Tag Archives: age 6 to 8

Homemade Face Paint

Homemade Facepaint

Homemade Face PaintMaking your own face paint has to be cheaper than buying it, and allows for more quantity, either for a larger canvas or more faces or bodies, as in at a party.

Easy Facepaint

Summer and cleaning up with the hose or the sprinkler allows your preschooler to experiment with paint all over themselves! This is the ‘larger canvas’ I was referring to above. It’s an experiment/experience they won’t forget.

Serve up your homemade facepaint with small brushes, and let the older kids decorate each others faces. Print off some templates for them to copy- just google ‘face painting templates’.

Do heed the warning about store bought food coloring and getting them cleaned up after.

Glowing Modeling Clay

Glowing Clay Recipe

Glowing Modeling ClaySave some money and make it better, all at the same time thanks to Crystal over at Growing a Jeweled Rose:

Glowing Clay Recipe ~ Growing A Jeweled Rose.

Follow the link at the top for the recipe to make your own modeling clay– a wonderfully creative plaything that works on the right-brain creative side as well as those small motor skills. Unlike play dough, modeling clay air dries to a smooth non-crumbly finish so creations can be kept, even given as gifts to appreciative relatives.

And, of course, it’s all even more fun in glow in the dark colors! Made yourself with this recipe, it’s cheap enough to make a big batch and have the kids create as a party craft activity.


Olympic Activities

Olympics Birthday Party

Olympic ActivitiesThe summer Olympics in London were last year  (this year it’s the Royal Baby), but that doesn’t mean your birthday child can’t have his or her OWN Backyard Olympics birthday celebration. It’s a great party theme for the energetic elementary school age set, and this free ebook includes Olympic themed games, crafts and snacks to get your party planning off to a great start:

Free eBook: Olympic Activities for Kids – I Can Teach My Child

Use the web to print off medals, print them out on cardstock and finish them off with nice ribbon.

Drawing Animals

Animal Drawing Tutorial for Kids

Drawing AnimalsThis is just one of 13 different animals this poster tutorial will help your kids learn to draw, and probably inspire them to figure out how to draw others as well.

Poster Drawing Tutorial

Using just the simplest of shapes, requiring coordination but probably not inate artistic talent, they can create these simple animals without getting discouraged. Making their drawing that much more enjoyable.


Creating a Home Library + Great Reading Resource

BookshelvesGood ideas here for fostering a sense of ownership and delight in the books that allow for the experience of reading. Give the kids their own library full of their own books, be they new or found at tag sales or from the library. Print off bookplates to designate ownership and pride in ownership. Work together to organize the books as the child wants.

Creating a Home Library | Reading Topics A-Z | Reading Rockets.

If books are important in your home and in your child’s own space, it’s a good step toward making reading an important component of your child’s life.

AND, readingrockets.org is a terrific resource for parents about books covering a wide range of subject areas and a wide range of ages- bookmark it!

Dress Up Cupboard

Dress Up Cupboard

Dress Up CupboardTake ‘Dress Up’ to a whole new level with this recycled old dresser turned into a beautiful dress up wardrobe that encourages this important form of imaginative play.

Dress Up Wardrobe

Start with a cheap flea market or tag sale dresser, not so tall that your child can’t reach the hanging rod. Remove all but one or two drawers  (depending on the depth of the drawers). Just add paint, the hanging rod and a few hooks.

Your daughter will be thrilled and she and her friends will have a wonderful time playing dress up. You’ll be pleased that everything has it’s place and order is maintained.

Reading Nook

DIY Cozy Reading Fort

Reading NookRecycle that old crib mattress and some bright and colorful sheets into this cozy reading nook. Who wouldn’t want to cozy up with a good book in such a delightful spot that was all there own?

small + friendly: DIY Cozy Reading Fort.

Anything that encourages books and reading is a great thing! I’d add a pretty basket full of appropriate books right beside it.