Category Archives: Crafts

3-D Leaf Turkey

3-D Leaf Turkey

Collect dry leaves and glue with tacky glue, then cut out body, head, beak, and that hangy thingy on their nose (whatever that is called.) Voila, 3-D turkey. Enjoy!

Disclaimer: Please do not attempt to bake the turkey for Thanksgiving. Since it is so lifelike you run the risk of accidental consumption.

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Teaching Colors

 This is a fun way for teaching colors to little ones. I cut out people from felt, and then cut out their accessories out of felt. Use all different colors to dress them. You can make 3 different colored shirts, pants, hats, etc. Ask your child to put the yellow shirt on the man. Ask your child to put the purple dress on the woman. Also a good time to discuss some obvious differences between men and women. Hopefully you are more artistic than me and a better tailor since my clothes don’t fit my people.

Easiest Homemade Gift Ever.

 Go to a store that sells paint. Get paint swatches. Decorate with sharpie markers. Done.

Kids love giving homemade gifts to people. It makes them feel special. And it makes you feel special that  you didn’t have to spend a cent.

Paint a Light Switch Cover

 Letting your child paint a light switch cover is a great way for them to feel included in making your house more your own. When using acrylic paint it is best to use an unfinished wood cover. If you use a plastic cover the paint will gradually peel off. We used the plastic ones with permanent markers for a VBS (vacation Bible school) craft and the kids loved it.

The paint job pictured to the left here is my 3 year old’s creation. He started with a blue base, then added white, then tan, gray, purple, green, blue, light blue, then brown, and then mommy cut him off because by the time he would have finished we wouldn’t have been able to get to the light switch because of the thousands of paint layers.

Cottonball Art

Cottonball Art is an inexpensive fun way to make 3-D artwork. Have the kids think of white fluffy animals, objects, or foods that they could make. Paste the cottonballs on to hang them up. Examples: sheep, roasting marshmallows, clouds, snow, etc.

Love Poem painting

I Love this poem so much I made it into artwork. The first thing I did was paint the canvas background white for a base coat. Once it was dried I taped off the top and bottom, leaving room for the other artists to paint. I painted the middle gray and wrote with a black sharpie marker. Once the middle was dry I taped it off with newspaper and let my oldest son paint the top and the young son paint the bottom. I wrote their ages and names on the edges of their paintings.

The Love poem is an adaptation of a poem (1 Corinthians 13 for Mothers) by Jim Fowler.

If I live in a house of spotless beauty with everything in its place, but have not love- I am a housekeeper, not a homemaker.

If I have time for waxing, polishing, and decorative achievements, but have not love- my children learn of cleanliness, not godliness.

Love leaves the dust in search of a child’s laugh.

Loves smiles at the tiny fingerprints on a newly cleaned window.

Love wipes away the tears before it wipes up the spilled milk.

Love picks up  the child before it picks up the toys.

Love is present through trials.

Love reprimands, reproves, and is responsive.

As a mother there is much I must teach my child, but the greatest of all is…Love.

*This painting on my wall reminds me of my greatest task of showing and teaching my children love.

Canvas Painting

Canvas painting. Allow kids to express their inner Picasso and finger paint onto canvas. Display for all to see. Kids will enjoy seeing their artwork.

Name blocks

Name Blocks

I found some old wooden blocks at my grandma’s house and used wood glue to paste them together. You could look at antique stores, garage sales, etc for old blocks.

  • Wooden blocks
  • Wood glue