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    Constellation Activity for Kids {Salt Painting!}

    I have yet to meet a kiddo (or adult for that matter) who is not fascinated by space. This constellation activity encourages children to explore beyond our world. The printable constellations are great for teaching, story telling and just growing the imagination. And salt painting is super satisfying as you watch the colors spread through the constellation image. Save these Activities About the Stars for later. Pin them to your favorite Pinterest board... And while we are in the learning mode, I want to tell you about the new big thing around here! We have just released a FREE mini course for teaching your child to hold a pencil better! You will get 5 easy step-by-step lessons sent right to your inbox. And each will have lots of ideas for practicing skills using fun hands-on activities, especially lots of crafts! Find...

    How to Use Flashcards for Developmental Skills

    Learning how to use flashcards to promote developmental skills in children is so simple. And, I know what you're going to say..."Where can I find flashcards that do that?" Well, HERE, of course. Why else would I be talking about this? You may have noticed that there are a few flashcards for various craft projects in the resource library. If you don't have access to the exclusive resource library yet, follow this link to learn more. And, even better, I have compiled a bundle of 22 sets of craft flashcards for some of our favorite arts and crafts from "In the Bag Kids' Crafts". Just print out a set and craft away. Using flashcards will make it so much easier to craft with your kids. Like every craft here on the site, these projects stick to using supplies from our...

    Learning About Shapes with This Monster Flipbook

    There are so many fun activities out there for learning about shapes and colors. But this one includes MONSTERS! Well, sweet friendly monsters who you can change up and make your own. I have found that the best way to teach these preschool skills is not through worksheets or sitting and telling but through play and exploration. This monster flipbook turns learning into play and makes learning shapes fun. If you are making this craft with a toddler or preschooler, you will want to precut all of the pieces and let them help with the gluing and drawing on of faces and other details. Maybe there is an older sibling that would like to spend some time with their little brother or sister crafting together. (Norman Rockwell, here we come). But do not do it all for them. They can...

    Popsicle Stick Bookmarks

    I admit it...I am guilty of spending too much time on Facebook. It is a habit that is hard to break. Most days it sucks me in, and I spend way too much time scrolling. But then there are those moments when the scrolling pays off, often in unexpected ways. And today's craft shows that it doesn't pay off for me, but for you too. The idea for these popsicle stick bookmarks came from a game that I saw all over Facebook. Maybe you saw it too. So, when I was thinking about making a Disney craft, I thought that I would make some bookmarks. And then I remembered that Facebook game and went to look it up. I found lots of sources for these quizzes. One of the sources was this article from "My Disney Holiday". And...

    7 Brilliant Math Manipulatives to Use at Home

    Some of the very best math manipulatives are in your own home already, right in your craft bag! Learning mathematics can be super challenging for many kids. It is a proven fact that children learn best through play and when engaged in hands-on activities. If you need some evidence of this, check out this article from Scholastic. And this article from Stanford Graduate School of Education helps us understand how children learn math best, including having visual representations of number facts. But you do not need to go out and spend money to help your children learn math better. Just look as far as your craft bag, and you have everything that you will need. Check out these 7 brilliant math manipulatives to use at home. Whether it is just for a little extra practice or for learning virtually, using hands...