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Leaf Bunny Nature Craft

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This adorable leaf bunny nature craft is perfect for the springtime and Easter.

We have a rhododendron bush in our front yard. I love the leaves from that bush and pick them off often to use for arts and crafts projects with my daughter. The last time we worked with them, my brother-in-law stopped over and suggested that we could make Easter bunnies with them because the leaves looked like bunny ears. Brilliant! Now why didn’t I think of that? Either way, I used his great idea and made this adorable leaf bunny.

Leaf Easter Bunny Craft. Easy spring nature arts & crafts for kids

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Bleeding Tissue Paper Shamrocks

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Bleeding tissue paper painting is a fun alternative to traditional painting. These bleeding tissue paper shamrocks are a fun and easy St. Patrick’s Day art idea.

Bleeding tissue paper is one of our favorites ways to paint. It is fun. It is messy and it produces very cool results. We have made a few bleeding tissue projects for Christmas and then Valentine’s Day. With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, we had to make one for St. Paddy’s, as well. I love these bleeding tissue paper shamrocks because they are so simple.
Bleeding tissue paper shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day. Easy arts and crafts art ideas and painting for preschoolers and kids.

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Potpourri Christmas Tree Craft

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We recently inherited a large bin filled with potpourri fillers. My daughter & I were so excited at the opportunity to use them in our crafts. We started a few days ago by using them to make salt dough and nature wreaths. We also formed some lovely winter wonderlands. While making our wonderlands and playing around the potpourri, we came up with another idea for the season.

Pine Cone and potpourri Christmas tree. Simple craft project that smells lovely. This is one that you could do with the kids as well. Winter arts and crafts projects with nature

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The potpourri that were used were cinnamon pine cones, cinnamon sticks, star anise,  pink roses and some other items that I am not sure of, but I am sure many potpourri fillers or herbs will work nicely.

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Cork Train Craft

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Simple Cork train craft - easy diy project. Cute and perfect for Christmas or for a kid's room. Easy arts and crafts projects

When you do arts and crafts as much as we do, friends and family will randomly give you materials that they think that you can craft with. I recently inherited a large jar of corks from my mother-in-law. We dug into them once already to make carolers for Christmas and then last night after watching the ‘Polar Express’, I dug into them once more to make a train.

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Easy Halloween Paintings

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Easy blob painted Halloween paintings. Paint a black cat, ghost or pumpkin. This is a perfect arts and craft activity for toddlers and preschoolers

My daughter had a very busy week. This week she had soccer practice, swim lessons and her first acting class. The week must have tired her out because when the weekend came, she asked if she could have a pajama craft day. How could I say no to that. A pajama craft day sounded fantastic. We have a younger friend of the family that loves craft time at our house, so we invited her over for pajama craft day as well.

They wanted to do something Halloween themed. My daughter said that she wanted to make ghosts and mummies. I wanted to keep it simple for our younger friend, so we made what we dubbed “Splat Painting”. It was not quite a splat, but more of a free form painting turned into a cute Halloween craft.

The kids used acrylic paints and painted onto their pieces of paper. They painted white for ghosts, black for black cats, orange for pumpkins.

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They sprinkled glitter over their paintings because they found my glitter stash and kids just love glitter.

We cut simple shapes out of construction paper for each of our creations. The girls glued the shapes and googly eyes over each of their paintings to form their Halloween creatures.

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Here are some of the creations that we came up with. How cute are these?

Easy blob painted Halloween paintings. Paint a black cat, ghost or pumpkin. This is a perfect arts and craft activity for toddlers and preschoolersEasy blob painted Halloween paintings. Paint a black cat, ghost or pumpkin. This is a perfect arts and craft activity for toddlers and preschoolersEasy blob painted Halloween paintings. Paint a black cat, ghost or pumpkin. This is a perfect arts and craft activity for toddlers and preschoolersEasy blob painted Halloween paintings. Paint a black cat, ghost or pumpkin. This is a perfect arts and craft activity for toddlers and preschoolers Easy blob painted Halloween paintings. Paint a black cat, ghost or pumpkin. This is a perfect arts and craft activity for toddlers and preschoolers Easy blob painted Halloween paintings. Paint a black cat, ghost or pumpkin. This is a perfect arts and craft activity for toddlers and preschoolers

The girl’s did a great job with their paintings. These were so much fun to watch them make.

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Easy blob painted Halloween paintings. Paint a black cat, ghost or pumpkin. This is a perfect arts and craft activity for toddlers and preschoolers

Thumbprint Monsters

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These are so cute & fun to make. Thumbprint or fingerprint monsters. Kid's arts & crafts. Perfect for Halloween.

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We are huge fans of hand, foot & finger printed projects. They are fun to make & some of those sweet little prints make for wonderful keepsakes to save & look back at later.

My daughter is going through a little bit of a monster phase lately. She loves to draw them and make clay sculptures of them, which is funny because she doesn’t like anything scary, but she always makes sure to tell me that they are nice monsters.

Monsters are simple & fun to make and have so many possibilities. We made some adorable & “nice” monsters this week with our thumbprints.

My daughter picked out a few different colors of acrylic paint & we squeezed out just a bit of each onto a paper plate. I explained to my daughter that after she dipped her finger in the paint, she needed to blot off a bit of it before pressing onto the paper. She blotted her fingers & pressed firmly onto a sheet of white paper & then we set the paper aside to dry. Acrylic paint dries rather quickly, so we were able to work with our thumbprints without much wait.

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I drew a couple of starter monsters onto the thumbprints & my daughter quickly grabbed a Sharpie and went on to finish the rest of her thumbprints. I took this photograph of her as she drew, but she insisted that I do not look until the end, so she asked for privacy while she worked on the rest. A true artist never wants to reveal their work until it is finished.

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When she finished her last one, she proudly ran over to me to show me her friendly monsters. They were so cute. She pointed all the differences out to me & told me that she likes her monsters to have tails.

These are so cute & fun to make. Thumbprint or fingerprint monsters. Kid's arts & crafts. Perfect for Halloween.

I made some of my own & thought the tails were a cute option for some of mine as well.

These are so cute & fun to make. Thumbprint or fingerprint monsters. Kid's arts & crafts. Perfect for Halloween.

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We also recreated a thumbprint idea that we made a couple of year’s ago. We used all of our fingers for this one to form spooky Halloween eyes. I showed my daughter how to press both fingers down on the paper at the same time to form the eyes. She alternated fingers to make different sized eyes and since the angles and shapes would vary with each pressing this made for a great variety of eyes.

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When the paint dried, she drew in eye balls and lashes & cracks in the eyes. She got a kick out of the eyes. “Look at how spooky they are, mama.” “They are looking at me.”

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Our spooky eyes were fun & will be a creepy addition to our front window.

These are so cute & fun to make. Thumbprint or fingerprint spooky eyes. Kid's arts & crafts. Perfect for Halloween

These are so cute & fun to make. Thumbprint or fingerprint spooky eyes. Kid's arts & crafts. Perfect for Halloween

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Simple Balloon Experiment

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A simple experiment testing the effects of pattern on the balloon once it expands and inflates & deflates. Simple science for kids.

My daughter is obsessed with balloons. There are balloons bouncing around our house most of the time. We have bags of them & she asks me to blow up new ones for her all the time. Yesterday, she picked up one of her balloons & started coloring it with a marker. Looking at her colored balloon gave me an idea. I grabbed one of our noninflated balloons and used markers & sharpies to color in a design. It did not need to be anything elaborate, just a quick design.

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Egg Carton Cars

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Simple Egg Carton Car craft for kids. Easy arts & crafts with recyclables

My daughter has the most magnificent imagination. It is fascinating to watch her play. She loves to build villages & towns with her blocks & she picks up random odds and ends around the house often to incorporate into her pretend worlds.

We painted some egg carton pieces & toilet paper roll earlier this week to keep for future crafts. We started playing with the painted pieces & we thought of a great craft that she could use later for her pretend play.

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We made these simple egg carton cars. All you need is buttons for the wheels & some foam pieces or construction paper for the windows and headlights. Use a Sharpie to draw in the doors.

Simple Egg Carton Car craft for kids. Easy arts & crafts with recyclables..

Simple Egg Carton Car craft for kids. Easy arts & crafts with recyclables.

These were quick and easy to make and made a fine addition to my daughter’s block city. “Look mama, I parked all the cars in the parking lot.”

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Cute & Simple Spring Crafts For Kids

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Adorable & easy spring crafts for kids (2)

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am just about finished with the cold weather and the winter. My thoughts are already turning towards the spring & I cannot wait to trade in the snow for  green grass & sunny days. Spring is coming quick and what better way to get us ready for spring than a few sweet & simple crafts for the kiddos.

Adorable & easy spring crafts for kids

 

It is raining buttons in this adorable Button Rain Drops craft.

Button Rain Drop & Umbrella Craft for kids

 

What a pretty spring keepsake this Finger Print Cherry Blossom would make.

Finger print cherry blossom branch - pretty art for kids

We loved making these easy to make Dixie Cup Flowers.

Dixie Cup Flower Craft for kids- great spring craft

Don’t throw away your old potatoes. Potato Stamp Butterflies

Butterfly Potato Stamps for kids - spring and summer craft ideas

Paint, color or scribble to design these lovely Plastic Spoon Flowers.

Plastic Spoon flower craft for kids - painted flowers

We love crafting with pasta. Pasta Windchime

Pasta wind chime craft for kids

So simple, yet so cute. Egg Carton Flowers

Egg carton flower bouquet. A simple craft for kids perfect for Valentines Day or Mothers Day

April showers bring May flowers, so you better be prepared with a Paper Plate Umbrella.

Paper Plate umbrella craft for kids

Rainbows even make the sun smile. Paper Plate Rainbow

Paper plate sunshine & rainbow craft for kids for spring

These beautiful flowers were made out old paper towels. Tie Dye Flowers

Tie Dye Paper Towel Flowers a pretty summer arts craft project for the kids

This Cupcake Liner Chick is such a cute springtime craft.

Cupcake Liner Chick Craft easy kids crafts

Here is what you can do with old mis-matched puzzle pieces. Puzzle Piece Butterfly

Recycled Puzzle Butterfly Craft for kids

Save your puzzle pieces for one more puzzle craft. Puzzle Piece Flower

Puzzle Piece Flower Craft for kids

Add a little texture to your paintings with this Paint Scrape Flower project.

Paint scrape painting project for kids

Use your recyclables to make this Egg Carton Snail Craft. What a cute little guy.

Egg carton snail craft for kids

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Paper Plate Umbrella Craft

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Paper plate umbrella craft for spring. Spring arts and crafts ideas for kids.

Tomorrow is finally March. We can kiss February goodbye & start the countdown to the spring. I feel as if it is all that I can think about. I am over the cold & snow and am longing for the outdoors. The snow may melt in the spring, but it is not without its weather challenges too. April showers bring May flowers & the showers certainly do fall. Here is a cute umbrella craft that you can do to welcome in the spring & its raindrops.

Paper plate umbrella craft

All you will need is a paper plate, paint,  a pipe cleaner, a straw & glue

Cut a paper plate so that there are 6 pie sections. Cut so that there is an uncut circle in the center. Poke a hole through the center with a pipe cleaner & pull the cleaner back out.

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Paint the bottom side of the plate. Paint each segment in a different color. Let dry.

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Using a glue gun, glue the edge of one piece of the pie. Overlap it slightly with the next pie segment. Continue all the way around.

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Poke the pipe cleaner through the top again. Form a loop and push the point back through the center again, keeping the loop on top and the end on the inside of the umbrella. Push a straw of the same color over the pipe cleaner until it reaches the top. Add a dab of hot glue to the inside center. Let it cool for about 30 seconds and then push the straw into the glue. Curve the bottom of the pipe cleaner to form the handle.

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Paper plate umbrella craft for spring. Spring arts and crafts ideas for kids.

Paper plate umbrella craft for spring. Spring arts and crafts ideas for kids.

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