While I realize how important it is to do arts and crafts with your kids it is virtually impossible to ever really clean up glitter, which can so easily and quickly get embedded in your carpet fibers and don’t even get me started on play dough- it has been banned from my house! And so I am forever on the hunt for crafty goodness that won’t necessitate the need for me to get on my hands and knees picking dried up pink morsels of dough and glitter bits.
Which is why I LOVE the book Holiday Crafts: 50 Projects for Year-Round Family Fun by Linda Reece. Copyright 2015, Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.! Now go and get your crafty goodness on with these 3 crafts from the book!
Construction Paper (red, green, brown)
1. Fold a small piece of construction paper in half and cut out a “C” shape. Then from that cut out the middle.
2. Trace this “C” shape onto more pieces of green and red construction paper. Cut them out and unfold them. These are your apples!
3. Cut through the top of each apple shape. Then start linking the apples together.
4. From the brown paper cut out small rectangles for the stems and leaf shapes out of the green paper.
5. When the apples are all linked together in a chain, glue stems on the top to close the opening of each apple. Then add the leaf next to the stem. Hang it up as a fun back-to-school decoration!
TIP: This can also be a fun way to count down the days until school starts. You could start it a week or two before the first day of school, and cut an apple off the chain each day!
Craft Foam (any colors)
1. Cut out the following shapes from any colors of craft foam:
One large circle
One medium circle
Two small circles
Four small circles
One large square
One medium square
Two small squares
Four small squares.
2. On the medium-sized square and circle, glue on different amounts of googly eyes to make them look like monsters. Then draw a smile.
3. You now have what you need to create many different combinations of monsters!
4. Mix and match the large shapes as the bodies, and the small shapes for the arms and legs.
5. When you find a combination that you like, you can glue them onto a piece of paper. Or, instead of gluing them down, you can place them in a small bag and pull them out when you want to build your own unique monster. Have fun!
Construction Paper (brown, green, purple, orange, red)
1. Cut out eight brown circles and fold them each in half.
2. Put glue on the side of one of the circles and glue it to the side of another circle.
3. Glue all the circles together this way. This creates a fun pop-out for the turkey’s body!
4. Cut out a circle in each of the colors: green, purple, and orange. Then cut them each in half.
5. Lay one of each half circle facing down on the left, and the others facing down on the right. Put glue on the bottom edges.
6. Place the pop-out circles on the glue. Cut out a small brown circle for the head. Draw eyes with a marker, and glue on a beak and small red piece under the beak.
7. Glue the head on. Lastly, cut out and glue on two orange legs. Gobble, gobble. You’re all done!