Tag Archives: Crafts for Learning

Kids’ Crafts: My Favorite Flowers

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.

Tissue Paper Flowers

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Kids’ Crafts: Happy Mother’s Day!

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.

Shabby Chic Picture Frames 

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Kids’ Crafts: Celebrate Earth Day

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.

Paper Mache Globes Housing a Forest

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Kids’ Crafts: Flower Power

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.

Dried Pressed Flowers SuncatchersIn the Playroom

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Kids’ Crafts: A Frog’s World

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.

Origami FrogsEasy Peasy and Fun

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Kids’ Crafts: Welcome Back Birds!

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.

Bird House Wind Chime

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Kids’ Crafts: Ready, Set, Plant!

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.

Sculptamold Planter

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