Archive for the "Crafts" Category

Upcycled Purim Grogger Craft for Kids

Celebrate Purim with a homemade grogger. These noisemakers aren't something you necessarily need to buy for your kiddo. Instead, get crafty and create your own! With a few simple how-to steps and your pick of upcycled materials, your child will create their own artsy noisemaker to use for this holiday—and every day after. Arts and Crafts Materials You'll Need 2 yogurt-sized plastic cups (thoroughly washed and dried) 1 dozen plastic toy building bricks pieces (upcycle old bricks your child no longer uses or the leftover odds and ends that don't fit with their current sets) 2 popsicle sticks Duct tape...

Artsy Ideas for Read Across America Day

Get ready to read! March 2nd marks Read Across America Day—and in celebration you can pick some of your kiddo's favorite titles to page through. Even though reading is the main event, you can also add to this special day with a few creative crafts. If you're not sure where to start, check out these book-based art ideas for kids in preschool and up. Book-Making Craft Kids can create their own books to read on this day and every day after. Simply stack a few sheets of white construction paper inside a colorful piece of card stock (make sure the...

Easy Mardi Gras Mask Craft for Kids

Get creative with the kids and make your own Mardi Gras masks! These artsy activity is more than just a holiday celebration. Along with learning about Mardi Grad, your child can build fine motor skills, develop color and shape recognition, explore through their senses and exercise their ever-expanding imagination. Arts and Crafts Materials You'll Need Paper plates Crayons Scissors Clear-drying school glue A hole punch Thin ribbon Craft feathers Sequins How To Art-Making Steps Draw the mask shape onto the paper plate. Use the entire with of the plate. Your child can create an oval, a butterfly design or any...

President’s Day Puppet Project for Preschoolers

Are you looking for a crafty way to celebrate President's Day with your preschooler? Your creative kiddo can get artsy with an easy puppet-making activity. With a few simple materials your child can magically transform plain paper plates into presidential puppets. Arts and Crafts Materials You'll Need Paper plates Card stock paper (8x10-inch sheets) Clear-drying school glue Masking tape Thick craft sticks Markers or crayons Scissors How To Art-Making Steps Pick a president. If your child doesn't know exactly what the president looks like, look through books or find images/portraits online. Your child can draw the president's face onto the...

Valentine’s Day Box Craft Ideas for Kids

Does your child still need to decorate their Valentine's Day card box for a school holiday party? If they're not sure where to start, check out these artsy ideas for crafty Valentine's creations. Pattern Play Create a pattern-covered box using stripes, polka dots or holiday-themed hearts. Cut a slit (for the cards) at the top of an old shoe box. Cover the box with white, pink or red paper. Leave space or cut a second hole for the slit. Use markers, crayons, or tempera paints to add a playful pattern in Valentine's colors. Add red and purple alternating stripes, dot...

Tu B’ Shevat Recycled Cardboard Tree Art for Kids

Does the cold February weather make it tricky, if not impossible, for your child to plant a tree in honor of Tu B' Shevat? Even though the ground is frozen and the mercury has dipped too low to support a sapling's growth, you can still celebrate the Jewish "new year for trees." This easy kids' art activity gives your child the chance to design and craft their own tree—without having to brave the cold! Art Materials You'll Need Cardboard- Instead of buying new board, save money (and the environment) with an upcycled box. Scissors Markers Tempera paints- Green and brown...

Read Across America Activities for Toddlers

How should you celebrate Read Across America Day with your toddler? On March 2nd you can help your little learner to start a lifetime love of literature with a book-themed activity. If you're not sure where to start, read on for easy ideas that will entertain and educate your child. Make Your Own Book Use cardboard, construction paper and a few family photos to create your own picture book. Cut the board and paper to the same size, glue or tape the photos on each page and write words to accompany the pictures. tell the tale of your family's history,...

Valentine’s Day Alphabet Heart Card Art for Preschoolers

Celebrate Valentine's Day with a heartfelt greeting. Instead of a store-bought card, your child can craft their own artsy version. This holiday activity is perfect for young preschoolers who are just beginning to explore art, build fine motor skills and learn about letters. Arts and Crafts Materials You'll Need Construction paper Safety scissors Crayons Letter stencils- if you don't want to buy letter stencils you can make your own (bubble letters) using scrap cardboard and scissors. How To Valentine's Card Art Steps Fold an 8x11-inch piece of white or light pink construction paper in half, book style. Help your child...

Felt Heart Valentine’s Day Box Craft for Kids

Does your child need a Valentine's Day box for their school's holiday party? If you're not sure where to start, we've got answers! Before the big day arrives, check out this easy to make heart-felt (or felt hearts) box idea. Art Materials You'll Need A shoe box- reuse a cardboard shoe box Craft felt- you'll need several sheets or 8x10-inch pieces of felt in Valentine's Day colors (such as red, pink and purple) and a few extra hues Scissors Clear-drying school glue How To Steps Cut a slit at the top of the box. This is where your child's friends...

Tu B’ Shevat Tree Art for Kids

Celebrate the Jewish "New Year for Trees", Tu B'Shevat, with a few creative crafts for your kids. Help your little artist to explore their crafty side and learn more about the holiday with these easy ideas! 3D Trees Craft three-dimensional mini trees with reused cardboard tubes, tissue paper and paint. Your child can paint a paper towel tube brown, creating a trunk. When the paint dries, add fluffy green tissue paper to the top to make leaves. Tree Prints Use real tree bark to print tree shapes onto construction paper. Search for fallen bark outside in your yard, a park...