Jasmin only just turned six but suddenly has the ability to do entire craft projects on her, from conceptualization to set up and actualization. Tonight she decided to just "make a pinata" after dinner. First, she assembled her materials: balloons, newspaper, a bowl, glue and water. She cut strips of newspaper, added the glue to the water and then started pasting the strips on the blown-up balloon.
Let your child journal their summer days!
Crafts, recipes, books, games and more to make the most of this joyful Baha'i celebration.
Put all those crayon scraps to good use in the easiest pumpkin decorating craft yet!
A creative approach to to helping my kids count the days of Ramadan until Eid, with an added bonus of helping with their Arabic numbers.
I used some of my kids' art and other recycled materials to make this fun, dangling star and moon craft for Ramadan.
The best present my kids have received year after year.
Tanabata is a time when people make wishes for the year ahead and hang them on a bamboo branch.
One thing you will likely notice upon arriving in Papua New Guinea is that the majority of people are carrying around bright, woven bags called “bilums.” These bags are made all over the country, although in different styles and patterns, and are worn by men and women (and children!) alike. Follow these instructions to make a bilum craft with your child.
Do something extra fun and a little bit messy with your kids using eggs, dirt, seeds and papier mache—the kids will love this project that will put you on your way to becoming a guerrilla gardener.
By putting two wonderful things together—recycling and creating instruments—we can get into the habit of reusing or remaking objects that might otherwise find their way into the trash. And making music is a fun way to spend time with your family or friends, express yourself, play with rhythm and dance or just be silly with the folks that you love!
Bulgarians wear a martenitsa, red-and-white talismans usually made of yarn, in the form of bracelets or of little dolls to welcome spring.
An easy and fun craft for the Lunar New Year, made with materials you already have around the house.
The lotus flower is a well-known symbol of Buddhism, representing the journey from darkness to light. To explain this concept to a child you could make this simple lotus flower using pipe cleaners.
A very cool Lunar New Year lantern for kids made from a balloon and tissue paper.
Fukuwarai, roughly translated as lucky laugh, is a traditional Japanese game played during the New Year's celebration.
All kids like dressing up, especially as royalty, so indulge their pretend play aspirations and make some crowns, in celebration of Three Kings Day.
Make a bright, colorful lantern in celebration of Diwali all from materials you already have around the house.
Papel picado (perforated paper) is a popular Mexican folk art crafted out of tissue paper. This delicate and colorful art decorates home and streets during the Day of the Dead celebration.
Cool down in style with these fun, Gullah-inspired fans.
A simple star and moon banner for Ramadan for all your doorways or windows
Paper lanterns shaped like lotus flowers are a common decoration in the incredible lantern festivals on the Buddha's birthday in Korea.
How we made a Korean sogo drum with kids that they could play right away, was cheap and not too loud.
Beltane is celebrated in Gaelic and pagan cultures as the beginning of the summer season. We made a Hare Princess mask for my daughter, and for my son, a version of the Green Man--a "vegetation diety" who appears in cultures the world round when summer arrives. Just need tin foil and masking tape to make it.
This colorful Easter craft uses the Polish tradition of cutting paper into intricate designs.
Make special Seder placemats to help your kids remember the foods and where they go.
As the mom of two Turkish-American boys, I’m always on the lookout for ways to expose my kids to their Turkish heritage, especially the amazing arts and crafts.
One of the items found on the Haft Sin table for the Persian New Year is sprouted grains. What follows is a fun craft project with kids since these seeds germinate quickly so kids can watch the growth almost daily.
Grab some paint and straws and let your kids make a painting for Holi.
A traditional emblem of St. David's Day is the leek. In the past, the Welsh wore actual leeks pinned to their clothes on St. David's day--but you can make a leek or two with your kids out of wool.
Because Ayyam-i-Ha does not have specific celebration rituals attached to it, there is no limit to the things you can do with your children to honor the essence of God. We chose to bring nature a little closer to our home and build some pine cone bird feeders.
No matter where you celebrate Carnival, be it Brazil or Trinidad, there will always be a street parade. You can have your own parade by creating mini-floats at home.
Use pipe cleaners and ribbon to make this beautiful pagan decoration to welcome the first signs of spring.
Snakes are an important symbol for the Hopi Indians and make an appearance during the winter solstice ceremony. So let's make a snake! All that’s needed is an egg box to start.
Tired of Santa and other Christmas crafts? Here's the most non-Santa, original craft around--guaranteed. And it will even help your kids to behave.
Children across Europe leave their shoes out on St. Nicholas day for St. Nicholas to come and fill them with candy. This is a fun craft which can double as a neat decoration or gift "box" in the spirit of St. Nicholas Day.
Star and moon card for Eid-al-Adha.
Collect some freshly fallen leaves, not yet too brittle to make a fall-inspired picture frame.
This craft takes inspiration from Ethiopian geometric patterns and encourages kids to make their own geometric art.
Flashcards, banners, garlands and more
A mask is a must for celebrating the Virgen del Carmen. Make your own fun mask out of a plastic milk jug and other items you have around the house already.
Mongolian children have traditionally played many different games using animal bones but don't worry, we're not going to suggest you save your animal bones for this game.
What better way to celebrate the summer solstice than making a sun-inspired craft. These sun catchers will look awesome on your windows and your kids will love watching the sun filter through them.
A popular symbol of Quebec is the snowy owl (the national bird). To celebrate St. Jean-Baptiste day, let’s make something fun and representative of Quebec.
A popular craft for kids on Vesak is making a lantern out of popsicle sticks and tissue paper.
The Sam Taeguk symbol is found on traditional Korean fans. It is a variation of the Taeguk symbol, similar to a yin yang. Make one with the kids!
Dyeing Easter eggs is one of the most popular Easter traditions, found in many parts of the Christian world. Here's an American way to decorate eggs that I learned growing up, with the twist of using natural dyes.
One element of the celebration of Vaisakhi is a parade. A fun thing for kids to do is make their own Nishan Sahib, the Sikh holy flag, to carry in the parade.
Let your kids get messy and colorful in the spirit of Holi.
Ayyam-i-Ha is the time of the year for gift giving, celebrating and performing acts of charity. Here's an advent type banner with 4 pockets--1 for each day of Ayyam-i-Ha that one crafty mama created for Ayyam-i-Ha. Each morning her...
Some of the best crafts for the Chinese New Year.
More than its rich history, artists or cuisine, Armenia is probably best known for its carpets. While carpets are not synonymous with Armenian Christmas, they do represent something typically Armenian, so this month's craft is to weave a carpet....
Here's a quick and easy Hanukkah craft for kids. We made Hanukkah candle magnets by painting a couple of those promotional business card magnets that seem to breed behind our refrigerator.