1. Paperback Christmas Tree - This is actually an old favorite of mine, and I've always preferred phonebooks but they take the longest and are becoming harder to find these days.
2. Clay-Pot Elf - Small clay pots, colored felt, and holiday paint will just about do it, and these things are so cute when they are done it's pretty much a no brainer.
3. Glass Jar Snow Globe - Snow globes are fun to watch, fun to make and can bring back a lot of memories, at least for me anyway.
4. Pine cone Christmas Tree Ornaments - Get the cones a year early from the woods and dry them, or just buy them at a craft store pre dried and ready for use. These ornaments help bring the outdoors into your living room, and obviously look great on your Christmas tree.
5. Wrapping Paper Bows - Carefully save your wrapping paper each year and make these for very little cost and effort. You'll be saving money and the environment all at once.
6. Tomato Cage Christmas Tree - Stock up on the tomato cages during planting season so you don't run short. Also, when you buy them in season they will be less expensive and easier to find.
7. Washcloth Snowman - No need to buy expensive wash cloths as cheap ones will do just fine and will last for years to come. The finished project will look great sitting on a mantle, or as a centerpiece at a holiday table.
8. Styrofoam Angel - Just about as quick and easy as it gets 'cause they are pre-shaped, and "appendages" are easy to apply. Kids will love getting involved with this craft adventure because the visual results are almost instantaneous.
9. Recycled Christmas Card Ornaments - Recycling is always good, especially when it's done in such a fun way, and the finished product has a nice colorful presence along with a unique geometric shape.
10. Pinecone Wreath - Just like with pine cone ornaments, you can make these on the cheap if you gather the pine cones yourself, and an outing in the woods (or the craft store) is always fun.
Learning shapes is a fundamental skill toddlers and preschool children learn early in life. Shapes are all around us in everyday items like the television, drinking glasses and even windows in our houses. But learning to recognize the many different shapes is not always easy for toddlers.
As parents, grandparents and daycare providers, we can help kids learn shapes while having lots of fun. Kids of all ages love to create and make things with their own hands and these kids craft ideas are a perfect way to incorporate some fun and lots of learning.
Shapes Crafts for Kids
When learning shapes, kids generally start with the basic shapes like circles, squares, triangles, etc. So think of anything that has these basic shapes and then turn it into a kids craft idea. For instance, using simple craft supplies like construction paper, scissors and glue you can make many different shapes crafts.
Here are some quick ideas for shapes crafts that you can do with your kids.
A House of Shapes