Summer Fun: Crafts For Kids of All Ages.

Summer vacation is here!  While your children enjoy a break from school, you still want to make sure they are active and spending time in constructive pursuits instead of vegging out in front of the TV or computer.  Trips to parks and playgrounds, lakes and beaches, are a great way to enjoy the outdoors.  For days when it is too hot to go outside, or for times when quiet activity is preferred, there are some great sites for summer crafts.

The Long Thread offers 50 Summer Crafts for kids of all ages including Stone Dolls, Recycled Crayons, and Fairy Wings.

http://thelongthread.com/?p=4054

Try the awesome crafts for kids of all ages and abilities on the HAPPINESS IS HOMEMADE  site. No special skills or tools are required.

https://www.happinessishomemade.net/easy-summer-kids-crafts-that-anyone-can-make/

Finally,  check out the RED TED site for videos on some amazing crafts that will keep your children entertained all summer long.  http://www.redtedart.com

Happy Summer!

Just in Time For Spring…THE BOLD BRAVE BUNNY, a New PB by Beth Ferry + A Bunny Bookmark Craft and Give-away.

It’s always a joy when a new picture book comes out by New York Times bestselling author BETH FERRY.

Her Latest THE BOLD, BRAVE BUNNY is a delightful addition to her growing roster of picture books.

Here is my review of this book:

A delightful story of determination, imagination, and realization as Teetu the bunny learns what it means to belong. Clever illustrations of the “wilderness” outside Teetu’s burrow reflect his wonder and imagination as he embarks on his first solo adventure of discovery.  Reinforces the idea that no matter how far we roam, and no matter what the world has in store, it’s comforting to know that family is waiting for us when we return.

I am giving away a copy of this book to one lucky winner who leaves a comment naming his or her favorite childhood bunny story. (Mine is THE RUNAWAY BUNNY by Margaret Wise Brown, a book I read to my kids over and over again) Your name will be entered in the random drawing and the winner will be announced on this blog.

For the bunny loving, book loving kids in your house, here’s a nifty and EASY origami bunny bookmark they can make by watching the step-by-step directions on the Red Ted Art site.

bunny book markers

https://www.redtedart.com/easy-paper-bunny-bookmark/

You might want to check out some other great “Bunny” stories:

BUNNY’S BOOK CLUB by Annie Silvestro  Bunny's Book Club and BUNNY’S BOOK CLUB GOES TO SCHOOL

KNUFFLE BUNNY by Mo Willems   

MR. REGINALD AND THE BUNNIES by Paula Wallace

Mr. Reginald and the Bunnies

Great Fall Crafts For Kids From Pre K – Teens.

I’ve mentioned the awesome website Red Ted Art many times on this blog. The wealth and variety of craft information and ideas makes me visit it again and again.  And what better time for “crafting” than the fall season?  Take the kids on a NATURE WALK and collect leaves, pine cones, acorns and sticks, and you’ll have all the makings of some great crafts to decorate your home for the fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving season.

You’ll find plenty of things to do with LEAVES, ACORNS, PINE CONES, such as an adorable Pine cone Hedgehog.  Origami Bats will fly at Halloween, and Cork Penguins can hang around through winter.  Check out the site and have some family fun creating great fall crafts.

http://www.redtedart.com/?s=fall+crafts+for+kids

Preserve Memories With a Time Capsule.

Pop culture and technology seem to change so quickly.  There is always something new on the horizon.  What we and our children seem to adore now, may be headed for the trash bin next year.  Instead, why not preserve some memories of things you love by creating your own TIME CAPSULE.  It’s easy.

Get a clean jar or coffee can – something with a tight lid.   Now, fill it with things that you want to remember years from now.  Favorite photos, art work, report cards, trinkets or souvenirs from vacations or fun events, postcards, lists of popular songs, toys, movies, TV shows you enjoy.  You can add a list of favorite snacks/foods, or put in empty wrappers from the same. An old cell phone, DVD disk, movie ticket stubs, baby clothes, coins, anything you want. A newspaper or magazine page.  The possibilities are endless.  Be sure to date it.  A sticky label will do the trick.

Once you have the items you want to preserve, seal up the container and “bury” it.  You don’t have to dig a hole in the earth for this.  Tuck it away in a closet or garage and then forget about it.  For more tips on making TIME CAPSULES, visit the RedTed Art link below.

http://www.redtedart.com/2011/12/31/new-year-craft-time-capsule/

What will you put in YOUR time capsule?

Fall Into Fun With Nature Crafts and More.

Even though the weather is turning cooler, there is still plenty of fun to be had outdoors.  Why not make the most of a day outside by collecting some natural materials like leaves, sticks, and pinecones, and create some art.

For a simple leaf rubbing, all you need are some leaves, white paper and crayons.  2014-10-21 21.39.44

Arrange the leaves on a clean sheet of paper or cardboard.  Then cover them with a clean sheet of white paper.  Copier paper works fine for this project and even the smallest kids can join in.

Peel the paper off a crayon and then lay it on its side. As you rub it across the paper it will pick up the bumps, lines, veins and images underneath.

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You can use this paper to make place mats for Thanksgiving dinner, or to wrap small gifts.

For more leaf crafts try checking out this link: http://www.redtedart.com/2013/10/16/leaf-crafts/

Here’s a link to a great craft using pine cones. You can create a SNOWY OWL with some cotton balls and pine cones. It is especially great for children who benefit from some extra tactile practice.  http://www.redtedart.com/2014/10/16/pine-cone-crafts-snowy-owls/

The Red Ted Art site also has 20+ turkey crafts for kids of all ages.  http://www.redtedart.com/2015/10/27/20-turkey-crafts-for-thanksgiving/

So don’t let fall disappear without trying some cool crafts using items found in nature.  Get outside and create some fun!  What kind of crafts have you done?

Quick and Cool Collage Art.

Whether you’re looking for an economical way to redecorate your child’s room, an office space or for a unique gift, why not try the art of collage?  There are so many ways to express yourself with just a few magazines, scissors, and some glue.  My daughter and I recently  created these pieces of art to perk up her new workplace.   flower frame craft  boston 2015 You and your kids can do the same thing.  Just choose a theme, gather some magazines or photos, and start cutting out pictures that appeal to you. We went with a floral theme and found dozens of great pictures in the magazines Amanda had lying around her apartment.  Once we had a collection, we began to assemble them onto a clean sheet of paper the size of the frame we wanted to cover.    pics for craftWhen we had a pleasing arrangement, we began to attach the pictures to the paper.  We used double sided tape.  You can also use a glue stick. I would avoid white bottled glue since it can cause the pictures to wrinkle, which would ruin the effect.     flower art 1 There is no end to the possible themes you can come up with.  These will make great end of the year gifts for teachers as well.   Experiment with bits of fabric, feathers, sequins, yarn, ribbon, and found objects to make the collage more three-dimensional.  There is no wrong way to collage. Want more ideas for creating your own teacher gifts?  Visit: http://www.redtedart.com/2014/05/11/gift-ideas-teachers/ Happy Collaging!

Spring Crafts: Sites for Kids

Looking for some fun-filed crafts to keep kids of all ages busy throughout the spring?  Here are some great sites with a lot of kid-friendly crafts using items most of us have around the house.

Hands on as We Grow: http://handsonaswegrow.com/simple-spring-crafts-for-kids/

From Disney Family: http://family.disney.com/spring-crafts

First Palette: http://www.firstpalette.com/Craft_themes/spring-crafts.html

Busy Bee: http://www.busybeekidscrafts.com/Spring-Crafts-For-Kids.html

Red Ted also has some short videos on how to make ORIGAMI BUTTERFLIES.  There’s a second one for a Pokemon Bunny as well.

 http://www.redtedart.com/2015/03/19/how-to-make-an-origami-butterfly-simple/

http://www.redtedart.com/2015/03/04/easy-pikachu-craft-for-pokemon-lovers/

Why not spruce up the house with some new spring crafts!  Happy crafting!

Go Green Part 2: Spring Planting

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had enough of winter and being confined indoors.  Spring  officially begins today and what better way to celebrate than to make something grow.  You can start with a few pots of seedlings on  a sunny windowsill.  Chives, lettuce, spinach, radishes, parsley, or other herbs, all grow fairly quickly and are easy to care for.  Red Ted has some wonderful ideas for spring planting. Try their SEED BOMBS  http://www.redtedart.com/2014/02/12/how-to-make-seed-bombs-recipe/  and GRASS HEADS  http://www.redtedart.com/2012/04/04/kids-crafts-grass-heads/    and watch your kids get hooked on making things grow.  http://www.redtedart.com

As I stepped outside this morning, I was greeted by a sure sign of spring:  Daffodils. Check out this photo from one of my flower beds.              daffodilsHappy Planting and Happy Spring!

How to Draw – Part 2

On Friday I posted some sites on how to draw. Today I want to highlight a great sight with drawing and arts and crafts projects of all kinds. Red Ted Art’s Blog has so many crafts and art activities for kids of all ages, especially with holiday themes for this time of year. The step -by- step instructions are accompanied by photos that are easy to see, so each project guarantees success. What better gift for a child to give to a loved one than something he or she made by hand. For great ideas and how to get started:  Check out   http://www.redtedart.com   and let your child’s art and creativity soar.

Chocolate Nests Your Kids Can Make

I just visited the fun and fabulous website for kids called Red Ted Art.  This week there are crafts and food projects dedicated to spring and Easter.  There are numerous craft projects for Easter using recycled materials.  Check out the delicious looking and unbelievably easy to make CHOCOLATE BIRD’S NESTS.  There is no cooking involved and even the youngest can help stir up the mix to make the nests. Wow grandma and grandpa with these treats.  Use as place settings for Easter dinner, or as party favors to fill with other candies, or as a nest for your favorite PEEPS or other goodie.

http://www.redtedart.com