Arts and Crafts For Kids
When boredom looms and school is out, get everyone involved in arts and crafts for kids. Kids are always excited to be free from the school routine when they are let out for their term break, but it isn't long until they start wondering what to do. Arts and crafts for kids will keep them occupied and maybe even teach them a thing or two.
Arts and crafts for kids can involve natural objects found in the garden, like seed pods, leaves, grasses, and similar objects. Let kids create a nature collection collage by gluing these items to a stiff piece of cardboard. They may even spray paint some of their findings with silver or gold paint. Or they might like to glue glitter to the items on their collage. Make it a game to see who can come up with the most unusual or prettiest nature item.
Perhaps they would also enjoy collecting wild flower seed heads and creating dried flower arrangements. The bouquet can be arranged in a homemade vase. A simple vase can be made from a tin can. Be sure to file off any sharp spurs on the inside opening. Start the work of art by cutting a piece of construction paper or other colored paper to fit around the sides of the can. This will be glued to the outside of the can, but first it needs to be decorated.
The vase cover can be decorated in many ways. The child can draw an outdoor scene on the paper and then decorate it with glued on glitter or small stickers. Another idea is for the child to write their name in large letters, and glue beans, seeds, or glitter to the letters. Let all glue dry before attaching the paper to the outside of the can. Water can be added for fresh flowers or left dry for a dry flower arrangement.
You can also use the can for a trinket container or as a place to store pens, pencils, and markers. To make an outdoor theme, glue grass seed heads and seed pods to the paper in a decorative way.
Jar vases make good ideas for the arrangements too. Canning jars make particularly good vases, but any cast off mayonnaise, pickle, or other jar, even plastic ones, can work, too. To make a jar into a vase it first needs to be shiny and clean with no labels. Let the kids roll up their sleeves and have fun splashing at the sink while "washing dishes." If it’s summer they could even wear their swimming costumes. Once the jar is clean and dry, tie an attractive ribbon around the top. They may even decorate the outside of the jar by gluing on beads and buttons. It is also attractive to put marbles or colored beads or buttons inside the jar, but perhaps not quite as much fun.
You may also find that you need to entertain the smaller kids while their brothers and sisters are on vacation. Try Little Kids Crafts for All Seasons for great ideas.
Vacation arts and crafts for kids will provide some special home decorations around the house and keep the kids from being bored. For ideas for every day of the year Alexandra Martinez’s step by step instruction e-book can’t be beaten. Arts and crafts for kids should be at the top of every parent's To Do list when the holiday season looms!
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