On the Artsy Crafty Mom blog, Shruti shares ideas, information and inspiration to encourage you to enjoy and share art & craft with your kids. She posts on kids art ideas, seasonal crafts, and family fun activities.
These Adorable DIY Felt Plushies are perfect for sewing beginners and even kids can make them! They also make great gifts for birthdays or any occasion!
I absolutely love things that look pretty and serve a purpose. I know that's the way with many of us, and that's exactly why I'm such a big fan of felt projects!
Take these felt plushies for example. They're as cute as buttons, and they can be refashioned into a variety of things - pocket friends, pencil toppers, magnets, bag charms, key chains and so much more!
If you're looking for some simple DIY felt plushies for kids, you've come to the right place, because here are 20 of the most adorable plushies you'll find out there! Time to get sewing!
Introduce kids to the world of watercolors with these fun and easy to do watercolor projects for kids! Learn new techniques, ideas and get creative!
"After a thousand watercolors you will find you have fallen in love with paper and paint." That's the magic of watercolors, you start it hesitantly, not knowing what you're doing, and before you know it, you're addicted!
The beauty of watercolor projects is that it doesn't matter if it didn't turn out the way you intended it to - it's still going to look beautiful. Maybe that's why it's such a great medium for kids to work with - there's no scope for feeling frustration or defeat - only beauty and peace!
So let's celebrate watercolors today, with some super easy watercolor projects for kids. Use them to learn about different techniques, watch how colors mix and just have fun!
These Sassy Snake Crafts for Kids show that you can make snakes out of pretty much anything! From paper plates, cardboard tubes, egg cartons, socks & more!
You'd think that humans, with their high intellect, opposable thumbs and numerous joints can handle most situations with ease. Yet, this grand human will run at even the mention of a snake, let alone the sight of it!
Yes, snakes, those slimy, limbless creatures can give large monsters a run for their money, but they're an important part of our ecosystem. I'm sure most of us rarely think of snakes in that sense - we're only concerned about the venom they pack in each bite!
And that's exactly why we have World Snake Day, on 16th July, to appreciate these fascinating creatures who're nature's in-built pest control system. So let's learn more about these sassy creatures with some sssimple and sssuper-fun snake crafts for kids!
Turn rocks into anything your heart fancies, with these awesome rock painting ideas for kids! From minions to mummies to mice, make whatever you like!
Unless you've been living under a rock, you'd know that rock painting is a 'thing' now, and everyone's doing it. Even the rock you were under is probably painted!
Did you know that rock painting was actually practiced by cave men? Yes, they used all kinds of materials to paint, including water, egg, blood - and even urine!
It's no wonder then that we now have a day dedicated to rocks - International Rock Day on 13th July. Yes, it's official now! So it's only proper that we celebrate this day with some awesome rock painting ideas for kids - and the kids-at-heart!
Check out these picture Books to Inspire Young Artists of all ages! Let kids read about and get inspired by the beauty of art & what makes it so universal.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up” ~ Pablo Picasso
I think this quote by Picasso is the perfect way to describe what's happening to the world today. Kids are natural artists; but we adults end up stifling their creativity and imagination with all kinds of rules. When what we should actually be doing is encouraging them to build their imagination and explore all forms of art.
Introducing kids to arts and crafts is just one step - we need to take that further and imbibe a love for art. Encouraging kids to understand and explore art is more than just learning to mix colors - they learn about history, about humans across the world and how the world is evolving.
If you're wondering how you're going to teach your kids all this, don't worry - books are here to help! We've drawn up a list of the top 20 picture books about art for kids, that are filled with gorgeous illustrations but also tell a meaningful story at the same time. There are books for all ages here, so go ahead and take your pick!
Science meets art in these amazing Alexander Calder Art Projects for Kids! Play with lines, shapes and colors to make beautiful sculptures and paintings!
"To an engineer, good enough means perfect. With an artist, there's no such thing as perfect."
When you think of artists, we think of slightly eccentric souls, wandering along lakes or forests with their art materials, trying to capture that elusive sun beam or bloom. The last think you'd expect is an artist who's gone and studied something as practical as mechanical engineering!
But that's Alexander Calder, American artist. He's not one to fit into any kind of mould, and his works of art aren't just hung up on a wall or standing on a pedestal - they actually move! Now you see how the engineering part fits in!
What you see here is Calder's famous work, the 'Cirque Calder' or Calder Circus. What you don't see here is that all the parts of this circus can move - from the performers to the animals. And that is exactly what makes Calder's work so special and unique. He was also a man of many talents; along with sculpting and painting, he also designed jewelry, rugs, tapestries and sets - he even painted an entire airplane!
Alexander, or Sandy, was from a family of artists. His father and grandfather were sculptors and his mother a portrait artist. Young Sandy's first sculpture was a clay elephant, when he was four years old. He started out making jewelry for his sister's dolls and then went on to design jewelry for other well known artists and their families - Joan Miro, Georgia O'Keeffe, Marcel Duchamp, Marc Chagall and Peggy Guggenheim.
With 22nd July being Calder's birthday, we think it's the perfect time to introduce kids to this amazing artist and his works, with some fun and simple Alexander Calder art projects for kids.
With Friendship Day coming up, it's the perfect time for these DIY Friendship Bracelets! Make them pretty so they double up as fashion accessories!
Did you celebrate Friendship Day in school? We certainly did! And one of the biggest attractions was friendship bands!
In those days, friendship bands or bracelets were quite rudimentary things, with plain yarn or string braided or twisted around to form a loop. Of course, special friends got a few extras like little gems and beads!
Just like everything else, Friendship Day has also changed a lot in this age of smart phones. When you have all kinds of chatting apps and tons of emojis, you'd wonder if friendship bracelets were obsolete. But they certainly aren't! Let's celebrate this trend of our childhood with our kids today, by making some DIY friendship bracelets that are worthy of being called fashion accessories!
These traditional African crafts for kids teach us about the rich and colorful heritage of the African continent! Play games, create art and have fun!
I was 10 when The Lion King was first released, and I was hooked! I don't remember how many times I watched it after that, I just remember that I could sing 'The Circle of Life' continuously without missing a beat!
Another bonus of watching the Lion King was that it introduced me to the gorgeous African landscape, so beautifully recreated by Disney in the movie. Not to mention the coolest ever 'bros' - Timon and Pumba - and their iconic catchphrase - Hakuna Matata!
While my Swahili is limited to these two words, my interest in Africa has only grown, and the more I learn, the more I realize that there's so much more to know. So as the next edition of The Lion King rolls around, let's take this opportunity to learn more about Africa with some traditional African Crafts for kids. Make, learn and have fun!
Learn a life skill and have fun at the same time with these simple sewing projects for beginners! Let kids make pencil toppers, bag tags, plushies and more!
When I was young, my mother enrolled me in a Home Science class at school. I hated it from the start - too bad the art class was full!
We started class with a handkerchief embroidery, where we practiced fitting the loop and trying out different stitches. I learnt the bare minimum and somehow scraped through. It's only later that I realized all those were valuable life skills!
Sewing isn't something grandmothers in books do - it's something all our kids need to learn! Kids need to know at least some basic hand stitches, and if they're interested, the sewing machine is waiting! Here are some simple and fun sewing projects for beginners - perfect for kids or the kid-at-heart!
Why add to the landfills when you can turn trash into treasure? Check out our mega list of 100+ recycled crafts for kids to make, play and gift!
Have you ever weighed how much trash your family generates every day? Well I guess you can eyeball a figure, since you know how full the trash can gets!
Now what if I told you that you could actually put most of that to good use? Those used egg cartons, plastic eggs from Easter, empty tin cans, Styrofoam takeout containers and much more - it can all be turned into something that's either useful, or pretty or both!
You don't need a specific day to recycle, but these projects would be great to spread some awareness on Earth Day or Environment Day. So gather your friends and your craft supplies - there's a lot of fun stuff to be made!