Crafting with Kids

 

It’s a guest post from Miss Mary at Main!

When it’s cold or rainy outside, why not set up a craft table in your kitchen for your children?   Here are four very simple crafts that any child can do with just a little assistance.  All of the materials are inexpensive and available at your local discount or craft store.  These directions are just a guide to follow.  Let the kids be creative in their artwork!

 

 

Springtime Bunny Hat

 (toy elephant not included)  

All it takes is a hat to turn a toddler into a bunny! Here are directions for a simple bunny hat:

Materials Needed:

  • scissors
  • construction paper
  • ¾” sticker dots in blue and black
  • stapler

Directions

1. Create a pattern for a bunny head, bunny teeth, 2 bunny ears and 2 bunny ear liners.
2. Trace head & ears on grey or tan paper. Cut out.
3. Trace ear liner on pink paper. Cut out.
4. Glue ear liner to ear, staple to top of head.
5. Put blue sticker dots for eyes & a black sticker dot for nose. Draw whiskers & nose.
6. Trace teeth on white paper, cut out. glue below the nose line.
7. Cut 2” X 12” grey or tan headband and staple bunny to headband. Fit to head

If you want to print a bunny hat pattern, go to DLTK’s site for a great template.
This hat is very easy to make.

 

 

Frosty Paper Plate Snowman

This craft is a paper plate snowpal!

Materials needed

  • Construction paper for hat, boots and mittens
  • Pattern for hat, mitten and boot
  • Small white paper plate
  • Large white paper plate
  • Orange chenille pipe cleaner
  • Buttons or small dot stickers
  • 15” length of ribbon or yarn
  • Markers
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Hole Puncher

Directions:

1.  Trace the hat once and the boot twice onto black construction paper.  Then trace the mitten twice onto red or blue construction paper.  Cut out all the shapes.

2.  Glue the hat onto the small plate to create the snowpal’s head.

3.  Draw eyes and a mouth on the face; then poke one end of the chenille piece through the plate to represent a carrot nose.  Bend and tape inserted end to the back of the head.

4.  To make the body, glue the mittens and boots onto the large paper plate.  Then glue buttons onto the body.  Small round stickers also will work.

5.  After the glue dries, punch a hole near the bottom of the head and one near the top of the body.  Tie the two sections together with the ribbon or yarn.

(Taken from January Arts and Crafts Mailbox Magazine C2000 by the Education Center Inc. Preschool-Kindergarten Edition)

Sunny Times Ladybug Magnet


Use this on the refrigerator, file cabinets, or any magnetic surface that needs a touch of summer!  Very easy to do!

Materials needed:

  • Red sheet of craft foam
  • Black sheet of craft foam
  • Scissors
  • 2 slightly different sized circular objects to trace
  • Glue
  • 2 magnetic strips with adhesive backs
  • 2 small wiggly eyes (optional)
  • Several black 3/4” round color labels for the ladybug’s spots

Directions:

1.  Trace around the smaller object on the black craft foam.  Cut out.

2.  Trace around the larger object onto the red craft foam.  Cut out.

3.  Cut the red circle in half.

4.  Cut a shape for the head  (see photo)

5.  Glue the pieces together using the photo as a guide.

6.  Put black sticker spots on the red foam for the ladybug’s spots.

7.  Glue two wiggly eyes on the ladybug head.

8.  Put two adhesive magnetic strips on the back of the ladybug

9.  Let dry completely before using it.

 

 

 Whoo!  It’s a Paper Bag Owl!

Materials Needed:

  • paper lunch bag
  • crayons or markers
  • scissors
  • glue
  • printer
  • paper for the printer
  • large wiggly eyes  (optional)

Print the Template:      http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/mbagowl.htm

Print out the template of choice (color or b&w)

Color and cut out the template pieces

 

Assembling the Owl:

The smooth side of the paper bag is the back of the owl.The folded down part of the paper bag is the front.  This will be the head.  The rest of the front of the paper bag is the body of the owl.

1.  Glue the large triangle to the top of the head.

2.  Glue the eyes onto the head.  Large wiggly eyes will also work.

3.  Glue the beak under the eyes.  Make sure you do not glue the mouth shut.

4.  Glue the second beak into the mouth.  When the mouth is closed you shouldn’t see this. (When the mouth is open, you will!)

5.  Glue the wings into the flap.

6.  Glue the feet onto the bottom of the body.

7.  Glue the tail onto the back

8.  Glue the chest onto the front of the body.

 

We hope you have a blast crafting with your kids!

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