Category Archives: Crafts for Learning

Patchwork Placemats

By Guest Blogger Seisha from Education.com

Create patchwork placemats with your kids for a fun geometry lesson.

When you’re preparing big meals for any occasion, it’s always wonderful to involve your child in any way you can. Looking to spruce up your table? Here’s a placemat your second grader can make, based on the classic frontier tradition of quilt making. Some second graders may be able to handle a needle and thread and a sewing machine, but if yours isn’t quite up to it, don’t worry. This project allows him to create a patchwork piece out of paper, no pins and needles required! To make the piece, he’ll need to practice good math skills of measurement and calculation. This activity also allows your child extra practice in combining geometric shapes, a skill which will continue to help him throughout each grade to come.

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Kids Crafts: Penguins!

We’re right in the middle of winter with only spring to look forward to. Lots of kids start to get a little cabin fever when it’s too cold for them to go out and play. Lots of kids also love penguins, so it only makes sense to entertain them by making some penguin friends to get them through the winter!

Soda Bottle Penguin

Soda Bottle Penguin

Not only is this penguin adorable, but it also reuses plastic bottles which can help keep the real penguins’ ocean homes safe. Make a whole Waddle of penguins! (Can you believe that’s actually what you call a group of them?)

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Make your own Guatemalan Worry Dolls

By Guest Blogger Bridget from the Blog Fathom Kid.

Bridget is a passionate early childhood education manager, teacher and advocate. She is the author of Road No Good runner up in the Finch Memoir Prize 2016 and available in bookstores from 1st February 2017. Bridget is a busy mother of two children, a one year old and a three year old. She shares easy ways to help young children develop critical social and emotional skills on her blog at www.fathomkid.com.

Teach kids to create their own worry dolls for times they feel overwhelmed

Like everybody, children worry. Sometimes having someone to listen is enough to help soothe a worried mind. Dealing with problems is a complex skill for children to learn, but it’s important to be able to put problems aside until a solution is found.

These magical little worry dolls will help children develop emotional resilience. They will learn to communicate, develop coping strategies and put their worries and concerns into perspective.

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Kids Crafts: Rainbows

I always get so excited when I find a rainbow. There’s just something about all those pretty colors right after a downpour. Here are some fun ways for you and your kiddos to bring rainbows inside so you can enjoy them whenever you want!

Rainbow Rice

This is one of those awesome crafts where you probably have all the supplies already at home! Fun, easy enough your your littlest ones, and even a chance to learn about mixing colors- this project has it all.

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Kids Crafts: Clouds & Rain

In just 21 years of life, I have managed to live in two of the rainiest places in the world: Portland, Oregon and Southern Ireland. And yes, I love it. 55 degrees and drizzly is my “sunny and 75”. So, whether your kiddos love cloudy skies and the sound of rain like myself, or they’re stir crazy and stuck inside because of it, I have some crafts for them!

Homemade Rainsticks

Is there a sweeter sound than rain falling? Not likely. With this fun craft you can hear that pitter-patter whenever your heart desires, plus it doubles as an instrument for whenever your kiddos want to put on a concert!

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Kids’ Crafts: Wear It!

It’s one thing showing off your crafts in your home, but it’s a whole new ball park when you can wear them and show them off wherever you go.

Not Your Mother’s Macaroni Necklace

My favorite crafts always have two things in common: 1.) they’re easy to add your own flair to, and 2.) they’re made up of items that are already in the house. This cute craft has both of those attributes, plus it’s super cute! What more could a girl want?

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Kids’ Crafts: June Bugs

Growing up, my sister loved bugs. I once got swarmed by angry hornets and all she cared about was that one had gotten trapped in the window and she could dissect it. So, if you have some kiddos that are anything like my sister, I have some crafts for you today that don’t involve anything that will buzz, bite, or sting!

 

Butterfly Footprints

Few things are cuter than baby feet, and baby feet covered in paint and dressed up as a butterfly in one of them. The best thing about making this craft in the summer time? You can send the kids out to play in the sprinkler to wash up!

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