The holiday season is finally in full swing! This time of year is special for so many reasons, but one of our very favorite things about the holidays is having the kids home from school for a while. To make the most of this quality family time, it’s important to keep the kids entertained and happy, otherwise they may start driving you nuts! Cooler temperatures can mean fewer outdoor adventures, which is why arts and crafts, such as these, are a perfect way to entertain and delight the kids.
COTTON BALL SNOWMAN (perfect for kids ages 2-6)
This cotton ball snowman is a fun-filled craft that children of all ages can enjoy. All you will need is blue construction paper, cotton balls, glue, scissors, pipe cleaner and felt. Simply draw three circles on the blue construction paper to make the snowman’s body and fill with tons of cotton balls, then use the felt and pipe cleaner to add facial features and accessorize your snowman. Younger children will love gluing all of the cotton balls down, while older kids will delight in adding their own creative and elaborate touches – from scarves to mittens to hats and more, the possibilities are endless!
NEW YEARS EVE DISCO BALL (perfect for kids ages 6-12)
Since the kids may already be tucked into bed when the ball is dropped in Times Square, let them create their own sparkly and festive ball drop! Simply use straight pins to pin sparkly sequins to a Styrofoam craft ball, letting the kids pick the color and patterns of their sequins. Glue a ribbon to the ball so that you can hang their piece of art from the ceiling and have your own New Year’s celebration, any time!
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and what better time than now to teach our kids what the holiday is truly about? Even as adults, it can be easy to lose sight of the reason behind the season and to think that it’s all about a perfectly done turkey, scrumptious stuffing and pumpkin pie. There is no denying that it is a favorite holiday for our taste buds, but there is of course much more to it, and why not remember this lesson with our kids in a fun-filled, crafty way that they can enjoy?
Gather your kids, some colorful paper, string, scissors and tape. While cutting out different colors and shapes of leaves, talk to your kids about having an attitude of gratitude! Ask them to think about all of the things that they are so lucky to have. Depending on their ages, it may be helpful to give examples that they can relate to easily. Tell them some things you’re thankful for – daddy, the playground, ice cream – and they will get excited to list all of the things that they love!
Once you’ve cut enough leaves, have children write something they’re thankful for on each leaf. Tape the leaves to your string (fishing line is a good option as well since it is clear and strong) and hang them from the ceiling. Having one long string for each family member is a great way to get the whole family involved. It also makes a powerful visual statement about all your family has to be thankful for!
Your kids will be proud to show their friends and family what they have created. The best part of this simple craft project is that every time your kids walk by their artwork, they’ll get a reminder of what Thanksgiving is truly about and how much they have to be thankful for.
Here at Handstand Kids, our thankful leaves are filled with your names! Thank you for being a fan and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Pinterest is a great resource for recipes, crafts and pretty pictures. but did you also know that it is a great resource for the little ones? These three pages are chock full of tips for parents, but kids can get in on the fun too – see below!
Zina’s boards have over 270,000 followers. We love the creative kids recipes and different ideas for fun seasonal activities.
Zulily maintains 27 boards of clothes, art and accessories for kids and moms. The cute pictures on their boards feature themed clothes so your kiddos can help pick out their threads!
Kathy James’ boards may be some of our all time favorites. Games, crafts, science experiments, ideas for holidays and of course recipes! All geared for little eyes, ears and hands.
Just because we don’t have a board, doesn’t mean we’re not on Pinterest! Check out some of our friends who have found us and pinned us!
Labor Day is a celebration of the economic and social contributions of workers. Although most Handstand Kids want to grow up to be Master Chefs there are some who have other callings. Use your day off to have a fun picnic and talk to your kids about what they want to be when they grow up! The recipes below will make a fun picnic, so get ready for some good times!
Creamy Radish Dip from Tasteofhome.com is healthy AND yummy!
Grilled Peach BBQ Chicken Wings from TasteofHome.com will make any meal an easy one to have a conversation around.
What do your Handstand Kids want to be when they grow up? Post pics to our Facebook and Twitter!
Everyone loves celebrating on the Fourth of July! Take a break from the kitchen to create some cute things for your table. All of these decorations from FamilyFun.com will make any celebration spectacular!
Any Handstand Kids table would be proudly patriotic with these cute napkin rings.
This fun loving robot can be filled with yummy treats!
These patriotic punch cups will light up your table scape!
If you’re getting crafty this Fourth of July, make sure to post pics to our Facebook and Twitter pages!
It’s almost Valentine’s Day, folks and we’re totally feeling the love! Yesterday we sent out a Valentine’s Day email newsletter with lots of yummy holiday-themed treats to make with your kids!
Today we have another Valentine’s idea for you! How about making Valentine’s with your little ones over the weekend? Together you can make Valentine cards for their the whole classroom!
Here are a few of our favorites from across the web:
>Perfect Pairings Valentine from Disney Family. Click here for instructions!
Lollipop Greeting Valentine from Education.com. Click here for instructions!
Gift Bag Valentine from Delish. Click here for instructions!
Candy Bar Valentine from Better Homes and Gardens. Click here for instructions.
Additional tip: Make sure you know if there are any food allergies in your child’s classroom. If there are, adjust the type of food Valentine you give accordingly.
If you end up making any of these Valentine’s Day cards with your kiddos, we’d love to see photos! Post them on our Facebook wall!
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