Life-Size Self-Portrait for Kids
This craft is a fun way to let your kids' imaginations go wild and it's a great activity on a rainy or snowy day. And it's practically free!
Put your paper on the floor and have your child lay down on top of it in whatever position they want their figure to be in.
My son is standing on his "sister" (at left) who chose a bent leg, while he chose a kind of "jumping" look.
Use a pencil or marker or crayon to trace an outline around your child. If you have another kid, let them do it - it's very entertaining to watch!
This is my son's completed outline.
As you can see between this and the above picture, you can choose various poses.
You might also have noticed that I taped two pieces of paper together, which you can do if you don't have a long length of paper.
Decorate however you want!! Get out the glitter glue and pom poms! Use up all those stickers that have been laying around.
Kids can add hair, make up and even color in their outline.
Crayons, pom poms and google eyes can all be used to decorate your figure.
Find a place to display your child's work. I chose the door to my basement and bathroom - both off my kitchen.
My kids loved seeing "themselves" every day and these pictures stayed up for months!
My daughter even chose to paint the toenails of her figure
This craft was inspired by one of several St. Patrick's Day crafts posted by Elizabeth Lauren Art.
I was not brave enough to try this craft with my 5-year-old son who is not, shall we say, as creatively minded or patient. So I enlisted by 9-year-old daughter to try this out. It can be done with a younger child, with some patience and guidance.
This is a craft that all ages can enjoy. You can use Dot Paints or in our case, my 5-year-old used his fingers, to make a great keepsake.
Crafty Hot Chocolate Holiday Gift
This is a great "craft" and holiday gift for your child's teacher, a neighbor or family.
We found two coffee mugs for $5 at Marshall's and the cone-shaped gift bags for the hot chocolate (with a snowflake design) came from Michael's. This is a great craft gift to do with your child. My 9-year-old enjoyed putting these together.
Hanukkah Menorah Craft
This Hanukkah craft idea came from the Middlesex Borough Library.
Lego Rice Krispy Treats
These Rice Krispy treats were very easy to make but a bit time consuming. It took just under two hours to make 20, but I had a young helper so possibly on your own it could be less. Also, doing one color at a time would save time. You can make these using M & Ms, which I would STRONGLY recommend if you want a decent blue Lego (I wasn't happy with mine), but my son's school has a strict nut-free policy, so we used Skittles and made our own blue.
1. Add your selected food coloring to some white icing. Mix enough the first time because you won't be able to match the color later. Three or four large dollops of icing will cover 4 or 5 Rice Krispy treats, depending on how thick you want the icing. If you decide to ice the entire treat, you will need a lot more icing. I chose to ice only the top because I thought it would be too messy for a bunch of preschoolers to pick up.
2. Ice your treat. Then apply the corresponding colored M&M or Skittle to the top. (This is a GREAT job for a kid).
3. If you use Skittles for the top and want blue, it can be done but they don't come out as nice in my opinion. I used yellow skittles and then iced them in blue. I found using a toothpick to touch up the icing was easier than a knife.
4. Serve. And sit back and enjoy the excitement!
Homemade Easter Basket
This idea came from North Branch Preschool and is a great way to show off your colored Easter Eggs (to learn what to do with leftover dye and egg shells, visit here).
1. Have an adult cut the bottom of a rinsed-out soda bottle.
2. Cut or tear tissue paper into small squares
3. Mix glue and water in bowl.
4. Place a piece of tissue paper on your bottle (it's easier if it's upside down) and brush on some of the glue/water mixture. Repeat until the entire "basket" is covered.
5. Let dry.
6. After it dries, use a stapler to attach the ribbon (parents might want to do this). Be sure to use a strong ribbon that won't fray.
7. Add your grass. Now your basket is ready for Easter eggs!
Homemade Easter or Spring Card
This idea came from North Branch Preschool and is a great craft to help toddlers and preschoolers with their fine motor skills.
1. Fold your construction paper in half to make a card.
2. Cut out white paper in an oval or egg shape.
3. Take green cupcake liner and cut in half. Glue two pieces at bottom of white paper.
4. Draw a stem from the green liner.
5. Glue the other cupcake liner to the top of the stem to complete your flower.
6. Have your child dip his or her finger in paint and apply to the paper to make eggs. We chose pink and purple but any colors will do.
7. Use markers to make leaves or a sun, if you wish.
8. Glue entire piece to the front of your card.
9. Have your child write or decorate the inside of the card as desire.
Easter Bunny Handprint Craft
So we had some fun coloring our Easter eggs this year, but what do you do with all that leftover dye? I hated the idea of tossing it down the drain again, but this year I didn't have to.
I found several Easter Egg dye craft ideas for leftover Easter egg dye, including using the dye to paint like watercolors. Haven't tried that one yet, but I had to try this great idea for using leftover dye and for putting the egg shells to good use.
It's very easy and even little ones can do it with some help.
Peel the shells off the egg. Try to do it in large pieces if you can. Rinse off the shells to get that lining off so the shells won't smell. Let them air dry. You can use colored eggs for this craft or if you crack an egg or two like we did (I didn't want to dip into the cracked eggs in the dye), just peel them and toss the pieces in.
Once your shells are dry, just take a piece of paper or card stock and your child can arrange and glue them into whatever design they choose.
It might help with younger ones, or artistically challenged people like me, to draw your design in pencil first and then lay out the egg shells.
Use craft glue to trace part of the design and then attach egg shells. I would work in small sections so the glue doesn't dry. You can use large and small pieces, like a mosaic. Larger pieces, when possible, were easier to work with.
One thing my 4-year-old really enjoyed was taking a larger piece, placing it where he wanted it and then pressing it to crack it into smaller pieces - which actually looked pretty cool.
Both my kids (4 and 8 years old) decided to do flowers and you can see below that they came out differently.
Sandra K. Lee is a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom with a 8-year-old princess & a 4-year-old superhero in Middlesex County, New Jersey.