St. Patrick’s Day is on the way! For some reason, St. Patrick’s Day was always one of my favorite holidays. Maybe it’s because I am a redhead and I think I’m from Ireland. Maybe it’s because of the adorable St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids! I remember always having to wear green to school so no one would pinch me and well, that’s pretty much the extent of our childhood celebration of this holiday. But with the fun rainbows, four leaf clovers, leprechauns, and color green, there are so many more ways to use your imagination on this fun holiday. Even though it’s all pretend, it is still a lot of fun. We will be doing some awesome St. Patrick’s Day crafts for kids at our house. Holidays are best celebrated with family and any holiday is a reason for crafting for my boys. Check out some of the great crafts for kids that my fellow bloggers have to offer. And feel free to leave a link to your favorite St. Patrick’s Day crafts for kids in the comments section. Have a GREEN day!
I love Easter crafts for kids! Not only are little bunnies, eggs, and baskets super cute and fun to make, their bright, cheery colors can make anyone smile! I have found some wonderful crafts that are simple enough to make with your little ones, or of course, you can definitely make them on your own to decorate your home for Easter. I hope you will find a few (or all!) that you like and have the most wonderful, cheery Easter!
Throwing a Photo Party for Teens
Hubby is a youth minister and has events for the youth group often. Yesterday, he threw a big area wide event for our youth group and five other churches. Over 80 teens and pre-teens joined together to eat, worship, and have fun together! Events like this are always a huge undertaking, but so much fun and well worth it. I received a great StickAPic party supply box around the time he was planning the event, so we planned a fun photo party for the teens! In the party box was HP ink, HP social media snapshots sticky photo paper, glue, decorations, plates, napkins, snacks, craft supplies and embellishments, and a Michael's gift card for purchasing extra craft supplies.
At first, I was not sure that the teens would be up for this idea, but it turned out great and they LOVED it! I mean really, what teen doesn't love taking pictures? The theme of the night was "Not Alone," about how even when we aren't with anyone, God is with us. So the instructions were simple…find a friend or more and I'll take your picture for you. (No selfies!) We got a few props, which some used and some didn't:
A friend made a vibrant backdrop out of PVC pipe, colored tablecloths, and decorations:
The boys love listening to a good book. I love seeing their excitement for a character like Corduroy or Clifford come alive. To extend their excitement and understanding, I search for a fun craft or activity based on the book we have read. This makes it fun for the whole family and provides a genuine love of literature that I want my children to have. I want to share a few activities that I have found that are based on children's books. Pick one, a few, or all of these awesome crafts to do with your children and watch the excitement come to life!
The Lorax handprint craft
Harry Potter pretend magic potions craft
Chicken Little craft
Rainbow Fish craft
make naturally colored Green Eggs and Ham
The Lorax tangerine snack
Jack and the Beanstalk activity
Corduroy the Bear craft
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish activities
The Gingerbread Man activities
Llama Llama Red Pajama shape quilt craft
The Very Hungry Caterpillar craft (in Spanish, but self explanatory)
Joseph Had A Little Overcoat collage
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What is/was your favorite children's book? Do you have a craft or activity to share?
I learned the fine art of watercolor resist back in elementary school, third grade, if I remember correctly. After the first time, you will realize how beautiful it can look after it's finished…and if you're like me, realize that you don't need to be so lazy the next time. This craft does take time and elbow grease, but it is totally worth it in the end.
Whenever there is any type of change…seasons, months, sometimes even days, the Captain gets in a crafty mood. The other afternoon, he said, "Mommy, let's make a Spring craft!" I love Pinterest as much as the next mom, but this time, I just consulted the crafts in my brain and came up with this stormy day craft for the boys. I do not recommend this craft if you have a
lazy unmotivated three year old who just recently began to actually enjoy coloring. D became disinterested in about 2 seconds, after I instructed him to "color super hard!" The Captain and I worked on this one together because he wasn't quite grasping the concept of "color super hard." After seeing the final product though, they both get the idea and know that a little effort produces a beautiful picture.
So, here's what you do. Gather your materials first:
- one piece of manila construction paper (or plain white paper will work, too)
- crayons (preferably the good ones, not the cheapos…you know what I mean)
- Draw a pretty picture of whatever your heart desires on the piece of paper.
- Color in the picture.
- Color harder on the picture to make all of the colors very dark, because every part that isn't colored will turn blue. This is our picture before and clearly, we didn't color hard enough, but that doesn't really matter because we can just say it's rain that is on the trees and flowers in the final picture, right?
- Get your watercolors and water and paint a layer of blue all over the picture. You don't want it too dark, but make sure the whole picture is covered in blue paint.
- Now, use a wadded up paper towel or old rag and gently blot the entire picture. The crayon wax will repel the water, so you want to get all of the droplets off.
You'll end up with a beautiful picture of a stormy, rainy day!
The boys love talking about the changing seasons and looking at all of the magnificent colors of the fall leaves. We wanted to decorate the house a little with the beautiful colors of fall, so we made a stained glass fall leaf craft! It was a bit more difficult than I had prepared for, but they were each able to participate and do what they could, with help.