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Dreamcatcher Craft for Kids

Dreamcatcher Craft for Kids

My son and I made this simple dreamcatcher craft for kids. This is a revisit of the dreamcatcher craft my daughter made last year. My son always loves painting and drawing but lately has become more interested in crafts. We had some one-on-one time and he had been admiring the one that still hangs in my daughter’s room. Since we are learning about Native Americans and Colonial culture during November, the timing was perfect. The authentic method … Read entire article »

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Easy, Edible Sugar Skulls (Calavera) for Dia de Los Muertos

Easy, Edible Sugar Skulls (Calavera) for Dia de Los Muertos

Today, we made easy, edible calaveras for Dia de los Muertos with the kids.  Traditional Mexican Sugar Skulls for Dia de los Muertos are time-intensive handicrafts. Although most would technically be edible, you probably would not want to eat them. Since I have young children who are learning about Latin American culture and Spanish language with their Latino friends, I wanted to find a way to make the sugar akulls simple enough for the kids. Plus, … Read entire article »

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Simple Calaveras Masks for Dia de los Muertos

Simple Calaveras Masks for Dia de los Muertos

After Halloween, our friends from Latin America celebrate Día de los Muertos. The holiday has its roots in an idea similar to the Celtic Samhain and the Christian All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.  In contrast with our modern Halloween, however, Día de los Muertos is more of a celebration of departed loved ones, rather than a fright fest. In Mexico, the celebration is marked with alters containing marigolds and calaveras (skulls, particularly the popular … Read entire article »

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The Itsy Bitsy Spider Made 5 Spider Crafts for Kids

The Itsy Bitsy Spider Made 5 Spider Crafts for Kids

You know what really terrifies me? Spiders. I fully admit this is irrational and spiders are an important part of our ecosystem and yet… there is just something about those eight legs that creeps me out! Whether you are an arachnophile or an arachnophobe, Halloween is the perfect time to make spider crafts with kids! Weave a Paper Plate and Yarn Spider Web at Naturally Educational: This was our spider craft last year! Hula hoop Spider Web … Read entire article »

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Witch or Wizard Hat Craft for Kids

Witch or Wizard Hat Craft for Kids

With Halloween coming up, our crafts have focused on the spooky.  Here’s a fun, simple craft you can wear: a sorcerer or witch’s hat. Materials: construction paper or oak tag, any color, at least 11″ x 14″ paper plate scissors tape materials for decorating (paint, crayons, markers, glitter glue, Halloween stickers, etc.) Directions: 1. Cut out the center of the paper plate and decorate. 2. Twist the top two corners of your paper down and in to create a cone. Adjust to size for … Read entire article »

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Is It Okay to Use a Craft Kit?

Is It Okay to Use a Craft Kit?

One of the best gifts we can give our children is our time.  Quality time spent with our children, engaging in fun, interactive activities, boosts their self-esteem and encourages their creativity. I have had moms quietly whisper to me, “I used a craft kit…is that okay?” Well, that depends… is your goal to enjoy an activity with your child or is it to improve your own bargain shopping, cutting, and gluing skills? I kid. I think we all agree … Read entire article »

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Pumpkin Bird Feeder

Pumpkin Bird Feeder

After we finished our Pumpkin Shaving Cream Art, we had some bisected mini gourds we did not want to waste.  So, we turned them into bird feeders. First, I took the gourd I had cut in half length-wise and cut two holes at the top of the gourd. Then, the children threaded the yarn through the holes. We filled them with nut butter (you can use sunflower if you have peanut allergies), bird seed, and raisins. Then we hung … Read entire article »

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Fall Leaf Fairy

Fall Leaf Fairy

In the Spring we made flower fairies and now we are making leaf fairies! Materials: 1 wooden bead artificial leaves (or preserved fall leaves) 2 chenille stems 1 metallic chenille stem embroidery floss or yarn glue dots or hot glue gun Directions: 1. Bend a pipe cleaner in half and push the bent part through the wood bead so just a little loop is through the bead. 2. Roll up a loop of some embroidery floss and thread through the chenille stem loop. Tighten by … Read entire article »

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Buccaneer Hat and Pirate Eye Patch Craft!

Buccaneer Hat and Pirate Eye Patch Craft!

Avast, ye landlubbers! September 19 be Talk Like a Pirate Day and me mateys and me are hoisting the main sail with pirate hats and eye patches! Why did the pirate wear a hat? To keep his buccan-EARS warm! Living on the coast, we are awash with pirate lore and “pirates” frequently make an appearance at local festivals. For the hats, we just made the traditional childhood newspaper hats and decorated with markers, jewels (arrr…treasure!), and some pirate … Read entire article »

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How to Make a Flower Fairy

How to Make a Flower Fairy

We made these Flower Fairies in early summer but I am just getting around to posting them.  In the fall, we will make them with leaves. We had been wanting to make Flower Fairies for some time and I was inspired to finally give it a go when I saw these forest fairies at A New Bohemia during the Smart Summer Challenge. Materials: 1 wooden bead artificial flowers 2 chenille stems 1 metallic chenille stem embroidery floss or yarn glue dots or hot … Read entire article »

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