7 fun + easy ideas kid’s home craft, art + science activities

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Japanese stickers Kitty Cat via KitCatBox

Craft ideas for seven days a week….This blog is dedicated to a friend who has recently found herself at home full-time with a very active and smart toddlers/ preschooler. Use basic household materials, easy accessible and affordable art supplies, recycled items and found objects outdoors.

The great thing about the nature based activities is you can spend time outdoors finding your materials, and your child can collect stones or twigs, flowers and weeds, take along an egg garden to fill up!

 

1. Nature Paint Brushes: A Gathering Game…….

 

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This can eat up time, get your little one out and engaged, and allow you fresh air too! Make it game! Come home, eat lunch and make your brushes and get ready for messy painting!

 

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2. Kitty Cat Recycles

 

My number one tip is prep your space and materials to prevent toddler spread, aka making your home look like it’s been ransacked. For example, for this super car and boat terrain made on crafters or builder’s paper draw it the night before, and have your children fill in the colors. Get playing!

 

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3. Craft Paper DIY Play Terrain

 

Preemptive planning keeps the tantrums away, or in the very least to a minimum! Discover some inexpensive stimulating activities to do with a preschooler, or primary school age child.

 

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4. Easy Dino Crown for Imagination Play

 

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Make a dinosaur hat…..via cutting tiny bites, a great site with realistic projects and lots of home school activities that can be easily intergrated into your day even if you do not home school.

 

5. Make some bugs…

 

I am the first to admit that crowd control is essential to making crafting time successful in your home, e.g not creating colossal messes with supplies. A great way to manage this is to keep some of the supplies put away, and bring out just what you need for each project. This allows for the child to easily follow the directions as well. For free drawing, of course we always leave out paper and supplies, but a limited amount! Trays work great for each child in any case.

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Make bug pages (via cuttingtinybites)

 

 

6. FRAME IT UP!

 

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7. The Sea Ocean Bottle Activity:

One of my favorite activities is beautifully outlined and designed on the creator’s site, and involves reading an educational eco-system book narrated by the Cat in the Hat and creating your own sea creature populated realms ! It involves water so it is sure to be a winner for the under 8 set.

 

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Sewing Kits for Kids….

I will be featuring a monthly blog on creative people who through their own art, teaching or special way of introducing creativity make a difference.

 

This month, I am delighted to present the work of Robin Norgren, creative, teacher, entrepreneur, artist and more. She is an Expressive Arts Counselor and Creativity Facilitator based in Virginia. Committed to the importance of art and craft, Robin knows how to present materials to young children so they can achieve real handiwork. Her kits are so sweetly charming, I am over the moon! 

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I wanted to feature Robin’s work, and sewing kits before Valentine’s Day because sewing kits are an amazing gift for a child of almost any age. Sewing together is a meaningful way to spend time together as parent and child, brother and sister or whatever loving combination there might be.

I came upon lovely Robin when looking for a way to teach my older daughter to sew, patterns, or kits that are frustration free. I like that you can show the child how to follow patterns or if the child is younger do prep work before your homeschool or craft-time period. This prep is often key to keeping children of different ages engaged during handiwork.

 

 

Tell me about your vision:

“I truly believe that art is a vital component in our lives, promoting peace, joy and a sense of connectedness personally and our community each other. My work builds a foundation that helps children develop coping skills for stress and anxiety, which they will draw from time and again throughout their lifetimes. We offer opportunities for adults to play as well.”

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Why sewing kits?

“I love Maria Montessori’s philosophy for teaching children. I decided to become certified as a Montessori Primary Teacher because I knew that it would enhance the way I create curriculum as an art teacher. During the training, I discovered that you could teach sewing to children as young as 4 years old. This seemed amazing to me having experienced similar meditative advantages myself from hand sewing. I was privileged to see this age group sewing first hand as a Montessori Outdoor Environment teacher.”

How did you develop your kits?

I was asked develop a craft kit for a school fundraiser. So, I began to research what types of sewing kits were  on the market in order to offer something different to our community.

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What I found was that there was not anything out there that was not super complicated. And so, that is how Josey’s Art school sewing line was born. Our kits offer whimsical designs that you can frame or make into pillows with all fabric and embroidery thread and a pattern. The bonus is that you receive a pattern, which you can use to create multiple hand-sewn gifts for yourself and others.

Links:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/robinnorgren

 http://www.joseysartschool.com Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/user/wellofcreations