Fall Luminary: Make a Lantern

Crayon Shavings :: from Tinkerlab, Creative Experiments for Kids

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

make a paper lantern

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...]

11 Classic Summer Camp Crafts for Kids

Sand casting camp paint cut paste

Now that summer is officially underway, I've been getting nostalgic for classic summer camp crafts. You know, the ones that you would make every year -- things to wear, hang on your wall, and gift to your parents at the end of summer. These projects are intended to take you back to your childhood, and maybe inspire you to bring some of this time-tested goodness back into … [Read more...]

Easy Peasy Rock Painting

rocks rock painting

This is such an easy project and my kids (almost 4 and 20 months) have gone crazy for it. And I have to confess that I really enjoyed it too. Very addictive. I chalk their enthusiasm (and mine) up to a couple things: Painting or drawing on a 3-dimensional surface is a fun challenge The colors of the paint markers are vivid and opaque (i.e. pretty), and very easy to … [Read more...]

How to Press a Flower

how to press a flower

Do you have a bounty of flowers in your garden? Have you ever wanted to press a flower, but weren't sure where to start? Pressing flowers just requires a little bit of patience for the flowers to actually dry, but the process is quite simple and doesn't require a lot of fancy equipment. Start by collecting some flowers. Big thick flowers like roses are hard to … [Read more...]