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.

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.

Spoonful also has a lot of great crafts to while away lazy summer days.  This site includes recipes and party games as well.

You can also have your kids join in on the COLORING CRAZE with FREE COLORING PAGES from Learning to Walk.   Flowers-Colouring-Pages-for-Red-Ted-Art-by-Learning-2-Walk.compressed

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

Happy Summer!

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.

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:

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.

The Red Ted Art site also has 20+ turkey crafts for kids of all ages.

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: 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:

From Disney Family:

First Palette:

Busy Bee:

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

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  and GRASS HEADS    and watch your kids get hooked on making things grow.

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!