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Tu B’Shevat Activities for Children

Start Tu B’Shevat with a tree study unit – at home! You don’t have to wait for your child’s teacher to cover the life cycle at school. Use the Jewish ‘New Year’ for trees as the jumping off point for learning about how trees grow and what the process is. What can you do to help your child learn about the tree life cycle? Start A Seedling Grow your own tree at home. Even though it’s winter, you can still start your plant inside. One easy option is to grow an avocado tree. Take the seed (the large pit inside)...

Tu B’Shevat Tree Print Craft

The ‘New Year’ for trees, Tu B’Shevat, marks the time when the earliest-blooming trees in Israel start their fruit bearing cycle. To celebrate this Jewish holiday, help the kids make a creative craft that (of course) focuses on trees. Before you get to the art-making, pull in a mini science lesson. Talk about the life cycle, and how a tree grows. Start at a seedling and follow the tree’s growth through its flower or fruit-bearing years. Next, get artsy and craft this pretty finger-print and cotton ball tree! Materials: Brown, green and other colors of tempera paint Card stock paper...

Christmas Tree DIY Craft Card

There’s still time to get your Christmas wishes in! If sending store-bought card seems somewhat impersonal, a hand-crafted one is an option for even the novice artist (kids included!). If you’re looking for a simple DIY answer to your Christmas card quandaries, this cotton swab paint print card is perfect for beginners. You can also trim down the card, making festive holiday gift tags too! Materials: 8x10-inch card stock paper (use white or a light-colored hue) Green tempera paint A few more colors of tempera (for the ornaments) Cotton swabs Scissors Instructions: Fold the card stock in half, from top...

Toddler Christmas Star Craft

Christmas crafts aren’t just for older kids and adults. If you’ve got a toddler or preschooler, you can still get artsy for the holidays. This easy-to-make holiday star helps young children learn about colors, shapes and lines. You can make a few of these Christmas stars, link them together with yarn or ribbon and make a garland, hang them from the tree as ornaments or just craft them for fun! Materials: Thick craft sticks Clear-drying school glue Green tempera paint A paper plate Glitter—in red and other colors (such as gold or silver) Instructions: Pour a pool of the green...

Pine Cone Christmas Tree Ornaments

You picked up pine cone after pine cone when the fall weather started get chilly. Now that it’s almost Christmas, you can use these fall finds to make your own decorative ornaments. With a little bit of paint and a special snowy sparkle, both adults and kids alike can craft cute Christmas ornaments from plain pine cones. Materials: Pine cones Green and white tempera paints A paintbrush Glitter in silver or opal and any other colors that you choose (at least two or three different colors) Clear-drying school glue Fishing line or yarn Scissors Instructions: Paint the entire pine cone...

Candy Cane DIY Christmas Ornaments

Handmade Christmas ornaments make a heart-felt gift or add that special sparkle to your tree. Before buying a bunch of glittering holiday décor, get crafty with the kids and make a few of your own! There are hundreds of DIY ornament options out there. Whether you spend your days on Pinterest or have a favorite crafting blog, finding easy-to-make tree decorations isn’t exactly a challenge. If you’re looking for something that is truly super-simple, but still adds beauty to your home’s holiday look, these candy cane trees are perfect. Materials: Candy canes Ribbon in Christmas colors (red and green) or...

Colorful Christmas Hot Chocolate

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! There’s a chill (or more than a chill) in the air, a few flakes are falling from the sky and the kids are clamoring for something warm and toasty to snack on. If you don’t have time to bake a treat or need a quick fix in a pinch (after a pre-Christmas Day sled riding session), a colorful cup of hot cocoa will do the trick. Colorful cocoa? Instead of using regular hot cocoa mix, swap it out for a homemade white hot chocolate mix. Add in Christmas colors and a few...

Christmas Candy Cane Craft

Are you looking for an easy Christmas craft? Pipe cleaner candy canes are cute as can be, but super simple to create! Whether you want to craft up some Christmas spirit yourself or are on the search for a kids’ art activity, this project is perfect for both children and adults. What can you do with the crafty candy canes? Gather a group of them together, tie the center with a bow and make a holiday bouquet. What else can you do? Lots and lots! Add them mock candy to a wreath, decorate a pine garland with them, tie a...

DIY Christmas Wreath Holiday Cards

Can’t find a Christmas card that’s just right? Have the kids craft their own! With a few simple materials (including a reused paper towel roll), your child can create amazingly artistic holiday cards. This easy-to-make wreath greeting is perfect for family members, friends or anyone who you want to wish the holiday best to. Materials: White card stock paper (8x11-inch sheets) Scissors Green and red tempera paint A cardboard paper towel roll tube A thin paintbrush Instructions: Fold a piece of card stock paper in half, book style. Cut the paper at the fold to make two cards. Fold each...

Craft Stick Dreidel Art Activity

You’ve got eight nights to celebrate Hanukkah! That means eight opportunities to get artsy with the kids. If you’re looking for a holiday craft, this dreidel project lets the kids get creative while learning about Hanukkah. Use the finished dreidel as a holiday decoration, frame it or make a few just for fun! Your child can also use a hole punch to pierce the tops of the dreidels, add yarn and make a mobile. Materials: Thick craft sticks Card stock paper Tempera paint A paintbrush Scissors A marker Clear-drying school glue Instructions: Glue five or six craft sticks to the...