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Kids’ Crafts: St. Patrick’s Day

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.

St. Patrick’s Day Name Plate

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One in a Minion, Minion Hats

By General Crafts Contributor Sammy from the blog Seriously, Sammy?!

One in a Minion, Minion hats

We had a One in a Minion Birthday bash for my sweet nephew, Preston. What happens when you have an idea of what you want, but there is no such thing in the market?  You creatively visualize and then construct. That’s what you do! I wanted minion hats for all the kids, but I was not impressed by anything out there. So I made my own. If you want to make your own minion hat, do not fret, I got you. For this week’s DIY, we’re making Minion hats! This is a very easy DIY tutorial! The kids loved it so much that some used it for their Halloween costumes! Happy Crafting.

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Kids’ Crafts: Pom Poms

Whether you make them yourself or buy them in bulk Pom Poms make one of the most versatile, fun and inexpensive materials for kids’ crafting. Pom Pom Pets and/or monsters are one of our go-to rainy day activities. Here are some more ideas for crafting with pom poms, store bought or hand made with yarn (surprisingly pretty easy to do, even with the kiddos).

Pom Pom pencil pets dress up your pencils and make math homework infinitely more fun.

Pom Pom Pencil Pets

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Kids’ Crafts: Christmas Crafts

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.

Icicle OrnamentsHappy Hooligans

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