Whether you’re experiencing the unseasonably warm weather we’ve been having here in Portland or the strangely chilly weather in the NE these bright tie dye crafts are sure to be a crowd pleaser. Traditional tie dye can be kind of messy so I’d recommend a warm day in the backyard for those projects, but the Sharpie tie dye experiments and the tie dye clay can definitely be indoor activities as well. I hope you enjoy these Tie Dye favorites!
Clay is fun and easy to work with for kids and adults. The bright mix of colors is fun to create and use to decorate clay pots and coasters. These would also make great gifts for teachers and grandparents!
Here in Portland it’s the most beautiful time of year. Everything seems to be blooming at once. I know it won’t last forever, so we’re enjoying it while it lasts; going for nature walks, playing in the backyard, and taking lots of pictures of the beautiful flowers we find. Another way for the family to preserve some of the color and texture of spring is by using real flowers in our crafts projects with the kids.
This first project is a fresh take on a pressed flower craft kids can make using fallen flowers found in the neighborhood.
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.
My 7 year old niece has always been interested in astronomy. Ever since she was a toddler she has been calling me and my husband with questions about the universe, the stars, sun and planets. Let’s just say it’s a good thing we have the internet at our fingertips! I’ve found that the best way to educate our little ones about scientific processes, to answer their questions or to highlight what they learn at school, is to find relevant arts and crafts projects we can do at home.
Floracraft makes a solar system kit that you can make at home with the kids to demonstrate the basic ideas of how the solar system functions.
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.
Not to say that I don’t enjoy cozy winter nights at home playing games with the family, but at this point in winter I start craving more light. This week I’ve been collecting Bright Lights and Candle Making crafts to make with the kids. Candle-making usually requires adult supervision so most of these projects are family style crafts to brighten and warm your home this season.
This candle lighting craft uses almost completely recycled materials and items you likely have around your house. This makes for a relaxing evening activity for kids and adults.
If this Halloween was the first your kiddos have experienced, they are probably still ‘playing Halloween’ on repeat – dressing up and holding out bags for candy. Here’s a fun craft for making quick dress up hats for recreating Halloween or simply for playing pretend all year round. Once you get the hang of it coming up with ideas for paper hats is easy. Here are some Paper Hat tutorials to get your little ones started creating funny and playful hats.
Hand Prints and simple shapes of colorful card stock are all you need to make Turkey Hats for Thanksgiving play!