Category Archives: Crafts for Learning

Story Stones

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A lot of the time, the simplest toys can be the most fun, and that’s why I love the idea behind story stones. They’re simple painted rocks with objects that can help build the scene for a story. They encourage kids to be creative and use their imaginations! Here are some great story stone ideas.

DIY Story Stones

DIY Story Stones

Customize your stones to fit your child’s personality. Design the rocks based on their favorite toys, food, and places.

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Kids’ Crafts: Bookmarks

With back to school season in full swing, it’s time to break out those books! Get kids excited to read with homemade bookmarks they’ll love to show off!

Wand Bookmark and Pointer

Wand Bookmark and Pointer

If you have a kid who loves reading about magic, they will certainly love this wand bookmark. Use different colors and jewels for a custom wand that fits your kid’s personality.

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Paper Bag Collection Book

By General Crafts Contributor Michelle

Make fun books to hold notes, items collected from nature walks, and more!

Make a fun little collection book full of pockets for your kiddos, or yourself, to store all sorts of bits and bobs in. This fast and easy project could be great to do with the kids, or as an interesting scrapbook/journal project for yourself.

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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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