New Years Crafts For Kids

new years craftsDon’t worry I am not trying to dive into 2014!  I want to share some of our favorite New Years crafts so when the rush of Christmas is over but the kids aren’t back to their regular routines yet you still have something fun to make with all the left over glitter from Christmas crafts! I love New Years because it’s a great time to talk to children about change. Change as you likely know is hard for kids who crave the security of routines and predictability so finding a time when they aren’t going through a major change to bring it up is always good. New Years does that for us. We look back, notice changes then make goals and predictions for the year ahead. Here are some great crafts that can spark that discussion for your family as well as a bunch of firework crafts because when I mentioned New Years both my kids mentioned fireworks.

New Years Memory Game
Confetti Pop Fireworks
Every Year I Get Bigger – Photo Book.
New Years Wishing Tree
Shaving Cream Fireworks
Playroom Art Retrospective
Handprint Fireworks
New Years Eve Scavenger Hunt
Cupcake Liner Fireworks

Tape Resist – Easy Christmas Tree Craft

Christmas tree craft for kids I didn’t plan this easy Christmas tree craft at all. I grabbed these little wooden Christmas trees off an end cap at Walmart to appease my daughter. I was zooming around the busy store looking for a specific gift that was not where one would think it would be and she was threatening mutiny from the cart. “What’s that you want a tree? Two? Don’t unclip yourself and we have a deal!”  She sang to them while I finally found the obscure item and made a beeline to the check out just in time to get us home for the school bus. After we got home I looked at what we had on hand and this craft took shape.

Gather your materials. You will need little wooden trees, paint ( we used acrylic glitter  and metallic paint ) , painter’s tape, some brushes ( we ended up using sponge brushes and q-tips but I had already taken my supply picture. We also used a paper punch to punch out the tape stars. easy tape resist christmas tree craft for kids

The kids asked for stars so we used our star paper punch to make them. tape resist christmas craft

Start by taping your trees. My daughter asked for garlands which I did for her and then she added more detail. My son did a row of stars. tape resist christmas tree project

Next add the paint. Sponge on the green. Let dry. For the sake of the fading daylight I used the hair dryer for 30 seconds on each side to speed up drying time. tape resist centerpiece for christmas

Peel the tape off. tape resist wooden christmas tree craft

Add metallic details. wooden tape resist christmas treeMy son painted the edges of his tree gold while my daughter used the unpainted sections as a guide for her metallic paint. There is no wrong or right way. painting tape resist Christmas tree

Let dry. Now hours later I am staring up at these next to their elf houses from last year and loving our growing collection. So thankful my daughter spotted them and I didn’t have the patience to do anything other than grab them to keep the peace.Christmas craft for kids

15 Winter Crafts & Activities For Kids

winter crafts for kids Winter may not technically be here for a few more days but last week sure felt like winter !  I thought I would take a break from all the Christmas posts and share some of our favorite winter crafts and activities for kids. Some of these are really old and it’s fun to look back at how little my kids were but it’s also great for all of you looking for activities for kids of all ages. I hope you can find some fun.

Cork Painted Snowflake 
Simple Penguin Craft
Winter Sensory Tub & Fine Motor Play

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Arctic Ice Sensory Tub
Cotton Ball Snowflake
Winter Train Table Play
Hole Punch Snowflakes

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Hot Chocolate Math
Writing Letters In The Snow
Cupcake Liner Snowflake Garland

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Footprints In The Snow Winter Playdough
Marshmallow Snowflake
Letter Snowman
Winter W
Popsicle Stick Snowflakes

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Nativity Craft For Kids

manger craft for kids This is more than a nativity craft for kids it’s also a lesson in shapes. My son did a similar cut and paste craft in preschool a few years ago and have always thought it would make a cute suncatcher. Well I think it does. I kept this bare bones with simple shapes that my daughter can identify and explore how when shapes work together they can make figures. We have been practicing our parts for our Church pageant and have just set up our nativity , so nativity scenes are very current around here. I was surprised that I didn’t have to help her at all. The addition of glitter didn’t just thrill my daughter they really added a celestial quality to the air in the manger.

Gather your materials. You will need some construction paper in brown ( full sheet), blue, green, yellow and white. The last four colors only use a little so if you have a scrap paper bin I would dig through it and see if you have the colors you want. You will also need contact paper, glitter and scissors. A circle paper punch is optional. sunday school craft

Start by making your manger. You will need to fold your brown paper in half lengthwise and cut from the inside corner to the middle of the outside. Next cut the middle out so you have a frame. Peel the backing off of the contact paper and pop the manger frame on so the sticky side of the contact paper if facing up.nativity sun catcher craft

Now cut out your shapes. You will need an oval and circle for baby Jesus, a triangle and circle each for Mary and Joseph, and a triangle and rectangle for the cradle. Oh and the star!nativity craft for kids

Start popping them on. baby jesus craft As your child does this label the shapes for them. I asked her ” What shape is Mary’s head?” ” What shapes make up the cradle?”  I don’t do this a ton because I want her to be enjoying the activity but here and there working it into the conversation. Kids don’t need to be quizzed like this to be learning about the shapes they are using. Just by using them they are learning so much. nativity craft for sunday school

Once all the pieces are on ( oh and I forgot to mention we used a little tape on baby Jesus’s head because my daughter wanted to place it on top of the oval body).  It’s time to add glitter. Think she was happy to hear that? nativity craft

She started off timid. nativity craft for young children

But didn’t end that way.nativity christmas craft

Place a 2nd piece on top and sandwich the nativity scene. Press hard to keep all the glitter in and trim.nativity scene craft for kids

Ready for the window! nativity suncatcher craft for christmas

Books

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Christmas in the Barn by Margaret Wise Brown will sound very familiar to you if you are a fan of her book The Big Red Barn, which both my son and I am. I like this book but my son kept saying ” That’s not right” thinking that this was the other book. They are that similar. In this book though there is something that the other doesn’t have, most notably Baby Jesus. It’s a calm and gentle book about the birth of Jesus in a way only Margaret Wise Brown could accomplish.  I would like to read it next year to my son when he can appreciate that it’s not supposed to be exactly the same as  the Big Red Barn. Great book for toddlers and preschoolers alike!

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Cock-A-Doodle Christmas by Will Hillenbrand is a really unique Christmas story. A little rooster is at the center of this book, he is so little that his cock-a-doodle doesn’t wake anyone up.  He is very sad about his inability until that night he finds himself in the manger with Baby Jesus and finds his voice. It’s a simple book, with profound meanings. This is a great book for a Christan family or to read at Sunday school.

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Who Is Coming to Our House? by Joseph Slate is a sweet look at the animals in the manger preparing for Baby Jesus’s arrival. The animals aren’t sure who is coming but at the insistence of the mouse, they clean and prepare the manger until finally a very pregnant Mary on a donkey with Joseph by her side. The next page is probably my favorite image of the Baby Jesus image in any children’s book. Mary’s hair is down, feet bare and Joseph is protective by, the animals are watching and alert.  Illustrator Ashley Wolff does a perfect job with this simple but fantastic book!