20 Beautiful Gifts Kids Can Make

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This is a wonderful collection of gifts kids can make.  There is nothing more special than a handmade gift, especially one lovingly made by a child.  Kids Activities Blog has gathered 20 beautiful gifts that make great use of your child’s creavtity and artistic ability.  They will have fun creating them and enjoy immense pride […]




Free Printable Thanksgiving Placemats

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This Thanksgiving, turn the kid’s table from drab to fab with these cool free printable placemats.  These free thanksgiving printables will not only make the table look extra festive, they will also give the kids something to do while they wait for the turkey to be served.  One design encourages them to list the things they […]




{Handmade Journal} Gratitude Activity for Kids

gratitude journal

Help children count their blessings with this simple gratitude activity for kids. This is a wonderful gratitude activity because you just need a few basic supplies.  You and your child can create a beautiful journal where they record all the things they are thankful for.  This project is also a wonderful way to repurpose some of that beautiful kiddo artwork you have […]




16 Fall Nature Crafts for Preschoolers

Fall Nature Crafts

Fall nature crafts are the best!  It is always fun the create with nature, but the beautiful colors and textures of fall make it my favorite season for nature crafts.  Your preschooler will love making these gorgeous autumn crafts.  Kids Activities Blog found the very best in fall preschool crafting from around the web.  From art to […]




Monster Coloring Pages

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These free printable monster coloring pages are kooky, spooky, and fun!  My son loves monsters so I created these coloring printables with him in mind.  Monsters are extra fun to color because they can be any color of the rainbow.  Print them out and let the creative coloring begin! 3 Cool Monster Coloring Pages This […]




Throw a Mad Monster Party

These are adorable ways to make monsters - my kids love #2!

Monsters. If we didn’t just have a reptile birthday party for the kids we would have totally had a monster bash – these activities look cute and fun.  Thanks to all the bloggers who have linked up to our weekly kids meme, It’s Playtime.   We glean most of the posts we feature here and on […]




Ping Pong Ball Painting

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Part art project, part gross motor activity ping pong ball painting is so much fun!  And the best part?  The results are frame worthy!  Simple enough for a toddler to master but exciting enough to interest much older kids this art project is awesome!  With just a few supplies, most of which you probably already […]




Make a Sidewalk Chalk Game Board

sidewalk chalk game board

Family games bring loved ones together for laughter and fun.  This chalk game board is great for playing outside.  Your kids will have so much fun with this sidewalk chalk game board! Family Games With The Sidewalk Chalk Game Board Our family loves board games. They’re wonderful for bringing everyone together, having fun, learning and laughing. […]




Glass Gem Sun Catchers Kids Can Make

kid made glass sun catchers

It’s beautiful and sunny outside! You can also take advantage of all that sunshine with pretty homemade sun catchers.  Here’s an easy way to make a unique glass gem sun catcher from materials you may already have around your house. What You Need To Make Glass Gem Suncatchers: Plastic Yogurt container lid Clear Elmer’s Glue (cloudy will […]




Fizzing Sidewalk Paint

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Originally published in Early spring, 2011, this is by far one of our kids most favorite play recipes. Sidewalk chalk is fun, painting is fun, making things fizz is also fun! Let’s do all three! This is a really simple recipe to create sidewalk chalk “paint” out of food coloring, baking soda and cornstarch.  We […]




20+ Kid Friendly Ideas for Wax Crayon Art and a $1,500 Giveaway!

Melted Crayons Colorful Abstract painted background on canvas

Crayon art goes beyond just coloring!  Wax crayons are fun to color with – a staple of preschooler craft times everywhere.  In addition to coloring and crafting with crayons, we have collected the best art projects from around the web for you to enjoy with your kids! We hope that you will be inspired to take […]




40+ Tips for Road Trips with Toddlers & Preschoolers

over 40 tips for road trips with little kids

I dread going on long trips with kids in tow.  We have driven across the country at least once a year for some time now and have learned a few things about traveling with children.  Here are some tips to make road trips with toddlers and preschoolers easier. To keep a bit of sanity. Road […]




Cloud Art Inspired By Eric Carle

Little Cloud Art

This fun cloud art I made with my son was so simple and easy.  It was inspired by the book Little Cloud (affiliate link) by one of our favorite authors, Eric Carle.  It’s about all the different shapes we can see when we look at clouds and use our imaginations. Instead of using the usual paint brush, […]




Fun Bathtime Idea: Play with Bathtub Paint

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My preschool kids love to paint and I don’t love to clean up the mess. What if you could combine painting with cleaning the bathtub? Wouldn’t that be awesome?  This is bathtub paint!  You can make it thick and use it as finger paint, or you can dilute it and use it with paintbrushes.  This “paint” […]




The Best Playdough Recipe

best playdough recipe

Play dough is the perfect rainy day activity, and we love making it in our kitchen. When you make your own playdough with the best playdough recipe ever, you get way more dough for your money than when you go out and buy it. Plus, this homemade playdough is so much softer and easier to mold than the […]




Adorable Kid Made Puppets

kid-made puppets by Michelle McInerney of MollyMooCrafts.com

Two of my favorite things in the world, my daughters drawings and cardboard, have come together for this simple activity. There is nothing I love more than to see Molly sprawled across the floor or table with paper and pencils in hand, busy doodling and humming away in her own little world. Usually she draws […]




Free Kids Easter Egg Doodle Coloring Pages

free printable download easter egg idioms

Easter is just around the corner, and we have the cutest Easter Egg Doodle Coloring Pages for you to download. These more complex designs will appeal to your older elementary school aged kids, and artistically inclined kids. (Or to you, because we all need to stop and do a little coloring every now and then!) […]




Nature Craft: Collage

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My children love to collect leaves, twigs, and flowers petals anytime we are outside.  We have quite a collection! But what can we do with all of these “treasures”? Make a collage! On our most recent walk to the park, my daughter brought her Elmo bucket along to help her collect items she wanted to […]




Color Spray – Science through Art for Kids

color spray science through art project for kids

I am super excited, I love my preschooler – but I have a houseful of them – and this year I am taking a break from them once a week and teaching a Art through Science course with our local home-school Co-op.  All of my students are potty-trained, they all can read… and they all […]




Picasso Inspired Tree Ornaments Kids Can Make

Picasso inspired tree ornaments to make with kids - Kids Activities Blog

Our pal, Maggy over at Red Ted Art, has a series about kids crafts inspired by the great masters in art, we’ve had a couple of “master” inspired projects in the past, Kandinsky inspired Circles, and Pollock inspired Drip Painting. Today, we are inspired by Pablo Picasso…we are making silly faces! Make Picasso Inspired Ornaments […]




The Shape Game: Kids Literature Brings Art to Life

the shape game helps kids appreciate art

Childhood is an adventure. Let’s raise explorers! My name is Lisa. I’m not just an English teacher, or just a mum, or a wife, or a great big greenie. I’m all of those things. Raising Explorers, inspired by my kids, is also all of those things. It’s all about encouraging our kids to be adventurers in their expanding world – tips and stories about learning, books, outdoor adventure and play.




Fourth of July Crafts for Kids Using Popsicle Sticks

Fourth of July Popsicle Stick Crafts for Kids

These Fourth of July crafts for kids will keep little fingers busy in the celebration of the birth of America.  Each of these kids crafts uses craft or  popsicle stick for patriotic projects.  Kids Activities Blog loves these classic popsicle stick crafts for kids. Fourth of July Crafts for Kids The Fourth of July is a holiday that gives […]




Sharpie on a Mug: Kids Art

Decorate mugs with Kids Art {Sharpie on a mug}

Kids can use a Sharpie on a mug to be creative.  This is a great way to decorate mugs with kids art.  We at Kids Activities Blog are excited to see new way to enjoy kids art that doesn’t involve adding one more picture to the fridge. Sharpie on a Mug Our kids love to give […]




DIY Crayons: Crayon Activity {for Parents}

DIY Crayons {Crayon Activity for Parents that Kids Love!}

DIY Crayons!  Keep reading to learn about this great crayon activity to make a cool new tool for your child’s art supplies. Kids Activities Blog wants to point out that this activity is for parents to make and for kids to enjoy. DIY Crayons Does your art center need a bit of a pick me […]




Crayon Wax Rubbing {Cute Crayon Art Ideas}

Wax Rubbing {Cute Crayon Art Ideas for Kids}

Wax rubbing is a classic art project for kids that is easy and fun for kids.  Crayon art ideas like these are great for fine motor skills development, recognizing textures and colors, and they are just plain fun!  We at Kids Activities Blog love this simple craft with crayons and we hope your kids do […]




Make It Shine: {Super Shiny} Play Dough Ideas

Make It Shine: {Super Shiny} Play Dough for Kids

Add bling to play dough and make it shine.  Here are a few fun things for kids to add to play dough.  Kids Activities Blog loves finding ways to create new and exciting ways to use everyday play dough for kids. Make It Shine Our kids love things that shine and glow… They also love […]




Artful Parent: Interview with Jean Van’t Hul

Jean Van't Hul Drawing with Sister and Grandmother

One of the things that I love about the kids blogger online community, is the insane amount of talent that we are surrounded by! To prove that {again}, we are super excited to feature an interview with Jean Van’t Hul. She has an amazing new book out, The Artful Parent:  Simple Ways to Fill Your […]




Make Paint {2 Dozen Paint Recipes}

2 dozen ways to make paint for kids!

There are so many fun and creative ways to make paint.  We are excited to bring you 2 dozen of them right here.  Kids Activities Blog has been combing the net finding paint recipes for kids. Thanks to everyone who linked up ideas to our weekly Kids Meme, It’s Playtime, every Wednesday afternoon.  I have […]




{Easter Bunny} Cute Bingo Dauber Easter Craft

Kids can paint their own Easter bunny with this cute bingo dauber Easter craft

Kids can have a blast painting an Easter bunny with this cute idea.  This Easter craft uses just a bingo dauber to make dots of paint and some markers to draw on accents.  We hope you love this idea as much as we do here at Kids Activities Blog. Easter Craft What do you find […]




Heart Art {Finger Print Art}

Heart art for kids makes for a special finger print art project

Heart art is an expression of love and it is the perfect way to decorate these adorable greeting cards.  The cute hearts on these cards are special though because they are made with finger print art!  Kids Activities Blog hopes that you and your child will enjoy some special time together as you make these […]