Benefits of Arts and Crafts for Kids

Benefits of Arts and Crafts for Kids

Arts and crafts used to be part of every school curriculum, and a prominent one at that. Nowadays, an increased number of schools are cutting it from their program, to the disappointment of parents and children everywhere. Not only are arts fun, but they also bring a number of health benefits with them and help early childhood development immensely. Luckily, it’s possible to utilize arts as a learning tool at home, with simple art and crafts projects, with a number of benefits for your … [Read more...]

Cold Weather Crafts: 12 Winter Art and Sensory Play Ideas

Cold Weather Crafts: 12 Winter Art and Sensory Play Ideas

When the weather gets too cold to play outside, it can be a challenge to keep the kids entertained. This is especially difficult for kids with a sensory processing disorder, who may not be receiving the range of sensory input they usually find outdoors. Sensory processing disorder refers to a neurological condition, which affects the way kids experience sensations. Some kids may be unable to feel sensations as intensely, or they may feel them more intensely than other children. This can … [Read more...]

Super Simple Crafts for the Littlest of Hands

Super Simple Crafts for the Littlest of Hands

Hello! A few days ago, I was honored to present at the INCM Early Childhood Webinar.  I promised I would try to post pictures of some of the crafts I shared during that webinar for those of you who might not have been able to take notes at the time. These crafts are perfect for ages 6 months through about 5 years old. 10 Essential Craft Supplies To begin, you want to make sure your cupboards are stocked with these essential supplies.  With these things on hand, you can do almost any of the … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: John 3:16

Sunday Snapshot: John 3:16

Here's a quick look at a recent craft we did in Children's Church.  I traced a plate onto a piece of card stock for the kids and then had them fill in the circle with blue and green paint to make an earth.  In the remaining space, we wrote a portion of John 3:16. Sample Craft Kid Craft … [Read more...]

Fun Printable Crafts for the Family

Fun Printable Crafts for the Family

It’s family night, and everyone is tired of the same old routine: playing board games or watching movies. What else can you all do without leaving the house or spending money? How about making a craft? Many parents don’t feel they’re creative enough to do crafts with their kids. While that may be the case for you, you don’t have to deprive your children of the fun they’ll have making something with the family. Don’t have a bunch of craft supplies? That’s okay—because you don’t … [Read more...]

N is for Nest (Preschool Alphabet Activity)

N is for Nest (Preschool Alphabet Activity)

This is a high sensory activity we did right after Easter last year, but you could do it any time of the year. You'll need some basket grass and some playdough (we made our own).  We used brown since many birds use mud to hold their nests together. To begin, encourage kids to form a little bowl with the playdough. If you have very little ones, you might want to give them a bowl to press the dough into. Once the dough is in a small bowl shape, add the basket grass, moving it around … [Read more...]