• Crafts

    Paper Roll Owls

    Paper rolls are great for crafting and these cute paper roll owls are easy to make without creating a mess. No paint or glitter involved unless you want to of course. Even toddlers can decorate these little critters with some help. Materials The only materials really required are toilet paper rolls and glue. All other materials are optional depending on what you have on hand or how you would like to decorate the paper roll owls. Here is a list of ingredients we used: toilet paper rolls glue and scissors yarn in different colors large googly eyes pipe cleaners construction paper feathers Other great options are: markers stickers felt ribbon…

  • Crafts

    Haunted House Tutorial

    This haunted house is fun and spooky and combines everything Halloween is about. Bats, ghosts, witches and ghouls! This craft requires help from a grown-up but can also be changed up to make it easier for kids. The haunted house tutorial comes with a printable house template but I also want to inspire you to make your own design. Materials House template printable construction paper in black, yellow and assorted Halloween colors scissors Exacto knife glue cutting mat or newspaper to prevent cutting the tabletop black marker pencil Haunted House Tutorial You can download the template right here: Usually, I like to print templates on card stock but it will…

  • Crafts

    Paper Plate Bat

    Halloween is around the corner and we have been busy crafting during our Fall break. My son requested something with bats, so we made a paper plate bat that flies through the night. Paper plates are a great craft medium. They are versatile and cheap, paint and glue will stick to the surface which makes them easy to work with. I designed two templates, one in black and white to cut out and trace on construction paper, the second one in color to cut and paste to the paper plate. You can also use stickers or paint a scene with markers or craft paint. Materials paper plates – the plain…

  • Crafts

    Potato Stamp Ghosts

    These little Potato Stamp Ghosts are so cute! They are super easy to make and a great Halloween craft for little ones. Their faces can be scary or friendly, however you prefer. All you need for this activity is a few common household items you probably already have at home. I love crafts that don’t require much preparation or a trip to the store for ingredients I will most likely never use again. These spooky ghosts are just ideal because everyone has potatoes, right? And if not, apples work well, too. Potatoes are easy to grip for little hands and make them a good material to work with. Materials black…

  • Crafts

    Fall Tree Paper Collage

    Inspired by Tracey English’s artwork I created a Fall Tree Paper Collage craft for kids and grown-ups. A few weeks ago I discovered artist and illustrator Tracey English and fell in love with her hand-painted paper collages. They are colorful, happy, and whimsy. She creates beautiful art by cutting and arranging painted paper. Check out her website to view her work. We especially like her dog cards. Materials white card stock tree template printed on card stock – link below watercolors and paint brushes water scissors glue, liquid or glue stick Instructions Print out the tree template on white card stock. 2. Paint the blank card stock sheets with watercolors.…

  • Crafts

    Tissue Paper Fall Tree

    The leaves are starting to change colors soon and what better craft to do than a Tissue Paper Fall Tree! A simple activity to celebrate Fall and ideal for tots and preschool-age kids. This post contains affiliate links, which means I will receive a small commission for purchases made at no extra cost to you. Materials tissue paper in Fall colors glue tree template (link below) Tissue Paper Fall Tree Instructions Print out the tree template. You can also draw or paint a tree if you prefer, but it is easier to use the printable if you are working with a group of kids or are in a time crunch.…

  • Crafts

    Tissue Paper Jack-o-Lantern Luminaries

    Halloween is my kids’ favorite holiday and they love to decorate the house. Jack-o-lantern luminaries are a great Halloween craft and not a bit scary, which makes them ideal for little ones. This craft doesn’t require many materials and even toddlers will be able to help. This post contains affiliate links which means I will receive a small commission for purchases made at no cost to you. Materials orange tissue paper small balloons scissors brush Mod Podge black Sharpie LED tea lights How to make Jack-o-lantern luminaries 1. Cut the tissue paper in small pieces 2. Inflate the balloons. Don’t blow them up all the way. Just large enough to…

  • Crafts

    Happy Pumpkins Stamp Art

    Have you ever grown pumpkins? A couple of years ago my son brought home pumpkin seeds and begged us to grow our own jack-o-lanterns. Little did we know that the vines would take over our yard, climb over fences, invade our neighbor’s property and suffocate our tomatoes and squash plants. The outcome was one large, oddly shaped pumpkin, and made my son extremely proud. It was definitely an experience but it is safe to say we will not grow them again. Crafting with pumpkins is a different story though! This happy pumpkins stamp art is such a fun and easy craft. Doesn’t it make you smile looking at these joyful…

  • Crafts,  Learn

    Kandinsky Pumpkin Art

    It is September and I have seen the first pumpkins being sold at farm stands. Fall is my favorite season and we usually go pumpkin picking and to Halloween events. This year is going to be a bit different since most farms canceled their Fall festivals. One more reason to do more Fall crafts and decorate the house. Kandinsky pumpkin art is a creative way to celebrate Fall and it is also an educational activity to teach children about Wassily Kandinsky. The Russian painter is known as the pioneer of abstract art. One of his most famous paintings is the Color Study: Squares with Concentric Circles shown below. Since we…

  • Crafts

    Fingerprint Birds

    Fingerprint art is an easy craft, even for the littlest artist, and makes great personal gifts for friends and relatives. I saved all hand- and footprint projects created by my kids, from tiny babies to elementary school and will hold on to them forever. As the kids are getting older and their feet aren’t as tiny any longer, we discovered printing with fingers. It is less messy and they can work independently. Fingerprint birds are super cute and would look fabulous on a greeting card or framed. I am going to show you two different ideas for bird prints. Materials card stock or paper ink stamp pads in various colors…