These clothespin horses are a fun craft and are great to use in pretend play. Make a whole stable full of different horses.
Clothespins and craft sticks are two things that work well together. Just play around with them a little and see. You can use them in learning activities, engineering opportunities and many wonderful crafts. We love these clothespin horses and unicorns. These are so easy to make and are simply adorable.
Printmaking with CDs offers a variety of options and is easy for preschoolers to adults.
If you follow us regularly, it is probably no surprise that we are a bit obsessed with printmaking. We love stamping and printing with everything and anything. Recyclables and common household items are our favorite materials to use. If you are like us, you most likely have a few old scratched up CDs or DVDs sitting around. Well don’t toss them out just yet, instead how about experimenting with some of these simple printmaking with CDs ideas.
We love yarn. Sure, it is great for knitting and crocheting, but it can be used for so much more. There are many wonderful arts, crafts and activities that you can make using yarn. It is perfect for teaching sewing to beginners, for working on fine motor skills, for creating fun and unique craft projects and even making lovely pieces of process art. Here are just a few of our favorite yarn crafts and activities.
These yarn art pieces are inspired by the book ‘Art & Max’.
We love finding inspiration for arts and craft projects from the books that we read. One of our new favorites is ‘Art & Max‘ (affiliate link). It is a wonderful book about two lizards. One is an artist and the other is an aspiring artist. When Arthur (Art) suggests that Max paint him, things quickly get colorful and then begin to slowly unravel. The lines and the colors in the book inspired these yarn art creations.
Inspired by the beautiful book ‘My Color is Rainbow’, this rainbow collage is a colorful kid’s craft that is great for working on scissor skills.
My daughter and I love to discover new books. That is why we were so excited when Agnes Hsu, the author of the amazing blog Hello Wonderful, published a new children’s book. Our whole family immediately fell in love with ‘My Color is Rainbow’. The story of Little White Arch is a beautiful one with a wonderful message. You will want to follow him on his colorful journey again and again. We felt so inspired by the story and its illustrations that, of course, we had to make a craft to go with it.
Yesterday, my daughter and I made mixed media truffula trees inspired by one of our favorite Dr. Seuss books, ‘The Lorax’. We kept the Lorax love going with one more craft. The Lorax is known for his short stature, his love of the environment and that signature mustache. We thought that a mustache prop would be a ton of fun.
If you are a Dr. Seuss fan like we are, you may be looking for a fun and easy craft to celebrate his upcoming birthday. When you think of Dr. Seuss, what is the first thing that you usually think of. I almost always immediately think of the Cat in the Hat.
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My daughter loves that mischievous cat and all thing Dr. Seuss, so I thought that this simple yarn wrapped Cat in the Hat inspired hat would be perfect.
Earlier in the fall, my daughter and I made autumn trees by coiling yarn and pipe cleaners. The trees came out so beautiful and were a wonderful fine motor activity for my little girl.
Heading into winter and with snow on its way this week, I wanted to try another coiled yarn project for the winter. Snowmen were a perfect idea for this method. Here’s how…
Yesterday, we used some old corks and the last of our fall acorns to make a group of adorable Christmas carolers for our fireplace mantle. My daughter loved the idea of those carolers and thought that their little heart shaped mouths were so cute, so we just had to make another caroler craft.
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My daughter is a big fan of cutting shapes out of construction paper to form pictures. Her scissor skills are amazing at only 4 because of this. We wanted to make a simple caroler craft using shapes. Our carolers only needed a few. We cut out a circle, a half circle, a triangle and then a rectangle for our book. We decided to fashion our carolers after each other. I made a caroler that looked like my daughter and she made one that looked like me.