Category "Create"

10Jul2024

Are you ready to shell-ebrate creativity with a fun and easy project? Dive into the world of paper bag puppets with our turtle-tastic craft! It’s a fun craft that uses simple supplies like paper bags, glue and markers to transform ordinary materials into something extraordinary. Let’s get snapping and crafting, because this is one turtle-y awesome activity that’s bound to make a splash!

  • Table Of Contents:
    • Materials
    • Instructions
    • Turtle Paper Bag Template Download
    • Tips & Troubleshooting
    • Benefits of This Turtle Craft For Kids
    • Final Thoughts
turtle paper bag puppet

Materials

  • Free printable template
  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paper bag
  • Markers, pencil crayons or crayons
turtle paper bag puppet supplies

Instructions

Step 1)

Gather your materials and print off the free printable template. Choose from the full color version or the black and white version that you can color-in yourself.

turtle paper bag puppet template

Step 2)

Cut out the template pieces and color them in if you picked the black and white version.

turtle paper bag puppet template pieces

Step 3)

Glue the turtle shell body to the front of your brown paper bag; it should sit slightly under the fold of the paper bag bottom that will be your turtle puppet’s head.

glue template body to paper bag

Step 4)

Glue the turtle head to the paper bag bottom and glue the turtle arms and legs to the shell. You can either glue the tail to the back of the paper bag, the front, or skip it all together.

You can also trim the extra paper bag off the top of the craft if you like the way it looks better.

turtle paper bag puppet

Step 5)

Put your hand in the puppet and make it move! This is a great craft for imaginative play.

Video Tutorial

Prefer watching videos for your craft instructions? Check out the YouTube channel for Crafty Kids Play and watch the full video tutorial for this turtle paper bag craft here.

Turtle Paper Bag Template Download

Download your free printable paper bag turtle template from the link below this next image. The template is for your own personal use only, not for resale or commercial use. 

You can print the full color version to make this turtle paper bag puppet craft a quick cut and paste craft for kids, or use the black and white version so your kids can color it in and get even more creative.

turtle paper bag puppet download below

craftykidsplay.com_Download

Tips & Troubleshooting

Printing Issues:

Ensure your printer settings are set to “Fit to Page” to avoid cropping the template.

If the template prints out too small or too large, check your printer’s scaling settings and adjust them to 100%.

Gluing Tips:

Use a glue stick for less mess and quicker drying time.

If the pieces don’t stick well, try a stronger adhesive like craft glue. For younger children, double-sided tape can be easier to handle.

Coloring Tips:

If markers bleed through the paper, try using colored pencils or crayons instead. Place a piece of scrap paper underneath to protect surfaces. It’s easier for kids to color first and then cut out the pieces, if they color outside of the lines there will be less mess on your table afterwards.

Cutting Tips:

Older kids should be able to manage completely on their own while younger kids should use safety scissors with adult supervision.

Benefits of This Turtle Craft For Kids

Boosts Creativity:

Let’s face it, kids love getting creative! Coloring in the turtle and decorating it with their own unique touches and craft supplies helps them express their creativity and imagination.

Develops Fine Motor Skills:

Cutting out the template pieces and gluing them onto the paper bag requires young children to use precision and coordination. This craft helps kids improve their fine motor skills, which are essential for writing and other tasks, while kids have so much fun.

Encourages Imaginative Play:

Once the puppet is done, the fun doesn’t stop! Kids can use their turtle puppet for imaginative play, creating stories, and puppet shows. It’s a great way for them to explore different scenarios and characters.

Encourages Patience and Focus:

Crafting takes time and patience. As kids work through the steps, they learn to focus on the task at hand and develop patience as they wait for glue to dry or carefully color within the lines.

Educational Value:

This is the perfect craft to use as an opportunity to teach kids about turtles, their habitats, and other interesting facts. It’s a fun way to combine crafting with learning.

Final Thoughts

This easy craft is a fun activity that can lead to pretend puppet play or a puppet show! It’s the perfect way to turn your kids favorite character turtles from their books and shows into real hands-on fun. 

With simple craft supples you already have at home, printable activities like this are the best crafts for curious kids! They provide hours of entertainment and allow young imaginations to fly free. 

Stick around Crafty Kids Play for more magical crafts for kids of all ages and activities to keep little hands busy. 

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5Jul2024

Learning about honey bees will have you buzzing with excitement! This stages of a bee life cycle craft is a free printable bee life cycle activity that young children can use to help understand the distinct stages of the life of a bee. It’s a hands-on way to make learning fun!

Let’s take a closer look at the honey bee’s life cycle!

  • Table of Contents
    • Benefits Of This Bee Life Cycle Foldout Activity
    • How To Use This Bee Life Cycle Printable
    • Materials Needed
    • Free Bee Life Cycle Foldout Activity File Download
    • Final Thoughts On This Bee Life Cycle Foldout For Kids

Benefits Of This Bee Life Cycle Foldout Activity

Enhances Understanding of Biology:

This life cycle stages activity provides a hands-on learning experience about the life cycle of bees, helping kids understand the stages from egg to adult. Life cycle activities like this introduce them to basic biological concepts in a fun and interactive way.

Promotes Fine Motor Skills:

Coloring, cutting, and gluing the fold-out sheets of this life cycle of a honey bee helps children improve their fine motor skills. This is a great activity for children of all ages that requires precision and control, which are essential for younger students who are still developing hand-eye coordination.

Encourages Creativity:

Coloring the bee life cycle fold-out allows kids to express their creativity during science lessons. They can choose their colors for each of the stages in their own unique way, making the learning process more personalized and enjoyable.

How To Use This Bee Life Cycle Printable

The free printable template included in this article shows the stages of the bee life cycle. The template package includes two options, a full-color front cover and a black and white version that you can color yourself instead. 

Step 1)

Download and print out the free template files in this article.

Decide if you’d like to use the full color option for the front cover of your bee life cycle fold-out, or the black and white version that you can color yourself.

bee hive cut and paste craft

Step 2)

Color in the bee life cycle fold-out sheets for each stage of their life.

Step 3)

Cut out the front cover bee hives and trim the top and bottom edges of the fold-out sheets, then glue them together.

bee life cycle stages

Start by gluing the top half of the bee hive front cover to the ‘egg stage’. 

bee life cycle activity

Then glue the center of the fold-out together. The ‘larva stage’ and ‘pupa stage’ should be glued together. It helps make things more flush and even if you fold the tabs backwards and glue them together like you can see in the photos.

bee life cycle cut and paste

Glue the other half of the hive front cover next to the ‘adult bee stage’. Enjoy your finished foldout.

bee life cycle craft

Materials Needed

  • Free printable templates
  • Markers, colored pencils or crayons
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Free Bee Life Cycle Foldout Activity File Download

Grab your free Bee Life Cycle Foldout Activity file and start your bee-utiful adventure with these hands-on activities. The download includes free resources like a cut and paste bee craft and a bee coloring page.

This free printable is for your personal use only, not for commercial purposes or resale. You can choose to print the full color cover sheet or the black and white version that you color-in yourself. You can print these pages on regular white paper at home or at your local print shop. Download, explore, and enjoy this activity! 

bee life cycle fold out

Bee-Life-Cycle-FoldoutsDownload

Final Thoughts On This Bee Life Cycle Foldout For Kids

This awesome and simple bee craft is perfect for learning about the natural world. Print yours off and put it together with your kids for a fun way to learn all about the honey bee life cycle. Interactive activities like this are a great way for kids to stay engaged with their lessons! Your kids might also like this bee themed sensory bin or this bee paper plate craft too!

Stick around Crafty Kids Play for more fun activities, free printables and crafts for kids of all ages!

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27Jun2024

Make this gorgeous watercolor orca painting with a colorful sunset sky, a jumping whale, and splashing water. This is also a great project for kids to practice their drawing skills and try drawing an orca whale. A fun painting idea for older kids and tweens to learn easy watercolor techniques!

There are so many fun watercolor techniques for kids to try! Take a look at my collection of watercolor painting for kids for more fun and creative ideas. 

Kids will also use a toothbrush and acrylic paint to paint the water splashes and the foaming water texture around the jumping whale. Using an old toothbrush is a great technique to create paint splatters and texture!

For another sunset watercolor art project, take a look at this gorgeous sunset silhouette watercolor painting idea!

Create your own watercolor orca painting

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watercolor painting supplies

Supplies

  • Watercolor paper
  • Watercolor paint set or liquid watercolors
  • White acrylic paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Paint palette and water dish
  • Wooden board and painter’s tape to tape down paper (optional)
  • Old toothbrush

Instructions for your jumping killer whale art project

1. First, you want to prepare your paper. If you have a wooden board and painter’s tape, you can tape your paper down along the edges. This will help to keep the paper from buckling as it gets wet and also helps it dry nice and flat.

If you don’t have a wooden board to use, that’s ok, you can try taping your paper down to a desk or just skip this step.

Drawing an orca jumping out of water for an art project for kids and tweens

2. Start to draw your whale using a pencil. First, draw a line to separate the water and sky. Next, draw the back of the whale using a curved line.

Following along with the photo above, finish the whale’s body and add a line for the mouth. Draw a fin and add a flipper and a small oval for the eye area.

Drawing an orca whale for a watercolor painting idea for kids.

Look at the photo above and draw a white patch on the back of the whale just below the fin. Finally, draw in a few waves around the orca and in the water.

Kids can also look at photographs of orca whales and choose to draw a different pose.

3. Get your watercolors ready for the sky. Kids can choose any 2-3 colors to paint in their sunset. It’s always a good idea to test out your colors on a scrap piece of paper first.

Start with clean water and very carefully paint the sky with the water, taking care not to paint inside the whale.

Painting a sunset sky in watercolors on a orca watercolor painting idea for kids and tweens.

Start painting your sky with the color closest to the water and continue to paint all the way up, adding one color at a time. I used pink, orange, and yellow for my sky.

As you paint, the colors will blend together on the wet paper and create a soft blend for the sunset sky.

4. Next, it’s time to paint the water. You want to use 2-3 shades of blue for the water. Make sure you have a light or bright blue and a dark blue. Just like for the sky, you want to start by painting the water area with clean water, being careful to paint around the whale.

Using shades of blue watercolor paint to paint in water in a whale art project for kids.

While your paper is still wet, start to paint with your lightest blue shade. Paint the water with the bright blue next, making sure you don’t cover up all of the light blue shade.

Finally, paint in the water with your darkest shade, being careful not to paint completely over the other blue shades. You want to see a variety of blue shades in the water.

Painting water using watercolors on a sunset whale art project idea for kids.

Think about using longer, wavy strokes as you paint the water to create a sense of movement in the waves.

Just like with the sky, as you paint the water, the wet paper and paint will mix and blend together.

Let your paper dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Painting in an orca whale with black watercolor paint on a summer whale art project for kids and tweens.

5. Get black watercolor paint ready to paint the orca. Use a smaller round brush for this part and carefully paint in the whale, leaving the white sections unpainted.

To define the orca’s flipper, use a small clean brush and paint around the flipper to lift some of the black paint off, you may have to do this a few times. This will create a lighter area around the flipper.

Once you are done painting in the orca, let the area dry completely.

Using a toothbrush to paint water splashes on a whale painting art project for kids.

6. Now it’s time to paint the water splashes around the orca. You will need white acrylic paint and an old toothbrush.

Put the paint on a paint palette and dip your toothbrush in. Try dabbing the toothbrush on the paper around where the whale is jumping out of the water.

Using a toothbrush to paint water splashing on an orca watercolor art project for tweens.

Dip your toothbrush in again and this time try swirling the toothbrush on your paper in the same area to see how it creates a different texture. Finally, use your finger to flick the bristles and create a fine mist of splatters around the whale.

Let your paper dry on a flat surface before gently removing the tape.

watercolor painting with orca jumping out of water and splashing. Art project for kids.

This watercolor orca painting is such a great art project for older kids and tweens to practice some easy watercolor techniques and try creating some water splashes and textures with a toothbrush!

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One image of a partially painted watercolor painting of an orca jumping out of the water. Another image of two finished orca paintings with a sunset sky and jumping killer whales.

Yield: 1 orca watercolor painting

BEAUTIFUL WATERCOLOR ORCA PAINTING IDEA FOR KIDS

Two different orca whale watercolor paintings jumping out of the water with a sunset sky and water splashes. Art project for kids and tweens.

Print

Make this gorgeous watercolor orca painting with a colorful sunset sky, a jumping whale, and splashing water. A great art project for kids to learn easy watercolor techniques!

Prep Time
10 minutes

Active Time
45 minutes

Total Time
55 minutes

Materials

  • Watercolor paper
  • Watercolor paint set or liquid watercolors
  • White acrylic paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Paint palette and water dish
  • Wooden board and painter’s tape to tape down paper (optional)
  • Old toothbrush

Instructions

  1. Prepare your paper. Tape your paper to a wooden board or desk to prevent buckling and keep it flat as it dries. If you don’t have a wooden board or desk you can tape to, simply skip this step.
  2. Start by drawing the whale. Use a pencil to sketch a line separating the water and sky. Then draw the whale’s back with a curved line.
    Complete the whale’s body, add a mouth line, fin, flipper, and an oval for the eye area.
    Finally, draw a white patch below the fin and add a few waves around the whale
  3. Next paint the sky. Choose 2-3 colors for the sunset. Test colors on scrap paper first.
    Paint the sky with clean water, then add colors from the horizon up. As you paint the wet paper will mix and blend the colors together.
  4. Paint the water using 2-3 shades of blue. Start by painting in the water area with clean water. Then paint with the lightest blue, followed by brighter and darker shades, creating a sense of movement with longer wavy brushstrokes.
    Make sure not to paint over the previous color as you go, you want to see the different shades of blue in the water.
  5. Use black watercolor and a small brush to paint the orca, leaving the white areas unpainted.
    Define the flipper by lifting some black paint with a small, round clean brush.
  6. Add the water splashes using white acrylic paint and an old toothbrush. Dip the toothbrush into your white paint and dab and swirl the paint onto the paper to create different splash textures around where the whale is jumping out of the water.
    Use your finger and flick the toothbrush to create fine mist splatters.
  7. Let the painting dry completely before removing the tape.

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22Jun2024

Ahoy there, young buccaneers and crafty captains! Are ye ready to embark on a swashbuckling adventure on the high seas right from the comfort of your craft table? This pirate paper plate craft is a great summer craft, ocean craft and easy summer camp craft that can be modified for kids of all ages. Transform ordinary paper plates into a craft that’s perfect for pirate play. 

Grab some simple materials like scissors and paintbrushes, and let’s dive into this treasure trove of creativity! Our pirate-themed craft is not only a boatload of fun but also a perfect way to boost your little one’s fine motor skills. Let’s get crafting!

  • Table Of Contents
    • Materials
    • Instructions
    • Pirate Craft Template Download
    • Tips & Troubleshooting
    • Variation Ideas
    • Benefits of This Pirate Craft For Kids
    • Final Thoughts

Materials

  • Construction paper
  • Paper plate
  • Popsicle stick
  • Color pencils
  • Scissor
  • Glitter
  • Blue and yellow paint
  • Paint brush
  • Marker

Instructions

Step 1)

Use blue paint to paint the top ¾ of your paper plate blue. You can make it a gradient so the bottom is darker blue like the ocean and the sky is lighter blue.

Step 2)

Use yellow paint to paint the bottom ¼ of your paper plate to look like sand. Once it’s fully dry, use a craft knife or scissors to make a cut where the ocean meets the sand. This slit is where you’ll insert your popsicle stick puppet eventually.

ocean gradient painting

Step 3)

Print out the pirate template pdf and cut out the template pieces.

pirate craft template

Step 4)

Trace the sail template for the boat onto red paper and trace the boat and treasure box template onto brown paper.

trace craft

Step 5)

Color in the pirate template and attach the pirate to a popsicle stick or craft stick with glue or tape.

color pirate template

Step 6)

Use a glue stick to glue the boat and sails to the blue part of the paper plate and glue the treasure chest to the yellow part of the paper plate. Then you can add gold glitter to the treasure chest to make it sparkle.

pirate paper plate craft

Step 7)

Insert your popsicle stick pirate puppet into the slit in the paper plate and make it move around to play!

Video Instructions

Prefer video instructions for your crafts? Check out the YouTube channel for Crafty Kid Play and watch the full video tutorial for this Pirate Craft here.

pirate puppet craft for kids

Pirate Craft Template Download

You can print this easy pirate craft template on regular white printer paper or put the printable template on white card stock to make it tougher and last longer during playtime. This template is for your own personal use only, not for resale or commercial usage. 

download pirate template below

pirate-templateDownload

Tips & Troubleshooting

Prep Your Craft Station

Lay down newspaper or a plastic sheet to protect your table from paint and glue. Before starting, ensure you have all the listed materials at hand. This will save you time and frustration during the crafting process.

Achieving the Gradient Effect

When painting the paper plate, start with the lighter blue at the top and gradually mix in darker blue paint as you move downward. Use a clean brush to blend the colors where they meet.

Safety First

When making the slit in the paper plate, older kids can use scissors carefully or seek assistance. Younger kids will need an adult to help with this step. Make sure the slit is wide enough for the popsicle stick to move freely but not too wide that it looks messy.

Variation Ideas

Pirate Storybook

Create a small storybook to accompany this easy craft. Each page can tell a part of the pirate’s adventure with illustrations and text.

Treasure Map

You could create a treasure map that the pirate follows to add to this fun craft and enhance your pirate theme. The map can be a separate piece of paper or integrated into the scene.

pirate craft

Benefits of This Pirate Craft For Kids

Creative Thinking

Crafting encourages children to think creatively as they design and assemble their pirate scene. They can imagine different storylines and adventures for their pirate puppet and try out some pretend play or swashbuckling adventures.

Develops Fine Motor Skills

Using scissors to cut out templates and tracing shapes helps refine hand-eye coordination and control. Holding a paintbrush or colored pencil crayons enhances dexterity and fine motor skills, crucial for writing and other daily activities.

Promotes Cognitive Development

Planning the layout and gathering materials before starting this paper plate pirate craft teaches kids organizational skills. Concepts such as color mixing, spatial relationships, and textures are explored during the craft.

Enhances Learning

Themes like pirates can lead to learning about history, geography (maps and treasure hunts), and storytelling.

Final Thoughts

Set sail on this creative journey and watch your little pirate’s skills flourish with this easy paper plate craft. Whether your young children are excited about Pirate Day, or just looking for some summer time craft activities, there’s no better way to spend quality time together with your kids! With every snip, splash, and glittery touch, they’ll discover the treasure of learning and fun. Happy crafting, mateys!

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19Jun2024

We recently hit the road for a family vacation and put this set of Mini Diamond Series PicassoTiles to the test! Their prismatic design makes them even more beautiful than standard PicassoTiles and their mini-size makes them perfect to travel with. 

If you’re thinking about getting some mini-tiles, this set is a great option. Here’s what we thought of them! 

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What’s Does The 60-Piece PicassoTiles Mini Diamond Collection Include?

  • 18 Mini Equilateral Triangles
  • 20 Mini Squares
  • 12 Mini Right Triangles
  • 8 Mini Isosceles Triangles
  • 2 Mini Large Squares

What Can You Build With The 60-Piece PicassoTiles Mini Diamond Collection?

The 60 piece mini set is large enough to make houses, small castles, boxes and towers. I’ve found it’s the perfect little set of tiles for small builds and it’s a great starter kit if you’re testing the waters with your kids and magnetic tiles. You can use it as a stand alone set or buy add-on pieces that are compatible with mini magnetic tiles. 

You can see in our photo an example of what me and my preschooler built using just our 60-piece set.

mini picasso tiles

Why You Might Like The 60-Piece PicassoTiles Mini Diamond Collection

This 60-piece mini set of magnetic tiles is great for several reasons. We brought this set with us when we went on vacation; the tiles are smaller so they take up less space than standard magnetic tiles. They’re also less heavy and easy to pack which makes these tiles great and portable. 

If you’re not sure if your kids will love magnetic tiles, starting with a set of mini tiles is a smart way to test the waters. The diamond series collection has a prismatic design with a unique diamond shape surface that refracts light and it’s quite beautiful to build with!

The price point on these mini tiles is also great, check out this 60 piece mini set on Amazon here. You’ll be able to build fun and interesting things without breaking the bank.

Do Mini PicassoTiles Integrate With Standard Tiles?

No, Mini PicassoTiles are not designed to be compatible with regular full-size PicassoTiles magnetic building blocks. Your kids may become frustrated if you’re trying to line up your builds perfectly with regular-sized tiles. 

Mini PicassoTiles integrate seamlessly with other toys from the Mini Diamond Tiles Collection, and there are a lot of toys in the mini collection to choose from! From the mini travel size race track to the travel size marble run, you’ll love the other options from PicassoTiles if you like this mini set.

With that being said, my preschooler wanted to test out building a castle with regular-sized PicassoTiles and the mini-tiles together, and although they don’t align perfectly they’re still fun to play with together. Here’s an example of what we came up with. 

picassotiles

What Are Mini PicassoTiles For?

PicassoTiles mini magnet tile building blocks are great for inspiring imaginative, pretend play. This type of toy is perfect for helping kids learn how to problem solve and explore educational STEM learning. Not to mention, my kids think these tiles are a ridiculous amount of fun. 

Magnetic tiles are great STEM toys because they help kids understand basic geometric concepts, shapes, and spatial relationships. Also, as children figure out how to build stable structures, they develop problem-solving skills and learn about balance and symmetry. Children start to understand basic engineering principles by building different structures, such as load-bearing and stability.

Benefits of Playing With Mini Magnet Tiles

Young minds can learn more about spatial awareness and magnetic polarities while practicing their hand-eye coordination. Toddlers can practice their color and shape recognition skills and build towers to smash and squash while learning about cause and effect.

Through hands-on exploration, you can let your child’s imagination run wild and develop crucial skills like spatial reasoning and practice fine motor skills.

School age children can set the foundation for learning about architectural design and build complex structures out of these geometric shapes

Are Mini PicassoTiles Safe?

Mini PicassoTiles are free from harmful elements (BPA-free) and are non-toxic. Each tile’s protective shield is thoughtfully shaped with smooth edges to help protect against any accidental cuts or bumps and give you peace of mind.

With any magnetic tile brand, you should keep in mind your child’s age and unique abilities. Inspect your toys for wear and tear or breakage if your kids play rough (monster truck throwdown anyone?). Throw out any cracked tiles at the first sign of breakage. 

We’ve had a set of PicassoTiles for over a year now without any safety issues or breakage and these mini tiles seem to be built in the same sturdy manner. 

regular vs mini picassotiles

Final Thoughts

Overall, the 60-Piece PicassoTiles Mini Diamond Collection was wonderful for our family vacation. Their compact size and vibrant, prismatic design make them an ideal travel companion, offering hours of creative and educational play. If you’re looking for a versatile and portable set of magnetic tiles, this collection is a fantastic choice that combines fun and learning in a convenient package.

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7Jun2024

This gorgeous paper craft is a must for any unicorn lovers!

Today we are crafting a magical, mystical, ever-so-popular unicorn!

And the good news? This paper unicorn craft is fun and simple to make thanks to our printable craft template.

This is a great crafty activity to make at home, or you could even have it ready to make as part of a unicorn themed birthday party.

This unicorn is made from a two page printable and can be decorated using whatever colouring supplies your child likes.

Want to see how we constructed our unicorn? Just take a look a the step-by-step instructions below.

What you will need

  • printable template
  • paint and paintbrush
  • scissors
  • glue

How to make your unicorn

Step 1

Start by printing the unicorn template.

two-page unicorn craft template

This is a two-page printable and you can find it over in our Etsy store. If you can print the template onto thin card stock rather than paper, this works best (especially if your child is going to paint their unicorn).

Step 2

Next, paint the unicorn’s mane, horn, ear and nose.

unicorn craft template (painted)

We left our unicorn’s head white, but of course your child can paint this another colour should they wish.

If you don’t want to use paint, pencil crayons, crayons or markers would work well too.

We used acrylic paint, which covers really well and dries super fast.

Step 3

Cut out all the different parts of the unicorn. Younger children may need some assistance here.

unicorn mane, head, horn and ear, painted and cut out on table top

Step 4

Next, it’s time to assemble.

First, put glue on the large glue tab on the unicorn’s head.

head with glue tab ready to attach ear

Position the unicorn’s mane and then press down firmly.

Step 5

Next, put glue on the glue tab on the mane and attach the unicorn’s ear.

head of unicorn craft with ear attached

Step 6

Lastly, put glue on the glue tab on the horn.

Attach the horn to the unicorn by sticking it to the back of the unicorn.

unicorn horn attached to the back of the paper craft

Like so…

front view of head with horn attached

And with that, your unicorn is complete.

complete unicorn craft

We went for a bright rainbow colours for our unicorn, but your child can have fun making their unicorn unique with whatever colour combinations they like.

Buy the unicorn template

If you would like to purchase our unicorn template, you can find it over in our Etsy store, along with lots of other kids’ craft templates.

unicorn craft template product cover

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unicorn paper craft for kids pin

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5Jun2024

Bring the spirit of Halloween to life with this amazing craft and make your own glowing jack o’lanterns! When you move the pumpkin stem up and down, the jack o’lantern’s eyes and mouth will turn from dark to light. Spoooooky!

This is a great project for young kids at a Halloween party, families at home and students in the classroom.

Gather up your craft supplies and get ready for a fun and easy craft!

  • Table Of Contents:
    • Materials
    • Instructions
    • Tips & Troubleshooting
    • Benefits of This Jack O’Lantern Craft For Kids
    • Final Thoughts

Materials

  • Paper plates
  • Orange paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Construction paper

Instructions

Step 1)

Take a paper plate and cut out two round circles for eyes and a small jack o’lantern mouth. An adult should supervise older kids using scissors, or do all the paper plate cutting for younger children.

paper plate jack o'lantern

Step 2)

Paint the cut paper plate orange as well as a second whole paper plate. Trace a pumpkin stem shape onto a green piece of paper and cut out. 

orange paper plate and green paper pumpkin stem

Step 3)

Cut a small rectangle of orange construction paper and a larger rectangle of black construction paper then glue them to the bottom of your green paper pumpkin stem. 

attach orange and black paper to stem

Step 4)

Take the orange paper plate that has a face cut into it and flip it over. Tape a strip of orange paper construction paper onto the back of the plate. 

Slide the pumpkin stem in between this paper plate and the strip of orange paper. 

If you fold the bottom edge of the black paper at the end of your pumpkin stem a bit, it will help keep the stem in place so it doesn’t fully slide out when you play with it.

inside of jack o'lantern craft

Step 5)

If you’d like to seal your craft shut, glue the second orange paper plate to the first. Add some thin curled strips of green paper to the top of your paper plate to make your pumpkin stem look more vine-like. 

If a regular glue stick isn’t sealing your plates together, you might have an adult use hot glue for this step.

glue jack o'lantern pieces together

Step 6)

Play! When you pull the stem up and down, the jack o’lantern eyes and mouth ‘turn colors’ from black to orange just like you’re lighting a candle and blowing it out. 

finished light up jack o lantern craft

Video Instructions

Prefer watching videos for your craft instructions? Check out the YouTube Channel for Crafty Kids Play and watch the video tutorial for this Jack O’Lantern Paper Plate Craft here.

Tips & Troubleshooting

Preparation is Key

Gather all materials before starting the project. This includes having the paper plates, paint, paintbrushes, glue, scissors, markers, and construction paper ready. Pre-cutting some elements, especially for younger children, can help streamline the process.

Supervise Cutting

Ensure that an adult supervises any cutting, especially when dealing with sharp scissors. For younger children, it’s safer for adults to do all the cutting.

Loose Pumpkin Stem Issues

If the pumpkin stem keeps sliding out, ensure that the strip of orange paper on the back is taped securely. Folding the bottom edge of the black paper at the end of the pumpkin stem will also help keep it in place.

Adding Details

Use markers or crayons to add more details to your jack o’lantern, such as lines to mimic the pumpkin’s texture or additional decorations around the face.

Creative Variations

Instead of using construction paper for the stem, consider using green pipe cleaners for a more textured and 3D look. You can also use glitter glue or stickers to decorate the pumpkin further with little details. Each of the pumpkin faces you make could be unique; give your jack o’lantern happy, sad or spooky facial features!

paper plate pumpkin craft

Benefits of This Jack O’Lantern Craft For Kids

Enhances Creativity and Imagination

Crafting is a great way to help children to express themselves creatively. Designing their own jack o’lantern faces encourages them to use their imagination and come up with unique designs for their cute pumpkins.

Improves Fine Motor Skills

Using scissors to cut out shapes and handling glue to assemble the parts of the craft helps children improve their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills by building muscles in their little hands. Holding a paintbrush and painting within specific areas of the plate enhances precision and control.

Boosts Cognitive Development

Completing the craft involves following step-by-step instructions, which enhances the ability of older children to follow sequences and understand processes. The interactive nature of the craft, where pulling the stem changes the jack o’lantern’s face, helps children understand the concept of cause and effect.

Provides Educational Opportunities

Crafting a jack o’lantern can be a fun way to teach children about Halloween traditions and the history behind them. Crafting might just be the best way to give kids hands-on experience participating in holidays and traditions.

Final Thoughts

This jack o’lantern craft is so much fun to play with after you make it! Kids will love watching the jack o’lantern’s face change as they pull the stem up and down, mimicking the effect of lighting and blowing out a candle. It’s a wonderful way to combine creativity, learning, and play.

Stick around Crafty Kids Play for more fun crafts and great ideas to keep kids entertained and learning.

Happy crafting, and happy Halloween!

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Weather crafts are a great way to get young children thinking about Earth science and the wonders of the natural world! By creating their own weather wheels, kids can explore different weather conditions, develop fine motor skills, and unleash their creativity. Plus, it’s a fun activity that brings learning to life, making science both educational and entertaining.

  • Table Of Contents:
    • Materials
    • Instructions
    • Weather Craft Template Download
    • Tips & Troubleshooting
    • Variation Ideas
    • Benefits of This Weather Craft For Kids
    • Final Thoughts

Materials

  • Paper plates
  • Markers, wax crayons, or colored pencils.
  • Split pin/paper fastener
  • Free printable template
  • Glue stick

Instructions

Step 1)

Print out the free template and cut out the template pieces.

Step 2)

Section your paper plate into 4 by drawing two lines across it with black marker.

weather craft template and paper plate

Step 3)

Glue the template pieces to each of the 4 sections: Windy, Rainy, Sunny and Snowy. Then glue the corresponding icons to each section. Color-in the template pieces, feel free to get creative!

The template includes small cloud patterns that you can use for cloudy weather or rainy weather. 

weather craft for kids template

Step 4)

Cut one quarter out of your second paper plate. 

weather wheel craft

Step 5)

Add the template title piece that says ‘The Weather’ to this second paper plate and use a split pin to attach it to the first paper plate by poking a hole in the center part of the plate. 

split pin in paper plate

Step 6)

As you spin the plate on top with the cut out, it will reveal one section of weather at a time.

weather wheel craft

Video Instructions

If you prefer video instructions for your crafts, check out the YouTube Channel for Crafty Kids Play and see the full video for this Weather Wheel Craft here.

Weather Craft Template Download

Download your free weather craft template using the button after the next image. This template is for your own personal use only, not for resale or commercial usage.

weather wheel craft

TEMPLATES-WEATHERDownload

Tips & Troubleshooting

Kids’ Safety

Adults can handle the split pin/paper fastener carefully to avoid pricking themselves, or supervise older children during this step. You might pre-punch the holes to make it easier for them to insert the fastener. For your youngest crafters, you may want to cut out the template pieces ahead of time to avoid frustration. 

Use Sturdy Paper Plates

Choose strong, durable paper plates to ensure your weather wheel holds up well during use. Avoid flimsy plates that might bend or tear easily.

Customization

Encourage kids to add their own artistic touches to the template pieces. They can draw additional details or patterns to make their weather wheel unique.

Smooth Spinning

Make sure the hole for the split pin/paper fastener is centered accurately in both plates. Placing the hold in the center of the plate helps the top plate spin smoothly to reveal each weather section.

Variation Ideas

Stickers & Multimedia

Consider using weather themed stickers or cut outs from magazines and gluing them into your craft. Instead of coloring in the small details on these template pieces, younger kids may enjoy using stickers more.

Weather Journal

Use this simple craft while you keep track of the weather with a weather journal. You could attach a small notepad or sheet of paper to the back of the wheel where children can record daily weather observations.

Benefits of This Weather Craft For Kids

Weather Awareness

With this easy craft, children learn about different types of weather (sunny, rainy, windy, snowy) and how to identify them. This enhances their understanding of the natural world and weather patterns.

Vocabulary Building

As children create and discuss the weather wheel, they learn new weather-related vocabulary, improving their language skills while they have a great time.

Creativity and Imagination

Decorating the template pieces allows children to express their creativity and imagination. They can personalize their weather wheel with unique designs and colors.

Focus and Patience

Engaging in a craft project requires concentration and patience, helping children develop these important traits.

Fine Motor Skill Development

Engaging in the weather wheel craft helps children develop fine motor skills through activities such as cutting, coloring, and gluing, which enhance hand strength and coordination. Handling small objects like split pins/paper fasteners further improves precision and dexterity. These activities collectively strengthen the small muscles in children’s little hands and fingers, supporting overall fine motor development.

Final Thoughts

You can make this fun craft with some simple materials and help your little weather watchers learn more about the world. It’s a great activity for a rainy day at home with your little ones or to help learn about weather signs in your preschool, kindergarten or grade one classroom. 

Not only does it spark curiosity about Earth science, but it also provides a hands-on learning experience that kids will love and remember. Stick around Crafty Kids Play for more fun crafts, printables and activities for kids of all ages!

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A variety of summer art projects for kids and tweens that shows a palm tree painting, flower art, shell watercolor painting, dragonfly craft, ice cream painted rocks, chalk pastel jellyfish art.

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SOME OF MY FAVORITE ART SUPPLIES

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There are a ton of art supplies out there for kids, it’s hard to know what to choose! Below are some of my favorite supplies to get you started. 

• Watercolor paint set & liquid watercolors

• Watercolor paper

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• Black drawing paper

• White cardstock

• Acrylic paint set

• Oil pastels

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23May2024

This watercolor shell painting is a colorful and fun summer art project idea! Kids will draw simple seashell shapes, learn easy watercolor techniques, and add black marker details. This is a great painting idea for older kids and tweens.

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These adorable seashell paintings can be done quickly and easily, kids will want to make more than one! Using course salt with watercolors helps to create texture for the background that resembles sand or water.

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Create your own shell watercolor painting

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watercolor painting supplies

Supplies

  • Watercolor paper
  • Watercolor paint (you can use a paint set or liquid watercolors and a paint palette)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Black fine-line marker
  • Coarse salt
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Water dish

Instructions for your seashell painting

1. First, get your watercolor paper ready. I cut my paper to an 8-inch square to keep the paintings small and focus on just one simple shell.

Kids can choose to use the same type of shells in my examples or look at some photos of shells for inspiration.

Drawing a shell on watercolor paper.

Draw out a simple shell shape with a pencil. Remind kids to press lightly so they can erase if needed. Think about adding in a few detail lines where you would like the paint to go.

Your pencil sketch will also act as a guide when you outline your painting, so think about where you would like to put in some detailed lines with a black marker after you have finished your painting.

Small seashell drawing on watercolor paper.

2. Think about the colors you want to use on your shell and test out your colors first on scrap watercolor paper. I used blue and purple shades for one shell, pink and light tan shades for another, and different shades of green for the scallop shell painting.

Start by painting your shell with clean water, being careful to not get any water outside of your shell drawing.

painting a shell on watercolor paper using purple and blue watercolor paint.

3. While the paint is still wet, start to add in the colors. Use a smaller round brush for this step and paint one color at a time. Follow your pencil guidelines being careful to not paint outside the shell.

Painting on the wet paper will help keep the colors soft and slowly start to spread and mix on the paper. The colors will blend together as the paper dries.

Painting with pink watercolors for a summer kids art project idea with shells.

As you can see from my example photos, there is still white paper showing through on the shells. So have kids think about leaving some white areas as they paint.

Once you are done painting in the shell, let it dry completely before moving on to the next step.

4. Decide on a background color and test out your paint on a scrap piece of paper. I used sand colors and blue in my examples. You only need 1-2 shades of color for the background.

painting on a brown colored background for a shell watercolor painting art project.

Have your coarse salt ready.

Carefully, paint around your shell with clean water. Go slowly and do not paint inside the shell.

5. While your paper is still wet, paint your background, being careful not to get any paint inside the shell. Leave a lot of white areas around the edges of your paper like in the example photos.

painting a blue background on a watercolor seashell art project.

6. Sprinkle the salt on your background while the paint is still wet. As the paint dries the salt will create patterns and texture.

Let your paper dry completely on a flat surface.

Using a salt technique on a watercolor painting.

Once your paper is completely dry, carefully brush off the salt into a sink or garbage, revealing the design the salt made!

7. Time to add the finishing details to your painting. Use a fine-point black marker to carefully outline your shell. Using the pencil lines from your initial sketch as a guide, draw in some final detail lines.

Drawing in black marker details on mini shell watercolor paintings for a summer art project idea.

This mini watercolor shell painting is just adorable! This is a great summer art project idea for older kids and tweens. There are so many different shells and colors kids can choose, each painting will be unique!

Mini seashell watercolor paintings with black ink detail. Summer art project idea for kids.

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Shell watercolor painting idea, purple and blue shell being painted. 3 finished shell paintings.

Yield: 1 shell painting

EASY WATERCOLOR SHELL PAINTING FOR KIDS

3 mini watercolor and ink shell paintings for a summer art project for tweens.

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Make an adorable mini watercolor shell painting for a fun summer art project! Learn easy watercolor techniques.

Prep Time
10 minutes

Active Time
45 minutes

Total Time
55 minutes

Difficulty
Medium

Materials

  • Watercolor paper
  • Watercolor paint (you can use a paint set or liquid watercolors and a paint palette)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Black fine-line marker
  • Coarse salt
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Water dish

Instructions

  1. Prepare the paper and draw your shell: Cut watercolor paper to an 8-inch square. Draw a simple shell shape lightly with a pencil. Add a few detail lines for the paint.
  2. Choose colors: Decide on the colors for your shell and test them on scrap paper. Possible color ideas include blue and purple, pink and tan, or various greens.
  3. Wet the paper: Paint the shell area with clean water, avoiding the edges.
  4. Add colors: Use a small brush to paint your colors on the wet paper, following your pencil lines. Let the colors blend and leave some white areas. Allow the shell to dry completely.
  5. Background prep: Choose a background color and test it on scrap paper. Have coarse salt ready. Carefully paint around the shell with clean water.
  6. Paint background: Paint the background while the paper is wet, leaving some white areas around the edges. Sprinkle salt on the wet paint for texture. Let it dry completely.
  7. Brush off the salt: Once dry, brush off the salt in the sink or garbage to reveal the texture it created.
  8. Outline details: Use a fine-point black marker to outline your shell and add final detail lines, following your initial pencil sketch.

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