Easter is coming up which got me thinking about how I am going to keep my kids occupied this year.
The easiest of kid crafts involves scissors, construction paper, crayons and a bit of tape or blue. It is most fun to theme the craft holiday or special event that is coming up which at the date of writing this would be Easter. You can also purchase crafts kits for kids that involve weaving, sewing, rug hooking, quilting, wood-working, embroidery, and much more.
A great Easter kids craft for Easter is to make bunny headgear. All you need to do is to buy several headbands and then have your children cut out the Easter rabbit ears out of stiff cardboard.
Another good Easter project is to decorate hard boiled eggs. You can decorate them so they look like lambs by adding cotton batten. You can also decorate them so the look likes Easter Chicks. You can also make an egg creature or egg people.
I really enjoy making things with my kids for Halloween. Halloween is a favourite holiday. Good crafts are pumpkin and squash carving. You can crate scary faces and construct bats, ghosts and other spooky creatures out of paper and fabric.
It's also a lot of fun to create your own Christmas tree decorations. If the children are old enough to handle sharp objects you can buy Styrofoam balls, pins and collared beads and have the children stick these beaded pins into the ball. Cover the ball entirely and you have a very attractive Christmas decoration (and personalized gift.
I also roll glass or aluminum balls in glitter or sequins. First trace out the design I want on the side of the ball in glue. Then after creating Christmas themed shapes in glue on the side of the ornament. Traditional Christmas kids crafts also include decorating the Christmas stocking with glitter Older children can be taught to embroider on Christmas stockings using needle and thereads.
There are several kinds of Mother’s day and Valentine’s day kids crafts, but I like dying flowers with my kids for either of these projects. All you do is take a flower (a pure white flower produces the most extreme results), cut off the end of the stems and soak the bottom of the stem in a jar of food coloring. The flowers will soak up the food coloring and tint the petals the color of the food dye. This takes about a day.
Homemade bookmarks and cards also make great Mother’s day and Valentine’s Day kid crafts. Photographs of the kids, pasted on the front of the homemade card personalize this homemade and heartfelt gift.
You can also purchase kids craft kits intended to create everything from felt projects, embroidery, tapestries, baskets, knitted creations, woven fabric, wood projects and dangling mobiles.