Holiday Crafts For Kids ~ Painted Handprint Turkey

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This is a lovely keepsake that you will treasure for years! I love doing this with my kids. Always have. <3

Items needed:

Brown, orange, red and yellow paint

Paint brush

Paper

Markers

How to make:

Paint your child’s palm brown. Paint their fingers different colors – red, orange or yellow.

Press their painted hand onto the paper to make your turkey handprint.

When the handprint is dry, use markers to add an eye, feet, a waddle and a beak to the handprint to turn it into a turkey.

DIY – Chalkboard Table

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Have an old end table in the garage? All you need is a coat of chalkboard paint (can be found at most hardware stores, and a helper to cut a hole in the middle to hold a silver cup (purchased at a dollar store).

Don’t forget to grab a box of colored chalk!

This is great, inexpensive way to allow your little ones to create timeless art on a rainy afternoon. They’ll love it!

Holiday Crafts For Kids – Toilet Paper Roll Turkey

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Needed:

Toilet paper roll

Red, Yellow, and Orange Construction Paper

2 Googley Eyes (or you can cut out eyes with black construction paper if you’d like)

Glue

Scissors

How to make:

Cut feather shapes out of the construction paper. You’ll need 2-3 feathers of each color.

Cut a small triangle out of orange construction paper for a beak.

Cut a small peanut shape out of red construction paper for a waddle.

Cut two feet out of orange construction paper.

Tape the feathers onto the back of the toilet paper roll.

Glue the eyes, beak, waddle, and feet to the front of the toilet paper roll.

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Coffee Can Painting

Coffee Can Painting

Coffee Can (any size)

Marbles, golf balls, ping pong balls (any kind of round rolling objects.)

Construction paper (cut to fit inside of can)

Paint (tempera slightly thinned)

Eye droppers

Scissors

How to make it:

Cut paper to fit around inside of can.

Using eye droppers, drip in small amounts of paint. Limit number of colors to 1 or 2.

Drop in marbles or gold balls, etc.

Replace lid.

Roll on the floor or in hands in a circular motion to distribute paint.

Remove finished painting to dry.

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Craft Foam Tiara

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Perfect for ages 4 and up with mom’s help!

What you’ll need:

Craft foam visor

Craft jewels

White craft glue

Scissors

2 silver chenille stems

Instant grab glue

How to make it:

Trim most of the bill off of the visor, leaving about 2 inches at the center.

Cut chenille stems into the following lengths: 1 at 5.5 inches, 2 at 4 inches, 2 at 3 inches

Bend each chenille stem in half to make the points of the tiara. Use instant grab glue to attach the chenille points to the backside of the visor. The largest one should be in the center, with the next largest to the sides of that, and finally the smallest to the sides of those.

Decorate the front of the tiara with craft jewels.

Add small craft jewels to each of the tiara points.

Tuesday Thoughts ~ Homemade Crayons

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Supplies:

Used, broken crayons no one likes to use anymore!

Metal muffin pan, or silicone muffin pan

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

Fill muffin tin with chunks of peeled broken crayons (For our rainbow theme we mixed lots of colors together, but you can do one color per spot if you choose. They were really fun to draw with)

Put muffin pan in oven for about 8-10 minutes or until crayons are melted.

Once crayons are cooled, pop them out of your muffin pan for some fun rainbow coloring! Super easy and the kids love them.

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Cardboard Tube Telescope

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Perfect for ages 5 and up with mom’s help.

What you’ll need:

1 cardboard tube (from a paper towel roll)

Tape

1 sheet brown construction paper

½ sheet black construction paper

2 plastic rings from milk or juice jugs

White craft glue

Scissors

Pen

Twine or yarn

How to make it:

Cut 2″ off the end of the cardboard tube, set aside.

Cut the longer remaining piece of the cardboard tube open lengthwise.

Use tape to close the tube back up, overlapping the edges just enough so that its circumference is about ¼” or so smaller than it was originally. It should now be slightly smaller than the width of the plastic ring.

Cover the long roll with brown construction paper, securing with tape.

Cover the 2″ roll with black paper and secure with tape.

Insert the long, brown tube inside the small black tube. Push the black tube to the center of the brown tube.

Pipe white glue around one end of the brown tube. Slide a plastic ring onto the end of the tube, securing it with the glue.

At the other end of the tube, use a pen to poke a hole, about an inch from the end. Thread twine or yarn through the hole.

Pipe glue around that end of the tube and slide the second plastic ring onto the glue.

Tie the ends of the yarn into a knot.

Hang the telescope around your child’s neck. The black tube at the end can be turned to “focus” the pretend telescope.

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Sticks and Stones Mobile

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What you’ll need:

3 sturdy twigs

String (recommended: natural fiber string such as hemp or twine)

8 rocks (1″-2″ in diameter)

Hot glue gun

Scissors

White craft glue

How to make it:

Cut 3 pieces of string, 18″ long. Cut 1 piece that is 12″ long. Lay the twigs on the work surface, lining them up next to each other. Tie the 12″ piece of string to the center of whichever twig you want to be at the top of your mobile. This string will be your hanger. Next, tie one of the 18″ pieces to the same twig in the same place you tied the first string. The first string (your hanger) will go in one direction (up) and the other string will go in the other direction (down).

Connect the second twig to the first twig by tying the end of the second string on twig #1 to the center of twig #2. Tie another piece of string to the twig to connect twig #2 to twig #3.

Add some white craft glue to all of the knots and hang somewhere to dry. When dry, trim the tied ends.

While glue is drying on the twigs, heat up the hot glue gun. Cut more string to hang your rocks from. Cut them into varying lengths, some long some short, all should be 12″ or less. Tie a loop into the end of a string and slip a rock inside. Tighten the knot and use hot glue to secure the rock and string together. Tie into a tight knot and glue again. Repeat this for all of the rocks.

Tie each of the rocks onto the twigs, 2 on the top twig (one at each end), 2 on the middle twig, and 4 on the bottom twig. Add some glue to each of the knots and let dry.

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Laundry Bottle Pet Food Scoop

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Perfect for ages 5 and up with moms help.

What you’ll need:

Plastic laundry bottle

Felt in your favorite shades

White craft glue

Scissors or a sharp knife

Felt alphabet stickers (optional)

How to make it:

Have a grown up cut the top of the laundry bottle off, leaving the handle in tact.

Remove packaging labels and wash the outside to remove any residue.

Wash the inside thoroughly, making sure that all soap residue has been removed. A good rinse with very hot water will ensure all soap is gone.

If using felt alphabet stickers, stick them to the front of the bottle, spelling out your pet’s name. If you don’t have the felt stickers, simply cut your pet’s name out of felt and glue them to the bottle.

Cut out fun shapes such as bones, biscuits, and paw prints, and glue them all over the bottle.

Let dry completely before using.