Tag Archives: Crafts for Learning

Kids’ Crafts: Sensory Table for Spring

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.

Rainbow Rice

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Kids’ Crafts: Easter

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.

Wool Felted Eggs

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Kids’ Crafts: St. Patrick’s Day

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.

St. Patrick’s Day Name Plate

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Kids’ Crafts: Feathers

Feathers are one of the staples of our kids’ crafting supplies because they are inexpensive, versatile and soft and easy for small hands to create with. Here are some of our favorite projects that utilize feathers.

Here’s a feather painting project that is simple enough for kids but the end result is so cool it would even be fun for teens.

Golden Feathers

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Kids’ Crafts: The Night Sky

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.

Floracraft Solar System Set

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Kids’ Crafts: Lighting The Way

Not to say that I don’t enjoy cozy winter nights at home playing games with the family, but at this point in winter I start craving more light. This week I’ve been collecting Bright Lights and Candle Making crafts to make with the kids. Candle-making usually requires adult supervision so most of these projects are family style crafts to brighten and warm your home this season.

This candle lighting craft uses almost completely recycled materials and items you likely have around your house. This makes for a relaxing evening activity for kids and adults.

Recycled Candle Lights

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Kids’ Crafts: Felt

Looking for Bright Colors and Cozy activities to bring cheer to dreary winter days? I’ve found some felt crafts and games for the kids to make and play with for calming indoor activities this winter.

This first one is more of a Springtime activity, but the basic tutorial for wet wool felting can be used for a variety of themes. Felt beads, flowers, or balloons would all work similarly.

Wool Felted Wool Eggs

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