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.
With good planning and plenty of activities for the kids, New Year’s Eve can be fun for the whole family. Games and crafts are a must for keeping the kiddos awake and relatively calm all the way up to midnight. Here are some of our favorite kid friendly crafts to help ring in the New Year with a bang!
Party poppers are fun for kids and adults, so be sure to make enough for everyone!
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.
Long Winters with little ones means it’s time brainstorm fresh ideas for the sensory table in your classroom or at home. Sensory table activities are educational and hands on fun for young children. Here are some new ideas to try – all can be made at home! I hope these inspire your little ones to build, experiment and play in their own ways!
If your little ones are like the ones I know and love, they want to play in the snow without gloves. If that’s the case, or if the weather is still in the negative digits where you are, this indoor Sparkle Snow can be a nice compromise.