Holiday Crafts and Activities

Holiday crafts and activities for kids and families, including art activities and craft projects to celebrate the holiday, holiday decorations, and holiday recipes.

Two Great Easter Art Activities for Kids

2 Easter Art Activities for Kids - Easy and Beautiful!We’ve been doing lots of Easter arts and crafts these past couple of weeks!

Here are two more Easter art activities that we’ve been working on this week:

styrofoam printed Easter eggs

& painted wooden eggs

They are both easy and quick, so you still have time to do them with your kiddos!

Two Easter Art Activities for Kids

1. Painted Wooden Eggs

These painted wooden eggs will long outlast the hard-boiled kind and are so much nicer than plastic eggs. They can be brought out Easter after Easter, given as gifts, and join the play kitchen for some pretend play.

Thanks to Asia from Fun at Home with Kids for inspiring us with her tutorial on DIY watercolor wooden eggs over at Modern Parents Messy Kids! She also has a fun post on games to play with painted eggs…. 

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25 Creative Easter Basket Ideas for Kids

25 Last Minute Easter Basket Ideas for Kids - Lots of creative ideas!It’s only a week until Easter!

Do you know what’s going into your children’s Easter baskets?

If you need a little help, here are 25 creative Easter basket ideas…

No candy in the bunch!

(But if you wanted to add a chocolate bunny or a few chocolate eggs, I’m sure your kiddos won’t object.)

This selection will promote creativity, imagination, and active play long after the Easter candy is gone.

Last minute Easter basket ideas for kids

Note: These items are all sold through Amazon.com. If you have Prime membership, as we do (love it!), you’re receive your Easter goodies super quickly. If you don’t have Prime, you can likely pay a little extra to get them in time for Easter. Or sign up for a free trial membership…. 

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How to Make Peanut Butter Cups in Silicone Molds

How to Make Peanut Butter Cups in Silicone MoldsGiven our love of peanut butter playdough, peanut butter nest snacks, and peanut butter cups, I thought we ought to try to make an Easter version of the divine combination of chocolate and peanut butter.

Maia and I first planned to make peanut butter cups in egg shapes.

I saw a few posts on Pinterest, and because I get inspired by pictures, but am not great about reading instructions, I assumed they used an egg-shaped mold to make them.*

After searching in vain for such a mold, and wondering if I could rig up some plastic Easter eggs to work as a mold, I came across a silicone mold that I liked even better at World Market. This one has butterflies, dragonflies, ladybugs, and bees—lovely and much more versatile than an egg-shaped mold!

*They actually rolled out the peanut butter filling, cut it out with egg-shaped cookie cutters, then dipped the eggs in melted chocolate. (I went back and read a couple posts after I struck out on the silicone egg mold hunt.)

This recipe is super easy and fun for kids to help make. We modified our regular peanut butter cup recipe by adding more powdered sugar to the filling and a little coconut oil to the chocolate…. 

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Easter Gifts for Kids (+ Spring Arts & Crafts Products)

Easter Gifts for Kids and Spring Arts and Crafts ProductsWith Easter around the corner and all the Easter and spring crafting going on around us, I decided to focus on Easter gifts for kids in this month’s sponsor welcome post.

And spring arts and crafts products

And, for those planning ahead, some unique Mother’s Day gift ideas

So… Please welcome my blog sponsors for the month of April!

They help make this blog possible and I am very grateful for their support. I hope you will take a moment to visit their sites and see what they have to offer.

These businesses can be great resources for artful families like yours and mine. I’m highlighting one of each of their products and including a link to it beside the business listed below.

Explore and enjoy!

Easter Gifts for Kids

(By Artful Parent Sponsors; Selection curated by Jean Van’t Hul)… 

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Easter Egg Suncatcher Craft with Flower Petals

Easter Egg Suncatcher Craft for Kids with Spring FlowersIf you follow me on facebook or via Instagram, you may have seen a sneak preview of this Easter egg suncatcher craft yesterday.

These suncatchers seemed like the perfect way to celebrate the floral explosion going on around us.

Daphne’s already picking flowers for us several times a day and delivering them to us at desks, tables, or in our pockets. I usually transfer these sweet gifts to water, but decided it was time we made suncatchers with flowers.

This Easter egg suncatcher craft combines two of our favorite spring suncatchers…

Flower mandala suncatchers &
Easter egg suncatchers (with ribbon, lace, & tissue paper)… 

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Easter Gift Ideas for Kids (+ A GIVEAWAY by Stubby Pencil Studio)

Stubby Pencil Studio Easter Case GiveawayWhat do artful parents such as you and me like to see in Easter baskets?

Why art supplies, of course!

The creative experiences they inspire will live on long after the chocolate bunny is gone.

Stubby Pencil Studio, one of my longest standing blog sponsors, is where I often shop for fun and artful holiday gifts, whether I’m looking for stocking stuffers, Valentine’s gifts, or Easter gift ideas for kids.

Here’s what I ordered this year for our resident Easter bunny to put in the baskets (Shhh…):

If you want to order some creative supplies for your own kids’ Easter baskets, or just want to buy some eco art supplies this spring, Stubby Pencil Studio is offering 15% off for Artful Parent readers through April 30th with the discount code APSAVE15.

Eco Art Easter Gifts for Kids from Stubby Pencil Studio

Easter gift ideas for kids from Stubby Pencil Studio

These are each priced under $10 (pictured clockwise from top left):

By the way, if you want an artful Easter basket for your kids or grandkids, but don’t know what to include or don’t have the time to shop, you can select a felt flower basket OR  a cute felt bunny basket that she’ll fill for you according to your child’s age and gender.

Artful Easter Giveaway

Stubby Pencil Studio Easter Case Giveaway

Stubby Pencil Studio is offering a giveaway case of inspiring Easter gifts, including:

Value = $55+

a Rafflecopter giveaway

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment to this blog post by Wednesday, March 26th at 11:59pm EST answering this question: What creative supplies would your children be most excited to see in their Easter basket? Giveaway open to US readers.

Good luck!

11 FUN Easter Egg Decorating Ideas for Kids

11 Fun Easter Egg Ideas for KidsLooking for fun Easter egg decorating ideas for kids?

Here are 11 that we’ve loved, plus a few extra we’d like to try.

1. Washi Tape Easter Eggs

2. Easter Egg Ideas for Kids :: Drawing in Frames

3.  Marble Easter Eggs with Kool Aid

4. Easter Egg Decorating with Sticker Resist and Sharpies

5. Easter Egg Decorating with Hole Reinforcement Stickers

6. Image Transfers :: An Easter Egg Decorating Idea

7. Collage Easter Eggs

8. Easter Egg Rocks :: A Fun Painting Idea for Kids

9. Melted Crayon Easter Eggs

10. An Easter Egg Tree

11. Coloring Easter Eggs with Bleeding Tissue Paper

MORE Easter egg decorating ideas for kids

I’ve seen a lot of watercolor Easter egg ideas lately that I’d like to try this year:

1. GORGEOUS Watercolor Easter Eggs at by Alisa Burke with a watercolor wash and watercolor pencils!

2. Drizzled Watercolor Easter Eggs at Spoon Fork Bacon (although she actually used Pysansky dye)

3. Watercolor Easter Eggs (Crackled, Speckled & Drizzled) at Oh My! Creative

4. Plus lovely speckled Watercolor Sprayed Easter Eggs on For the Love Of (The link doesn’t seem to be working at the moment, but hopefully it will later… It basically looks like they filled spray bottles with liquid watercolor paint and sprayed the eggs.)

21 Spring Crafts Kids will Love

21 Spring Crafts Kids will Love on The Artful ParentWe like to celebrate Spring and Easter by crafting together using the themes and colors of the season:

Fresh spring flowers—daffodils, tulips, dogwood, rhododendron, azaleas, peonies

The light greens of newly emerging spring leaves

Pinks all around us when the redbuds are in bloom

The happy yellow of daffodils, sunshine, and fuzzy chicks

Bird song everywhere!

Birds nesting

Easter eggs—dyeing and decorating eggs, crafting with eggs, finding eggs, playing games with eggs

Gardening—planting the spring peas, watching new seedlings emerge, learning about

Baby animals—lambs, chicks, ducklings, bunnies!

There is so much to love about spring! And so many lovely themes and colors to incorporate into crafting.

Here’s a list of 21 spring crafts our family has enjoyed over the years. I hope you and your kids will have just as much fun with them!… 

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Welcome Spring with a Stained Glass Spring Art Project for Kids

Welcome Spring with a DiY Stained Glass Spring Art Project for KidsHappy first day of spring!!

Daphne and I made a spring stained glass window to welcome spring in style (and to offer all kinds of good, warm spring ju-ju so that it starts to feel a bit more like spring!). It’s light green, pink, and yellow and especially gorgeous with the morning light streaming through the front of the house!

A Stained Glass Spring Art Project for Kids

MATERIALS

  • Easel paper
  • Oil pastels, light colors if possible (crayons would work okay as well)
  • Liquid watercolor paint in spring colors
  • A multi-paned window to put the stained glass on (or any window)
  • A piece of scrap paper
  • Pencil
  • Vegetable oil

INSTRUCTIONS… 

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Easter Crafts for Kids, Spring Art Ideas, and Yummy Recipes

The Artful Spring eBook - Awesome spring crafts for kids and families, Easter ideas, and yummy recipesAre you ready for spring yet?

I so am.

And I’ve just decided I’m going to start thinking about spring—pastel colors, flowers in bloom, Easter crafts for kids, birds singing, sweet strawberries, and gardening barefoot—no matter what the weather is doing outside.

This winter has been longer and colder and snowier than I would have preferred, and we’re still wearing our winter coats (despite a few tantalizingly warm days a week ago), but I’m looking ahead. I’m planning and dreaming about when the dogwoods will be in bloom, the birds will be busy building their nests, and we can grow strawberries in the garden (Maia has requested we give them another try).

Sometimes I need to remember that spring is inevitable.

I like this quote by Hal Borland which I put on a photo of my daffodils from last spring:… 

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