Archive for the "Crafts" Category

Easy Homemade Valentine’s Day Card Crafts for Kids

There’s no need to buy pricey pre-made Valentine’s Day cards. Your child’s own artwork is the best gift that you can give a loved one. If your kiddo is getting ready to craft a few cute cards, check out these easy ideas. Don’t worry, there’s no need to qualify as an expert crafter just to make these artsy “I love you” cards. Old School Lace Doily Remember those lace doily hearts you made as a child? Well, your little one can craft a similar sort of card too. This is a throwback that’s still very much in fashion. Have your...

To B’Shevat Kids’ Crafts, Create Artsy Trees

You may have just celebrated the New Year, but now it’s time to celebrate the “New Year for Trees.” The Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat is a time to appreciate what nature has to offer along with celebrating new beginnings. If you’re looking for a kid-friendly way to mark this day, take a look at these creative tree-themed crafts for children. Pipe Cleaner Tree This an easy art activity for kids of all ages. If you have a younger child (preschooler and under) wrap the ends of the pipe cleaners with tape to make them smoother (instead of sharper). Wrap...

Kids’ New Year’s Resolution Craft

What are your New Year’s resolutions? What are your child’s? Talk to your kiddo about what a resolution is and help them to make a cute craft that features this holiday tradition. This activity is easy to adapt for children of all ages. If you have a very young child, you’ll need to do the writing (your child can trace over the letters). If your child is older, they can take over and complete the craft themselves. Materials You’ll Need Poster board Markers or crayons How-to Instructions Discuss New Year’s resolutions. Ask your child to tell you what they think...

Kids’ Painted Christmas Tree Craft

You’ve already decorated your Christmas tree. But that doesn’t mean the kids can’t make a second. Or third. Or even fifteenth. If you’re looking for a way to keep the kiddo’s busy on the days leading up to the winter holidays, or you need a Christmas craft on the big day, check out this kid-made tree art activity. Materials Tempera paint- green, brown and any other colors your child wants Glitter Card stock paper Cotton balls Sequins Clear-drying school glue Ribbon Scissors How-To Steps Pour the green and brown tempera paint into small pools on a paper plate, sheet of...

Easy DIY Christmas Ornament Crafts for Kids

With Christmas coming you’re getting ready by putting up your tree and decorating it. Before you rush out to stand in long lines and pay hefty prices for ornaments, try a DIY version. These kids’ craft ornaments are easy for children of all ages to make. And bonus, you’ll get a cute keepsake to put on the tree for years to come. Paper Poinsettias Kids can craft paper flower ornaments, adding a special holiday sparkle to the tree. Cut a bumpy circle from a piece of red or green paper. Start spiraling in with the scissors, creating a snail shell-like...

Hanukkah Menorah Crafts for Kids

Lighting the menorah is one of the most well-known traditions of Hanukkah. But with young children, it can get tricky. The flames, the fire risk and the possibility of burns may make you shy away from lighting the candles. If your little ones aren’t exactly candle-ready, try these no-fire mock menorah options. You can still go ahead and light the real thing (even though you’re making a flameless menorah too) — just keep the candles far away from your child. Cardboard Tubes Reuse cardboard tubes from paper towel rolls, turning them into faux candles. Paint the outsides, line them up...

8 Nights of Kids’ Hanukkah Art

Get crafty this Hanukkah and help the kids create awesome holiday art. You have eight nights to get artsy and try out paint, clay, collage and other types of projects with your kids. Paint Print Menorah: Cut apart a kitchen sponge and use it to paint print a colorful menorah. Your child can dip the sponges in tempera and press them onto a piece of paper to create the holiday art. Pipe Cleaner Menorah: If paint isn’t on the artsy agenda, have your child twist pipe cleaners into a menorah shape instead. Dreidel Drawing: Are you looking for something simple?...

Christmas Gift Wrap Crafts for Kids

It’s almost time for Christmas. And that means you have more than a few gifts to wrap. Before running out and buying roll after roll of wrapping paper, get crafty and have the kids create their own. From boxes and bags to sheets of artsy gift wrap, you can treat the grandparents, aunts and uncles or anyone else who is special in your child’s life to these cute creations. Paint Prints Cut a kitchen sponge into triangle shapes, dip it into green tempera paint and press it onto plain white gift wrap. What do you get? Crafty Christmas tree paper!...

Thanksgiving Holiday Leaf Crafts for Kids

It’s fall. And those leaves are coming off the trees in piles. Instead of raking them all away, use some of your autumn leaves for a few cute kids’ Thanksgiving crafts. Take a look at the ways in which your child can transform plain fall leaves into adorable art with a Thanksgiving theme. Leaf Turkeys Grab a large leaf and glue it onto a piece of card stock paper or cardboard. The pointy parts at the top double as the turkey’s feathers. Have your child draw on a face and paint the ‘feathers’ or body with temperas. Instead of paint,...

Recycled Thanksgiving Art Activities for Kids

It doesn’t have to be Earth Day just to talk to your child about recycling and reusing. With Thanksgiving coming up, there are plenty of opportunities to get Earth-friendly, recycle and reuse your way to a cute and crafty project. Combine a lesson in environmentalism with your kiddo’s holiday art activity and try one of these easy ideas! Popcorn Project Your child got some sort of popcorn concoction for Halloween. But it’s gone uneaten for almost a month. It’s stale, chewy and not anything that you want your child to eat. That doesn’t mean you have to toss it into...