Make Your Own Bird Feeder

birdHere’s a craft that allows you to combine three wonderful things:

1) Young children

2) Fine motor skill development

3) Minimal mess

Don’t believe it is possible to do all three at once? Read on, and find out how you and your child can make a simple bird feeder! Continue reading

Hand-y Ornament

handLooking for a cheap and easy way to create keepsakes with your children? Try making a hand imprint ornament! You can do this activity with babies and decorate it yourself, or you can work together with older children, allowing them to add personal touches. Even your pets can get involved if you want to make paw imprint ornaments! Regardless of the subject, you will create a cherished memento that will last for years.

Want to give this hand-y gift a try?

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Every Scientist Needs a Lab Coat

It’s a summer of science at your library, so pull out your safety goggles, test tubes, skeleton models, microscopes, magnifying glasses and other scientific gear. Make lab coats using the following instructions, and create your own mad scientist names.

picture of a lab coatWhat you need:

  • white t-shirt, prewashed
  • cardboard
  • fabric markers
  • yardstick
  • pocket template, copied at whatever size you wish

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It’s March. Get Crafty!

photo of art supplies by kcjones89 via flickrMarch is National Craft Month! Why not make something with your children? Need some inspiration? The library has lots of great books to get the creative juices flowing!

The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family’s Life with Art & Creativity” by Jean Van’t Hul explains how to set up a space for art and encourage creativity in children 1 to 8 years old. It includes instructions for a variety of activities.

Craft Fun” by Kim Solga has clear pictures and instructions for making items out of cardboard, yarn, paper, clay and cloth for kids ages 6 and up.

Eco-Friendly Crafts With Kids” by Kate Lilley includes recipes for play dough and recycled crayons, as well as ways to turn things you find around the house into games and toys. This is a great book for families with children between the ages of 2 and 6 years old. Continue reading

Craft Corner: Thank You Notes

Photo of Thank You Owls 2 by AForestFrolic via FlickrI always encourage my son to write a thank you note when someone gives him a gift. Sometimes we don’t have an opportunity to make our own thank yous, so I just use store bought cards. But when we have the time, we get out our craft supplies and go to work!

While searching for some new ideas, I came across Martha Stewart’s tips for thank you notes from kids. One of Martha’s tips that I have to share is, “Not all the gifts your child receives will be hits. Explain to him ahead of time that the gift giver’s thoughtfulness should be appreciated all the same.” Well put, Martha!

Of course, I found tons of ideas on Pinterest. One of my favorites is the watercolor thank you card, but there are many different and creative ways to say “thank you.” Since I don’t consider myself very “crafty,” this is the way that my son and I can have some bonding time, be artistic and say “thanks!” If you are interested in more ideas for making cards, check out these books for kids. Need more of a challenge? Try these craft books for adults.