When it comes to crafting with kids, there’s one magical material that always comes through: paper. Whether it’s construction paper, computer paper, or yesterday’s newspaper, your art supply drawer isn’t complete without this particular DIY ingredient. That’s why we’ve gathered up 15 crafts that spotlight paper in a big way from cootie catchers to garlands to festive hats. Check ’em out below!
1. Medieval Crown Craft
This craft from First Palette is fit for the pint-sized royalty in your life. With construction paper, crepe paper, and as much sequin bling as you can find, you’ll have a new addition for the dress-up bin. Head here for the full instructions.
2. Paper Doll Chain Ballerinas
Paper doll chains are a pretty classic paper craft and we think this one from Mer Mag has a particularly irresistible charm. It’s perfect for your aspiring prima ballerina’s room…
OK, my friends, what’s shaking and baking this weekend? Can you say, kids birthday parties or relaxation??? Relaxation, deserves a big LOL, I know, but I had to ask. 🙂 The Cute Beltz family, like many of you will be running to kids birthday parties and activities, but hey, no complaints, you wanted to be a parent. :-0 Funny thing is, I love seeing my kids happy, so this parenting thing is turning out to be the best job a girl could have.
Today, as I was scrolling through my Google+ friends checking out their great post, I came across a crafting post on how to make a time machine. I thought my girls could easily do this because they love to create and they are always creating something out of a box. To my surprise PBS Parents has a Youtube channel with a number of craft ideas and I like how they keep it short and to the point. Easy instructions with a catchy little tune playing and quick visuals. Clearly, being added to the favorites list!
Sensory Bags are a great way for kids to expand their sense of touch, creativity, and adventure. Giving your child the chance to play with different types of textures and objects helps them to build new ways of talking about the world. Suddenly the tree is more than a tree, it’s a sapling with smooth bark or it’s a pine tree with rough bark and a sharp-pine scent. Water isn’t just wet, it can be rough (waves) or slippery with bubbles or cold and translucent when frozen or clear and still. Squishy bags allow small children to experience the fun of “squishing” gel in their hands as well as exploring small objects and other items with their sense of touch.
Bottle of clear hair gel
Ziploc bag (quart size freezer bag works well)
(You can easily switch up the trinkets that you put in the bag to keep sensory play interesting.)
1. Put all the hair gel into the bag.
2. Add one or two drops of food coloring.
3. Next, add the beads, sequins, buttons and other objects. Close the top of the Ziploc bag and make sure there is no air in the bag.
4. Finally, seal with a strip of duct tape across the top to prevent leaks and make it more secure for little fingers.
How do you get your kids involved in sensory play? – Cute Beltz
Involving children in fun gardening activities provides valuable opportunities to enjoy the spring and summer weather while helping to instill a love of nature in your little ones.
Kids can benefit from gardening in many ways. Not only does it teach children patience, it helps to improve life skills, a child’s well-being and forms a positive connection between the child and the environment. Children not only learn the process of growing a flowers, fruits or vegetables, they get to experience the process using multiple senses. These experiences, along with hard work, encourage kids to respect their environment and learn how things within the environment work together.
Tips to get your Kids into Gardening:
Start with a story: Choose a selection of books that focus on different veggies you may plant, the process of gardening, and the overall impact that a garden can have on your family, community, and the environment. Books can plant the seed of excitement in your child and give her an idea of what to expect from her own garden.
Give them the Tools: One thing is for sure, and that’s that things aren’t as fun when it’s hard to maneuver the tools needed to get the job done. Provide the kids with a set of tools their own size so that they can get the work done more easily and because they’ll like having their very own set that made just for them.
Get the whole family involved: Children find anything more exciting when there are others to share the experience with and garden is no exception. Pick the vegetables, wash them, bring them into your home, and talk about the ways that your family will enjoy the vegetables that they grew on their own.
Check out these fun gardening projects that your kiddos can enjoy!
Hanging Rainboot Garden
This is a great way to repurpose those adorable little boots that your kids have outgrown (and that you just can’t bear to part with). You can also represent each member of your family with a boot!
What You’ll Need: Several pairs of rainboots, all sizes and colors (the more the better!), soil and seeds, a drill or awl, nails or hooks.
How to Do It: Drill drainage holes in the sole of each boot, and then again in the top of the boot for hanging. Fill boots with soil, plant seeds or plants according to directions and hang as desired using a nail or a hook on a fence or wall. You could also arrange the boots on the ground as a collection of colorful containers.
It’s a gardening and spelling lesson all rolled into one! This project couldn’t possibly be easier, and the results will delight your kiddo. It can be done indoors at any time of the year, so no worries if you don’t have a yard. Let your kid’s imagination go wild and help them spell out words, their initials — or even use this project to help teach your preschooler the alphabet.
What You’ll Need: Seeds, soil and containers for planting, preferably one that is tray-like.
How to Do It: Fill your containers with soil and use your hands or a stick to draw the outline of a letter. Carefully sow the seeds along the shape, spaced according to the directions on the packet. Water the soil daily until your seeds begin to grow.
It’s simple, fun and can be done indoors, and your kids will have fun decorating their mini-garden with bits and pieces they collect from around the neighborhood. It’s super inexpensive and you don’t need to get down on your hands and knees.
What You’ll Need: A big glass jar or a bowl, two or three small herb plants, gravel, pantyhose or some other mesh material, moss and some small decorative items like shells or stones.
How to Do It: Soak your moss in water while you place two inches of gravel in your container. Place the mesh over the gravel. Arrange your plants in your bowl or jar and then fill with soil. Lay the moss over the soil where you want it and add your decorations.