This week is one of the busiest of the year in our household, with holiday preparations, extended family visiting, and kids off from school. Especially with the extreme rain we’ve been having here in Portland it’s easy to feel cooped up with crazy. It’s times like these crafting with the family is not only fun, but necessary.
I love how focused the little ones get when they work on beading or lacing activities. Here’s a great beading craft for the holidays. These make great decorations on the tree or hanging in your wintry window display.
Bring some retro charm to your Christmas home this year with this whimsical paper clay snowman. Follow the directions to make your own, one-of-a-kind, cheerful and glittery winter friend that stands nearly 18-inches high.
I love everything about fall – pumpkin carving and hot apple cider, the smell of cinnamon and apples, the approaching holidays, and of course fall foliage. The color palette of autumn is my favorite: oranges, golden yellow, pinks and reds. The only bad part is how quickly the leaves fall and need to be raked and collected. Here are some fall leaf crafts to help you and your kids create with and keep some of those beautiful leaves.
This first craft can be made with store bought silk leaves, if you happen to live in a place that doesn’t have many deciduous trees this is a great way to celebrate autumn leaves anyway!
Halloween is less than two weeks away. I just bought some pumpkins to decorate with the kiddos, and I’m gathering supplies for other spooky crafts we can do to prepare for and celebrate Halloween. Here are some tutorials for kid friendly Halloween Decor to welcome party guests and trick-or-treaters to your own haunted house!
Light up your windows and mantels with these glowing jack-o-lantern faces.
Hands on science experiments and crafts that incorporate the scientific process are valuable learning experiences that can give your child confidence and a foundation for understanding science in school. What better time to experiment and get messy than during school vacation! Here are some of my favorite scientific crafts to do with the whole family. These are all fun for toddlers, school aged children, and grown ups.
Do you remember building your own volcano for science projects in grade school? Here’s a fun tutorial to share with kids of all ages. This activity is both engrossing and a little messy…
This week our family finally had a chance to get to the ocean, where we went for a hike, explored tidal pools and even watched grey whales. My nieces had the best time, they can’t talk about anything besides all the cool things we found in the ocean. Here are some ocean themed crafts to share with your little ones to help remember the special trips you’ve taken together and to learn more about ocean life at home.
Here’s a craft you can make at home using items found at the beach and materials you have around the house. Kids can make their own representation of the ocean using a mixture of real and imagined elements.