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.
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.
Winter is here, but we’ve mostly had rain here in Portland, no snow yet. We try to make it to the mountains when we can to play in real snow, but in the meanwhile here are some wintry crafts and activities to help pass the time and get our snow fix!
Making Crystal Snowflakes is a great science experiment to do with the kids.
My niece’s and nephew are very interested in dinosaurs these days. We’ve been reading Encyclopedias of Dinosaurs and learning so much! The little ones have so many questions – many of which can actually be answered now a days. (Paleontology is definitely one of those topics you will want to find the most recent books about because so much has changed in the past ten years or so.) If your kids are curious about dinosaurs, or if they are currently studying dinos at school or at home, the following activities are sure to keep them engaged for hours of crafting and play.
This No Sew Dinosaur Play Mat is a such great project to make with your kids. It will allow you to discuss what the environment was like during the prehistoric periods, note key features such as swamp, lava pits, caves, mountains etc, and what dinosaurs diet and lifestyles may have been like. Kids can help plan out their own play space and then build it with your help.