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Socially Safe Halloween Masks Craft

Your Halloween celebrations might be physically distanced this year, but wearing a face covering for the festivities doesn’t mean your child has to compromise on a cool costume. Here’s how you can make your child’s face mask part of their trick-or-treating gear. 

 Materials 

  • Non-toxic foam sheets 
  • Washable glue sticks  
  • Hot glue gun 
  • Disposable paper masks 
  • Paper straws 

 Directions 

  1. Talk with your child to decide what kind of mask you should make. The possibilities are endless. If you need a little inspiration, take a look at this video for some ideas!
  2. To create an eye mask, help your child cut out a basic mask shape from a sheet of foam. Cut out foam shapes for your child to glue onto the mask with a glue stick.  
  3. Use the glue gun to attach a paper straw to the side of the eye mask as a handle. Only adults should use the glue gun. 
  4. Cut additional foam pieces to create a mouth for the face covering, and glue them in place with the glue gun.  

Now, your child is ready for a fun and healthy Halloween!  

Are you looking for more safe and spooktacular Halloween ideas? Check out this article on the Goddard School blog featuring some fun activities beyond trick-or-treating! 

Coffee Filter Suncatchers

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Make sunny days even brighter with these colorful suncatchers! Perfect for honing fine motor skills, this project takes the concept of cutting out paper snowflakes to a new level for year-round fun.

Materials

  • Coffee filters
  • Bowl of water
  • Paintbrush
  • Food coloring in assorted colors
  • Scissors
  • Tray or mat to use as a workspace
  • String
  • Tape
  • Warm iron (optional, for adult use only)
  • Hair dryer (optional, for adult use only)

Instructions

  1. Lay a coffee filter on your workspace. Protect your area appropriately because food coloring can stain surfaces.
  2. Use the paintbrush to wet the entire coffee filter with water so it lies flat.
  3. Add a few drops of food coloring to the wet filter and brush the color out so it covers the entire surface. Use different colors and see how they blend.
  4. Allow the filter to dry completely. You can use a hair dryer to dry it quickly, or apply a warm iron to a dry filter to flatten it further. Make sure that only adults use the iron or hair dryer.
  5. Fold and cut the dry filter into a snowflake design. To create a six-sided design, fold the filter in half, fold it in half again and then fold it in thirds before cutting it.
  6. Open the filter, and iron it again with a warm iron if you wish.
  7. Use the string and tape to hang your filter in a window, and watch as the sunlight filters through it.

Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose – Three Textile Crafts for Earth Day

Did you know that the average American throws away nearly 80 pounds of clothing per year? Although close to 100 percent of textiles and clothing are recyclable, only 15 percent get recycled or donated. The remaining 85 percent end up in national landfills.

This Earth Day, The Goddard School encourages recycling with a fashionable twist as families give their old clothes and textiles a new life.

Here are three fun ways you and your child can repurpose clothing into something fresh and exciting.

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No-Sew Superhero Cape and Wristbands

With this fun transformation, your little superhero will have the power to save the planet.

  Materials

  • An old, adult-sized T-shirt;

(The larger the size, the more material you have for your cape.)

  • Scissors;
  • Fabric markers;
  • Adhesive Velcro strips.

  Directions

     Cape

  1. Lay the shirt out on a hard surface with the front facing up.
  2. Cut off the sleeves along the seams and set them aside for later to be used as wristbands.
  3. Cut the shirt along the side and shoulder seams and along the neckline, but do not cut off the neck. The neck hole should still be attached to the back of the shirt.
  4. Have your child try on the cape for length and shape before trimming accordingly.
  5. Help your child draw a favorite superhero symbol on the back of the cape with the fabric markers.

Wristbands

  1. Cut the sleeves open at the seams.
  2. Measure the fabric around your child’s wrists and arms to determine the correct length and width of the wristband.
  3. Add the adhesive Velcro to either side of the wristband.
  4. Help your child decorate the wristband with the fabric markers.
  5. Repeat this process with the second sleeve.

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Infant Fabric Book

This recycled creation is a great way for big brothers and big sisters to help their little siblings enjoy the benefits of repurposed textiles.

   Materials

  • Recycled fabric;

(Thicker fabric, like felt or denim, works best for the book’s pages, while a thinner fabric is perfect for page designs.)

  • Scissors;

   Directions

  1. Help your child plan the layout of the book. Decide how many pages it should have and what to put on each page. Will the book have a theme, like shapes, colors or counting? What about a cover design?
  2. Cut out squares or rectangles for pages and glue them together at one edge to form the book.
  3. Help your child cut out various designs and glue them onto each page.

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T-shirt Tote

Repurpose a shirt and reduce your family’s use of plastic bags with this craft.

Materials

  • An old T-shirt;
  • Scissors;
  • Ruler;

Directions

  1. Lay the shirt out on a hard surface with the front facing up.
  2. Cut off the sleeves at the seams.
  3. Cut out the neckline to provide a larger opening for the top of your bag.
  4. Use the ruler to measure about two inches up from the bottom of the shirt and draw a straight line across.
  5. Measure and draw vertical lines about one inch apart from each other up to the straight line along the bottom of the shirt.
  6. Help your child cut both layers of fabric along the vertical lines up to the straight line that goes across the shirt. This will be the fringe that will hold the bottom of the bag closed.
  7. Help your child tie the fringe closed using double knots.

Cardboard Tube Bird Feeder

February is National Bird Feeding Month! Invite feathered friends to your yard with some DIY cardboard tube feeders. You and your little ones will enjoy the fruits of your labor when watching the beautiful birds come to eat. To learn even more about your backyard birds, visit the National Audubon Society’s website.

What You Need

  • Plate
  • Birdseed
  • Nut or Seed Butter
  • Cardboard Tube (toilet paper size or half of a paper towel roll)
  • String

Instructions

  1. Pour the birdseed onto the plate and use a spoon, butter knife or Popsicle stick to coat the outside of the cardboard tube with the nut or seed butter.
  2. Roll the coated tube in the birdseed. Fill in any gaps as needed until the whole tube is covered.
  3. Thread a piece of string through the cardboard tube and tie the ends of the string together.
  4. Hang it from a tree for the birds to enjoy!

How to Make a Heart-Shaped Bubble Wand

Add some bubbles to your Valentine’s Day celebrations with a heart-shaped bubble wand!

Materials

  • 6mm pipe cleaners
  • Scissors
  • Chopsticks
  • Pony beads (any color)
  • Colored tape (any color)

Instructions

  1. Create a loop with one of the pipe cleaners, twisting to create an oval shape. Leave about two inches on the ends.
  2. Thread three pony beads onto pipe cleaner so that both ends go through the beads.
  3. Wrap the ends of the pipe cleaner tightly around the top of a chopstick.
  4. Wrap colored tape around pipe cleaner ends to ensure a secure fit.
  5. Bend pipe cleaner oval into a heart shape.
  6. Repeat steps for second bubble wand.
  7. Blow bubbles using bubble solution!

 

 

*An adult should oversee all activities. Activities may not be appropriate for all ages.

Handprint Wreath Craft

This handprint wreath is a simple craft to get your children’s creativity flowing. You and your little ones can use this craft throughout the year to make a handprint wreath for each holiday season.

Here are the materials that you’ll need: a paper plate, a pack of colored construction paper, scissors, glue, crayons, paint and markers.

How to create your wreath

1. First, cut out the middle of the paper plate so you are left with just the rim of the plate. This will act as the base for the wreath.

2. Next, let your children sift through the pack of construction paper and pick out the colors they would like to use for this project.

3. Once their favorite colors are chosen, let them trace about 10 to 15 handprints on the sheets of construction paper, and then help them cut out each handprint.

4. Allow your little ones to be artists: let them color, paint and draw on their handprint cutouts to decorate them.

5. Once they are finished, allow your children to start gluing the handprint cutouts onto the rim of the plate.

6. Let the handprints overlap a bit and continue gluing them on until the entire rim of the plate is completely covered by handprints.

7. When finished, loop a piece of ribbon through the wreath, and then tie a bow at the top.

8. Hang the wreath anywhere in your home.

Pine Cone Turkeys Craft


This fun fall craft is a great way to get little ones involved in setting the holiday table and sharing their thankfulness.  

Materials 

  • Large, unscented pine cones 
  • Construction paper  
  • Washable markers 
  • Googly eyes 
  • Child-safe scissors 
  • Glue 

Instructions 

  1. Trace your child’s hand on a sheet of construction paper, and cut out the handprint. 
  2. Ask your child to share at least five things he or she is thankful for, and write one thing on each finger. 
  3. Write your child’s name on the palm of the hand. 
  4. Draw a small diamond on an orange or yellow sheet of construction paper, and cut it out. 
  5. Fold the diamond in half to create a beak for the turkey. Repeat as necessary for multiple turkeys.  
  6. Glue googly eyes to the tapered end of the pine cone. 
  7. Glue the beak below the googly eyes. 
  8. Insert the handprint between the back scales of the pine cone so that it stands up. If it won’t stay upright, glue the hand to the bottom of the pine cone. 

Have everyone who is coming to Thanksgiving dinner create a turkey, or make them ahead of time to use as place cards. 

 

Apple-Printing Activity

 Supplies 

  • Apples 
  • Paint (washable poster paint for paper prints or fabric paint for clothes) 
  • Paper plates 
  • Printable surfaces (such as butcher paper, t-shirts or canvas bags) 
  • Newspapers 
  • Art smocks or old t-shirts 
  • A knife (for adults only) 

Instructions 

  1. Cover your work surface with newspaper and make sure everyone is wearing old clothes or a smock.
  2. Pour paint on the paper plates. Use one color per plate.
  3. Ask your child to guess what shape half an apple will look like. 
  4. Cut the apple in half from top to bottom to create an apple silhouette, or create a circle with a star by cutting the apple horizontally. You and your child can also brainstorm ways to create different shapes with the apple. 
  5. Encourage your child to dip the flat side of the apple in the paint, thoroughly covering the flat side, and then place the apple with the paint side down on the printing surface. 
  6. Enjoy creating fun designs and pictures with your homemade stamps. 

 

Hand Print Turkey Craft

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Celebrate Thanksgiving with this fun, family-friendly craft. Gobble, gobble!

WHAT YOU NEED

* White construction paper

* Non-toxic paint in brown, green, red, yellow and orange (or any other colors you have on hand)

* One paintbrush for each paint color

* Paper plates

* Googly eyes

* Glue

* Crayons or markers

* Aprons or paint shirts (optional)

DIRECTIONS

1. Pour a little paint onto the paper plates. Use one plate per color.

2. Set out the white piece of paper in front of your child, and have your child put on an apron or paint shirt.

3. Using a paintbrush, paint brown paint onto the palm of your child’s hand.

4. Then, paint your child’s fingers. Make sure to use one paintbrush and paint color per finger.

5. Press your child’s hand onto the paper. Try not to move it around too much, and then lift your child’s hand.

6. When the paint is dry, put a dab of glue onto the thumbprint, which will be the turkey’s head, and press on a googly eye.

7. Finally, let your child use the crayons or markers to draw a beak, legs and a snood, which is the red part of a turkey’s neck. Enjoy your adorable masterpiece!

What Thanksgiving crafts do you make with your children?

Five Fall Crafts Your Children Will Love

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  1. Work with your child to create an Acrostic poem like the one below. Consider using alternative words, such as leaf, pumpkin or scarecrow.

Thankful for my family

Uncover the changes in nature

Ready to stuff my belly with turkey

Kicking the warm days right out of here

Enjoy a game of family football

Yearning for snow to arrive.

  1. Ask your children to draw turkeys using their hands. Have each one of your children place a hand on a white sheet of paper and trace around the hand, fingers and thumb. Then count the names on your Thanksgiving guest list, and have your children create a corresponding number of hand-drawn turkeys. Ask your children to color them using crayons and imagination. Once they finish, take the pieces of paper to your nearest office supply store to be laminated. You now have adorable placemats for your Thanksgiving dinner.
  1. Use the colorful leaves of fall to create a lion’s mane. Gather a bunch of leaves with your Make sure they are dry and bug-free! Tell your child about the assorted colors as you gather the leaves. Next, take the leaves and put them in an old book for a few hours to help press and preserve them. Take a paper plate and help your child glue the leaves around the rim. Once you’ve covered the entire rim, let it dry. Finally, encourage your child to draw the lion’s face on the paper plate.
  1. Create a tree using buttons. Gather old or new buttons. Talk to your children about fall colors and have them choose the buttons that they want to use for this activity. Then, encourage your little ones to draw a tree trunk and branches. Finally, guide your children in gluing the buttons onto where leaves should appear. During this project, talk with your children about how trees grow.
  1. Ask your children what they are thankful for. Instead of having them write it on a piece of paper, have them make a turkey craft out of it. Get a paper plate and an assortment of colored construction paper. Help them cut out feathered shapes from the construction paper to glue on the plate as the turkey’s feathers. Once the glue dries, ask your children to write something that they are thankful for on each feather. Assist them with the writing if necessary.