When we take our little ones on nature walks we always point out and name the flowers we see and you would be amazed at how quickly even toddlers remember the names of a variety of flowers. There’s nothing cuter than hearing a 1 year old correctly identify and say the word ‘Hydrangea!’ Here are some awesome flower crafts we can make at home using a variety of supplies we have on hand.
Peonies are my favorite flowers from our garden. The only thing I don’t like about Peonies is how quickly they bloom and drop their petals. Here’s a tutorial for how to make lasting tissue paper peonies in all of your favorite colors.
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.
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.
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.
It’s planting season here in Portland! What better way to teach kids to nurture living things, protect the environment and learn about food production than by gardening? Here are some activities that will help you and your kiddos celebrate the beginning of Spring, spark scientific curiosity and get crafty in the garden!
Looking for a creative way to pot your plants? Sculptamold is a fun material to work with and it makes great, unique plant pots.
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.