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Coffee Filter Suncatchers

Coffee Filter Suncatchers from The Goddard School on Vimeo.

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.


  • 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)


  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.

Valentine’s Day Crafts

Spread the love this Valentine’s Day by making these crafts with your child. Whether your child chooses to give them to someone special or keep them at home to decorate, these cute creations are sure to bring smiles!

Heart Tree Sponge Stamp Art

Show how love grows with this beautiful piece of Valentine’s Day art.


A piece of white paper

Brown, pink, red and purple paint

A paintbrush


Kitchen sponges


Help your child paint a tree trunk and bare branches with the brown paint and allow to dry.

Cut out hearts from the sponges in different sizes.

Have your child use the sponges to stamp heart-shaped leaves onto the tree with the different colors of paints. The fuller the tree is, the more love there is!

Love Bug Footprint Craft

This piece of love bug art is the perfect way to spread Valentine’s Day cheer.


Red and black paint


A piece of white paper

Two googly eyes


Heart stickers

A black marker

A drop cloth or an old tablecloth

Wet wipes


Spread the drop cloth or tablecloth on the floor of your work area to contain any mess.

Paint the bottom of your child’s foot red, and have your child carefully step in the middle of the paper. Fill in any bare areas of the footprint with paint, and allow it to dry. Use the wet wipes to clean off your child’s foot before moving onto the next step.

Once the red paint has dried, have your child paint a black circle on top of the heel of the footprint. This will be the love bug’s head.

Once all the paint has dried, help your child draw three legs on each side of the footprint and one line vertically down the middle of the footprint. On either side of the line, have your child draw hearts instead of ladybug spots.

Help your child draw two antennae on top of the love bug’s head and add a heart sticker to the top of each one.

Have your child glue googly eyes onto the love bug’s face.

Heart-Shaped Bird Feeder

Help your child spread some Valentine’s Day love to the birds outside your window this February.


Pipe cleaners

Ring-shaped cereal



Have your child string the cereal onto a pipe cleaner, leaving a little space at the ends.

Twist the ends of the pipe cleaner together to make a circle, and then bend it into a heart shape.

Help your child tie a piece of string onto the heart in a loop, and then take your child outside and find a place to hang the feeder where birds can enjoy it.

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.

Apple Ring Snacks 


Add a healthy twist to after-school snack time with these tasty apple rings! 


  • One apple 
  • Your choice of nut or seed butter 
  • Raisins 
  • Sliced almonds 
  • Chopped walnuts 
  • Shredded coconut 


  1. Slice apple into thin rings and remove core from each ring.  
  1. Spread nut butter on one side of ring.  
  1. Top with almonds, walnuts, raisins and coconut.  
  1. Enjoy! 


Feel free to substitute chocolate chips for the raisins and/or chocolate-hazelnut spread for the nut butter. 

Cotton Ball Ghosts Craft


This simple craft is great for children of all ages. It’s a fun, sensory Halloween experience that only requires a few supplies.


* Cotton balls

* Black construction paper

* Chalk

* Glue (glue sticks or regular glue)

* Black buttons (the size found on peacoats)


1. Draw a ghost shape with chalk on the black construction paper. Depending on the age of the children, you may need to draw this for them.

2.  Cover the ghost with glue.

3. Pull and stretch the cotton balls to make them thin and wispy.

4. Place the stretched-out cotton balls on the glue ghost outline. Repeat until the ghost is covered.

5. Glue on two black buttons for eyes and enjoy your spooky ghost art.

What other Halloween crafts do you plan to make with your children?

Painting with Bubbles

untitled-design-1Inspire your child’s inner Picasso with bubble painting. This activity works best outside, which will make your little ones even happier.


  • Bubble soap
  • Food coloring
  • Bubble wands
  • Cups and trays
  • Paper
  • Aprons (optional)
  • Plastic tablecloth (optional)


  1. To prevent stains, cover the table or ground with a plastic tablecloth, and put on aprons.
  2. Place sheets of paper on the tablecloth or directly on the table or ground.
  3. Set out the cups and trays, and pour bubble solution into each one.
  4. Add a few drops of food coloring to each cup or tray of bubble soap.
  5. Stir the bubble soap briefly to mix the colors into the soap.
  6. Dip the wands into the bubble mix, and blow bubbles onto the paper.
  7. Let the paper dry and enjoy your creations!

Bubbles and paint combined make happy children.

Thumbprint Flag Card

Create a thumbprint flag card to celebrate the Fourth of July.


  • A red stamp pad with washable ink
  • A blue stamp pad with washable ink
  • A blank white note card
  • A note card envelope
  • Painter’s tape (optional)


  1. Use painter’s tape or your envelope to cover the top left corner of the note card to save space for the stars on the flag.
  2. Use the red stamp pad to create the red stripes of the flag. Press your thumb onto the stamp pad, and then press it onto the bottom left corner of the note card. Continue pressing your thumb down in a horizontal row until you reach the bottom right corner, re-inking your thumb as needed. Move your thumb about half an inch above the red stripe, making sure to leave white space between the red lines, and repeat the process. Continue creating rows of red thumbprints until you reach the top of the card. Avoid the covered section.
  3. Clean your thumb and remove the painter’s tape or envelope from the top left corner of the note card.
  4. Use the blue stamp pad to create the stars on the flag. Press your thumb onto the stamp pad, and then press it to the top left corner of the front of the note card. Create a square border, and then add blue thumbprints to the center of the square, leaving some white showing through the blue to mimic the stars of the flag.

Once the ink has dried for a few minutes, open the card and write an appreciative note to a friend. Then, place the note card in the envelope, address it, stamp it and send it!