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.
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.
This Hanukkah craft idea came from the Middlesex Borough Library.
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!
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.
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.
Fairly easy craft for a preschooler or older child and not a lot of materials. This was inspired by one of the many Usborne drawing and craft books.
1. Have your child draw a large circle in crayon (brown or orange are best for more realistic lion but any color is fine) on the paper. This will be the face of your lion.
2. Then draw semi-circles at the top (or as close as possible) for the ears.
3. Draw the mane by having your child draw lines out from the circle's edge (the way one would make sun and its rays, just a lot more lines).
4. Draw a loose upside triangle in black for the nose and "U" shapes for the mouth. Add whiskers with quick lines.
5. Draw circles for the eyes.
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.