crafts

Nature Journal

There is no learning environment better than nature itself. One of the most wonderful memories I have is walking in my grandmother’s garden. For further enjoyment and learning after school, kids can keep a nature journal. A nature journal provides a way for children to learn to draw what they see and to capture details they may not have noticed at first, developing sharp

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Bottle-Cap Art

The holiday season is just around the corner. In our family we try to keep to homemade gifts for the most part; to keep the spirit of giving alive, while minimizing the commercialism and to, let’s face it, not break the bank! So every November, my son and I get to work at least one day a week afterschool to make everyone a gift. 

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Painting with Light

If you want to create some wonderful and unique art with your child, look no further than Light Painting.  It’s easy, inexpensive, and fast.  Mark my words though- once you get started, neither of you will not want to stop!  Painting with light is a fun art technique using a digital camera with a manual setting option, a tripod and a light source, like

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Homemade Halloween

We went costume shopping last week.  There was lots to choose from but it was all very expensive and not very original. This week we decided to concentrate on creating his costume. He wants to be a zombie. His only specification is that it not look homemade. I guess I have to say goodbye to the past Halloweens when he happily allowed me to

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Artist Trading Cards – A World of Creativity!

If your children like to collect, make friends and create art, they will love the idea of art in your pocket. In Europe in 1996, the concept of Artists Trading Cards was born. Essentially, ATCs are little works of art that can be traded for other little works of art. They must be original, self produced art and must not be sold; only exchanged.

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4-H Club

A lot of the kids in our community are part of a 4-H program. I never knew what everyone was talking about but now that we are thinking about taking part in a local club, I want to share what I found as this definitely falls in the category of fun and educational afterschool activity. The 4-H club is a national youth development program

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Do It Yourself Crafts!

Kids of all ages love to participate in arts and crafts. It is oftentimes an easy and fun way for them to express their creativity. For homeschool parents and organizers of after school programs, crafts can serve as a helpful and easy project to partake in. There are many projects that you can make with items found around your household. Here is a list

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Color Your World – Interactive Coloring Pages

From hallways to walls of a play room, there are many places we do not want our children to color on. Because coloring can be such a fun and creative activity for many children, providing them a place to do so online can help them express themselves (and save your walls!). Kidopo is an online coloring application that allows children to color online books.

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Cool Off With These Summer Treats!

As the weather is getting warmer, kids want their snacks to get cooler…literally! As the summer months roll in, try these fun recipes that will cool off your kids when the sun comes up! Homemade Ice Cream: What You’ll Need: 1 tablespoon sugar 1/2 cup milk or half & half 1/4 teaspoon vanilla 6 tablespoons rock salt 1 pint-size plastic food storage bag (e.g.,

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