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Materials Needed:
  • Tissue paper
  • Piece of white paper
  • Piece of colored paper
  • Glue
  • Crayons or markers
Note: You can change the color of tissue paper for spring or fall or based on your child's preference.

1. Draw the vase on the white
paper and cut it out.
2. Glue the vase to the colored paper.
3. Draw stems and leaves for your flo
wers.
4. Crumple tissue paper and glue the clumps to the tops of the stems.
5. Add any other touches to the flowers as desired. Decorate vase as desired.




 
 
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Materials Needed:
  • Brown paper bag
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Cotton Balls
  • Crayons
  • Red paper
  • White paper

A cute and inexpensive craft for all ages.

1.
Draw circles on white paper for the eyes and then cut them out.
2. Cut a few strips of white paper which will be your whiskers.
3. Draw and cut out the ears. Cut out the nose.
4. Color the eyes and ears.
5. Glue the
eyes, nose and whiskers on the top part of the bag.
6. Glue the ears to the back of the bag so they stick out from the top.
7. Glue the cotton balls all over the face and front of the bag. Save one cotton ball for the tail in the back!
8. Let it dry and then your bunny is ready for fun!



 
 
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Materials Needed:
  • Various colors of paint
  • Paper plates
  • A sponge or paint brush (you can get cheap ones at the dollar store)
  • Colored paper
  • Lots of soap & water for clean up!

This is a great keepsake craft to give as a gift for Father's Day or a birthday or just because. There are other ways to apply handprints with paint but this is the way I prefer for slightly less mess.

1.
Take first color of paint and put it on a paper plate. Use a paint brush or a sponge to apply the paint to your child's hand. Don't put too much on - just enough to cover the hand.
2. Help your child place their hand on the paper sideways.
3. Repeat with another color. (If you have more than one child, have each one do a handprint)

4. When all your fish are applied. Use your child's finger to make the bubbles, seaweed and eyes and mouths.

I almost always have left over paint after a craft like this. Instead of just tossing it, I let my kids mash their hands in the remaining paint to make their own crazy paintings (they often mix the colors together).  Their work is not usually frame-worthy but
they have fun and I feel less guilty about tossing the paint.


 
 
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Materials Needed:
  • Blue construction paper
  • Green construction paper
  • Red construction paper
  • Small white paper plate
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tissue paper - various colors
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes

1. Draw the eye stalks and the legs. The eye stalks are basically rectangles with a rounded top and the legs are rectangles.
2. Draw the claws.
3. Cut out the pieces and set aside.
4. Take the white paper plate and fold it in half.
5. Glue the plate - open part facing the bottom of the paper - to the blue construction paper.
6. Glue the stalks, claws and legs.
7. Glue the eyes.
8. Draw and cut blades of grass and cut them out.
9. Glue the grass onto the blue paper.
10. Glue and place the tissue paper on the paper plate. Open the plate (inside the crab's mouth) and glue tissue paper inside.

 
 
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Ingredients:
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Bag or two of large marshmallows
  • Edible ink pen (black)
  • Chocolate Candy Melts (red)
  • Treasure chest (optional)
  • Foam block (optional)
1. Heat some candy melts in a bowl in the microwave. If you're doing a lot of pops, I would melt the candy in small batches because it could harden before you have a chance to use it.
2. If you have long lollipop sticks you can cut them in half and just poke the "cut" end into a marshmallow.
3. Holding the marshmallow by the stick, dip the top portion of the marshmallow into your melted chocolate. You have to kind of swirl it around but be careful not to drip it. I often didn't like the coverage from dipping it and used a small knife to spread some extra chocolate around.
4. Use your edible pen to paint the eye, patch and mouth.
5. Stick your pop in a foam base or something else where it can dry without getting smudged.

We made these for a pirate birthday party so if you just want some pirate fun, then you don't need the optional ingredients listed. These are fairly easy to make but still a little time-consuming, especially if you want them to look perfect for a party. I had my 7-year-old daughter and her friend help with some of them - the bad mistakes they got to eat and the less-than-perfect ones were put in the back. There is another way to make them, but I thought using the candy melts was a lot easier.



 
 
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We got the idea for this craft from Family Fun Magazine's project: Give a Hoot (in the October 2012 issue).

My 6-year-old and I did vary from the instructions to make our own owls. We started with a regular owl (seen at left in the bottom photo) but our cupcake liners were smaller than I'd realized and didn't give full coverage. So for the next owl (at right in the bottom photo), we cut out the bottom of the cupcake liners and stretched them over the cardboard roll. The benefits to this were: no need for glue and a fuller affect. The downside was it was a little more difficult to attach the wings better. My daughter also gave her own touch to this owl by decorating the wings.

Then we decided to get really festive and used Halloween cupcake liners for the last owl (top picture). I didn't like how the wings came out (I found it much harder to properly attach liners as wings than using the card stock) but this was my daughter's favorite one.

It took about 1.5 hours for us to make all three. I had to help with a lot of the cutting and some gluing but an older kid won't need as much help. My daughter had a great time creating the looks before assembly and wants to make even more to decorate our house this fall.

See more Halloween craft ideas here.

 
 
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Items Needed:* Colored paper
* White paint
* Black paint
* Orange paint
* Potatoes or cheap sponges
* Some paper plates
* Paintbrush
* A knife or scissors
* Glitter (optional)
* Hair dryer (optional)

This idea came from the The Usborne Big Book of Playtime Activities although we modified it a little bit.

1. You can cut a potato in half to use as a stamp or just cut two sponges to the desired size. We used sponges and cut one large oval and one small oval (adults should do this part).
2. Squeeze some black paint onto a paper plate. Take the larger oval stamp (potato or sponge) and dip it into the paint.
3. Wipe off any excess paint on the side of the plate and then apply the stamp to the paper to create your first penguin. (My 5-year-old could do this with minimal assistance from me but an advanced 4-year-old might be able to do it without much help).
4. Repeat for the second penguin body.
5. Let black paint dry for a few minutes. You can speed this up by using a hair dryer.
6. Put some white paint on a second paper plate. Take the smaller oval stamp and dip it into the white paint and apply it to the middle of the black oval for each penguin's belly.
7. Take the paintbrush and dip it into the white paint and make a circle for each penguin's eye. Clean the brush and then make a black painted circle to make the pupils. (A young child can probably try this although my daughter wanted me to do it for her).
8. Then put the brush in the black paint again and paint the wings. A preschooler could do this. My daughter had me do the first wing, then help her with the second wing and then she did the last two wings by herself.
9. Clean off the brush and apply the orange paint to make the beak and feet. You're basically painting triangle shapes, which my 5-year-old did on her own.
10. Use the smaller oval stamp dipped in white to make the snowballs on the bottom of the picture.
11. Your child can use a finger or the paintbrush dipped in white paint to make the falling snowflakes. Have your child make a "cross" shape and then an "x" shape to make the snowflakes. For a bit of added flair, you can sprinkle some glitter onto the snowflakes while the paint is still wet.



 
 
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Items Needed:
* Foam, round blocks
* White foam sheet
* Gold pipe cleaner
* Brown pipe cleaner
* Tiny pom pom
* Piece of foam block
* Miniature ornament
* Glitter Glue
* Marker
* Scissors
* Craft glue

Note: For more of a winter feel, don't apply the wings and halo.

1. Cut the foam block in a square to be about a 1 1/2 inches square. (No need to cut if you find a block the right size).
2. Draw a face on one of the white foam blocks and glue on the nose.
3. Glue the blank, white foam block to your foam base and then glue the second white foam block (the one with the face) to the first one.
4. Cut out a wing shape out of the foam sheet and then glue it to the back of your snowman.
5. Take the gold pipe cleaner and insert it into the top of the foam block and then bend into a halo shape. (Cut it to size, if necessary).
6. Cut the brown pipe cleaner into two pieces. Insert each piece into either side for the arms.
7. Attach the miniature ornament to one of

 
 
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Items Needed:
* A wooden clothespin
* Pair of googly eyes
* Pom Pom (red preferred)
* Festive Foam stickers (we used a wreath and bow)
* Holiday Light string or similar (used for miniature trees)
* Glue
* Glitter Glue and a paint brush (optional)

This is a very simple and inexpensive craft that can be done with young kids (as long as they don't try to eat the supplies).

1. Glue the eyes and pom pom nose to the clothespin.
2. Attach the clothespin to your wreath with glue if it's not a sticker.
3. Attach the bow to your wreath.
4. Wrap the decorative string around the "antlers" of your reindeer. Apply small amounts of glue to the antlers so the string will stick to some parts of the clothespin.
5. For some extra sparkle, spread some glitter glue on the antlers and face.
6. Place your festive reindeer in a prominent location and enjoy!

 
 
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Items Needed:
* Piece of paper or card stock (white is best) - you might need a few pieces
* Craft paint (gold for wings and halo, other colors optional)
* Sponges (get a bunch from a Dollar Store)
* Paper Plates
* Paintbrush
* A few disposable rags or lots of paper towels

Note: I did this craft with my 5-year-old which I think is the ideal minimum age. If you try this with a younger child, I would recommend at least two adults help with this craft.

This craft, based on a project in The Usborne Big Book of Playtime Activities, can be messy and a little time consuming but it is worth the effort and makes a great keepsake.

1. Start with the "body" of the angel and apply your paint color to a paper plate. My daughter chose pink.
2. Rub the sponge on the plate and wipe off some excess and then place your child's hand on the sponge to apply the paint to his or her hand (this is like having a large ink pad).
3. Firmly place your child's painted hand in the center of the paper. If you don't get it right the first time, try again with a new piece.
4. Let the "body" dry for a few minutes; take this time to wipe off the excess paint.
(Note: You could do the wings first to prevent multiple hand cleanings, but you'd have to be pretty certain of your hand placements).
5. Assuming you've done the body hand print first, now apply your gold paint to another plate. Spread a sponge on the gold paint (You could use the other side of the first sponge but you will get very messy. For a cleaner option, rinse the first sponge or just use a new sponge for this color).
6. Press your child's hand onto the gold-painted sponge. Wipe off any excess and firmly apply the hand to the paper, slightly overlapping your "body" hand print.
7. Then apply your child's other hand to the gold-painted sponge (you may need to add some paint to the sponge). Press this hand to the other side of the "body."
8. Allow the paint to dry a little and wipe your child's hands off.
9. Rotate the paper so the fingers are pointed down.
10. Use a pale pink or cream paint (or whatever skin tone you'd prefer) and have your child finger paint a circle for the head and two finger prints for the hands. For younger kids, you can help guide them.
11. Dip your child's finger in whatever paint color you've chosen for the hair color and apply the hair around the head in a dot pattern.
12. Draw a face with your choice of colors for the eyes, nose and mouth. (A paintbrush might be best here and an adult might be needed for this part).
12. Use the gold paint and draw a halo. Small kids can use their finger or a paintbrush.
13. You can embellish the picture with other decorations such as stars which can be drawn with the finger or a paintbrush.