As parents, our kids keep us busy. Sometimes it can be difficult to find a moment to sit down and complete a project with the kids. When the seasons change, take a moment to enjoy the season, where you little one is at in life, teach your little one a little about the world, and let them create some breathtaking and fun crafts!
Crafts are an excellent way to bond with your child while creating something beautiful. Crafting also helps your child develop cognitively and emotionally. So take some time to create some fun crafts with your kids for each season.
Here are four crafts you probably haven’t considered, but you should! These crafts don’t require any arbitrary or expensive supplies and each one creates a hands-on learning opportunity for your son or daughter.
1. Celebrate the Winter Solstice with Kids’ Luminaries
A homemade luminaria or votive is a great way to explore the nature of light and start a conversation about the solstice.
For this project, you will need some common crafting materials or household items like:
- Tape, Newspaper
- Mod Podge
- Different Colors Of Tissue Paper Cut Into Shapes
- A Foam Brush
- A Tray For The Glue
- A Battery-Powered Candle Or Tea Light
- Optional:You Can Also Include Stickers
How to Make a Kids’ Luminaries?
- Layout the newspaper on your crafting table. You can tape it to the table if your little one tends to squirm a little extra.
- Tape your vellum (you will want probably a sheet about 5 inches by 12 inches) to the newspaper.
- Setup your tissue paper and pour some Mod Podge onto a tray.
- Let your child tear squares or cut shapes of tissue paper and glue it to the vellum.
- It’s ok for the tissue paper to overlap. Then they can add stickers.
- Once the glue dries, carefully cut the tape from the newspaper, roll your vellum into a cylinder, and tape it in place.
- Place your child’s luminaria in the middle of your child’s room, and turn the lights off. The floor, and maybe the ceiling, will dance with color.
2. Make a Mini Maypole to Decorate Your Fairy Garden
Spring should be filled with color, excitement, and creativity. While a maypole may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re considering craft ideas, it should! Maypoles are beautiful and mini maypoles are adorable! They’re a great addition to your garden, a child’s windowsill, or their dresser.
For this project, you will need:
- A dowel (2-inch) or paper towel roll
- Construction paper
- A cereal box
- Faux flowers
- A styrofoam ball (about 3-4-inches wide)
- Hot glue
How to Make a Mini Maypole?
- Lay the cereal box flat. You will have to pull the top flap from the bottom. Cover it in construction paper.
- Glue the dowel or paper towel roll to the base and the styrofoam ball to the top.
- Glue to tie the ribbons to the base of the ball.
- Cover the base and the ball in faux flowers.
- Have your little ones twist the ribbons around the pole or braid them.
- Glue the ribbons to the base.
3. Feed the Birds This Summer
The best craft projects let kids be creative, use their hands, learn, and get a little messy. This craft project has it all. Create little seed feeders that look a lot like ornaments this summer to keep the birds full and happy. If you want an activity that allows your tike to express him or herself a bit more, try painting rocks.
You will need:
- 2 gelatin packet (you might want to pick up some Jello, too, just for a snack)
- ½-inch dowels or straws
- ½ to ⅔ cup of water
- Metal cookie cutters or small pans like mini aluminum tart pans
- 2 cups of a summertime bird seed mix
- Baker’s paper
How to Make a DIY Kid’s Birdfeeder?
- You will want to bring your gelatin and birdseed together on the stove. Remove once the mixture simmers.
- As your mixture is cooling, tape your baker’s paper to the counter, and line up your cookie cutters or tart pans
- Once the mixture is cool enough to touch, let your kids scoop it into the molds. They can also create their own shapes.
- Let the little ones stick a hole through the top center where the string will go, and let them dry overnight.
- In the morning, pop them out of their molds, tie the strings on, and let the kids choose where they think the birds will want them
- As the seeds fall from the feeder, they will likely sprout. This creates an additional learning opportunity.
4. Create a Thanksgiving Wreath Collage
Kids always need opportunities to express their thoughts. One way that they can do this and create beautiful art is by making a collage that represents what they’re thankful for.
What you need:
- A styrofoam wreath base
- Hot glue or push pins
- Construction paper
- Printed stock photos
How to Create a DIY Kid’s Thanksgiving Wreath?
- Let your child draw pictures or select free high-quality stock photos that represent what he or she loves. These should all be about the same size, about 1-2-inches wider than the width of your wreath base.
- They can add paint to the stock phots.
- It’s also fun to have a mix of materials to make the wreath feel more personal and interesting.
- Start in one spot, then glue the photos down, leaving only one edge glued to the wreath.
- Completely cover the wreath until you can’t see any of the original foam
- Tie or add ribbon bows to the wreath and create one ribbon to hang the wreath.
- Hang it somewhere for everyone to admire