Winter

Snowy Town: Easy Watercolour Painting Project

Learn how to paint a snowy town with watercolours in a simple and fun way that appeals to children. This technique introduces masking tape as a useful tool in watercolour painting. Learning a new painting technique is fun for kids, and it's even better when the...

Valentine’s Day

Stained Glass Heart Suncatcher

Make a stained glass heart suncatcher with kids! It's surprisingly easy, with nothing but black glue, sharpie markers and some recyclables. My kids and I really enjoy the process of making suncatchers with black glue. First of all, they really are easy and cheap to...

Romantic Evening Mason Jar Lanterns

Upcycle mason jars and turn them into a set of lanterns with romantic printable silhouettes set against the background of a purple sky at twilight. Perfect for atmospheric decor, for a date-at-home, Valentine's Day, or a wedding! Three years ago, I made sets of...

Spring

End of School Year: Printable Journal of Questions for Kids

Another school year is coming to an end. Encourage kids to answer the questions in this free printable end-of-school journal to capture the year's memories forever! When school comes to an end, it is a perfect time to create a little time capsule with children's...

Frog Life Cycle Pom Pom Craft for Nature Studies

Illustrate the frog life cycle with pom poms and pipe cleaners by making pom pom frogs, tadpoles and eggs!  At first, a pom pom frog was just a simple craft to do with kids, but we were quite impressed with the potential of pipe cleaner articulation and ended up...

Easter

How to Paint Harry Potter Easter Eggs

Celebrate Easter with a set of Harry Potter Easter Eggs! Ten or more years ago, were you in one of those line-ups outside the bookstore doors, waiting until midnight to get the new Harry Potter book, so that you could spend the rest of the night immersed in the cozy...

Matryoshka Easter Egg Craft

If you like decorating eggs for Easter, this craft tutorial will show you how to turn them into a couple of multicultural Matryoshka dolls! The post contains affiliate links to some of the products I've used. There are some holiday traditions that come naturally to...

Summer

Backyard Railroad Engineering: Outdoor STEM Challenge for Kids

Like many kids, my son likes everything on wheels. Cars, construction machinery, emergency vehicles, trains. Especially trains. He also loves playing in the backyard, and for several summer now, I've been thinking how much fun it would be to build a railroad outside....

Leaf Messages and Doodles

A fun and simple way for kids to make art and practice writing with nature in the summer! Don't these leaf messages look as if they were left by fairies? That was the idea, anyway! The leaf messages introduced my son to his kindness elves. In case you haven't heard...

Halloween

Monster Math: Printable Game of Art and Numbers for Kids

Monster Math is a printable game that challenges children to draw while working on simple math - counting, number writing and recognition. Roll a die and see what kind of monster you will draw. My son loves to draw. He also enjoys building, crafting and even writing....

How to Paint a Space Pumpkin for Halloween

If your kids aren't old enough to carve pumpkins, try making these no-carve painted space pumpkins for Halloween! It's strange how it never occurred to me before that we could paint pumpkins for Halloween. Of course, carving is fun! But it's a lot more fun when it...

Autumn

How to Paint a Space Pumpkin for Halloween

If your kids aren't old enough to carve pumpkins, try making these no-carve painted space pumpkins for Halloween! It's strange how it never occurred to me before that we could paint pumpkins for Halloween. Of course, carving is fun! But it's a lot more fun when it...

Jack in the Box Paper Toy with a Free Printable Template

Remember those old Jack in the Box toys? Now you can make a DIY Jack in the Box from paper, while having a fun engineering experience with kids! One day, I was playing with a pair of puppets that we made using the so-called accordion articulation. While possessing a...

Christmas

Snowflake Paper Fairies with a Printable Template

If you enjoy cutting snowflakes out of paper, make a snowflake fairy with our free printable template! The kids will enjoy designing a variety of paper snowflake for their skirts, and it can be used as a Christmas tree ornament. Do you remember cutting paper...

Winter Paper Luminary with a Free Printable Template

With this free printable template, you can make a simple winter luminary in minutes! And once you put a light inside, it glows with simple charm. I've always wanted to try making a simple luminary by turning a piece of paper into a ring and making a decorative cut...

Christmas Silhouette Bundle This Christmas, open a shadow puppet theatre!

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