Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Make mom feel extra special this year with one of these thoughtful, beautiful hand made gifts. For the older kids I’ve included some multi-step artistic projects which can be modified for younger children (or made with a little help from older siblings and dads 🙂
These shabby chic picture frames are inexpensive to make and the finished product is lovelier than any frames I’ve seen in stores. Kids can even choose their own favorite pictures of themselves for mom.
Teaching kids how to be more sustainable by Reducing, Reusing and Recycling is part of our daily routine. By now my little ones correct me if they see me being careless about water usage or throwing something away that could be useful. Earth Day crafts are a great way to celebrate the Earth and our home and brainstorm more ways that we can preserve our resources and protect the environment. Join me and my little ones in our celebration with these great tutorials for Earth Friendly Crafts!
I’ve been looking for a new paper mache project to make with my school aged nieces (5 and 7). This project is beautiful and interesting to make but it’s also a great opportunity to answer questions they might have about our planet, how it differs from the other planets, what kinds of resources we have and what we can do to protect and conserve them.
Spring is a great time to explore outdoors with the little ones. What changes do they notice in their environment, at the park, even in their own backyards? How has the change in weather affected the places we visit? Are there more ponds or vernal pools (small seasonal ponds) at the park? Do you hear frogs chirping after sundown and can you spot jelly-like globs of frog eggs or even little tadpoles during the day? Let’s see what we can learn about a Frog’s World! Here are some arts and crafts ideas to go along with nature walks, and books about frogs and other amphibians in our environment.
I recall making origami frogs when I was a kid. Origami was one of my favorite crafts as a school aged kiddo. These are especially fun because they actually jump.
Spring is here and its time to welcome back the birds and other wild creatures that migrated south or have been hibernating. The first week of spring is a great time to teach about wildlife habitats (including your own backyard!) and the different ways that animals cope with winter and celebrate spring. Here are some bird themed crafts to go along with your discussions and reading about birds this season.
This brightly painted bird house and wind chime would make a beautiful addition to your backyard bird habitat.
Here in Portland Spring is in full swing – the constant rain brings us early spring flowers. This year the change in seasons seemed to happen overnight and all of a sudden everything is in bloom. Whether spring has begun in your area or if you are still snowed or rained in, here are some bright, spring themed sensory play activities to interest your little ones.
Rainbow Rice can be used in the sensory table to practice measuring and color classification, but it can also be used in many other crafts projects. You can even use it like sand art to create layers of colorful designs.
I’m getting a jump on Easter crafting this year. Here are some of my favorite Easter crafts to share with the kids.
If you dread the mess of working with dyes and actual eggs but still want to involve the kids in making their own unique, beautiful eggs ,these candy and toy filled wool felted eggs are the perfect alternative.
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.