crafts

Spring Break Fever: Cool Crafting with Kids

Spring Break conjures up dreamy visions of longer days, warmer temperatures, and fragrant cherry tree blossoms across the Lower Mainland. Why, before we know it, the dog days of summer will be upon us and the kids will be free from the confines of the school room! But before we get too preoccupied with blissful images of a carefree summer ahead, let’s focus on the here and now. Spring Break. It’s right around the corner, and the time is now to do a little planning.

Carving out creative time with your kids is a wonderful idea! Not only are creative activities fun, they encourage visual processing and fine motor skills. They instill a sense of accomplishment, and can be tremendously rewarding and self-esteem-boosting.

Think about your child’s skill level, and consider some of these fantastic DIY craft ideas: the Brag Book (nalleshouse.com) and Sidewalk Chalk Pops (projectnursery.com):

47c6b710fb98a60d6f26c3b416442ebe         93ef571e78e9aaac5c5e492536cf0ae2

And how about these DIY cuties, Monster Key Rings (flikr.com) and String Art Arrows (homeworksetc.ca):

e50c12304cfce0e4bff71e1a5df368c7          47fb435374d87f14c688ee9cbbd742ec

The great news is that the opportunity to engage your child in these fantastic DIY crafting projects lies right at your fingertips! Homeworks Etc. is offering a series of Spring Break Kids Club/Girls Club/DIY Kids Club creative sessions in Cloverdale. Sign up now at: https://homeworksetc.ca/collections/kids-workshops

“Years from now, it won't matter what you created, just that you did it together.” Richard Rende, PhD

Halloween Free Printables and 10 Easy Craft Ideas for Kids

Soap-Dispenser-Halloween-De.jpg

FREE-PRINTABLES-Halloween

Use Homeworks Etc FREE Printables for 10 easy crafts

Simply Cut and glue to decorate the following items:

1.  pumpkins of course!  Miniature pumpkins are cute to decorate, easy for kids to manage and great for decorating indoors.

2.  brown paper bags – use for loot bags,  treats, or to illuminate steps.  I like the idea of adding stickers to the paper bag and add an LED light inside but here’s how Martha does it…  Halloween Lanterns

Scary Lanterns Martha Stewart

Here’s how we do it…

paper-bag-Halloween-HWetc

3. soap dispenser – buy a plastic soap dispenser (Dollars & Cents for $1.25), add refillable white liquid hand soap, and choose a ribbon for fun. Tie a knot and done!

soap-Halloween_watermark

4.  windows and mirrors- can’t go wrong!

5.  glass candy jars or candlesDSC_0892

6. gift tags or cards

7. milk containers – recycle your milk jugs, cut a hole in the back and add orange lights. Perfect for the front porch!

Outdoor-Milk-Jug-Halloween-

8.  photo frames

9.  wood – Have extra wood from left over projects.  Paint them orange, sand to distress  and add add a pumpkin face!  A rustic touch to any mantel.  Here are some ideas from Pinterest

10. Last but not least – a bat wreath!  All Made out of paper.  Add glitter to the FREE Printable cut outs and voila!

bat wreath

Print your FREE Printable from Homeworks Etc.  Enjoy crafting for Halloween!

Halloween-Craft-Decals Free Printable

Soap-Dispenser-Halloween-De

 

Happy Decorating!

Happy Decorating!