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Monday, September 21, 2015

Holiday Crafts for Children

Holiday is a good time to do crafts with kids

Making crafts during the Holiday Seasons and festivals like New Year, Christmas, Chinese New Year, Valentine's Day, Halloween etc is a good way of teaching kids about these festivities and cultures. It also creates an absolutely festive feel for the kids and make them look forward to the celebrations with eagerness and anticipation.

It is a way of preserving culture. I hope you enjoy the crafts below. Some were done by me and my kids over the last few years when they were still preschoolers. They are fun and easy for young children. Others, are from our recommended favorite sites for Holiday Crafts for Children.

Teach kids about holidays and cultures using crafts

Whether it is Christmas, Chinese New Year, the muslim Ramadan and Hari Raya or the Diwali or Festival of Lights celebrated by the Indians, crafting is a great way to teach kids about the different cultures of the world.

Chinese New Year Crafts for kids - Here are some really quick and easy Chinese New Year Crafts to do with kids

Here are some easy Chinese New Year Craft kids can do at home. It is fun and easy for kids to follow. I love YouTube. You can learn many holiday crafts by watching the videos and making the crafts as you watch. Kids can make Fish Craft for the Chinese New Year as fish is evergreen and considered Good Luck for the Chinese.

The Chinese like to give out Angpows (red packets filled with money) during festivities especially Chinese New Year. They like the color red because it symbolizes good luck and fish because the word fish sounds like the word prosperity. So, many Chinese like to decorate their homes with fish made from angpow papers plus lanterns and other decorations all made out of angpow paper. We always enjoy making our own homemade decorations made from angpow paper although there are many readymade ones being sold.

Here's one extremely easy to make angpow fish video. You can make it at any time of the year, not only during Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year Angpow Fish Origami Craft

Valentine's Day Craft Ideas For Kids - Here are some of my favorite resources for Valentine's Day Crafts for kids

Valentine's Day is the perfect time for making crafts! Here are some of my favorite sites with fun Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids which offer a variety of Valentine's Paper Crafts, Valentine's Heart Crafts, Homemade Valentine's Day cards and other crafts kids can make.

DLTK's Valentine's Day Activities for Kids
Free printable templates and instructions for Saint Valentine's Day crafts plus coloring pages, a brief history and recipes. Suitable for children -- toddlers thru grade school.

Free Valentine's Day Crafts Projects at AllCrafts.net
AllCrafts.net - Free Crafts Network Free Crafts projects! Your guide for all types of crafts. Holiday crafts, Kids crafts, crochet, sewing, knitting, dolls, rubber stamps and much more! 20+ craft categories. New free projects added weekly!

Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids, valentine crafts for kids
Valentine's Day Crafts to enjoy with your kids, including bookmarks, a Valentine card holder, valentine lollipops and lots of other fun ideas!

Valentine's Day: Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids - Martha Stewart
Thousands of Martha Stewart and other holiday clip-art, decorating, crafts, hand-made gifts and project ideas.

Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids
Valentine's Day crafts for kids. The Valentine's Day crafts are a fun and creative way for your child to spend a cold February afternoon and most are made with craft materials from around the house.

Meanwhile, here are some of the crafts we have done on this blog. Click Here For Instructions On The Crafts Shown Below

Parenting Times: My Kids' Crafts

Happy New Year Craft

Fireworks Glitter Art can be done for any holiday including the New Year.

Fireworks Glitter Art Instructions

This Fireworks Glitter Art was done with glue and glitters. Remember to use black or dark construction paper for the best effect. This is a great craft idea for festivals or celebration. It would be the perfect Happy New Year Craft. Check the link below for how we did ours.

Happy Diwali Craft

Kids Rangoli Craft from Activity Village

Diwali Crafts for Kids
from Activity Village

Activity Village has a nice selection of Diwali Crafts for Kids.

Diwali is a great time for crafting. It is the festival of lights. So you can do many crafts with candles, lights and flowers. Children can also make a Simple Rangoli Craft for Kids. Rangoli is a decoration in front of the house usually made of colored rice grains.

Christmas Crafts For Kids

Paper Snowflakes
How to make paper snowflakes

This craft is related to our Christmas Tree and Snowflakes Scene Picture Craft above. We pasted the completed snowflakes onto our picture. In fact, you can use these paper snowflakes cutouts for just about any other pictures you can think of. You can even make a few colored ones and string them together to make a hanging snowflakes mobile. Anything is possible with a little imagination and creativity.

Christmas Scene Craft

A must try craft for the Christmas holidays, this Christmas scene and tree craft uses snowflake cutouts. Don't worry, I will show you how to make the paper snowflakes in my step-by-step picture guide. Check out my previous module on How to Make Paper Snowflakes.

3-D Christmas Tree Craft

This 3 dimensional Christmas tree craft is not difficult to cut out and assemble. The fun part is putting up the decorations. As usual, we used our recycled ribbons from gifts and hampers we received. We also used stickers and glitter pens.

Here are the instructions on how to make these 3-D Christmas trees.

Pop-Up Christmas Tree Card

There are different versions to this Pop-Up Christmas Tree Card. Version One of the Pop-up Christmas Tree requires an origami or a Christmas tree made out of paper folding. You then stick that origami tree on the card. Version two, simply requires you to do some cutting on paper. Both are equally beautiful and suitable as a fun craft for young kids.

Santa's Reindeer Craft

Another holiday or Christmas craft, this one features Santa's reindeers. The reindeer's ears are made out of from paper cutouts of the children's handprints. Again, we featured the paper snowflakes in this Christmas Craft.

We got our Reindeer Art idea from Allfreecrafts.com Then we added some snow flakes from paper cuts in them.

Mooncake Festival Crafts

Paper Lantern Craft for Mooncake Festival

This paper lantern craft for kids is suitable for mooncake festival, lantern festival or Mid Autumn Festival as well as Chinese New Year. It is great for teaching kids about these festivals. Typically Chinese children will carry lanterns and go around their neighbourhood while their elders will sip tea and enjoy mooncake under the moonlit night on mooncake festival.

However, these paper lanterns are so pretty, you can make them at any other time just for fun. I have a step-by-step guide on how to make these paper lantern craft.

Here are some more mooncake festival craft ideas for 2015.

Halloween Crafts For Kids - Quickly Following The Chinese Mid Autumn Celebration in September Is Halloween In October

Here are some interesting Halloween Craft ideas for those celebrating Halloween.

Halloween Crafts
Halloween Theme Crafts From Makingfriends.com

Halloween Crafts and Activities - EnchantedLearning.com
Halloween Crafts and Activities for kids. Kindergarten, preschool, and elementary school crafts. Make wonderful, simple Halloween crafts with things found around the house.

Halloween Crafts - Easy Halloween Craft Ideas for Kids - Parents.com
Find Halloween craft ideas your kids will love. Includes pumpkin crafts, candy carriers and holders, and more from Parents.com

Halloween Crafts
Create spooky, homemade Halloween crafts with easy Halloween craft ideas. Includes dozens of simple Halloween craft projects your kids will love, plus Halloween printables!

Hari Raya Crafts
from Kiddyhouse.com

Ramadan Craft

Bulan Ramadan or the Ramadan month is the 9th month of the Islamic Calander. Muslims will fast during this month. You can read more about Ramadan at Wikipedia.

Kiddyhouse.com has some interesting Ramadan Crafts for kids. Here kids can learn how to make a Hari Raya Card Craft, Ramadan Lamp Craft, a Ramadan Mobile Sun Catcher and more.

The Hari Raya Card Craft is in the form of a ketupat or Malay Rice Dumpling. Very interesting.

Check out earlier post for more Hari Raya Crafts for Kids. You will find more links for children Hari Raya Art and Craft including how to Make a Hari Raya Card, Hari Raya Lamp Craft and other kids craft ideas for Hari Raya. Check it out for links to Ramadan Activities, Coloring pages, Stories and Ramadan Songs for kids.


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