Holiday Crafts

by Michelle Clarke
Arts Coordinator

Here is a list of some of my favourite holiday crafts – great for those winter days when you want to cozy up inside and get creative : ) 

 

Christmas Wreaths

This one can be a little bit messy but a lot of fun and a great keepsake. (Craftingismylife.org)

Here’s another great wreath craft for those that prefer a little less mess. (mynameissnickerdoodle.com)

 

Snowflake Crystals

This one is also a bit of a cool science experiment. You can buy pipe cleaners from your local dollar store and borax is available in the cleaning aisle of most grocery stores. (stevespanglerscience.com)

Snow Paint

This is a really fun one that kids love. It’s a lot of fun just making it, and then even more fun to paint with it.  The recipe calls for peppermint extract but you can also make a scent free version that works just as well. (growingajeweledrose.com)

Holiday Fun with Popsicle Sticks

Here are some fun and easy popsicle stick tree ornaments. (onelittleproject.com)

Here is another great popsicle craft for those who celebrate Hanukkah. If glitter isn’t your think, you can also get some little sickers, mini-pompoms or rhinestones from the dollar store to decorate these – see the popcicle stick craft above for decoration inspiration ; )  (mamapeapod.com)

Snow Slime

Slime is always a huge hit for kids of all ages here at St. Alban’s. Here is a great sparkly snow slime. In this tutorial they store the slime in cute plastic tree ornaments (I’ve seen these at Michael’s craft store) , but you can also store your slime in any old jar or container if you aren’t able to track down the ornaments.  (iheartcraftythings.com)

If no one in your family wears contact lenses (the recipe above call for a bit of contact solution), try this recipe instead. (notimeforflashcards.com)

Summer Time Crafts

michelle-clarkeBy Michelle Clarke
Arts Program Coordinator

Summer is a great time to try out some of the messier crafts. Kids looove the messy crafts, and you can even have your kids do this in their bathing suits outside and follow it with some water fun 😉

But for those of you who prefer to keep the mess for us over here at summer camp, I’ll also include some less messy summer-themed crafts for those times you want to chill out in the air conditioning or get out of the rain.

swimming-jellyfish-craft-2For Young Children:

SWIMMING JELLY FISH

These are so cute, you may want to make them with your older children too!

http://iheartcraftythings.com/paper-plate-swimming-jellyfish-craft.html

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A fun way to keep things “cool”!

http://www.onesavvymom.net/2016/07/summer-toddler-craft-idea-ice-painting-how-to-make-ice-paints.html

TISSUE FISH

For this one, you just need a paper plate and tissue paper. Cut out a triangle for the mouth and use it to glue on the back for a tail. For a more colourful fish, you can paint it before adding the tissue paper. Use a googly eye or just draw on an eye with a marker.

Older Kids:

DSC_159533SALT PAINTING

This tutorial is for Jelly Fish, but you can paint anything you want with salt paint: try other sea creatures, writing your name, or anything you like!

http://www.iheartartsncrafts.com/jellyfish-salt-painting-activity-kids/

Fidget-Spinner-CraftDIY FIDGET SPINNERS

These ones are very popular around here 😉

http://www.redtedart.com/make-fidget-spinner-diy/

 

 

 

 

 

For Kids of All Ages:

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Kids of all ages love this one!
Just make sure that the kids don’t eat it!

http://www.craftymorning.com/puffy-paint-cotton-candy-craft-kids/

Squirt-Gun-Art-3-1SQUIRT GUN PAINTING

This one is super fun! A friend of mine had the brilliant idea to do this at her daughter’s birthday party on a big canvas and now she has some a great big abstract art piece up in her living room!

http://www.firefliesandmudpies.com/squirt-gun-painting/

 

TIE DYE

Go retro with some good old fashioned tie dye!

https://www.tiedyeyoursummer.com/techniques?pp=1

ice cream in a bag pin 0ICE CREAM IN A BAG

This one is fun and delicious too!

http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2013/07/summer-fun-ice-cream-in-bag.html?m=1

 

diy-chalk-5DIY SIDEWALK CHALK

These can be made in ice cube trays, muffin tins or popsicle moulds. If you are feeling fancy, you can also look for different shaped ice cube trays at the dollar store.

https://projectnursery.com/2015/05/diy-sidewalk-chalk-pops/#_a5y_p=5245552

Spring Time Crafts for Children

michelle-clarkeBy Michelle Clarke
Creative Arts Coordinator

Yay – Spring is on its way! But since the weather is still a bit unpredictable, here are some fun Easter & Passover themed crafts that you can do with your kids over the next few weeks if it’s rainy or you’d just rather stay inside 🙂 Continue reading