Craft, Creative Ideas and Projects For Kids

Ideas, tutorials and DIY projects to inspire children. Banish boredom and get your kids creating and making.
Weekend and holiday projects for kids and the young at heart.
Kids love handcraft, making and creating and if given the chance will choose real activities over TV and computer games!
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Marie LeBaron is a mother of 3 living in the Pacific Northwest. Always having a love of crafts, she enjoys getting messy with glue and glitter. There’s always some sort of project going on, her kitchen counter is often cluttered with crafts. When she’s not crafting and creating with her kids, she loves to run, read, and blog! She is the founder/editor of the blog Makes and Takes and has written a book Make and Takes for Kids (published by Wiley 2011).


I’m happy to be sharing a fun kids craft here at Whip Up. This site has been one of my favorite places to visit for a long time.

Today I’m showing how to make a fun foam heart bracelet. This project is from my recently published book, Make and Takes for Kids, that came out last fall. These festive bracelets are the perfect craft to make for Valentine’s day. Craft up a few for friends to share during this holiday of love.

Supplies:

  • Craft foam sheets in red, pink, and/or white
  • 9–10″ of yarn, any color
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Tape (optional)
  • Rhinestone stickers (optional)
  • Glitter glue (optional)
What to do:

1. Using your scissors, cut out 6–7 small 1 × 1″ (2.5 cm) hearts from the craft foam sheets. You will need 6–7 hearts per child, although the length of the bracelet may vary
for each child.

2. Use your hole punch to make 2 holes in each heart. You may have to press hard with your hole punch to get through the craft foam.

3. Wrap a small piece of tape around one end of your piece of yarn to help with lacing each heart and to prevent the yarn from fraying.

4. Lace the yarn through the foam hearts, weaving in and out of each hole. Lace up as many hearts as you need to fit the bracelet around your child’s wrist.

5. Once all the hearts are on the yarn, tie the two ends of the yarn together in a knot and trim the ends. Make sure you tie the bracelet so that it is big enough for your child to take on and off easily.

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Liz Noonan is an artist and crafter working north of Boston.  You can read about her and what she’s crafting up lately on her blog.

Valentine’s Day “Stuck On You” tutorial

Thank you for having me on Whip Up today!  My kindergartener’s class had run out of glue sticks, so I came up with this idea to combine a cute Valentine with a donation for the class.  You could also do this with pencils or crayons too.
  • Paper, glue sticks, glue dots
  • I used a cookie cutter for a template for the valentines, it ended up being the perfect size.
  • I also used a heart punch to layer and add the child’s name, but both of those things are optional.

 

  1. First, cut out your valentines and decorate them.  We used glitter pens and markers.
  2. Use your glue dots and put one on each side of your glue stick.
  3. Stick the Valentine to your glue stick.
  4. You’re done!  Easy, simple and a nice way to contribute something to the classroom.

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  1. Nature explorer bag
  2. Creativity centre for toddlers
  3. Kids science experiment box
  4. Mud Pie kitchen
  5. Toddlers sewing basket

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In our house books are an incredibly important part of our lives. We all read books and we have books shelves full of books, but we also love to have family novel time, where we read aloud to each other in the evenings instead of watching television.

When we went camping recently we read aloud  Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (first published in 1883), the language used is old fashioned and we had to stop numerous times to discuss/guess at the meaning of certain words and phrases, nevertheless we were all fascinated and loved this book – its a rollicking pirate adventure. In the past we have read the Harry Potter series, The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry (one of our favourite books of last year) and The borrowers series (this was my favourite book as a child so am very pleased my kids love it now too!).

Reading aloud to kids is a great way to introduce them to books that they might not be up to reading by themselves yet (and are also really interesting for the adults to read and listen to too), and also to give them the confidence to read it themselves afterwards. My kids are always keen to go off and read our family novels more than once!

Our favourite books this year for the 7 and over age group:

 How to train your dragon is a wonderful series of books – suitable for early readers and boys and everyone who loves a funny book about dragons and tricksters. My kids (age 9 + 11 respectively) took this series away with us when we went camping for a month recently and they read the whole series in tandem with each other – they both loved it!

 The Septimus Heap series (there are 6 books so far – I think the next one is the last one – due to be published next year), is a another series of books that both my kids have loved and read this past year. We read the first two in the series aloud then they took over and grabbed them and read them late into the night by themselves. Books full of magic, dragons, heroes etc … you get the idea. Lots of fun.

 The Artemis Fowl series (by Eoin Colfer) is a much loved read and re-read book by my 9 year old son. He has finally persuaded us to include it in our read aloud sessions and we are all enjoying it now too – a boy hero (who is a bit dastardly mixed with magic and adventure – you can’t go wrong!)

Recent-ish books discovered this year include: The tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo, Gladiator by Simon Scarrow (the first of a new series for young readers) and When you reach me by Rebecca Stead a book that my 11 year old daughter really enjoyed.

Classics which we have revisted this year and which the kids have discovered by themselves include: The Witches by Roald Dahl and Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White both suitable for all ages and Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O’Brien (suitable for older kids who are into sci-fi).

So I urge you to read aloud to your kids – no matter what their age – don’t stop reading to them just because they know how to read. Keep reading – it is not only a relaxing and fun bonding family time together, but a great way to expand vocabulary, understanding and broaden everyone’s literature horizons.

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Helen is the creator of Curly Birds, a blog devoted to crafts for children and the art of play. The blog and small line of children’s play accessories are aptly named for her curly-haired twin girls.

Chalk Board Gingerbread People

Create a new family tradition: The whole family will enjoy a new tradition of decorating their own chalkboard gingerbread person to hang on the tree. At the end of the holiday season, wipe these little folks clean and they are ready for the next year. How fun is that?!

Materials:

  • Wooden gingerbread-shaped ornaments (available at craft stores)
  • Tinted chalk board paint (available at hardware stores)
  • Brush
  • Chalk
  • Glue
  • Twine or Ribbon

 Instructions:

  1. Paint wooden shapes – it may take up to 3 coats – and let dry
  2. Glue twine to the back of the ornament
  3. Decorate with chalk

Make an entire village of gingerbread people as they make wonderful stocking stuffers, tree ornaments and gift tags.

Happy Holidays – I hope your holiday is filled with family fun!

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