Easy Foam Sticker Crafts: DIY Stamps

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This easy foam sticker craft is even better if you happen to have some foam stickers and blocks (or bottle caps, glasses, anything smallish with a flat bottom) lying around. However, a quick trip to the craft store for foam stickers will be worth your while (especially if you're like me and you could spend hours lurking around paints, yarn, and paper). Foam Sticker Crafts: … [Read more...]

The No-Sew T-Shirt Scarf

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I'm a sucker for repurposed objects, and have been wanting to make a no-sew t-shirt scarf for a while now. However, because we've been really good at purging our closets of unwanted items, I had not one old t-shirt to forage and upcycle into a DIY tshirt scarf. Sigh. So, last week my littlest and I headed to our local Goodwill, and walked out with five large t-shirts … [Read more...]

Layered Rainbow Colored Rice Jars

Preschool Art: Colored Rice

Yesterday I shared a recipe for colored rice, and today I'm sharing a fun and simple creative invitation to make a layered rainbow colored rice jar. Like all things on TinkerLab, this is just a jumping off point and should act more as inspiration than doctrine. Offer your child the materials and then see what he or she comes up with. You may be surprised by the … [Read more...]

Easy Crafts for Kids | Flower Bouquet

Simple Pipe Cleaner Flower Bouquet | Easy Craft for Kids

This flower bouquet project is part of our new series of easy crafts for kids, and takes about 5 minutes to set up and encourages children to make aesthetic choices. We also love this flower bouquet because it's... Mess-free Supports fine-motor skills Turns into a one-of-a-kind bouquet for gifting This project was actually born out of my daughter's own cure for … [Read more...]

Origami for Kids: Origami Rabbit

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We've been digging through a fun stack of origami paper (from Daiso) to fold up a family of origami rabbits. When I was in grade school, I loved origami. One of my good friends was Japanese, and I have strong memories of folding cranes and boats in her house to hang on a community Christmas tree. The cranes were tricky, but learning the series of folds tested and … [Read more...]

Marbled Paper Suminagashi

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Are you looking for a last-minute hands-on gift, or maybe an idea to bookmark for a cold winter day? I've been saving this Suminagashi kit for a quiet morning and it was a true winner with both my 2-year old and 4-year old. The process of marbleizing paper encourages creative thinking, open-ended exploration with ink and water, and experimentation. But first, maybe … [Read more...]

DIY Fabric Ornament With Kids

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This post is sponsored by Gymboree. Bring a friend to a Gymboree store and sign up for Gymboree Rewards together and you'll both SAVE 25% off an in-store purchase.  Kids Crafts Ideas: DIY Fabric Ornaments These sweet fabric ornaments teach children hand sewing techniques while building fine motor skills, and they don't demand that parents have a lot of fancy sewing skills … [Read more...]

Fall Luminary: Make a Lantern

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Today I'm joined by Arts Educator extraordinaire, Amanda Gross, who's back to show us how to make a Fall Luminary from leaves and melted crayons. Not only are these beautiful, but the processes of collecting leaves, peeling crayons, and melting the wax with an iron are sure to capture a child's attention. Make a Lantern! Luminaries are perfect for brightening a crisp … [Read more...]

DIY Paper Pyramid Lanterns

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I have such a heavy heart today, friends, because we lost one of the good ones in this world. My dear friend, Steve, who happens to be one of the funniest, wisest, and most generous people I know lost his long battle with cancer. I wasn't planning to post anything today, but the glow of these paper lanterns made me think about Steve's shining light, and I thought I'd … [Read more...]