Family Crafts

10 More Crafts for Being Stuck Inside

I hope that these fun little arts & crafts activities are useful to you while school is out! You have no idea how valuable free-creative play is to your kid’s brains and it heartens me to know that you’re creating together!!

Process-based arts and crafts (like these and the ones I posted previously) help kids develop critical decision making skills, calm the nervous system, and of course, encourages creativity. It also helps with problem solving, confidence, and “feeling like an artist”, never underestimate that last one!

Click below to download 10 more crafts to do together!

Many of these crafts use basic materials from the Dollar Store and Bow Valley Basics, if you don’t have the exact materials handy, you can improvise! I am always available by email if you have any questions.

*please note that, again, I typed out these instructions pretty quickly as I know so many are shocked and hurriedly making a plan now that schools have closed and need more things to do or plan to do, if I made any errors please let me know so I can fix them quickly! Also, I’m not a professional lesson-plan writer, I’m an artist who loves to teach and share creativity, thank you for taking my quickly-put-together plans with a grain of salt  *

Enjoy and I hope I get to create with you again soon!
PS – artsPlace is coming out with virtual/online content! Keep your eyes peeled for more!!!

~ Sam

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Family Crafts

Crafts for Being Stuck Inside

My friends! I will miss seeing so many of you at the Family artsPlay classes I usually teach in Canmore at artsPlace. I know this is a hard and scary time, but I hope that you will still make some arts and crafts together!

Please use this class plan to spark your creativity! This can be a guideline for you to have some fun while spending some time being creative. I know many of us will be inside more than we had planned, and while we might feel cooped up, creating something together can take our imaginations into amazing places!

Many of these crafts use basic materials from the Dollar Store and Bow Valley Basics, if you don’t have the exact materials handy, you can improvise! I am always available by email if you have any questions.

*please note that I typed out these instructions rather quickly as I know so many are shocked and hurriedly making a plan now that schools have closed, if I made any errors please let me know so I can fix them quickly!. Also, I’m not a professional lesson-plan writer, I’m an artist who loves to teach and share creativity, thank you for taking my quickly-put-together plans with a grain of salt 😉 *

Enjoy and I hope I get to create with you again soon!

~ Sam

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Family Crafts

Easy Wacky Birds

As folks are finding themselves indoors this weekend (both with the -22º weather here in Alberta and the social distancing we’re being encouraged to practice), I wanted to share this invitation to create a little wacky bird!

If you have some restless kids, and are looking for a fun little craft you can make as a family, give this easy 7-step wacky bird a go!

I focused on using materials that I thought might be easy to find around the house, with the exception of a hot glue gun (but maybe you have one hanging around, if so please use it!), if you don’t have a hot glue gun you can use a regular glue stick or white school glue, it will just take a little longer to dry.

As with many of the projects I offer in my classes, I hope that it gives you inspiration and you take these steps as an invitation to create something great together with your kids. Don’t feel like you have to do exactly as I have done here, the concept can be used in lots of exciting ways- let your kids come up with their own ideas and give them the space and time to create on their own.

Here’s the steps I took to create this quick little craft.

Wacky Birds
(great for ages 3-8, but that’s only a suggestion!)
As always practice caution and good judgement. I ask parents and kids ages 12+ to handle the hot glue, no one under 12 gets to use the hot glue guns in my classes unless your kid is up for it with your supervision)

You will need:

  • Scissors
  • Colouring tools (markers, crayons, whatever you have handy is great!)
  • Yarn, string, thin rope like twine, even dental floss can work!
  • glue (I used hot glue, but white glue or a glue stick can also work)
  • Optional extras: feathers, a googly eye, gemstones, sequins or sparkles, felt, etc (I didn’t include these in the sample as I was trying to think about what the average person might have on hand at home and what they might not. I wasn’t sure if you would have feathers and googly eyes hanging around like me?!)
  • Cut a piece of paper into the shape of a bird — it can be any bird and any size, but it works well to have bird that has a head and a body and a tail.
  • Next, using the scraps from around the bird, cut out legs, a beak, and an eye (or use a googly eye!)
  • Now we colour it in! You can use any colouring tools you have on hand (like markers, crayons, pastels, I used pencil crayons as they were the easiest for me to grab) You can use any colours you like. A blackbird! A blue-bird! The infamous Blue-legged Rainbow Flamingo, it can be anything!
  • Flip your bird over and make small lines roughly 1″ apart, all around the edge of your bird. They are lines you are going to cut. (Parents with kids under 5 might have to help out with this part, but it could be a fun time for them to try it out and practice with scissors)
  • Cut the small lines all around your bird, only the length and distance of the lines you drew. These small little cuts/slits become what hold on to the yarn so it does not slip, like a grip for the yarn (it also helps eliminate the need for using tape)
  • Using yarn, string (or anything you have on hand) kids can start to wrap the yarn around the bird, tucking the yarn into the slits. Wrap the yarn in a random pattern or any pattern you like from slit to slit, the wackier, the better! I like to start by wrapping the yarn around the body of the bird, and then wrapping around the head and tail. Once the yarn is done being wrapped, cut the end and tuck it in (or glue it).
  • Last, glue on the legs, beak and eye… and voila! Your little wacky bird is ready to play!!
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