Category Archives for Crafts

Paper mache bowls with fall leaves

A friend of mine sent me a picture of a project she did with her grandchildren of a fall leaves bowl and I thought it was so beautiful and a great thing to do with fall leaves that I decided to post it.

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Back to School Arts and Crafts: Mini murals using mixed media

As kids begin their new school years many teachers start looking for back to school crafts ideas. Focusing on what they did that summer is often a common theme. This

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Ocean crafts: Create murals of the ocean

  This ocean crafts activity was inspired by this  swarm of sea creatures that I found on Pinterest. As you may know already, I love mixed media art and I

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Embroidery for kids: Embroider on paper for a mixed media project

I just saw a post on Childhood101.com all about Embroidery for children and it reminded me that we had done an activity in our summer camp with embroidery that I had  not posted about.

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Thanksgiving Crafts Projects: Awesome Turkeys and Indian Pottery

Fun Thanksgiving projects for kids Preschool and kindergarten teachers normally automatically have the children create boring, copycat turkeys for their Thanksgiving crafts projects. Why however, do Thanksgiving

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What can you do with wine corks? Try a couple of these easy cork craft ideas.

You may have to wait for holiday time to do some wine cork crafts unless you’ve been collecting wine corks for a while. There are a a few kids crafts ideas I found that you can do with corks and

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Need some Rosh Hashana crafts? Make a mod podged honey dish or holiday plate

So in my neck of the woods Rosh Hashana (the Jewish new year) is right around the bend. For those celebrating Rosh Hashana if you work with kids you are for sure,

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Use the kids names for a tape painting activity with acrylic paints

I saw this great idea on Pinterest with tape and acrylic paints. (pictured below) I wanted to something similar in our art camp with little kids as that activity

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How many ways can you decorate a flower pot to bring it to life?

Bringing a flower pot to life often means planting it and as a result making it full of life. Since it is Summer here in the States, what better activity than making a pot for your lovely plantings. Here

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There is a wide variety of fabric art for kids: It’s not all about sewing at all

As was looking around for ideas for fabric art for kids I came across this information  which is sort of like an e book. In it are a   whole bunch of fabric art ideas. There are quite a number of them.

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A Fathers day craft: Turning a long term sewing project into a pencil holder

I’ll bet that when looking for a Fathers day craft, the last things you would think of doing would be sewing. However, If you want a fathers day craft that

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Looking for Earth Day crafts? Why not use real earth?

  If you are looking for an Earth day crafts what about using real earth? There is nothing like real clay that comes from the ground (or earth) to connect with the

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Easter egg people (or maybe just plain oval people?)

When a holiday comes around what lots of people do is to use the symbols of the holiday to spark their creativity in coming up with projects for their children. This project was simply to use the egg shape,

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4 Passover (Pesach) Crafts that enhance the Seder

I happened to be near a wonderful Jewish preschool recently where my sister teaches and was able to get some pictures of the projects she made with her preschool age kids to enhance the children’s Seder 

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2 St. Patrick’s Day Art Activities: Easy enough even for toddlers to do

Shamrocks seem to be the thing to craft for St. Partricks day activities and I got this idea from another shape someone used on Pinterest. It can be done with any

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Popsicle craft stick project idea: Homes out of craft sticks

Popsicle crafts stick projects are usually pencil holders or jewelry boxes  made by stacking up crafts sticks on top of each other. I saw this idea on Pinterest, but it had no link back to a site.(just

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5 easy nature crafts activites that you can do with kids

I see nature crafts as crafts that you actually do with materials from nature. These activities are quite common but, definitely fit the bill. The first one is a

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Paper bag puppets may not be as realistic as marionettes but, are simple to make and easy to use

Paper bag puppets are usually made from the standard brown paper lunch bags. I have also seen white ones but, I think the brown ones are more common and available 

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Jewish Bible crafts for preschoolers that are easily adaptable to Sunday school crafts

In the Jewish schools that I have taught in and in the ones my kids went to, bible crafts is extremely popular. The only difference is that it’s not called

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Animal crafts: Use animal papers to make realistic looking animals

When I make animal crafts with kids, there are two ways I do not make paper plate animal crafts or any  of those copycat crafts that you will find all over the web. 

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4 Mothers day crafts projects that can be done with all age kids each at their own level

If you’re looking for mothers day crafts for kids then you are  most probably not a mother but, a teacher. Which of course, doesn’t mean that you can’t

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A potpourri of spring crafts for preschoolers that are extremely cost effective

  Spring art for kids to me  means flowers, trees and nature. Flower crafts for spring can use real flowers to collage

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Recycled crafts for kids: 4 ideas to make crafts out of everyday household ojects

Mr. T in DC via Compfight Recycled crafts for kids means different things to different people. It can mean using old art to create new art , like taking an kids painting and doing origami with it. It

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Easter art projectsfor children? An Eggscellent idea using eggs of course.

Easter art projects…eggscellent? Yes, I know it’s  corny but, I couldn’t resist. There are many Easter activities for children.Most of them I have

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Felt crafts: Make puppets. pillows and other stuff

There are a number of felt craft projects that can be done that are age appropriate for young children. There are of course lots of felt craft ideas out there that

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Scrapbooking for kids: A great way for young children to join in the scrapbooking craze

Scrapbooking for kids is not as huge as it is with the Moms which has truly become a national obsession. Stay at home moms

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Polymer clay projects for kids including clay jewelry and beads

Polymer clay projects that are suitable for kids Polymer clay has been known to some extent as a clay for artists and  adults in general. That may be because  the

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Flower crafts for kids: So much more fun than tissue paper flowers

Watch video on flower crafts for kids and then continue reading after video. Whenever I was a child, flower crafts meant tissue paper flowers.  I distinctly remember it being a craft that was done for

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Hanukkah Crafts for Kids: Make menorah collages

If you want to make Hanukkah crafts for kids there is a way to do them that is very creative. The activity I am going to show you here is a Hanukkah (or Chanukah

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5 easy paper craft ideas and projects for kids using construction paper

There are so many different  paper craft ideas that you see on the web which are often complicated and copycat crafts. I am going to give you 5 very easy, non complicated

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Paper plate crafts offers 7 easy, non copycat crafts for kids with paper plates

 Paper plate crafts for kids is an often searched activity since paper plates are so readily available. Parents and/ or educators  often whip out those paper plates

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Winter crafts for kids: creative winter craft projects

There are many winter art activities that you can do with kids that are very creative. The standard winter crafts for kids in a traditional early childhood or

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Cheap Christmas craft project ideas to make with kids at home or in any preschool or kindergarten environment

Christmas crafts for children  are all over the place. You can make an expensive crafts with many elaborate store bought materials which often mean that they are

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Paper mache ideas for kids: Types of paste to use and options for paper mache crafts

Paper mache ideas (or papier mache as its often called) are very similar to sculpting. It is not however, an activity for  clean freaks. It can get very messy but,

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Creative Crafts is not an oxymoron: 5 categories that can make crafts creative

If you are looking for creative crafts then you have some inkling that  most of the crafts you find online are not very creative. There are so many so called creative

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Valentines crafts for kids: Hearts, hearts and more hearts

This Valentines crafts for kids, for preschoolers and for kindergarten age kids is one that most little girls will love. Anyone who has little girls or teaches little

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Tissue paper crafts: 6 Great Activities To Do with Kids Using Tissue Paper

Tissue paper is a very versatile material. There are many  crafts and tissue paper art ideas. The tissue paper activities that I am give you use large sheets of colored, thin tissue paper that are not

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2 Fall Craft Projects: Bring autumn alive with gorgeous fall artwork

When thinking of fall craft projects do you think of those boring coloring page pictures of a squirrel picking acorns among

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How to make a Thanksgiving Children’s Art Mural

An art mural celebrating the first Thanksgiving is not for the faint of heart. I am suggesting recreating some kind of art mural with children to remember the first

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Arts and Crafts for Sukkot: Homemade art exhibits plus more

Making art for the holiday of Sukkot is a great opportunity for you to create an art gallery. For anyone reading this who doesn’t know what Sukkot is, it’s

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A great Halloween craft: Paper Mache Masks

Halloween crafts and masks. A perfect match wouldn’t you say? These masks are a long project that takes a few days but well worth the effort, if you are in this to really in this to give the children

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July 4th crafts: Make a creative American flag

A flag for a fourth of July crafts even if the children do not go to a parade is lots of fun. Flag making is a great July 4th crafts activity. I love flag making 

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Easy craft projects: Crafts that are easy for the kids and easy for the adult

So! You are looking for easy craft projects. That can mean 2 different things. You may want easy crafts to prepare or you want crafts that are easy for the children

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Sewing crafts for kids: Popular activities that keep them occupied for hours

Sewing crafts for kids often conjures up scenes of little children either sitting at sewing machines or pricking themselves with sharp needles. The sewing projects

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