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Crystal Ornament
Start this project at least 3 weeks before the holidays, and you’ll have a lovely ornament made from Epson Salts. From your Homeschooling Guide.

Face Paint
To make a good face paint, one that you can use water with, you have to have a base of WHITE, and use more cornstarch.

Gak Recipe
A recipe for Gak, a most interesting goo to play with. Page now includes recipes for oobleck and glorax and silly putty.

Library Paddles
Kids simply insert the paddle next to the book they want, pull out the book, sit down, and look at it or show it to Mom.

Art History

A. Pinura: Art Detective
This is the Case of Grandpa’s Painting. Does he indeed have a work of a famous artist? If so, which one?

Inside Art
Before I could step back, I was sucked feet first into the vortex! Colors swirled and howled. Then..nothing. Until I opened my eyes again. An art history adventure.

A Journey Through Art with W.H. Johnson
Let your imagination and interests be your guide at this Smithsonian exhibit. Selected paintings from the retrospective exhibition have been organized into six units (Journeys, The War Effort, Fighters for Freedom, Scenes of City Life and Country Life, Women Builders, and Family and Friends).

Smithsonian American Art Classroom Activities
Students can learn by viewing media or taking part in various online activities.

Camp Crafts

7 Great Camp Crafts & Games
A bona fide camp director shares her favorite summer camp crafts and games to make and play in your own backyard.

I used to love idling away summer afternoons making a lanyard of long, plastic strips to hold a key or a whistle.

Camp Art Projects
The activities you will find here will provide fun and exciting camp art projects for young campers.

7 Great Camp Crafts & Games
I’m a grown woman and the mother of two young boys, so why do I still have a gimp bracelet for a key chain?

Make Your Own Nature Journal
Here’s a very cool, but also quite easy project that I learned about in my twins’ homeschool science class at the local nature preserve last year. You’ll need the materials I’ve pictured above: 1 stick, 1 rubber band, and a small stack of paper for each journal.

Craft Recipes

Apple Cinnamon Dough
This aromatic play clay makes great-smelling brooches, pins and ornaments.

Baking Soda Play Clay
Cook your own fun clay from common household ingredients.

Bread Dough Sculpting
Baked dough creations painted in bright colors can easily pass for ceramic.

Hidden Hazards: Health Impacts of Toxins in Polymer Clays
These clays are not safe for children or pregnant women.

Kid Stuff
Make your own Window Clings,Invisible Ink,Eggshell Chalk,Papier Mache,Soap Crayons,Corn Starch Goo,Slime, Paints for Kids,Clay / Baker’s Clay, Soap Blowing Bubbles, Silly Putty, and holiday craft projects.

Make Your Own Papier Mache
You can make all kinds of things with papier mache! As it dries it hardens over whatever mold you form it on. We’ve made puppet heads (using small balloons as molds), pinatas, dolls, boxes, bowls, even papier mache houses (made in pieces and glued together).

Non-toxic Craft Material Recipes
Recipes for finger paint, water color paint, playdough, clay, glue and paste.


New England Village Paper Cut-Out Craft
Build your own New England village out of office supplies. All are “just about” HO-scale, just right for your train set or table or desktop decoration. From Ben & Jerry’s.

Origami Animals
Advanced projects. All sorts of animals. Download and print out the step-by-step directions. Site also has dinosaurs and a complete chess set.

Origami Diagrams on the Web
If you follow along with these handy guides, you can make your own beautiful models in just a few minutes.

Paper Toys
Simple to complex patterns to print out on heavy paper and assemble and glue into toys and models. These folks have cars, famous monuments, even dinosaurs. Must be 100 patterns here.

TGV Card Models
Print, Cut Out and Assemble your own scale models of the TGV, France’s high speed train. Take your time, take breaks, and be patient; the result is worth your effort! Younger kids might need a little bit of help.

Project Ideas

All Free Crafts
Free crafts, free craft patterns, free printables, nature crafts, gifts in a jar, recycled projects, lightbulb ideas, kid’s crafts, seasonal crafts, knitting, crochet and needlework patterns, folk art painting, free gift tags, and other freebies.

Balloon HQ
From how to twist balloons into sculptures to the science of balloons, it’s all here.

Early Elementary Crafts
Especially for kids age 6 to 9, but many of these projects are fun for all ages. From Free Kids Crafts.

Craft Finder
Paper bags, tin foil, string. Almost any household item can be used to make cool projects like a mini jet boat or wind chimes that tinkle. Just adjust the search criteria below and presto-you’ll find hundreds of fun activities that will inspire any kid.

Crayola Creativity Center
Craft ideas and pages to print and color. Come see how crayons are made.

Doodle Ball
To cut the expense, make a doodle ball by putting paper maché around a cheap, round balloon of any size.

Family Projects
Handy projects for parents and kids to make, such as wall cubbies, a sandbox, a fort, a toy chest, a stepping stool, etc. Includes Workshop Safety for Kids.

Imagination Factory
There is no machinery at The Imagination Factory, and smokestacks don’t pollute the air. Instead, we teach children creative ways to recycle by making art.

Kids’ Art Activity Center
Dozens of project starting ideas and instructions, from book binding, creating your own board game, to carving your own rubber stamps.

All sorts of ideas for arts and crafts projects, or learning about famous art. Has a “Fridge” for you to post your creations and a board to share craft ideas.

Learn to Weave using a Cardboard Loom
Free instructions for making a loom using a cardboard box and learning to weave.

Making Friends and Other Crafts for Kids
You’ll find lots of creative activities for kids ages 2 through 15. Stuff for scouts as well as lots of holiday ideas.

Making Handmade Felt – All Fiber Arts
You can easily make your own felt in your bathtub or sink.

Marcels Kid Crafts
Hi, I’m Marcel and I’m 15. I used to go to an art school, where I got to know lots of arts and crafts ideas. Actually, I didn’t just get the ideas, but I completed them as well. Most of the crafts are quiet easy, because I’ve made this web page for kids. However, everything is a bit hard at the beginning.

Michael’s Kids Club Projects
Ideas for craft projects, complete with supply lists and instructions.

Paper Making
Instructions on how to turn scrap tissue into a piece of paper right at home using things found around the house.

A Pinata For You To Make
Pattern and directions for making this holiday treat holder, and how to play the game to break it open.

Runner Duckling Kids Corner
There are lots fun projects for you to do. Many of these projects have been featured in our newsletter from time to time. We hope you have a fun time here and come back often.

Tie-Dye – The Soda-Soak Tie-Dye Method
With experience, the end result can be predicted and controlled to some extent, but surprise is part of what makes tie-dye an exciting and interesting art form – and there will be plenty of surprises.

Web of Angels Class
Take an easy online “class” and make yourself some angels to watch over you today. Part of CraftyCollege.com.

Publish Your Art

Book Assembly Photo-Journal
This isn’t the only way or the best way by far, but it’s how I made my books for MoCCA. There are tons of great books on bookmaking and bookbinding.

Global Children’s Art Gallery
Natural Child Project site for children to submit their art and view what others have entered.

We offer all kids an opportunity to see their works of art or literature published on the worldwide web.

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