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Crushed Can Crafts

You’ll find 8 different examples of crushed can crafts the kids can make over at about.com. Just cruch the cans good and flat and turn the kids loose with their paints. I’d suggest using acrylic paints as they cover nicely but also clean up with water. Click on each picture on about.com and you’ll be taken to complete instructions and complete supply lists.

This fun craft would work well at a girls birthday party as well as at home. Gather up the supplies and print out a picture of each of the 8 examples. Challenge the kids to come up with other creations using their cans. Should keep them happily busy for a good 1/2 hour!


40+ Halloween Activities for Kids

There’s way too much fun here not to share it. You’ll find crafts, things to cook/make/eat and learning games for the little ones.

I’m particularly fond of the Mummy Dogs– PERFECT for your Halloween or October birthday party! Scroll down the long list of ideas to about the middle for this one.

Little Family Fun: 40+ Halloween Activities for Kids

Research and Art Fun

What’s starts as a fun art project can become a whole new learning experience and begin the kind of skill building they’ll need as they get older. And all of it can be fun and nice together time with your young child. I call this a win-win! And I thank Quirky Momma’s for putting this out there to help all parents work constructively with their kids.

In this example, a marvelous Chinese Fireworks art piece using red card stock and gold paint and glitter started a whole journey into Chinese culture.Chinese Fireworks Art They used the computer to look up and print photos of things related to China, and created a home-made book out of it all using the art piece as the cover.

In today’s world it’s almost never to early to begin using the computer and the internet as a source of information, research and learning, and this project gently begins that process. With a subject that has already engaged the child with the related art or craft, it’s a natural extension to want to learn more, so the motivation is already there. The computer research also exposes the child to search and the keyboard, all stuff they’ve got to get good at anyways.

The subject matter can be as varied as your imagination or the childs interests:

  • space- stars, planets, the solar system, Nasa and Hubbell photos from the web
  • cultures such as this China exercise, and can include food, geography, natural beauty, people…
  • sports- thinks stars, stats, venues, photos
  • the natural world- either places or things such as plants (which might even lead to eating green food?) or animals

This will work, on different levels, with both preschool kids and early elementary school children that aren’t yet into the mandatory homework, which sadly can take some of the fun out of learning. And you’ll enjoy spending this quality time with your child and watching the learning lights go on.

Glitter Leaves

Glitter Leaves

Glitter LeavesYet another craft activity for fall. Collect the leaves and then turn them into glitter leaves with Modge Podge. They can be strung into a yarn garland as shown, or turned into a collage/picture. Try using a pizza box for sprinkling the glitter and keeping it contained but with room to work.

Pink and Green Mama: Fall Craft: Glitter and Mod Podge Leaves.

Chalk Pastel Art

Chalk Pastel Art

Chalk Pastel ArtHere’s an engaging art project for your budding artist. It takes two steps and will require some focused attention. The results will be worth it.

Chalk Pastel Art for Kids and Adults: Style of Ted Harrison.

First, create a glue ‘grid’ or design on card stock, and let it dry. Then, color in with the pastels. They’ll feel good about their creation.

Paper Hat

Hats to Decorate

Paper HatHats Off to playdoughtoplato.com for sharing this terrific paper hat your can easily make for your party girls to decorate, model at the party and then take home as their party favor. All Things Fancy Nancy – Playdough To Plato.

All it takes to make these is white butcher paper, liquid starch and a paintbrush, and a ball to mold the wet paper to. A basketball is pretty big, but soccer balls are smaller and if, like me, you have rounded bottom mixing bowls, one might be just the perfect size. Judge by your own child’s head and choose accordingly.

Once the starch has dried and the paper formed, trim the hat rim round. You might choose to make the rims various sizes so all the party hats aren’t identical. Either trim with pretty ribbon hatbands/streamers, or if the kids are old enough, let them do that part themselves. Make one for each guest + the birthday girl, and you’re all set.

For decorations, you can go the craft store route for feathers and glitter and flowers, or stick to markers and paints, or provide both. Tissue paper flowers would make great less expensive adornments, and keep them busy a while longer making them (follow link for directions- just provide tissue paper that’s cut to a smaller scale for decorating the hats).

Do remember to take a picture of each girl wearing their creation. Take a snapshot of each along with the birthday girl in her hat, and send these pictures home as additional party momentos.