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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 »

Filed under: 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Art, Featured, History and Culture, Home Arts

How to Make Banana Ghosts (or “Learn from my #CraftFail”)

How to Make Banana Ghosts (or “Learn from my #CraftFail”)

Last week, I promised the kids we would make Banana Ghosts. I bought my white chocolate and bananas and chocolate chips. I cannot recall where I first saw them but I had made chocolate covered fruit and pretzels before and so I did not do any research before diving in. Big mistake. At least you can learn from my #craftfail because at the end I will tell you what finally worked! I am not particularly crafty. No, really. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Featured, Home Arts, Taste

Beaded Pumpkin Jack O’ Lantern Ornaments

Beaded Pumpkin Jack O’ Lantern Ornaments

We made these easy beaded pumpkin Jack O’ Lantern ornaments to add to our Halloween decorations. My children love to bead and it is great fine motor skill practice. Materials orange and black beads chenille stems (2 orange, 1 green) fishing wire Directions 1. First, I put them to work sorting out all the orange beads. 2. Then they strung the orange beads onto a chenille stem. 3. Twist the ends of the stem together and shape into a pumpkin. 4. Then, cut the green … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Fall, Featured, History and Culture, Home Arts

Spooky Halloween Creature Votive Candles

Spooky Halloween Creature Votive Candles

I’m guest posting on Make and Takes today…come check out our spooky Halloween votive candles! … Read entire article »

Filed under: Fall, Featured, Home Arts

Criss Cross Applesauce

Criss Cross Applesauce

We went apple-picking and have two pecks of apples–and now the kids know what we mean when we sing “a bushel and a peck”? So, we made some applesauce and I think we’ll make baked apples and apple crumble and possibly some apple muffins. This is a great addition to our study of apples as well as a prelude to the (very basic) colonial lifeways studies we do in November. I need to get a canner, though, so … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Fall, Featured, Home Arts, Taste

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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Weaving the Sun

Weaving the Sun

Today is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. We have the most hours of sunlight and the fewest of darkness. Today marks the first day of summer for the Western calendar. For ancient people, this was midsummer (as in A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and St. John’s Day and was celebrated on June 24th. Summer began on May Day. Today we welcome the sun as our hemisphere tilts … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, History and Culture, Home Arts, Science, Summer, Visual-Spacial, Weather

No-Sew Lavender Sachet (Guest Post)

No-Sew Lavender Sachet (Guest Post)

While I am on a brief “maternity leave”, I am welcoming some of my favorite activity, craft, and education bloggers to share a post on Naturally Educational. Today, Maggie of Red Ted Art shares how to make “no-sew” lavender bags. Personally, lavender is one of my favorites for both its scent and colors. Every summer we enjoy the lavender labyrinth at Garden of Eve and bring fresh lavender into our home! Hello! I am Maggy and … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, Home Arts, Smell, Summer

How to Decorate a Candle with Pressed Flowers and Dried Herbs

How to Decorate a Candle with Pressed Flowers and Dried Herbs

We like to make homemade gifts for the grandparents for holidays. Since our family reads the blog, I don’t want to spoil this year’s Mother’s Day surprises. Two years ago, my daughter (then a few months shy of three years’ old) decorated pillar candles with flowers she had picked and pressed. This simple craft makes a fun gift for moms, grandmas and aunts. Materials a wide pillar candle small votives or clear wax for melting pressed flowers or dried herbs for … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, Home Arts, Spring