Tag Archives: Crafts for Learning

Kids’ Crafts: Back to School

It’s getting to be that time of year again. Even very young children can feel the hectic excitement in the air and anticipate the approaching change to their schedules. It can be a scary experience, especially for kids just starting school, but it can also be exciting and fun. As you’re navigating back to school shopping for school supplies and clothes you can also help your kids prepare for the new school year with crafts, activities and imaginative play!

If you haven’t made a time capsule with the family yet, the end of summer and start of a new school year is a great time to do so. Encourage the kids to choose trinkets from the summer, photos and notes about yourself (favorite colors, best friends, new friends, goals for the school year, favorite joke, etc.) These will be so much fun to open next year (or at the time that you choose).

Back to School Time CapsuleThink Crafts

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Kids’ Crafts: Stickers!

I was very into stickers as a kid.  I didn’t use my stickers in crafts though, they were too precious to me, instead I collected and stored them in a large photo album and occasionally traded with my friends. Here are some crafts, toys and activities you can create while preserving these precious stickers.

Here’s a recycling craft perfect for any age. Grown ups can help transform the milk bottles and kids can use adhesives and stickers to give these upcycled elephants character.

Milk Bottle Elephant Toddler CraftThere and Back Again a Mother’s Tale

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Kids’ Crafts: Camp 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.

Some of my friends kids just returned home from camp and they were so excited to tell me all about it that I got to remembering some of my favorite camp activities and crafts. Here are some camp crafts you can share with your kids at camp and at home. Many of these would also make great group activities for birthday parties.

These acrylic paint sun prints bring to mind batik prints, but this craft is much easier to recreate with kids of all ages.

Acrylic Paint Sun PrintsCraftiments

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Gallery Glass Window Clings

By Craft Trends Contributor, Lacey

Gallery Glass Window ClingsWhile researching the fun things to do with Plaid Gallery Glass, I noticed that it was possible to make window clings from Gallery Glass patterns. While this looked like a fun craft, I thought making my own window cling with my own design would be more fun, so that’s what I set out to do. This turned out to be an easy and fun craft which I would highly recommend for anyone looking to create customized window clings for less.

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Gallery Glass Geometric Mirror

By Craft Trends Contributor, Lacey.

Gallery Glass Geometric MirrorThough I love knitting and the classic embroidery thread crafts, sometimes you just have to try something new. Recently, as I was browsing the web, I was looking at paints to use on slick surfaces, I came across Plaid Gallery Glass which is used to create a faux stained glass look.  This medium looked like a fun one to experiment with and as I’ve been interested lately in geometric designs, I thought this could be an interesting project to try out a new supply and make something I could use in my apartment, leading to this Gallery Glass geometric mirror.

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Kids’ Crafts: Sand

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.

I love playing with sand just the way it is, but I thought summer vacation would be a great time to round up creative new ways of playing and creating with sand.

Growing a Jeweled Rose has so many terrific play recipes for sand. Here is a favorite I’ve tried with my niece’s that they loved.

 Magic SandGrowing a Jeweled Rose

I find the following tutorial really exciting. It gives kids the opportunity to learn about Rangoli Designs made during Diwali celebrations and to make or ‘perform’ their own temporal art. The possibilities are endless, but the art created is not lasting, so remember to have a camera handy to capture the experience and beauty of Rangoli Inspired Sand Art.

Rangoli Inspired Sand ArtMy Little 3 and Me

The  next project is another great outdoor craft for school aged kids that would make a lovely outdoor or indoor decoration.

Rainbow Sand Casting Art Club Blog

Here’s another awesome activity for on the beach or at home. Magic Aqua Sand is fun and educational with really cool results.

How to Make Magic Aqua SandPaging Fun Mums

This next tutorial is a great way to liven up sand and use it to create a bright, textured medium.

Kool Aid Sand PaintLearn Play Imagine

Kids’ Crafts: Popsicle Sticks

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.

It’s been a very hot summer here in Portland and we’ve been saving those popsicle sticks and craft sticks and collecting fresh ideas for how to use this timeless craft tool in kids’ crafts for learning, playing and decorating this summer.

These watermelon banners make beautiful sweet outdoor decor for summer gatherings on the patio and in the backyard.

Sweet Watermelon BannerThink Crafts

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