Fun Holiday Crafts For Kids
We all know that kids love to play - it's good for their social, mental, physical and emotional growth. But sometimes, play isn't just about monkeying around the house or playing a game of catch. Kids love crafts; that's because your child still inhabits a world of magic and wonder and only a creative outlet can do justice to their imagination.
There's no better time for crafts than the holidays, when kids can proudly display their creativity in frosted window pains at Christmas or on the table during Thanksgiving.
Also, holidays are the perfect time for reflecting on the meanings behind the time off from school or work. Before you start the holiday crafts with your kids, it adds meaning to the holiday if you take some time to explain why we are given this time off. In the age of increasingly blatant commercialization, it's healthy to 'keep it real' and take a look at the spiritual significance of this time off. All holidays have awe-inspiring transcendental significance and your child is at the age where she can appreciate this significance.
Lastly, kids are often so inundated with advertising about toys, that they feel a holiday isn't complete without some sort of gift or toy. Crafts are the perfect remedy. Make a transition to an un-commercialized holiday with crafts; complete a beautiful craft gives your child a sense of accomplishment and they are left with something they can cherish more than any store-bought gift.
Anything goes really, as long as you feel you school age child will be enthusiastic at the prospect of exploring their fantastic creativity.
Here are some ideas for holiday craft fun for kids!
You don't have to be Catholic to appreciate this time of rebirth. It's spring, and the world is slowly shaking off the melting snow; the earth is learning to breathe again.
There are some really traditional crafts you can do during the Easter season.
To blow out eggs, simply use a needle to make two small holes at either end of the raw egg. Than blow through one hole and the liquid raw egg will slowly drip out. Be gentle!
Now mix about 20 drops of food coloring with one tablespoon vinegar and half a cup of hot water. Before soaking your eggs in the dye, let the water cool to room temperature. Dip eggs in the dye; the longer they remain in the mixture, the darker they will be. Feel free to experiment with what you like the best! Also, for a tie-dye effect, tie rubber bands around the egg (difficult with the blown out eggs) and then dip in the dye mixture. Or, using light colored crayons, write your name or draw shapes in the eggs; this will prevent the dye from coloring those areas, resulting in fun patterns!
Dry your eggs carefully on a clean surface and make sure they don't roll around. Then use some pretty, decorative string to hang them up on your trees!
|Earth Day : April 22nd|
Alright, so it's not exactly a major holiday, but maybe it should be. It definitely presents a great activity for your kids! Most schools engage in tree planting and environmental awareness on earth day, but you can do your part at home too!
Every family needs an avid gardener, so why not see if your child has a green thumb? There is one fairly easy plant to grow that gets kids really excited-the noble avocado! And the added bonus is that it's sometimes a lesson in persistence and determination!
Now place the pit on the rim of the glass; the glass should be narrow enough so that the toothpicks rest comfortably on the rim. Place in a well-lit window; however, don't leave it too long in direct sunlight.
It could take a few weeks or even a few months, but you'll notice that the pit cracks apart and roots will slowly emerge. Once you have a few inches of rooting, have your child gently plant the pit in soil (with just the top of the pit sticking out). Decorate the pot with fun stickers or drawings. Keep moist, never soggy, never dry.
The plant will grow beautiful, lush leaves. Trim the top of the plant once it grows to 12 inches. Keep indoors all year round or even keep it outside if you live in warmer climates! Happy Earth Day!
Every child must know the events behind Thanksgiving; schools make a point of teaching the history and plight of the pilgrims and the aid Native Americans bestowed on us. It's also about the season of bounty and beauty; leaves are turning gorgeous colors and gourds are plumping with sweet pulp.
Bring in the beauty of the outdoors into your home. There are two very easy ways to preserve leaves from outside.
Another way to preserve fall leaves is to make a mixture of one part glycerin, two parts warm water. Soak the leaves in the mixture for three to four days. You'll need to weigh the leaves down so they stay enveloped with the mixture. When you take the leaves out, they will be soft and pliable and stay so for the years to come. Let dry for about 10 days. Then put them wherever your walls need some color! Kids love a leaf tree on their bedroom walls!
The Christmas holiday season is probably the most celebrated holiday; kids get two weeks off from school, families go on vacations and it's a time of gift-giving and merry-making. Gift-giving is a part of celebrating this holiday as it mimics the three wise men bringing gifts to baby Jesus.
Why not make some fun little crafts that you can put in gift boxes for friends and family?
Jingle Bell Wreath