Kids Crafts: Musical Instruments

When I worked full time as an early childhood teacher the children in my care began listening to, and playing music from an extremely young age. Singing, playing instruments and dancing was something we could enjoy together as a community. The only problem with playing instruments with toddlers is that they tend to get slimy and break easily and replacing them can be expensive. Here are some instruments you can make with your children at home or in the classroom that they can enjoy crafting and playing for years to come.

I remember being transfixed by Rain Sticks as a child, I wanted to play with them constantly and I really wanted to know what made them work. This tutorial gives your child the opportunity to do both, and of course to decorate their very own Rain Stick.

 

Rain Stick TutorialThe Imagination Tree

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Kids Crafts: Jewelry Making

This week I got to hang out with my school aged niece who was on spring break and she asked me if we could make jewelry. So, I set out to find some fun, easy to follow tutorials for making jewelry we would both be proud to wear! I found some great tutorials for making jewelry with a variety of materials including fabric, paper, washi tape and popsicle/craft sticks! With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I thought it might be a good time for  crafting presents for the mom’s in our lives also.

 

These fabric bead necklaces are so much fun to make, and to wear! My niece made one for her mom, and I made one for my sister, who is about to have her second daughter sometime this week!

 

 

Fabric Bead NecklacesBabble Dabble Do

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Kids Crafts: Easter Crafts

If you have a creative child around, there are many great craft supplies to keep them busy, and keep you worry-free. Keep the right supplies on hand, and crafting with your kid can be fun and help you build memories that can last well into their lives.

With Easter only a week away the little ones are getting excited for our annual Easter celebration, and I thought it was about time to prepare with crafts the kids can make themselves. Since Easter is such a family centered holiday, I’ve included crafts for a range of ages. Let’s get crafting!

 

This sparkly bunny garland is fun to make and beautiful to decorate with! Great for school aged children.

Bunny Chain GarlandThink Crafts

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Kids Crafts: Learn to Sew

If you have a creative child around, there are many great craft supplies to keep them busy, and keep you worry-free. Keep the right supplies on hand, and crafting with your kid can be fun and help you build memories that can last well into their lives.

Even for adults, sewing can seem a little daunting. The needle, the precision, it can be a little surprising to think that kids can actually learn to do it. I think it’s great to start getting kids used to a needle and thread at a young age so everything that goes into making that perfect stitch can be a habit once they get older. Messy stitches aren’t nearly as big a deal to a child!

Embroidery for Kids

Child Embroidery

Get kids used to a needle with an easy needlework project. Let them create their own shapes however they choose. Once they get used to the needle, help them move on to specific kinds of stitches.

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Kids Crafts: Crayons

If you have a creative child around, there are many great craft supplies to keep them busy, and keep you worry-free. Keep the right supplies on hand, and crafting with your kid can be fun and help you build memories that can last well into their lives.

Crayons are the classic kid’s craft supply. That’s why they’re always on school supply lists and why every parent seems to have a bucket of broken ones lying around somewhere. Some of these crafts are the perfect way to use up those broken crayons while others require a brand new box. But, who doesn’t love opening a brand new box of crayons anyway?

DIY Crayon Rock Paperweights - Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

Crayon Rocks

These rocks are so much fun to make for kids of any age, and they turn out really cool looking too! These make great paperweights, or add some googly eyes for pet rocks!

Crayon Play Dough Recipe - Sugar Ants

Crayon Play Dough RecipeSugar Ants

Turn those broken crayons into a rainbow of play dough. You could also teach about how colors blend as kids watch primary colors mix together.

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Kids Crafts: Hearts for Valentine’s Day

If you have a creative child around, there are many great craft supplies to keep them busy, and keep you worry-free. Keep the right supplies on hand, and crafting with your kid can be fun and help you build memories that can last well into their lives.

With Valentine’s Day coming up soon, now is the perfect time to create some fun heart shaped crafts. The shape is very easy for kids to create, and there are so many fun crafts that look great at the end, too. Here are some of my favorite kids crafts with the most romantic shape:

Borax Crystal Hearts

Crystal Hearts

The end result of this heart shaped ornament is gorgeous, and it also makes for a fun science lesson. Watch the kids’ faces when crystals start to form around these pipe cleaners! So cool!

Heart Suncatcher Craft - Fun at Home With Kids

Heart Suncatcher CraftFun at Home With Kids

This pretty craft is perfect for children of any age.  They make a great window decoration to brighten your home for the season.

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Kids Crafts: Fun & Educational

If you have a creative child around, there are many great craft supplies to keep them busy, and keep you worry-free. Keep the right supplies on hand, and crafting with your kid can be fun and help you build memories that can last well into their lives.

There are many creative ways to incorporate science and education into your crafting time. Awe-inspiring projects with household products are the perfect way to add a little excitement to learning with your children. Here are some great ways to craft and learn at the same time!

Easy Bird Treats for Spring

Easy Bird Treats

These recycled bird feeders will be done in no time with plenty of opportunities to learn about local birds. The wintertime is especially great to teach kids about the availability of food during the colder months, and why it’s important to help out our feathered friends.

Dancing Oobleck - Housing a Forest

Dancing Oobleck – Housing a Forest

Oobleck is so much fun alone and can teach about different states of matter, but putting it on top of a subwoofer can also help kids learn about sound waves!

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