Category Archives for Holiday and Seasonal Crafts

Castles for Purim

This project was done with 2 different first grade classes.Castles are where the kings and queens live so it fits in perfectly with Purim.I started by hanging up some pictures of castles that I found

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4 Ways to Make Trees for Tu-B’Shvat

Since Tu-B'shvat is the holiday of trees it makes the most sense to create trees and I have 4 different ways you can do so. The first one was actually a picture from  a workshop I did for teachers

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2 Mixed media fall projects using warm color tissue paper

These 2 activities had 2 goals. These were first grade and third grade classes. The first goal was to introduce the concept of warm colors which we used for the trees.

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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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Snowman crafts: No need to use boring styrofoam balls to get realistic snowmen

Snow had just fallen last week so snow crafts was on my mind when I went to teach art in the local school that I teach in. What better idea then to do a ton paper

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Christmas crafts for preschoolers: Last minute, easy ornaments out of egg cartons

I had started a great Christmas crafts with some preschoolers and then saw a similar activity on Buggy and Buddy on crafts using bells. It reminded me that I had

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Childrens Hanukkah Menorah Art (art lesson 8)

Since Chanukkah (Hanukkah) is this week, I thought it was a good idea to let the kids do a Chanukkah menorah art project instead of doing some of the other stuff we were doing. I learned some more 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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9 Native American crafts you can use to celebrate Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is right around the corner so here are 9 Native American (Indian) crafts for you to try…non of them copycat crafts. The crafty classroom shows us how to do totem poles with real

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Not your typical bunch of apple crafts ideas

Tis’ the season for some apple crafts. For me apples have a close connection to Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year which is a couple of days away. We dip apples in honey on Rosh Hashana for a sweet

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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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Some summer art activities to make your time outdoors that much more fun

What makes Summer art different from other kinds of art aside from the fact that it’s done in the summer? I would say it’s when the activities can be done outdoors OR you use materials from

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Collages of the Western Wall (Kotel collages)

  The Western Wall is one of the holiest places  for Jews and is in Jerusalem, Israel. If you want to see it live you can check out this webcam of it here. Next week is a day called Tisha Be’av

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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