With the new year here, I’ve got a fun kids craft for working on during winter break. Let’s get ready for the new year by making a homemade kids calendar. You can use your calendar to showcase artwork or even your memories, like these kids scrapbook pages.
Construction paper, printer paper, or drawing paper
3 small binder rings
Glue or tape
Choose one of the calendar templates and print out. You will want each month on a separate sheet of paper. Add in any special holidays, birthdays, or special occasions that you would like to remember.
Now, it’s time for the fun part of this kids craft! Draw pictures to correspond with each month. For example, draw a snowman for January, hearts for February, or spring flowers for May. Make sure your child signs their name at the bottom just like a real artist would do. Another option is to make collages for each month using family pictures or magazine pictures. It would be fun to use Christmas pictures for December and Halloween pictures for October in this kids craft.
If you’re doing this kids craft with a younger child or even a toddler, you could have fun with handprints. Keep things simple by just making handprints in colors to coordinate with the month, such as red for February. Or, you can get a little more creative and turn those handprints into pictures. Make a handprint turkey for November or a handprint ghost for October.
Once you have your artwork completed, it’s time to assemble your kids calendars. Try to visualize a store-bought calendar and how it’s put together. Attach the January template to the back of the February artwork, the February template to the back of the March artwork, etc. When the calendar is hanging, you will want your month’s artwork at the top and the calendar template hanging at the bottom. After your calendar pages are in order, use your three-hole punch on all the pages. Attach them together using the small binder rings.
Kids Craft Fun
Do you have any fun artwork suggestions to put on a calendar for kids?
Christmas Activities for Kids: Advent Calendar Ideas
One of my favorite Christmas activities for kids is an advent calendar. An advent calendar is a way to count and celebrate the days leading up to Christmas. There are a million ways to make one or if you’re not the crafty type, you can usually buy one in just about any store. I’ve always thought of filling advent calendars with candy or even small gifts, but that doesn’t have to be the only option. Why not fill your advent calendar with activities that you and your family can do together to celebrate the holiday season? There are plenty of Christmas crafts and activities to fill your calendar.
You can fill envelopes with Christmas crafts or activities, then open one each night. Or, make a paper chain and upon removal, each chain would suggest different Christmas crafts or activities. Tuck strips of paper with activities printed on them in the calendar you already have. The possibilities are endless!
I know the holidays can be busy and also very stressful. But don’t worry; these activities are not designed to put more on your plate. Some are small, some happen in the home, others involve going somewhere; but all of these Christmas activities for kids are designed to help you spend more quality time with your family over the holiday season.
Here are some fun ideas of Christmas activities for kids to add to your calendar:
We receive a lot of inquiries about things to do as a rainy day kids fun activity. When I was younger my mother purchased me a kid’s craft book. I remember it clearly. There was a sock puppet on the cover and the entire book was filled with children’s crafts (as opposed to adult’s crafts that kids can help with). This thing had everything in it: how to make kites, sock puppets (of course), origami, how to grow a crystal garden out of sugars and salts—I mean, EVERYTHING. If we were ever treated to a rainy day my mother would pull the book out and she and I would find something in it to make. We went through a lot of projects together using that book—I wish I still had it to share with my kids. My favorite, however, was the crystal garden. If you’re looking for one of those kids fun projects that you can start on a rainy day and keep up over time, I absolutely recommend the crystal garden.
Kids Fun: Crystal Garden
All you need to get started is:
• ¼ cup ammonia
• ¼ cup non-iodized salt
• ¼ cup water
• ¼ cup liquid bluing (they sell Mrs. Stewarts at most grocery stores and Wal-Mart in the detergent section)
• A few pieces of sponge or charcoal
• Food coloring
Find a glass or see-through dish and place the charcoal or sponge on it in any formation or arrangement you want. Take all of the other ingredients except food coloring and mix together. Once they are thoroughly mixed pour over the dish. Drop food coloring on the dish in whatever pattern you like and wait for crystals to appear. This will usually happen overnight. My mother and I would keep adding to our garden a little at a time.
This one of those kids fun projects that is great for a rainy day. It’s fun, it’s messy, and it’s educational. What could be better? Sure, you can buy grow your own crystal kits in stores (and I’m sure they turn out a heck of a lot prettier), but in a pinch…you can always make your own rainy day crystal garden.
Use a pencil to poke a hole in the bottom of a six-inch plastic foam star. Insert a generous amount of glue into the hole and then insert a wood dowel. Cover the star with a generous amount of crafts glue and help your child sprinkle glitter onto the front and back of the star. Place the wand in a heavy glass jar to let the top dry.
Decorate by using peel-and-stick sparkly rhinestones and pretty jewels to stick on the star. To finish, cut gold ribbon into three 1-yard pieces, tying the pieces together with a knot at the center. Glue the knot to the bottom of the star and trim the ribbons to different lengths. Add peel-and-stick jewels to the ends of the ribbons, and you’ve just made a beautiful magic wand!
Kids love making homemade ornaments to give as gifts or to place on the family tree. Pinecone ornaments are inexpensive homemade ornaments and they are easy for kids of most ages to decorate. Nature crafts offer a twofold experience when you have your child search for and select their very own pinecones as well as decorate them. Nature crafts get your child involved in the outdoors and are an excellent teaching opportunity.
If you do not live in an area where pinecones are readily available most grocery, hardware and craft stores sell quantities of scented pinecones at a reasonable cost. Pinecone ornaments can be decorated in many ways. Older children can spray paint the pinecones in gold or silver while younger children can roll the pinecone in glue and sprinkle gold or silver glitter for a similar effect. Tie holiday-colored ribbons to individual pinecones. Use a dab of white glue or a hot glue gun to glue beads between open scales to look like miniature ornaments.
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Preschoolers love working on Christmas projects to keep their little hands busy. Christmas projects that involve a lacing craft gives your child fine motor skill practice as well as practice tying knots and bows. Lacing craft projects work with many materials (felt, poster board, or construction paper) and familiar shapes like Christmas stockings, Christmas Trees, stars, and bells. Adults can trace and cut out the shapes or allow the children to cut out their own during the craft project.
Use a paper punch to make holes around each shape (about 1 to 2 inches apart). Provide your child with a length of yarn or ribbon (wrap scotch tape around one end of the yarn, like a shoelace) to make it easier to thread through the holes. Practice tying bows or knots at the end of each craft project. Let your child use stickers, glitter, markers, etc. to finish decorating their Christmas projects.
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