Have to Try Arts and Craft Project for Kids, Fun Abstract Art Project for Kids

I saw this idea on Pinterest and I had to try it.  I am do happy that I did.  It was a big hit.  This was by far the best craft project I have done in a while.  I tried it at home with my daughter age 2, my niece age 11 and her friend age 10.  They all loved it.  I do recommend doing this with children 8 and up.  You can do this with younger kids if you assist them,  We did the project a couple of times to try different ideas.  They wanted to do it over and over again.  Follow the step-by-step directions below to my your very own abstract art.

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Materials: Water color paper 90lb or more, matte acrylic paint, (4-5 colors), thick gel dish soap (I used Dawn),  glossy Krylon spray paint (I used black and light blue)

Step 1: Cover the entire paper with acrylic paint, blend the colors so they overlap.  Make sure you don’t do a heavy layer of paint.

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Step 2: (We did the rest of the project outside) Lay your picture on newspaper outside.  Pour some dish soap onto a spoon and drizzle it over your painting.

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Step 3: Spray spray pain over the entire picture and let dry (about 20 mins).  Do this outside in a well ventilated area. Children need adult supervision when using spray paint. We had fun with this.  We did some with just black spray paint, some with just blue and some half and half.

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Step 4: When the spray paint in completely dry, rinse it off in the sink.  Let the paper dry (about 1-2 hours).

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How to Make a Spring Butterfly, Butterfly Craft for Kids

This cute yarn butterfly magnet craft is great for Spring.  I recommend doing it with ages 8 and up, as wrapping the yarn might be tricky for the younger children. These butterflies make excellent gifts for Mother’s Day and look beautiful on refrigerators or cabinets. Follow the step-by-step directions  below to make your very own yarn butterfly magnet craft.

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Materials: 2 popsicle sticks, yarn (as many colors as you want.  I use 2, purple  and a multi-color yarn), magnet, 3 beads ( I used one larger bead pom-pom for the head), scissors, pipe cleaner, hot glue or tacky glue

 

 

 

 

Step 1: Place one popsicle on top of the other to create an X. Take one yarn and start wrapping it around the middle.

 

 

 

Step 2: Continue to wrap the yarn around in an under, over pattern. To change colors knot the end and start with a new color.

 

 

 

 

Step 3: Continue to wrap the yarn around the popsicle sticks until it is close to the ends.

 

 

 

 

Step 4: Wrap the pipe cleaner around the middle of the popsicle sticks as shown in the picture below.  Place two beads at the bottom.

 

 

 

 

Step 5: Twist the pipe cleaner over the top of the two popsicle sticks.  Place the bigger bead on top.  This will be the butterfly’s head.

 

 

 

 

Step 6: Cut the top of the pipe cleaner to desired length.  Curl the ends to look like antennas.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 7: Use hot glue or tacky glue to glue the magnet on the back.  Let dry.  When your magnet is completely dry place on the refrigerator or cabinet.  You can also wrap in tissue paper and give as a gift.

Tree of Hearts Handprint Craft for Kids Mother’s Day/Spring Kids Handprint Crafts

This cute hand print tree is a perfect Spring or Mother’s Day craft. I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought it was so cute. It makes a great classroom or table decoration. I changed it up a little by having the children color their own tree.  I did this craft with my daughter age 2 and a group of preschoolers (ages 3 and 4).  They all loved doing the craft.  They loved the fact that their hand was a tree.  They also had fun gluing on the hearts. Follow the step-by-step directions below to make you own Tree of Hearts hand print craft.

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Materials: white oak tag or very thick construction paper, different colored construction paper (can be light weight), crayons, scissors, glue

Set up: Using construction paper, cut out a variety of hearts in different sizes and colors.  You can substitute hearts for circles or any other shape.

Step 1: Have the children put their hand towards the top of the oak tag or thick construction paper.  Trace their hand and part of their forearm. Leave about an inch of space above the bottom of the paper.   This will be the tree and tree trunk.  Starting at the bottom of the “trunk” draw a line across the page, this will be the grass.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2: Have the children color in their tree and the grass.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3:  When they are finished cut out their hand print.  On one side of the line cut a slit on the top.  On the other side of the line cut a slit up the bottom (as shown in the picture).  When you inter lock the slits the paper will stand up.

Step 4: Have the children glue the hearts on the “branches” (fingers) of the tree.

 

 

 

 

 

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Optional: Step 5: If you are making their for Mother’s Day, write Happy Mother’s Day on a piece of construction paper and glue it under your tree.

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How to Make a Duck Swimming in the Water Spring Craft for Kids

This cute Spring duck craft is great to do with toddlers in a day care or library program.  It’s also a great Pre-K or Kindergarten project to do with kids learning about ducks.  Follow the step-by-step directions below to make your very own duck swimming in the water.

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Materials: paper plate, popsicle stick, glue, crayons, scissors, duck template (or draw your own), optional googly eyes

Step 1: prep – Before working with the children, I prepped by cutting a slit through the middle of the paper place.  I also cut out the duck template (found on-line) and glued it to the popsicle stick.  If you are working with an older group of children you may want them to cut out duck and glue it to the stick.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2: Let the children color paper plate.  I spoke to the children about some places ducks lived and let them color a pond.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3: Have the children draw feathers on their duck.  You can have them draw their own eye or you can have them glue on a googly eye.

 

 

 

 

 

When we were finished, I had all the children stand up and we sung the nursery rhyme Five Little Ducks.  The kids had a great time and everyone loved their swimming duck.  See rhyme below:

Five Little Ducks

Five little ducks
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said
“Quack, quack, quack”
But only four little ducks came back

Four little ducks
Went out one day
Over the hills and far away
Mother duck said
“Quack, quack, quack”
But only three little ducks came back.

Three little ducks
Went out one day
Over the hills and far away
Mother duck said
“Quack, quack, quack”
But only two little ducks came back.

Two little ducks
Went out one day
Over the hills and far away
Mother duck said
“Quack, quack, quack
but only one little duck came back.

One little duck
Went out one day
Over the hills and far away
Mother duck said
“Quack, quack, quack”
But no ducks came back.

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Went out one day
Over the hills and far away
Sad mother duck said
“Quack, quack, quack”
And all of her ducks came swimming back.

Egg Carton Easter Basket Egg/Candy Holder Cute Easter Craft for Kids

This egg carton Easter basket is cute and easy to make.  It can be used to hold a colored Easter egg or candy.  It is a great classroom activity because it is easy to make and doesn’t require a lot of materials.  Follow the step-by-step directions below to make your very own Easter basket.

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Materials: Egg carton, tissue paper, pipe cleaner, scissor Optional: candy or colored Easter egg, crayons or makers to decorate

Step 1: I did this part before the children came in.  Cut each individual cup of the egg carton out so each child can receive one piece.

 

 

 

Step 2: Using a scissor (hole puncher made the hole too big) poke a hole on each side of the egg carton

Step 3: Pass each child one piece of the egg carton.  Have them put the pipe cleaner the poked hole and twist it together.  Repeat this with the other side.

 

 

 

 

Step 4: Optional:  Have the children decorate their basket with crayons or markers

Step 5: Cut the tissue paper into 3 inch squares.  Have the children place a piece of tissue paper in their basket

 

 

 

 

 

Step 6:  Add candy (M&Ms, Skittles, Jelly beans etc…) or their Easter Egg