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Learning Outcome: Creative Thinking

Peppermint Straw Tree Ornament Creative Craft Activity for the Holidays

Peppermint Straw Tree Ornaments

Create colorful Christmas trees while getting early practice with basic length and measurement skills. Bright, striped art straws make for a unique holiday design. Add a star on top and you've got a perfect holiday ornament!

Pilgrim Ship Creative Craft Activity for Thanksgiving

Pilgrim Ship

Set sail to a new continent! Children will adore these crafts and the telling of historical (or fictional) stories with them. A terrific activity for critical thinking, creative thinking, storytelling and historical discussion.

Native American Headband Creative Craft Activity for Thanksgiving

Native American Headband

Learn about the cultural wear and traditions of the Native American by creating these lovely, personalized headbands. This terrific activity promotes creativity and fine motor skills, as well as a valuable lesson on the culture on the Native Americans.

Plate of Pumpkin Pie Creative Craft Activity for Thanksgiving

Plate of Pumpkin Pie

These pies are simple, fast and mess-free—and you don't even need an oven! Children will practice motor skills and critical thinking skills as they make this classic Fall dessert. This activity is also a great opportunity to discuss food as culture.

Pin the Tail on the Turkey Creative Craft Activity for Thanksgiving

Pin The Tail On The Turkey

This turkey-rific activity is a delight that children can enjoy again and again! In addition to creating a treat of a Thanksgiving turkey, children will build motor skills and practice creative and critical thinking skills.

Thanksgiving Creative Craft Activity Hand Turkey

Handprint Turkeys

Celebrate the Thanksgiving turkey by creating your own out of a few simple supplies! In this activity, children will combine objects like paper cups and pom-poms while creating their own colorful turkey feathers. A great way to cultivate creativity and practice fine motor skills!

Thanksgiving Creative Craft Activity Paper Cup Turkeys

Paper Cup Turkeys

Celebrate the Thanksgiving turkey by creating your own out of a few simple supplies! In this activity, children will combine objects like paper cups and pom-poms while creating their own colorful turkey feathers. A great way to cultivate creativity and practice fine motor skills!

Tape Mummies Creative Craft Activity for Halloween

Tape Mummies

Mummies come alive in this fun and simple activity! Layering the masking tape to create a mummy design is not only fun, but a great way to build fine motor skills. A terrific process art activity for cultivating creativity.

Paper Plate Spiders Creative Craft Activity for Halloween

Paper Plate Spiders

After this activity, you'll have a fun new friend to hang with! Children can practice and express their creativity making these simple spiders. A terrific process art activity, and a great opportunity to learn about a marvelous creature.

Cute Black Cat Stand Ups Craft Activity for Halloween

Cute Black Cat Stand Ups

These easy-to-make black cats are all treat—no tricks! This activity demonstrates how easy and fun it can be to turn commonplace items like cardboard tubes into interesting, representational art pieces. The final result can be great fun for dramatic play.

Spooky Bat Clips Craft Activity for Halloween

Spooky Bat Clips

Let your creativity take flight! Whether you think they are spooky, creepy or absolutely adorable, bats are a classic symbol of Halloween. These bats are a cute and colorful way to celebrate the holiday and build fine motor skills.

Frankenstein's Mask Craft for Halloween

Frankenstein Faces

It's alive! This activity will have children creating their own versions of Frankenstein's monster. Great for developing early motor skills and for Halloween-themed dramatic play.

Halloween Felt Decorations

Halloween Felt Decorations

Halloween creatures aren't so scary when they're this cute and fuzzy! This activity lets children really experiment with creating their own design and putting it all together to create a unique, personal decoration.

Slime Monster Jars for Halloween

Slime Monster Jars

These charming little creepies are as unique as their creators! This activity emphasizes creativity and personal expression as children choose their creatures shimmery interior and personalize them with all the materials available to them.

Simple Beading Pumpkin for Halloween

Simple Beading Pumpkin

It's harvest time! These simple beaded pumpkins are easy to make, and great for building fine motor skills in little hands. With a simple shape and just a couple of colors, it's remarkable how easy it can be to represent real-world objects.

Shimmering Spider Webs Creative Craft Activity for Halloween

Shimmering Spider Webs

While spiders are often depicted in Halloween décor as being creepy crawlies, there's no denying that their webs are works of wonder! Catch some fun with these shimmery webs as children practice focus and line drawing.

Jack O’Lantern Jars

Jack-o'-lanterns are a Halloween staple, and a treat to make using all sorts of materials. In this activity, children will create their own lanterns using a mason jar and tissue paper while building dexterity and observing how light passes through various materials.

Torn Paper Candy Corn Creative Craft Activity

Torn Paper Candy Corn

Build fine motor skills with this sweet treat of an activity! Ripping small construction paper squares is a great way to build dexterity, and it provides unique sensory stimulation. Gluing the pieces together onto another sheet of paper will help with categorizing and color recognition as well.

Skeleton Handprints Creative Craft Activity for Halloween

Skeleton Handprints

A unique twist on handprint activities! Creating these spooky handprints is not only fun for the Halloween season, but is also a great opportunity to discuss the human skeleton, bones and x-rays!

Witch's Hat Craft Activity

Witch’s Hat

This Halloween activity is wicked fun, and great practice for combining simple shapes to make more complex ones. In addition to exploring shapes and developing cutting skills, children will also learn about classic Halloween colors and using negative space in art.

Granparent's Day Activity - Jewelry Holder

Grandparents’ Jewelry Holder

Many grandparents value their jewelry and watches because of their inherent value and the memories they inspire. Create a little bowl made specially for them to hold these items. We're going to use air-dry foam and putty along with our reusable inflatable forms to make these keepsakes.

Grandparent's Day Craft - Coaster

Grampa & Gran’s Coaster

Everyone can use a special coaster! Gran and Grampa will think of their grandkids every time they drink coffee or a cool drink while using these crafty coasters. Plus, children will learn some basic construction skills.

Grandma's Marbled Flower Pot

Grandma’s BioColor Marbled Flowerpot

In this activity we're going to make marbled papier-mache pots that grandma and grandpa can use for flowers, change, pens, treats and more!

Grandparent's Day - Bookmarks

Watercolor Bookmarks for Grandma and Grandpa

No matter our age, reading is good for our brains! Encourage grandma and grandpa to read more by giving them a unique and personal bookmark gift. It's sure to bring smiles to their faces!

Celebrate Pride! Glittering Disco Pride Rainbows

Glittering Disco Pride Rainbows

Who can deny the fun and sparkle of pride month! Why not bring the glittery fun to your craft hour? Put on some fun disco music and let the kids create glitter rainbows to celebrate pride month. Does your classroom have a disco ball? It may be the perfect time to get one!

Celebrate Pride! Pom Pom Fluffy Pride Rainbow

Pom-Pom Fluffy Pride Rainbow

This craft requires no scissors, so it can be created safely by very young children. Children can practice identifying colors and sorting the pom poms by color.

Celebrate Pride! Rainbow Heart Stained Glass Window Art

Rainbow Heart “Stained Glass” Window Art

These colorful window hangers will add a burst of color to your home or classroom! Hang them in a window to be seen from outside and inside, and marvel as they filter light into a rainbow of colors.

Celebrate Pride! Bookmarks for Pride Month

Bookmarks for Pride Month

Bookmarks are easy to make and fun to give as gifts. You don’t need a lot of fancy art supplies or planning to provide a quick craft activity like this one!

Celebrate Pride! Love Makes a Family Paper Cutouts

Love Makes a Family Paper Cutouts

Provide children with a few symbolic stencil shapes and let them tell the stories of who makes up their families.

Celebrate Pride! Torn Paper Rainbows

Torn Paper Rainbows

This craft requires no scissors, so it can be created safely by very young children. Children will practice identifying colors and sorting pieces of paper by color.

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