Does your child need a creative outlet? (Maybe you're tired of finding those little loom bands all over the house?) Right here in the city, we have a wide range of options for kids to learn and create art, whether it’s the kind you hang on the wall or the kind you wear. From traditional fine art classes at the MFA to woodworking at The Eliot School, there’s a class for every kid: Drawing, painting, sculpting, printmaking, woodworking, knitting, sewing, glass fusing – even map art. And once you've found a new creative outlet for your kids, maybe you'll be able to quell the rubber band obsession in your house.
My kids have come down from the excitement (and candy overload) of Halloween and are starting to settle into the season of giving thanks. Actually, if I'm being honest, they are looking PAST the season giving thanks, already asking about letters to Santa. I happen to like Thanksgiving. There's no frenzy over gifts or costumes, just lots of good food and family gatherings...and football. Plus it's a perfect excuse to reinforce lessons in being grateful and giving back. So I try to find ways to help my kids appreciate the season and slow down a bit before we head into the holiday mayhem of Christmas. Crafts are usually a hit with my kids, so I like to start there.
I'm no Martha Stewart, but my kids love doing crafts, and the more glue and glitter, the better (according to them). So I've obliged, but on my own terms--they have to be quick and relatively easy. To help get in the Thanksgiving spirit, we've got some fun craft ideas for the family that fit my criteria. These crafts are also a fun way for kids to artistically show what (and who) they are grateful for, which can make it a more lasting lesson. Enjoy!
Halloween is in the air, and it's one of my favorite holidays! I love the spookiness and silliness of the season and seeing my kids dressed up in their costumes, their imaginations running wild as they transform into princesses, devils, ladybugs, and vampires.
Last week we told you about Halloween costume swaps for kids. Now we've got five fun and EASY Halloween crafts, so even tots can join the fun. So grab your glitter, googly eyes, and scissors (and newspaper to protect your table) and enjoy these Halloween crafts.
Halloween is a holiday that celebrates creativity. Decorations and costumes provide opportunities to let your imagination go wild and to see old things in a new way. The policy in our house is that costumes must be created primarily from things we already have. Last year, my Smurfs-obsessed child went as Gutsy Smurf – his kilt and sash were made from an old flannel shirt we had stashed in a “get rid of” bag in the basement. In that vein, I've found a few DIY costume pieces that could be the inspiration for (or cherry on top of) a great costume. I've also rounded up some Halloween decor to create with your kids. Why buy decorations when you can make fabulously spooky ones like these? (If this post inspires your inner crafter and you're looking for even more ideas, take a look at these cheap and easy Halloween crafts from our LA editor.)
Although the start of school brings many exciting new beginnings, it also means saying goodbye to summer and to a stage in a child’s life. The end of summer, the beginning of a new school year: it’s an adventure, and we can all use a little comfort to help us along as we explore new territory. That’s what I had in mind when my kids and I got to work on a few back-to-school craft projects. For fun and easy solutions to the challenges of leaving a lovey behind, outgrowing clothes, and saying bittersweet goodbyes to summer, read on. Then take a look at my roundup of more adorable DIY school supplies and fashions.
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