22 Fun and Creative Winter Crafts For Kids

 

 

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Winter can be a boring time for kids unless you have fun activities planned for them.  We have 22 fun and creative kid’s winter crafts that will get them off the electronics.  Our roundup of kid’s winter crafts will stop the boredom. Children need to be motivated, stimulated and encouraged to create.  Get out the craft supplies and lets get started:

 

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Winter Mittens for Preschoolers – This is an adorable for craft for preschooler and/or kindergarteners.

Plastic Bag Snowman – Do you have plastic bags filled with plastic bags?  I do.  I use them in my bathroom trash cans or when I’m carrying food to my mother’s.  But they can also be used to make this adorable snowman.  Who knew.

Paint Stirrer Snowman – These adorable snowmen are made from paint stirrers.  Stop by your local hardware store and pickup a handful.

Cotton Ball Snowman – Fun and simple craft that’s perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.

Snowman Candle – This can be a fun craft for the adult while assisting the children with their crafts.  It’s perfect for a winter scene on a mantel or table.

Painted Mason Jar – Display this painted mason jar snowman on the mantel or a table during the cold winter months. This could be another craft that’s perfect for an adult or older children.  They would make great gifts.

Finger Paint Tree –  So cute and so simple.  A permanent marker, white paint and blue paper for the scene.

Hot Cocoa – Who doesn’t love hot cocoa.  Whip up a batch for the kids to enjoy after they finish this adorable craft.

Marshmallow Snowman –  This adorable guy is made by dipping a large marshmallow into white and black paint.  The accessories are made from paper.

Newspaper Winter Landscape – This scene is made from newspaper and bubble wrap.  How creative, right.  I love it.

Shredded Paper Snowman – Put the paper in your shred bin to good use.  Make this shredded snowman.  The kids will love the shreds and the end result.

Hot Chocolate Mug – Fill the popsicle stick cup with lots of cotton ball marshmallows.  So cute. A plate of cookies and a hot cup of hot chocolate afterward is a good idea.

Sugar Snowflakes – Powered sugar and a few teaspoons of water make the paint for these adorable snowflakes.

Tin Can Snowman – Empty can don’t have to go to waste.  so, save a few tin can of various sizes for this snowman’s body.  A coffee, large vegetable and soup can would be good.

Paper Mache Snowman –  The site lacks step by step instructions; however, you can goggle paper mache and get creative.  The snowman is adorable.

Puzzle Wreath – Stop, don’t throw out the kid’s puzzles because they’re missing a few pieces.  Make this adorable wreath instead.

Marshmallow Snowman and Pretzel Snowman – Next, make sure you have enough marshmallows and pretzels for the kids and the projects.  Doesn’t it look delicious.

Doily Snowman – Purchase a pack of doilies in various sizes and get creative.  Perfect craft for a snow day.

Fingerprint Snow Globe – This snow globe is so cute.  Imagine those tiny fingers creating this adorable snowman and snowflakes.

Cardinals – My state bird.  Their beautiful red color against the fresh snow is a sight for sore eyes.  This piece of art doesn’t have step by step instruction; however, you can figure out what needs to be done by looking at the picture.  Get creative, you can do it.

Popsicles – Who doesn’t love popsicles?  Even in the winter they can tasty or help you think of summer when its so hot. Gather up pompoms, buttons, stones, glitter and glue.

S is for Snowman – Last, this is a great craft to teach preschoolers and kindergarteners about the letter S.

Finally, we hope that you will find a few winter crafts to occupy the kid’s this winter.  Have as much fun on the inside on snow days as the outside.  And you may also like Winter Word Search For Kids and Preschool Snowman Math Game.

 

 

 

 

17 Winter Craft Ideas For Kids

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It’s cold outside.  Snow will be falling soon and we all know what that means.  School closures!  We’ll need to occupy our kids, so I did a winter craft roundup to help make those snow days less hectic.  I love snowmen, so I gathered a variety of crafts that feature snow and/or snowmen and ones that use items that most people have around their house or they can purchase from the dollar store.  Here’s my roundup:

  1.  Footprint Snowman from My Life of Travel and Adventures
  2. Craft Sticks Snowman from Cindy Derosier
  3. Q-Tip Snowman from Mess For Less
  4. Craft Sticks Hot Chocolate from Glued To My Crafts
  5. Mason Jar Snowman from I Dig Pinterest
  6. S is for Snowman from Crafty Morning
  7. Paper Plate Polar Bears from Artsy Momma
  8. Paper Bag Snowmen from I Heart Crafty Things
  9. Memory Mittens from The Classroom Creative
  10. Q-Tip Snowflakes from Babble
  11. Let It Snow Snowglobe from Teacher Pop
  12. Photo Snowflake from Crafting Chicks
  13. Plastic Bag Snowman from Crafts n Coffee
  14. Paper Plate Frosty from Crafty Morning
  15. Snow Covered Tree from The Imagination Box
  16. Mason Jar Candle from Family Focus Blog
  17. Hand Snowflake from The Pinterested Parent


I hope that you have been inspired by one or two of our winter craft ideas.  When the schools are closed and the kids have exhausted themselves sled riding and building snowmen, pull out our craft ideas and keep them busy.  Be sure to stock up on supplies before the winter storm hits.  Which of our winter crafts is your favorite?

16 Mom Approved Kid’s Beach Crafts

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Summer is in full swing and families are heading to the beach. When we go to the beach there are days that we don’t head out, we stay inside and enjoy a day or 2 of crafts and movies with the children. I decided to do a roundup of mom approved kid’s beach crafts that will be easy and fun to make.   

Here’s my roundup selections. Click on the link to check out the blog and instructions on how to make these adorable crafts or use the images as inspiration and create your version: 


1.  Dr. Seuss Crafts (Mrs. Thompson’s Treasures) 


2.  Fish Hands (Mom To Two Plush Lil Divas) 


3.  Grandma’s Sea of Love (Flickr Photo) 


4.  Shells and Shimmer (A List Maker’s Life)


5.  Fish Bowl (Walking By The Way)


6.  Construction Paper Fish (Buggy and Buddy)


7.  Celery Stamping Fish (Crafty Morning)


8.  Bucket & Shovel (Learn Create Love)


9.  Cupcake Liner Fish (I Heart Crafty Things)


10. Paper Lemonade (Pitter Patter Art)


11.  Paper Plate Whale (In The Play Room)


12. Egg Carton Ocean (The Imagination Tree)  


13. Paper Plate Shark (Almost Unschoolers)


14. Beach In A Bottle (Country Chic Cottage) 


15. Bears At The Beach Snack (The Chickabug Blog)


16. Under The Sea (Daisy Cottage Designs) 


These crafts are mom approved and have been shared so you can enjoy them with your little ones too.  Pick out a few for your beach trip or have a little summer fun at home. I had a hard time selecting a favorite, but I do love number 15 – Bears At the Beach Snack. What a great idea.   What’s your favorite?  Leave us a comment.  


  

9 Kid’s Patriotic Craft Ideas

 
9 Kid’s Patriotic Craft Ideas
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We will be celebrating Independence Day next week-end. I love celebrating with family and friends and I’m expecting 20 – 30 family members for my backyard BBQ. I’ve been thinking of games and activities for the kids and decided to do a round up and share with my readers.  I selected various activities for different ages, so I hope you will find 1 or 2 that you can use at your festivities:

1.  Patriotic Dish Brush Fireworks from Crafty Morning – A different twist on making firework crafts. If you don’t have old brushes around, a trip to the Dollar Store for a few dish brushes and the crafting can begin. It looks like this craft calls for a round brush. 

2.  Patriotic Tee Shirt from Crafty Morning – This is a cute idea for the kids to make when they need a break from running and jumping or after drying off from the pool or sprinklers. Grab a few white tees, red and blue fabric paint, and a medium width paint brush from Michael’s.  

3.  Patriotic Foot and Hand Print Flag from Sewing for Sanity – This is an adorable idea using the kids hand and footprints.  This particular example uses a 16 x 20 artist canvass which you can purchase from your local craft or art supply store. Decide how large you want the end result to be. I wish I had room for this project. 

4. Patriotic Hand Print Wreath from Decorating With Dodi – This little hand print wreath is adorable. The blogger doesn’t have instructions on her blog, but it seems fairly simple to make. The background is white and various degrees of paint was used to make some of the prints darker than others. Also, it looks like the fingers are spread a little so you can cut between them when you’re cutting out the hands. I’m going to use a circle made out of cardboard to glue the hand prints to and regular printer paper to make the prints on. This is a good idea for 2 or 3 year olds.   

5. Patriotic Hand Print from B-Inspired Mama – This is a cute craft for kids of any age. I love placing the name and year on the finished product. Great way to remember 4th of July fun with family.  

6. Patriotic Bean Toss from Sugar Bee Crafts – I love this idea for my grandson and his cousins. This will be a nice break from tossing the football. I’m going to find a shady spot in the yard, use a piece of cardboard to ensure the plates are stable and make the bean bags out of felt. 

7. Patriotic Luminaries from For The Love Of – I’m going to use these luminaries for my table center pieces. I have a ton of mason jars in my cabinets from my canning sessions and a few bottles of Modge Podge in the craft corner. I’ll be pick up the tissue paper and flags at the Dollar Store.  Cute, Patriotic and Budget Friendly.  Just the way I like it.  

8. Patriotic Word Search from Crayon Freckes – Great idea to use when you want the kids to get out of the sun and relax a little. Have one of the older children assist them in finding the words. They can feast on a treat of watermelon or a fruit salad while they’re searching for the words. This can be fun for the adults too.   

9. Patriotic Fork Fireworks from Crafty Morning – I love this idea or the kids and the little ones with a little help. Simply dip a fork into red and let the firework making begin. Clean off the fork, dip it into the blue paint and fill in the blank areas or go over the red.  Just have fun. 

Bingo is a favorite at my backyard gatherings for adults and of course the good old sprinkler and water guns for the kids. Do you plan to use any of the above crafts?  What are some of your favorite 4th of July activities?  We may want to adopt a few of your activities.  

18 Mother’s Day Crafts

18 Mother’s Day Craft Ideas For Kids

It is hard to believe that Mother’s Day is around the corner.  First, I’ve been searching for a few projects to make with my grandchildren for their mother and their other grandmother.   Fortunately, I found quite a few adorable Mother’s Day crafts that would be perfect gifts for this special occasion.

I always try to find a variety of crafts to offer the kids, because I never know what will inspire them.  One day they love markers and crayons, the next day it could be finger paints.  So, I look for projects that require materials that I have on hand or that I can purchase from the Dollar store.  You how much I love that store.

Anyway, I wanted to share my roundup of Mother’s Day crafts with you.  I hope that you will be inspired to make a few gifts with your children or grandchildren:

1.  Picture Flower Pot – The Daily CrazinessSo creative!  First, who would think to add pictures to a flower pot.  I love the thought of creating the flower pot as shown, and than placing a pot of tulips inside of it.  Also, the pot of tulips can be planted in the yard on or after Mother’s Day.  Furthermore, the pot can be used in the summer for herbs.  Mom and/or grandma can place it in the kitchen window.

2.  Button Bouquet –  PinterestSorry,  but I was unable to locate the craft on the site referenced. It seems pretty simple to make, so bring out that jar of buttons, make a pretty bow and a few stem.  Finally, start gluing. I think the kids will have fun placing the buttons to make the bouquet.

3.  Heart House  –  Crafty Morning Great way to show mom how much you appreciate the home she has made for you.   A few craft sticks, buttons, cut out heart, some glue and you’re good to go.

4.  Hand Print Flower – Nifty MomSimple enough to make with a toddler, finger paints and some card stock.

5.  Teacup –  Mr. Printables.  It’s actually an invitation for to a tea party.  But it was so adorable I thought it could be adapted as a Mother’s Day gift.  What’s better than a tea party invitation from your son or daughter.

6.  Hand Print Vase –  Love Bugs and Post Cards.  Also, this could be a fun project.  Coming up with reasons why the kids love mom or grandma and tracing little hands can be a great way to start a Saturday.

7.  Watering Can Mother’s Day Card –  Crafty Morning.  This project is at the top of my list. I will be changing the blue hearts with water drops. This blogger has several other Mother’s Day projects on her site, so be sure to check them out.

8.   Mother’s Day Coupons –  Penny Pinching Mom. I love this idea. You print the coupons, color them, and than give them to mom. The coupons are for 1 breakfast in bed and 2 loads of folded laundry. How cute is that.

9.   Mom Deserves A Hand – Happy Home Fairy The card is a free printable. Head to Bath & Body and let the kids pick out their favorite scent for mom. Clever idea.

10.  Bottle Cap Flower –   Crafty Morning This is an easy craft to make in little time.  You will need to collect beer bottle caps, stock card, glue and a Sharpie. I saw this card on another site with a twist, the word MOM had been added to the top 3 caps for a personal touch.

11.  Love You Bunches   – Crafty Morning Next, this craft is perfect for toddlers. It requires finger paints, stock card, and the joy of sticking your thumb in the paint. I would suggest making dots on the stock card and using the dots as a guide for the shape.

12.  Folding Craft Stick Flowers –  Danielle’s Place  I loved the idea of the gift folding and being wrapped with a simple ribbon. My initial thought was to put a magnet on the back and stick it on the refrigerator after grandma or mom opens it or hang it with a pretty ribbon. Be creative.

13.  Fingerprint Flowers – Crafty Morning  Fortunately, we found a few crafts for adorable for little fingers,  And you don’t need a lot of materials to complete the project.  If you don’t have scrapbook paper, stock card or construction paper should work.

14.  Picture Monogram –  BHG   Mother’s Day crafts allow us to get creative.  So, creativity will help make this a great gift.  You can use either M for mom, G for Grandma or Gigi, or N for Nana.

15.  Lion Card –  Crafty Morning  This little card will be easy to make with a fork, marker, a piece of stock card.  And you can get the eyes from your local craft store.  I actually found a bag of eyes at the Dollar Tree for a buck.

16.  Love You To Pieces –  Clip Zine.   If you’re like me, there’s always a puzzle laying around with missing pieces?  Recycle it and make this adorable gift for mom or grandma.

17.  Hand Print Towel –  This Simple HomeCute!  This is a great idea for Mother’s Day, Christmas or a birthday present.

18.  Hand Print Bouquet –  Simply Sweet Teaching  Last, but not least.  I love the idea of using hand and foot prints in children’s art.  Also, hand and foot prints can be framed.  Furthermore, the prints can created on a background other than black. I do love adding the year to the print though.

Finally, our Mother’s Day crafts will make great gifts.  They’re actually quite inspirational.  Pick out one or two and start crafting with the kids.  Please leave me a comment and let me know your favorites.

9 Paper Plate Craft Ideas For Kids

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April Showers Bring May Flowers! They also bring the children inside and along with that comes boredom, fights, and too much free time.

My grandson loves to do crafts and I love paper plate crafts.  So, I decided to do a round up of paper plate crafts that I thought he would be interesting in creating.  I focused more on crafts for boys in this roundup.  I have found that there a tons of crafts and other projects for girls, but not much for boys.

Furthermore, I think we forget that little boys need and want to work on their creativity too.  This roundup does have a few crafts that girls may be interested in.  However, they may love the Spider Man, pirate and police car too.

Also, I love the simplicity of most of the crafts.  Paper plates, paint, numbers etc.  Most of the items if not all can be purchased from the Dollar Store.   Let’s check out the roundup:

1.  Giraffe –  First, I found this giraffe on Zayit and Ziva.  I love the little spots on this guy. Looks like a fun craft to make with kids of any age.

2.  Pirates – Ships Ahoy!  I found these pirates on How Wee Learn. This would be a great craft to make at a Pirates birthday party.

3.  Clock – I found this clock idea at Storytime Kate. I loved this idea. It’s a great way to start teaching my grandson how to tell time.

4.  Owl – I found this little guy on Crafts by Amanda. This looks easy enough for a toddler to work on also with assistance.

5.  Police Car – I found this police car on Terrific Preschool Years. I love this idea. It’s a great time to have a conversation with your child about the police and their importance.

6.   Saw – Sixth, I found this saw idea on Easy Preschool Craft. This is a perfect idea for Father’s Day.

7.  Sun – I found this ray of sunshine on About.com.  I think this would be a great craft to make with my granddaughter. The little hand prints for the rays are perfect.

8.  Spider Man – I found this Spider Man plate on In the Playroom.  This is a great craft idea for all the little guys who love Superheroes.

9.  Paper Plate Goose – I found this swan on Making Learning Fun. This is a great site for craft ideas for kids of all ages.

Last, I hope you like my paper plate craft ideas, and find something to make for a rainy day. Which is your favorite?

You may also like: Kid’s Garden Crafts Roundup

 

Kid’s Garden Crafts Roundup

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I was in the process of planning my summer garden and decided to look for garden crafts to do with my grandchildren. I found some great crafts, and decided to do a roundup to share with my readers.  The posts shown are suitable for a variety of age groups.  And these crafts are a great way to keep the kids outside and involved in nature.   

It’s also a great way to spend family time together.  Here’s the roundup: 

1.  Root Viewer – Found on Zulily – Great way for children to watch vegetables grow underground establish roots and grow.  I initially found this on Zulily, but it is currently out of stock.  However, you can check out Fat Brain Toys, they have it in stock.  Furthermore, this is also great for science lovers.

2.  Hand and Foot Print Flowers – Found on Learning As We Are Growing – This is a great craft for capturing memories of adorable little fingers and toes.  Also, this craft is a wonderful gift idea for grandparents or parents for Mother’s or Father’s Day.

3.  Slinky Bird Feeder – Found on Glamumous.  However, I found a DIY version on Dust Bunnies and Dog Toys, which I will be using.  I purchased a Slinky from the Family Dollar for a few bucks.  Fortunately, I just happened to have several size embroidery rings in the closet just waiting to be used. My Blue Jays love peanuts.  Be sure to use unsalted peanuts if you make this project.

4.  Tissue Paper Flower Pots – Found on From ABCs to Acts.  Cute idea to make with children. I plan to use Marigolds with my grandchildren.  They can nurture them all summer.  And will last until they are hit with a hard frost.  You can purchase the tissue paper from the Dollar Tree.  They have a pack with bright, bold colors, which is perfect for summer.  You can find inexpensive pots at your local garden center for a few bucks.

5.  Bug Bingo – Found on About. Adorable, and this would be fun to play on those rainy, summer days. Just as important, the card and insects are free to download.  Just print and assemble.

6.  Personalized Stepping Stones – Found on Skip To My Lou.  Creating a personalized stepping stone in the garden will excite any child.  Fortunately, all of the supplies can be found at your local Lowes or Home Depot.

7.  Ladybug Rocks – Found on Parenting –  Another cute idea to place in a garden or to use as paper weighs for mom or dad’s office.  Additionally, they will make great gifts for teachers or anyone else who loves ladybugs.

8. Truck Garden Planters – Found on Toby and Roo.  If you have old dump trucks that your children don’t play with anymore, this will be a great project.  Also, you may be able to purchase the trucks cheaply at your local Dollar Store, yard sales or the Goodwill.

9.  Popsicle Stick Garden Markers – Found on Instagram.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the instructions.  But the project looks easy enough to figure out by looking at the pictures.

10.  Bird Bath – Found on Dump A Day   I love the bright colors on this bird bath.

11. Rainbow Garden MarkersLiving Well Spending Less  This craft is cheap.  Most of all, it’s a great use of paint sticks.  I’m going to make these and use this idea in my garden this season.

12. Spring Tulips – Found on Let Kids Create A few sheets of paper, finger paints and fork will keep them busy for hours. This craft is definitely on my To Do List.

Finally, I hope you find a craft or two that you can make with your children/grandchildren.  Please leave a comment, we may want to adopt it. Last, be sure to subscribe to my blog before you leave and follow me on social media!