Tag Archives: Crafts for Learning

Kids’ Crafts: Let it Snow!

Winter is here, but we’ve mostly had rain here in Portland, no snow yet. We try to make it to the mountains when we can to play in real snow, but in the meanwhile here are some wintry crafts and activities to help pass the time and get our snow fix!

Making Crystal Snowflakes is a great science experiment to do with the kids.

Crystal Snowflakes ScienceLittle Bins for Little Hands

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Kids’ Crafts: Falling Leaves

I love everything about fall – pumpkin carving and hot apple cider, the smell of cinnamon and apples, the approaching holidays, and of course fall foliage. The color palette of autumn is my favorite:  oranges, golden yellow, pinks and reds. The only bad part is how quickly the leaves fall and need to be raked and collected. Here are some fall leaf crafts to help you and your kids create with and keep some of those beautiful leaves.

This first craft can be made with store bought silk leaves, if you happen to live in a place that doesn’t have many deciduous trees this is a great way to celebrate autumn leaves anyway!

Leaf Garland

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Kids’ Crafts: Paper Hats!

If this Halloween was the first your kiddos have experienced, they are probably still ‘playing Halloween’ on repeat – dressing up and holding out bags for candy. Here’s a fun craft for making quick dress up hats for recreating Halloween or simply for playing pretend all year round. Once you get the hang of it coming up with ideas for paper hats is easy. Here are some Paper Hat tutorials to get your little ones started creating funny and playful hats.

Hand Prints and simple shapes of colorful card stock are all you need to make Turkey Hats for Thanksgiving play!

Handprint Turkey HatCrafty Morning

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Kids’ Crafts: Celebrate Fall

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the bright red, orange, and yellow leaves, the slight chill in the air, harvesting funny shaped gourds and pumpkins, and the anticipation of the coming holidays.  What better way to celebrate and record this magical time of year but with fall themed crafts?

Pony bead Indian Corn can decorate your home all autumn long! They’re fun for kids to make and provide a perfect fine motor skill activity as well as a discussion of patterns and colors.

 Pony Bead Indian Corn

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Kids’ Crafts: Fun with Stamps

When it comes to stamping the possibilities truly are endless. Whether you’re making your own stamps using everyday materials, or using favorite store bought rubber stamps, stamping on paper or linen, you and your family can create memorable keepsakes, decorate clothing, make presents or just create for the sake of creating!

This first project is a fantastic tutorial for hand stamping linen. This would make a great teen or family craft. Once you make the stamps kids can do the stamping. Everyone can decorate their own scarves with a little help from older siblings and parents.

Hand Stamped ScarfThink Crafts 

My nieces love bringing home dandelions, rocks, sticks, and other natural found objects from our nature walks. This is a great relaxing craft to do once we’re back at home cataloging our treasures.

Nature Made StampsThink Crafts

These Rolling Pin Stamps are a brilliant way to use items you have around the house to make a toddler approved craft. Perfect for creating home made wrapping paper, or themed wall art, or just enjoying stamping on a rainy afternoon.

Rolling Pin StampsThrive 360 Living

Now that autumn is here and it’s almost time to harvest those gourds and pumpkins here’s a craft to indulge in pumpkin celebration!

Pumpkin Potato PrintingGrowing a Jeweled Rose

Stamping makes the best wrapping paper, what better way to wrap a homemade craft or a housewarming gift?

Watermelon Wrapping Paper Inner Child Fun

This next tutorial is a great example of crafting with kids even when you’re out of town. What a great way to learn from the places you visit and create art from new things you find.

Art Inspiration with LeavesMommy Labs

Kids’ Crafts: Making Puppets

My nieces love finger puppets so I thought on my next visit home to see them I’d bring along supplies for making our own puppets. Here’s a variety of puppet making projects to inspire you and your little ones. Great especially for a rainy day craft.

Sock puppets are the classic, inexpensive, puppet project we all know and love. Here’s a great tutorial to get you started.

Sock PuppetsThink Crafts

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Kids’ Crafts: Zentangle

Zentangle has become such a popular and creative hobby and the more I try it the more I understand why! Zentangle is a style of drawing or doodling in which the repetition of a variety of patterns creates dynamic, unique results. Zentangle drawing can also be quite relaxing. This method requires both creativity and dedicated focus. This art form does require fairly advanced fine motor skills so these projects are geared mostly towards school aged children and teens.

This first project is very involved and is therefore age appropriate for older children and teens, but the project is so unique and the results so beautiful that I find this tutorial really inspiring.

Embossed Foil A Faithful Attempt

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