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Learning Outcome: Creative Thinking

Father's Day - Collage

Meet My Dad

Create a portrait of dad like no other using collage materials! This activity will demonstrate the creative possibilities of collage art and give children a taste of creating representational artwork. And of course, dad's going to get a great portrait!

10 Reasons

Show dad ten reasons that you love him with this charming craft stick activity. In addition to helping children express their feelings, this activity encourages construction skills, creative thinking and color recognition.

Days with Dad

Celebrate special days with dad with a jarful of your favorite activities! In addition to creating a great gift for dad, this activity helps children to plan ahead, practice fine motor skills and build creative skills as they decorate their jar to their liking.

Frame for Mom

Frame for Mom

Create a unique frame for mom using collage materials. This activity encourages experimentation with color, texture and design to create a unique and personalized gift to celebrate Mother's Day.

EARTH DAY Activity SUN CATCHER

Earth Day Suncatcher

Fill a window with glittery suncatchers for Earth Day! A wonderful reminder to care for our planet by recycling, reducing trash and reusing materials.

Pot of Gold

Pot of Gold

Create golden nugget treasures with rocks and a little paint!

Pot of Gold

Pot of Gold

Create golden nugget treasures with rocks and a little paint!

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.

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.

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.

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!

Fall String Art Pumpkin

String Art Pumpkins

Everyone loves pumpkins in the fall time! Pumpkins are harvested in the fall, so we use this craft to celebrate fall and all that happens during this festive time of year.

Fall Fiery Leaves Trees

Fiery Fall Trees

In the fall in certain areas of the country, tree leaves turn fiery hues of gold, red, yellow and orange. Children may wonder, what makes trees change colors? This craft is a great accompaniment to lessons on trees and the life cycle of a tree.

Fall Craft Activity - Stick Puppets

Crow Stick Puppets

Corn is harvested in the fall and early winter months, and crows love it! Crows enjoy eating the corn, which is why farmers put up scarecrows—to scare crows away! This craft will help to teach kids about why fall is often symbolized with corn, scarecrows and crows.

Fall Leaves - Luminaria

Fall Leaves Luminaria

Fall leaves turn fiery hues of gold, yellow and red. Use those colors to create luminarias, small paper lanterns, that can be used to teach about the transitioning colors of leaves in the fall and how light shines through different materials.

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