Showing posts with label Kids Crafts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kids Crafts. Show all posts

Kids Fun Activities

Here are several kids art and craft ideas that will keep your kids entertained for hours.
 I love rainsticks and these are super easy using coiled aluminum foil inside the tube.
:: How to Make Rainsticks
Open a glow stick and and put into a mason jar or other container.  Add glitter, close the jar and shake.  You have a unique Fairy Jar.
IMPORTANT: Please be sure to super glue the lid down so little ones can't open the jar.
 :: Credit:frompankawithlove


Kids will have a blast with this rainbow bath. By spraying the bath water with liquid watercolors, you can re-create this awesome bath time activity. This is a great way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, and for little ones, to learn colors.  This colorful bath also has a treasure hunt under all that color.
:: How to set up Rainbow Bath

Awesome, awesome kids activity tables  using lights.
This site has tons of ideas for light table and items to light up.

Here is an inexpensive way to make liquid watercolors.  Such a great idea and kids can use their imagination with them. 

I love fun learning activities for kids and I really love the idea of activity boxes for kids.  Here are ideas of what to put in the boxes and links to other sites with these boxes.

How to Use Photos For Valentine Cards

Found at Spoonful.com
I absolutely love this idea for a custom Valentine card. Time for me to get out my camera and come up with some photo ideas of my own. This idea can be used for Christmas, Birthdays, and other   holidays or special occasions.

How to Make Princess Robots for Girls


 
Sometime back I made these juice box robots that were a big hit with the boys, so I decided  to make a robot for the girls. This Princess Craft is girly, girly and channels the princess in all of us. This cute Robot Craft  is perfect for goodie bags at birthday parties or any special occasion.  It makes a cool  Snack Craft for Preschoolers and Toddlers.   They are perfect for Valentines, Birthdays, and group projects. Follow these instructions for the Princess Robots.
                                           Craft  Supplies:

  • Juice Box
  • 2 Smarties
  • 6 Starbust
  • 1 Small Box Junior Mints
  • 1 Scrunchie 
  • 1 Ponytail Holder
  • 2 Plastic Eyes
  • Mini Tiara (found in party section at Walmart)
  • double sided tape, glue dots, or glue gun
Instructions:

  • Use double sided tape on top of 6 Starburst. 
  • Balance the Juice Box on the Starburst.
  • Add Scruncie to the Juice Box.
  • Use double sided tape(or glue dots, or glue gun) to attach the arms. Put them near the back so your head will stay on and will be balanced.
  • Put Ponytail holder around the Junior Mints Box.
  • Glue Eyes on the Mint Box.
  • Use double sided tape to attach Junior Mints to the top of the Juice box.
  • Use doubled sided tape to add the tiara to the top of the mint box.
This is a fun craft for kids to make and share and great snack foods for kids.  
 Please send your pictures if you make these, I would love to see these and all creative kids snacks you make.

Cell Phone Candy Valentine Craft

 
Kids loving making cool cool Valentine Cards for family and friends.  Here is a  cell phone with a text message for your favorite Valentine.  These are super easy to make and it is the perfect project for mom and preschoolers and older children.  Cut card stock into 3 inches by 7 inches.  Make a template to get the most pieces from your paper. You can add your service carrier logo and other things to make it look more realistic.

  •  Choose a piece of colorful cardstock.  I only had this dull gray color.
  •  Cut cardstock into 3 by 7 inch pieces(make a template to get more pieces)
  •  Fold the cut pieces in half
  •  Use a graphic program to make your cell windows or hand draw
  •  Add candy buttons for the cell phone buttons.  I only had a blister pack of laxatives (sorry about that) but you get the idea.

If you make one of these, please send a picture  and I will share it here.

Snowmen Milk Cartons With Lights

Photo: freefunchristmas.com
Cute Snowmen using milk cartons, black card stock or construction paper, pom poms, and chenille pipe cleaners, jingle bells, and clear lights. This is such a sweet project for kids, it's easy and they will love the finished product. I have always had a fascination with snowmen and snow women too. I have a curio full of snowmen that I have received over the years. Need some ideas for Homemade Christmas Gifts?  Check out Free Fun Christmas.

Fill Party Balloons with Candy and Gifts The Easy Way

Photo: Gunny Sack
    Fill Balloons With Candy and Toys using the following technique.  I have always liked the idea of filling balloons with candy and letting the kids pop them but I didn't like the idea of filling each balloon.  We know how the friction can slow things down.  If you make  a water bottle funnel (use a bottle with a wide mouth) you can easily push candy into balloons. 
 Use orange and black for Halloween parties, Red or Green for Christmas Parties, pink for a girls birthday party, blue for a boys birthday Parties , and pastels for Easter parties. How about filling with small baby shower gifts and letting mom to be pop the balloon. 
 For Gender Reveal baby showers, fill with pink or blue confetti and let someone special pop the balloon.There are so many ways this idea can be used. Use larger balloons for larger items.  And don't forget money slides in easily too.  Teens love money.

(Craft Fail) Halloween Gloves Filled With Candy

Craft Fail!!! Not happy at all with the way these Halloween candy gloves turned out and can't believe I'm posting this. The gloves where  HUGE. 3 times too big for my hands. So much for one size fits all.  Well back to the craft...lol.  One roll of sweet tarts should fill the finger of the glove, and  you can add a spider ring.  Fill the rest of the glove with your favorite candies, tie with a colorful  ribbon (I only had black) and hopefully it will look much better than this.  Learn through my mistake and buy small or medium gloves and the clear gloves would show the candy much better.  I guess the Kids at Fall Fest won't mind how they look, if I can get up the nerve to pass them out.  I do have a reputation to protect here.

UPDATE : These gloves were a hit at a Halloween Party, and it was the adults loving them.  You just never know!!

Cute and Easy Halloween Luminaries for Kids

 
Photo: A Grande Life






Loved this idea for small kids.  As I read the post, I remembered all the times my kids and I made crafts for the different seasons. I'm so glad I invested this time with my kidsIt is such a small thing but leaves a lasting impression.  My 27 year old still talks about the things we made.  Money was tight back in those days but how much does it take to use left over jars and a little imagination. I was so touched when the writer said her son couldn't wait to put out his luminaries for Halloween. It just brought a flood of memories about time well spent.  You can get her picture tutorial on A Grande Life.

Monster and Bloody Eyeballs Halloween Treats

Photo:Sweet Simple Stuff
Here's a monster cupcake that the kids will enjoy for Halloween. What tablescape wouldn't get noticed with this cute fellow hanging around. Click on  Monster Cupcakes for picture tutorial (love pictures I'm a visual learner). You can always leave the blood off for the younger kids.  If you really want to gross them out, serve up a plate of Bloody Eyeballs.

How to Color Easter Eggs the Easy, Cheap Way


With Easter not too far off, I thought this was a great idea from Hey Jen Renee.  She colors her Easter Eggs with Kool Aid.  It's such an in your face idea that it makes you wonder why we didn't think of it our self. (Well you may have thought of it, but I sure didn't). 
She has a great tutorial showing step by step how to make these beautiful eggs.  Egg coloring kits are so expensive and there is never enough for large crowds.  This is super way to save money coloring Easter eggs.

Candy Filled Bunny For Valentines or Easter

Here is a bunny I  made filled with colorful pink, red, and white M&M  candy.  Here are the instructions to make this tasty, tasty, kid's craft. Cute way to wow your kids at Easter or Valentines.
What you will Need: 


  • M&M's
  • 1 pink pipe cleaner
  • 1 small foam pink heart
  • 1 small pink pom pom
  • 1 large pink pom pom
  • Pink foam to cut ears and mouth
  • Brown or Black foam for whiskers
  • 3 wiggle eyes
  • Glue (I used clear)

  1. Fill the corner of a pleated  sandwich bag with M&M candy.
  2. Twist and Tie with a rubber band.
  3. Glue the bag to the heart so It will stand up.
  4. Cut the top of the bag leaving 1/2 inch, fan out.
  5. Tie a pink pipe cleaner around the rubber band.  Bend to make a bow.
  6. Glue small pom pom in center of bow
  7. Glue pom pom in the top of the bag
  8. Glue eyes and ears on pom pom
  9. Cut a strip for the whiskers from the black foam.  Cut 2 or 3 slits and glue in place.
  10. Break one of the wiggle eyes open and use the black circle for the nose.  Glue in the center of the whiskers.
  11. Make a smile with the pink foam and glue in place.
  12. Let dry before handling.
You have the perfect Easter Gift for your children or grandchild's Easter basket or a great Valentines gift.


Candy in a Fruit Can Craft


Love this idea I found on Come Together Kids. I have done crafts like this with a 2 liter soda bottle before. This is so much fun when the can is opened and kids find a very nice surprise. I had forgot about this fun craft. I have a special little girl in mind to do this for.
Another idea I had for this project would a children's object lesson in a Sunday School Class. Use it to explain we are to not judge people from the outside appearance but love them for what's inside.
If you would like to do a plastic 2 liter soda bottle, clean and dry the bottle , remove the label carefully(because you will want to glue it back) and take a knife and cut a slit where the label was. Don't go below the label area because you don't want it to show. Fill the bottle with birthday goodies or anything you want. Use a glue stick to put the label back on. This idea can be used as a gag gift and watch the surprise as they try to figure how that stuff got in the bottle.

Post It Note Idea

With Back to School around the corner  I  thought this was a  great idea to help  reduce the stress.
This idea came from a mom whose son always forgot his lunch in the morning.  She glued post it notes on a clothespin and clipped it on her sons backpack.  She changed it each day to remind him not to forget something he needed to take with him.  Simple yet effective.
Not only is this great idea  for kids and Teachers,  This would be good to clip on a pocketbook to remind us of things as we head out of the house.
This would have been  useful for me when I was traveling back and forth to Charleston  with a friend .  I got in such a hurry I forgot to pack some very essential things.  She still rags me about the trip I made without Undies.
Do you have a tip that works for you and your family for back to school?

*photo from Family Fun

Edible Pencils Using Cheese Sticks


 

 Here is a  unique pencil that you can enjoy as an afternoon snack.  Teachers can use it as an ice breaker for the first day of school.  This idea comes from Oh Sweet Babies website.  Here are her instructions for these really cool snacks.
  • For each pencil, cut off one end of a cheese stick so that it's flat. Use a paring knife or apple corer to cut a 3/4-inch circle out of the bologna.
  • Dab one end of the circle into the mustard, then attach it to the flat end of the cheese stick.
  • Snap off the end of a Bugle so that its edges are even, and gently press it onto the other end of the cheese stick. Slide half a raisin onto the Bugle for the pencil tip.
   This is a cool idea that any kid can sink his teeth into.

Kids Bunny Face Sandwich

 What child wouldn't enjoy this cute bunny for lunch?  I found this dish on Kitchen Fun with my 3 Sons.

This smart mom  made this bunny sandwich using bread, turkey, cheese, cantaloupe, 2 marshmallows, and 1 grape.

She cut the bread in a circle and made a turkey/cheese sandwich. Use the scrap crust to cut out the whiskers. Then cut 3 pieces of cantaloupe in the shape of ears. Cut a marshmallow and a grape in half for the eyes. Cut the other marshmallow in half for the teeth. Cut a extra piece of cantaloupe for the nose and carrot. Cute site with some fun ideas for kids.

Corner bookmarks for Kids

Kids and adults will love making these cool corner bookmarks.  With a little fold here and there, these cute little monsters will be a great reminder where the child stopped reading in his or her book.  It may even encourage reading....stranger things have happened. Great craft for teachers and very useful too. Follow this link for instructions and ideas for super cool bookmarks.

How to Make Juice Box Robots


I made these cute juice box robots for my husband's  Sunday School Class. They are simple to make, and Kids absolutely love them.  They make fun snacks for kids,  and robot party favors for birthdays .  Gather the following supplies to make:
  • Juice Box(  for body)
  • Starburst Candy (For feet)
  • Laffy Taffy ( for arms)
  • small box nerds
  • wiggle eyes
  • glue dots
  • clear wrap (optional)
  • ribbon (optional)
 Instructions for Building Your Robot
  • Using glue dots stick arms (Laffy Taffy) on the side of the juice box
  • Lay 4 Starburst side by side and put a  glue dot on on each one
  • Set the bottom of Juice box on top and balance
  •  Glue eyes on the Nerds
  •  Glue Nerds on Top of the Juice Box
  You can then wrap them in clear wrap and add a matching bow.  Clear bags can be found in craft stores and Walmart. I like the bags to keep things in place and to add that finishing touch.

  Teresa Saenz [ mama of 3 handsomes] sent the following robot she made from a juice box.  Love the big eyes and the sticky heart

Easter Bunny Water Bottles

Here is a Easter Craft Idea that kids will love.  Use Empty Water Bottles to make the cutest Easter bunnies ever.  The hat is a cupcake liner.  They make Super cute Easter Party Favors.  Just fill them with Jelly beans or a favorite candy.   

 Here is the  Tutorial for the diy Bunny Bottle  and printables for the ears and the hands holding the Happy Easter Sign. Kids love making crafts and Everyone loves doing  crafts with kids. This is sure to be a favorite craft.
 

Pound Cake Looks Like A Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Everyone  loves grilled cheese sandwiches but this sandwich is not what it looks like. I found this on   Making Memories .   It's really pound cake with orange frosting in the center. This would be great for  April Fool's Day.  My daughter and I  were talking some time back about a craft show we used to watch when she and her brother were young.  It was called Donna's Day and we never missed a show.  We had fun, but it would have been great to find all the great ideas available on the internet now..then again my house probably would never have been cleaned, the clothes not washed, and the meals not cooked, but the time we spend with our children  we can never revisit when they are grown.  I'm so glad I took the time to do crafts with my kids.  They are in their twenties but they have never forgotten all the fun things we did when they were young.

Resouces for Primary Teachers


This is one of the greatest resources for primary school TEACHERS I've seen in a while. Seems Dr. Jean is very popular in Pittsburgh. Having been a substitute teacher and teacher's assistant I am still intrigued by teacher lesson plans, classroom activities, crafts, and better ways to teach our children. For  activities that spark the imagination of children , visit these Cool Activities for Kids.