Posts Tagged "kids’ crafts"

Preschool Portrait Project for Lincoln’s Birthday

Celebrate Lincoln's Birthday with a portrait project for your preschooler. Introduce President Lincoln to your young learner with picture books, stories and child-friendly articles online. After a brief historical discussion, show your child pictures of the former president. Ask your child to describe Abraham Lincoln. Talk about what they need to create a portrait of him and how they'll start the drawing process. Materials You'll Need Card stock or construction paper Crayons or markers Cardboard Scissors How-To Instructions Start with a geometry lesson. Cut out an oval, a square and other shapes from the cardboard. Give the shapes to your...

Valentine’s Day Kids’ Card Crafts

Forget about pricey store-bought Valentine's Day cards this year. Your child can craft their own loving greetings at home instead. These kid-created cards are easy to make and fun for the family to open. Hand them out to grandma, grandpa, aunts, uncles or anyone else on your Valentine's Day list! Easy-to-Make Hearts Fold a piece of red or pink card stock in half. Starting at the center, draw half a heart — extending outwards. Keeping the paper folded, cut the heart out. Open it and have your kiddo decorate the shape however they want. Use paints, crayons, markers, glitter, sequins...

Martin Luther King Jr. Visual Timeline Activity for Kids

Help your child to better understand the contributions of one of the most historical significant Americans on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Make a timeline of Dr. King's life, adding pictures to create a visual biography. This activity is perfect for kids in kindergarten through grade school. Conduct Background Research Start with some research, reading books about Dr. King or finding fact-based articles on the internet. Take note of points in time that are memorable, historical or in some other way significant. Have your child write the dates and something special about them. Younger children may only have the writing...

Glitter New Year’s Crafts for Kids

New Year's and glitter go hand-in-hand. Whether you're tossing glitter-coated confetti at midnight or decking out the house sparkling decor, New Year's Eve is the perfect time to add an extra shine! How can you use sparkles in a crafty way during the holiday season? Check out these glitter-filled kids' activities for New Year's. Glitter Balloons Decorate your home with sparkling balloons. Blow up a few balloons. To add an extra shine, use metallic silver or gold hues. Paint the inflated balloons with a wash of clear-drying school glue. Don't worry about covering the entire balloon — that is, unless...

Kids’ Christmas Thank You Cards

Holiday greeting aren't the only Christmas cards your kiddo can craft. After "Santa" is done gifting your child with presents, it's time to send heartfelt thank you's. Don't worry. If your tot still believes in the magic of Santa, you don't have to ruin the illusion by asking them to write a thank you to grandma or grandpa. Instead, have them send thank you notes to Santa! You can send these off to the North Pole — or just give them to the real gift-givers! Materials You'll Need Card stock paper Scissors Markers or crayons Finger paints or tempera paints...

New Year’s Eve Noisemaker Craft

It's New Year's Eve! And that means it's time to celebrate. Get crafty with the kiddos and create these child-friendly noise makers. Not only can the kids ring in the New Year with their DIY noisemakers, but this also doubles as an easy art activity that keeps the little ones busy at a holiday party. Check out the how-to steps for instructions on how to craft your own noisemakers. Materials You'll Need Cardboard tubes- reuse old paper towel roll tubes Scissors Wax paper Elastics/rubber bands Dried beans or rice Markers Glitter Clear-drying school glue A paintbrush How-To Steps Cut each...

Last-Minute Kids’ Christmas Crafts

Are you looking for a few last-minute Christmas crafts for the kiddos? These easy-to-make art projects are perfect for the pint-sized Picasso who is looking for a holiday activity. Try these artsy activities with your preschooler, kindergartner or young grade school-aged child. You can easily adapt each idea to fit your child's age, stage and developmental needs. Red and Green Ice Freeze two batches of colorful ice cubes — one red and one green. Drip a drop of food coloring into each compartment of an ice cube tray, add water and freeze. Give your child the frozen cubes to "paint"...

Homemade Christmas Tree Crafts

Decorating the Christmas tree doesn't have to include buying pricey ornaments. This year, try something new. Instead of ready-made decor, have the family help you to craft a tree-full of artsy awesomeness. That's right. Each family member (including the adults) will help to make the holiday decor and dress the tree. Check out these easy-to-make Christmas tree ornament crafts! Paper Shape Ornaments Use card stock paper or cardboard to create shapes. Cut out circles, stars, triangles or any other shape. Punch a hole at the top of each one (using a hole punch). Thread a piece of yarn through the...

Kids’ Hanukkah Shape & Pattern Craft

Celebrate Hanukkah and create cute holiday decor with this easy-to-make kids' dreidel craft. This paper art activity also gives your young child the chance to build math skills, including shape and pattern. Combine art-making and education, with this one holiday-themed activity! Read on to learn how to make this preschool art project. Materials You'll Need Card stock paper (choose at least two colors) Clear-drying school glue Markers or crayons Scissors Cardboard How-To Steps Cut the cardboard into three pieces — a square, a triangle and a small rectangle. If your child can't cute through the board, you can do this...

Open-Ended Toddler Christmas Art Activities

The holiday season is here and you're looking for kids' Christmas activities! But your tot is too young to join in with the serious crafting. Your toddler can still get artsy this holiday. If you're not sure where to start, check out these easy open-ended Christmas art ideas for toddlers and young preschoolers. Color Mixing  Start with the three primary colors — red, blue and yellow. Separate the red out, your child will use this color on its own. Now it's time to make green paint to go with the Christmas theme. Give your tot a thick paintbrush, pour a...