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?
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.
Placemats are easy crafts for kids to make. Crafts for kids keep little hands busy during vacations, rainy days and group activities. Personalized placemats are simple crafts where children get to use their imagination to make meal time fun. Personalized placemats make great Mother’s Day and Father’s Day presents and can be modified for special occasions
Crafts for Kids
Cut the construction paper or poster board into rectangles approximately 23″ x 17″.
Think of the person you are making the custom placemat for and start looking through the magazines and catalogues. Cut out pictures that would be of interest to that person. You can also use photographs.
Once you have the pictures cut out, glue them on both sides of the poster board placement.
To finish the placemat laminate it or use clear contact paper on both sides. When using clear contact paper cut it larger than the placement and be sure to get out as many air bubbles as you can. Use scissors to round off the corners.
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For rainy day crafts for kids, or for a unique kids gift idea; make this fun paperweight craft. This craft for kids will also teach your child the outcome of mixing certain liquids together and about chemical reactions. Visit Treasure Box Kids where you will find adorable girl�s and boy�s outfits for any occasion.
Below are the items that you will need to create this fun craft idea.
1. baby food jar or another small jar with a lid
2. a decorative eraser or other small decorative object that can be glued to the bottom of the jar that will remain secure.
3. sequence, glitter or both
4. fabric to cover the lid of the finished paperweight
5. corn syrup
6. food coloring
7. measuring cup
8. hot glue gun (for adult use only)
To begin the kids craft, glue the eraser or small object to the bottom of the jar using a hot glue gun. A hot glue gun is the only way to be sure that the item will stay glued.
Then help your child measure out � cup of corn syrup and pour it into the jar. Fill the jar with water. Add food coloring to the mixture until your child has the desired color.
You can then add the glitter and sequence. Be careful and remind your child to not touch their face while using the glitter.
When you have added all the inside items, hot glue the lid to the jar. Then, you can take the fabric that is cut in a circle and cover the lid. Attach the fabric by tying a ribbon or yarn around the lip of the jar.
Have your child shake the jar and watch with delight the way the items inside seem to move in slow motion. They will learn that the corn syrup mixed with the water is the result of the optical illusion. Visit Treasure Box Kids blog archives to find more clever ideas on crafts for kids.
Theses kids crafts are an accent to a Harry Potter themed party or even a medieval party. But, you don�t need a party to have fun with these crafts for kids. You can do this with your child in a step by step process that will also be a great bonding experience with them.
Collect plastic eggs that are found around Easter time or eggs that are used for the sale of nylons. Paint them with fleck-stone paint to give them the look of enchantment. Leave them to dry as you make the �goo� for the inside of the egg. You will need the following ingredients:
1. Elmer�s glue
2. 2 large bowls
3. food coloring
4. Borax laundry detergent
5. small dragon figure
Mix 2 cups of white Elmer�s glue with 1 � cups warm water in a large bowl. Add food coloring to make the desired color. In the other bowl mix 1 1/3 cups warm water with 3 tablespoons of Borax. Then, mix the contents of the two bowls together. This will make a gelatinous substance. Place in an airtight container or plastic bag until you are ready to fill the eggs.
Once the eggs have dried; place a small figure of a dragon inside the egg. Add the goo or flubber. Close the eggs and put them in a basket until your little guests arrive.
When the children arrive, give each of them an egg. Tell them that they are to keep the egg as warm as they can so the dragons can safely hatch. When you are serving the cake or are opening gifts, have the guests open their dragon eggs as well. The gooey substance will resemble what oozes from the egg when a dragon hatches. Girls might think it is gross, but rest assured the boys will love it!
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