Fun Crafts For Kids Of All Ages { Add Your Post!}

kids craftsLink & Learn is for all of us whether you are a blogger looking for another place to share your brilliant blog post, a parent looking to find more ideas that the ones we share on No Time For Flash Cards , or a teacher looking for just the right idea for your lesson plan I hope we have everything you need here. Each week I encourage other bloggers to come share what they have been up to and hope to create a weekly cheat sheet of sorts for everyone.

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Link & Learn – Kids Crafts and More

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Saturday night means two things at my house – falling asleep at an embarrassingly early hour and posting Link & Learn to see what you have created with your kids this week. So before I hit the sack I am putting Link & Learn up early because I can’t wait!!

If you are new to Link & Learn it’s a kids crafts, activities, learning, really anything fun link up. If you blog about those things feel free to add your link and check out other links from this week.



Easy Thanksgiving Crafts For Toddlers {and tips for parents too}

easy thanksgiving crafts for toddlersThanksgiving is on Thursday but it’s not too late to plan some fun and easy Thanksgiving crafts for your toddler. These activities were all done with my kids when they were toddlers ( 18 months – 3 years old)  but have been repeated when they were older so rest assured that older siblings will love to join in on these easy Thanksgiving activities too. Check out our tips below to make these crafts even easier and more successful with your children.

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Toddler Turkey Craft

This post is filled with advice for crafting with toddlers from accepting mess aversion to choosing good tools like plastic plates but this is my favorite –>

Tip: If your child uses a booster for meals pop them in it when you are doing messy art too. This will relax you so you can both enjoy creating without worrying about Jr. running for the living room covered in red paint.

bubble wrap corn craft for thanksgiving

Bubble Wrap Corn.

Explore the texture of the bubble wrap and have fun with this easy activity. Be prepared for aversion too. My son hated it the first time so we rolled with it . Later we followed this favorite tip for success.

Tip: wrap the bubble wrap around a rolling pin for easy printing.

toddler craft for thanksgiving

Turkey Sun Catcher

Use glitter glue for a lower mess glitter craft.

Tip : Use baby wipes for messy hands if a sink isn’t right there. They have saved use from many big messes.

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Mini Pumpkin Prints

We use mini pumpkins as decorations throughout the fall. A few days before Thanksgiving cut one open and paint with it.

Tip: For kids that aren’t keen on wearing smocks find a few tee shirts at a garage sale that you don’t care if it’s stained forever and wear those on painting days.

3d turkey craft

3D Handprint Turkey

This has never been our most popular Thanksgiving craft but my kids loved making it so I love sharing it.

Tip: When doing handprint crafts with toddlers that call for multiple hand cut outs layer multiple papers under tracing and cut instead of tracing their hands multiple times.

acorn craft for toddlers

Torn Acorn Craft

If you aren’t ready to hand your child scissors yet this activity is great. Tearing paper still builds hand muscles that are required for later scissor and handwriting skills.

Tip : Pre-cut strips of paper that are manageable for little hands.

thanksgiving sensory tub

Thanksgiving Sensory Tub

Mess is hard for a lot of parents. I get it because I try to keep my house in order too and kids have a way of following behind us and messing up what was just cleaned. Sensory play is so valuable for kids as they explore cause and effect, measurement, imaginative play, and more.

Tip : If your child is prone to dumping sensory materials have them sit on a carpeted floor. The materials won’t scatter as far ( or be as much fun to dump) and will be easy to vacuum up.

messy art for toddlers

Turkey Baster Painting

Painting with turkey basters is fun and squeezing the bulb is actually great for hand strength too. Yes it’s messy but the post is filled with tips to minimize it including –>

Tip : When painting with tools like a turkey baster after painting pop the kid and the tool into the bath and let them get clean together. After the bulk of the paint it off in the bath you can put the tool into the dishwasher for a final clean.

thanksgiving thankful activity for toddlers

Thankful Box

Toddlers may not be able to read and write yet but they can express likes and dislikes. Use a thankful box to teach them to show appreciation for those things they like by modeling.

Tip : When teaching abstract concepts like being thankful to toddlers including a concrete activity like making the box or decorating a jar for the tokens of appreciation to be kept in can create a connection that simple talking about being thankful may not.

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Confetti Corn Craft

This post is a perfect example about being flexible with toddlers. My son who was 3 at the time wanted to include his construction vehicles in the play. With a a few simple additions I was able to include them in and the craft took on an element of imaginative play too.

Tip : Be flexible and let your toddler have some control over their creation.

 

What is your best tip for crafting with toddlers?

 

{No Glue} Turkey Craft For Thanksgiving

no mess thanksgiving day craft People have been making paper bag turkey crafts for ages but I still wanted to share this one because of how we made it and how my daughter was able to play as soon as the last piece was on. It’s the perfect low mess make and take craft for your kid guests at Thanksgiving dinner.

Gather your materials. You will need some paper bags, crayons, party streamers ( I save all extras from birthday parties), googly eyes, orange and red construction paper, scissors and permanent double stick tape. paper bag turkey craft

Start by cutting a few inches off the bottom of the paper bags. This makes the puppets much easier for wee little arms to handle. paper bag turkey craft for thanksgiving

Next invite your puppet maker to color their turkey. My daughter took her time taking off all the paper from the crayons first. paper bag turkey craft for three year oldsThis was an unintended fine motor skill activity in the middle of our main craft. paper bag turkey

While they peel and color cut the streamers into shorter pieces, and cut a beak and wattle. paper bag turkey streamers

When they are done coloring flip the bag over and add the double stick tape along the edges. paper bag turkey craft for children

Add the streamers. paper bag turkey feathersI was floored with how long she did this. She wanted to cover every bit of “sticky” and even asked to add more. paper bag turkey adding feathers

Add tape to the wattle and beak and flip the turkey over and stick them on. We added the beak first so I slipped it under after. paper bag turkey for kids

Pop on the eyes. turkey paper bag puppet for kids

Best part is that it’s time to play right away ! paper bag turkey make and play right away

Do you need some Thanksgiving books to go a long with this craft? Check out our newest Thanksgiving Book List.

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Crafts & Activities For Kids { Add Yours!}

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I am posting early tonight because I need to get into bed early so I can be rested for my race tomorrow. For some reason I thought that running a hilly 13.1 miles would be a great way to spend a few hours in the morning. We’ll see if I was right. The course is gorgeous but unforgiving. I will update after the race on No Time For Flash Cards Facebook page.

Enough about me.  I want YOU to share what you’ve been up to , new crafts you have made, books you have read ,and of course any lessons you have shared on your blog.  Link up and let’s check them out.

Link & Learn isn’t just for bloggers though , if you are a reader without a blog like most of my readers I hope you check out a few new blogs. There are so many out there sharing such amazing ideas. You can see even more on our Pinterest boards!