5 Fun and Creative Crafts!

Craft ideas are plentiful, but all that choice can be totally overwhelming!  Here are 5 fun crafts, with minimal prep time, to use this holiday season (and beyond)

1. Pinecone bird feeders – very Reggio inspired activity, with lots of extension possibilities!
Super simple to make. Find large pinecones (or you can buy them from Michaels), cover in peanut butter, and have the kids rolls them in seeds. Tie a ribbon or string to the top, and hang outside.  Watch the birds flock to the feeders, discuss what kinds of birds are there, what are they eating, how to they behave….anywhere the kids’ minds take them.
2. Handprint paintings – Hand prints to create animals, trees, faces with crazy hair. Kids LOVE getting messy, so let them go to it, and create a cute picture for parents or grandparents.
*image from Cheep Crafty Mama


3. Create a fun winter activities paper chain.   Cut paper into strips. Have the kids come up with fun things they would like to do each day. Write one idea on each piece. Link the paper together by creating interlocking circles. Have the kids pull off one chain piece each day, and complete the activity written there.
4. Create birthday cards out of old ones.   Got old cards lying around in a shoe box somewhere? Let the kids at them!  Have them cut out the images they like to create a new collage card.  Kids will be working on scissor skills, gluing skills, spatial awareness, and maybe even letter formation!!  All this, and they will make a special card to give to a special someone.

5. Marble painting. (this is the most prep-intensive activity. My examples are Christmas themed, but you can do it with anything!)
1. Draw, and then cut out 1 stocking template per child on construction paper , or cardstock.  For older kids, have them do the tracing and cutting themselves.

2. Place the stocking template in a large flat container (a tinfoil roasting pan will work).
3. Fill old yogurt containers with paint.  Drop marbles in the paint.
4. Place marbles, covered in paint, in the tray with the stocking template.

5. The kids then roll the wet marbles all over the stocking, recovering the marbles in paint as many times as they want, until they have decorated the stocking.

6. Take the fine motor skills up another notch and have them “sew” their stockings together once they are dry. You will need to hole punch holes around the outside of the stocking, and provide yarn for the kids to sew. You could THEN use these to decorate your dayhome!



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