, read them and then glue them to the painted prints....

Parents’ Day Kids’ Art Activities

The fourth Sunday of July is Parents’ Day. How are you going to celebrate? Along with a day of family fun, your kids can create custom artwork to mark the day. Making these keepsakes can spark your child’s imagination, let her get crafty and help her to think about what her parents mean. Parent Portraits What does mom look like? What about dad? Hand over the crayons, markers or tempera paints and have your child create a portrait of each parent. There are a few ways to start this project. You can have your child pick a favorite family photo...

DIY July 4th Party Decor

You’re getting ready for July 4th. You’ve planned a holiday party, come up with a few cute kids’ crafts and have created a red, white and blue menu. But then you realize something – you forgot the party decorations. The holiday décor is what makes your family picnic or BBQ so very festive. And right now you have nothing. On top of that, it’s the day of the party and you have no time to run out to the store and buy centerpieces, tablecloths and streamers with the stars and stripes on them. What now? Check out these last-minute DIY...

July 4th Party Kids’ Craft Table Ideas

Your family-focused July 4th party isn’t complete without kid-friendly activities. You’ve got the games planned and have created a menu that the kiddos are sure to enjoy. Now what? A craft table is an easy way to occupy little guests. Not only will the kids stay busy, but they’ll create their own keepsakes to take home too! Check out these ideas for setting up a Fourth of July party kids’ crafting center. Pick the Place Choose a space that isn’t near the food (no one wants school glue in their salad) or anything that gets wet (such as the sprinkler...

Fourth of July DIY Paper Flags

Why spend extra money on store-bought flags for July 4th when the kids make their own crafty versions? This Fourth of July kids’ craft is super-simple, but will still entertain your youngest party guests. Craft the American flags as part of your family’s picnic or BBQ activities or try it before the holiday as a way to prep for your party and create patriotic décor. Arts and Crafts Materials Red, white and blue card stock paper Scissors Thick craft sticks Clear-drying school glue Optional: Silver glitter How-to Steps Cut an 8x10-inch piece of white card stock in half or in...

June Solstice Summer Sun Activities for Kids

Summer is almost here! The June Solstice celebrates the day when the sun points directly at the Tropic of Cancer – farthest from the equator. Explore the effects of the sun and celebrate summer with these kids’ solstice activities. Summer Sun Prints Have you ever accidentally left the kids’ construction paper out near a sunny window? If you have, then you know what happens. It fades. Use this to your advantage with this kids’ sun print activity. Have the kids put dark pieces of construction paper (ocean blue, hunter green, black or deep purple) outside or on a sun-soaked windowsill....

Flag Felt Busy Bag for Kids

With both Flag Day and the Fourth of July coming up you may be looking for a patriotic kids’ craft. Your older kiddos are all about creating realistic looking flags, portraits of famous Americans and crafts that are kind of complex. But, what about your toddler or preschooler? Little kids don’t have to feel left out. This easy felt craft is perfect for little hands and can be completely reusable. That means you can pack it away (after your child is done with the artsy play) and use it again on Memorial Day or any day! Materials 1 8x10-inch craft...

Creative Father’s Day Card Kids’ Activity

Why buy a ready-made Father’s Day card when your child can make her own? Instead of going with a store-bought version, get personal (and crafty) and DIY one. Your child can create this easy-to-make card, and then add to it. Fill the inside of the card with a favorite poem that describes dad, a sweet sentiment or anything that your kiddo wants to add. Craft Materials Card stock paper Scissors Markers Craft felt Clear-drying school glue How-To Steps Fold an 8x10-inch piece of card stock paper in half, from top to bottom. This creates a tent-like card. Draw bubble letters...

3 Fun Father’s Day Card Crafts for Kids

It’s time to celebrate dad! That’s right, it’s Father’s Day. So what can your kids do for dad on this special day? Check out these easy-to-make kids’ card crafts. Paint Print Your child can draw a special picture just for dad, but not onto paper. What? Use the edge of a craft stick to draw the image onto a Styrofoam sheet or plate. Don’t use letters/words, as they will print as mirror images. Cover the drawing with a thin coat of paint, and then press a piece of paper on top. Pull the paper up to reveal the picture print....

National Maritime Day Kids’ Ocean Art

Celebrating National Maritime Day with young children is a fun way to introduce preschoolers (and even toddlers) to the wonderful world of sea-going crafts. This is an easy (and artsy) activity to help your child engage her imagination, while learning about the ocean and crafts that move on it. Your child can create her own ocean, and then stock it with all kinds of boats. She can pretend that she’s the captain of a ship, and go for a ride on her DIY craft ocean. Materials: Cardboard – reuse the side of an old cardboard box Blue tissue paper Clear-drying...