Crafting and creating with young people is a learning experience for kids and adults. I like to use the prep-time as teachable moments. I might tell a background story about St. Patrick’s Day, how the tradition began etc. If they’ve never been to Ireland or seen pictures I might bring out my laptop and show pictures first of where Ireland is on the map and then of photographs of the landscape. Kids seem instinctively interested in geography, place, contrast, and of course, pictures, so I like to nurture these interests from a young age. Then I’ll introduce the activity and ask my little ones what they think might work and what might not. If we’re using something new I always like to model using the materials. Then I sit back and watch them discover and learn from their experience.
Kids can make this St. Patrick’s Day special with a lucky name plate for every member of the family.
Feathers are one of the staples of our kids’ crafting supplies because they are inexpensive, versatile and soft and easy for small hands to create with. Here are some of our favorite projects that utilize feathers.
Here’s a feather painting project that is simple enough for kids but the end result is so cool it would even be fun for teens.
Perler Bead Crafts are a long time favorite of ours. Once you have a few inexpensive materials on hand all you need is inspiration to create almost anything you’d like with these versatile plastic beads.
Perler beads can be made into a variety of your favorite animals to create logos, keychains, pendants and keepsakes.
This year for Christmas I received a very beautiful bracelet from my best friend. Upon closer inspection the pretty turquoise beads weren’t actually stone beads but paper beads instead. I remember making paper beads with old magazines and junk mail when I was younger, and loved it, so I set out to make them with a grown up twist.
Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. Even as a kid who didn’t like turkey or football, and wasn’t allowed to help in the kitchen, I still always looked forward to ‘Turkey Day.’ Afterall, Thanksgiving isn’t just about eating and watching football, it’s about spending the day with family and friends, giving thanks and celebrating the season. So, while parents are busy in the kitchen, here are some Thanksgiving crafts to help the kids celebrate the day in their own way.
These turkey washer necklaces are perfect for kids who love making jewelry and presents for the other guests.
If you have a creative child around, there are many great craft supplies to keep them busy, and keep you worry-free. Keep the right supplies on hand, and crafting with your kid can be fun and help you build memories that can last well into their lives.
Here in Portland nights are getting chillier, the leaves are changing color and our garden is full of squash, gourds and pumpkins! Even if it’s not quite pumpkin season yet where you live here are some pumpkin themed crafts to celebrate fall and get geared up for Halloween crafting.
Create some cute pumpkin decor for the kids room with this easy to follow picture frame craft.
This week I got to hang out with my school aged niece who was on spring break and she asked me if we could make jewelry. So, I set out to find some fun, easy to follow tutorials for making jewelry we would both be proud to wear! I found some great tutorials for making jewelry with a variety of materials including fabric, paper, washi tape and popsicle/craft sticks! With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I thought it might be a good time for crafting presents for the mom’s in our lives also.
These fabric bead necklaces are so much fun to make, and to wear! My niece made one for her mom, and I made one for my sister, who is about to have her second daughter sometime this week!