This Family Day make an artistic Family Tree with your kids.
All you need is paint, paper and your hands! This is a neat way to time capsule your kids hands. Make a new one every few years, or with every new addition, and see how the “leaves” change.
Get your kids into genealogy with this craft project. When you’re done washing off your hands, go to Family Search to learn more about your relatives and ancestors!
Raz Rotem, a Toronto artist, created this piece called Swallowing. They describe it as “crochet hand spun hair extensions”
This beautiful recycled art was created using stuff most people would consider trash worthy. Do you use hair extensions or weaves? What do you do with leftover material?
You can find out more about Raz here.
Kids getting cabin fever? Get them outside and have them collect some pine cones. When they get back inside, they can create a craft.
Pine Cone Ordainments are easy to make. All you need are pine cones, glue, glitter, paint or other stuff in your art bin.
You can make gifts for the wildlife outside by putting peanut butter on the pine cone and sprinkling seeds on it. Hang it up on the tree and watch the birds fly to the pine cone birdfeeder.
When most people think of an edible ordainment, they think of dry and stale popcorn strings – not really something you’d want to eat!
Here’s something more tasty – mmmm mints to make a wreath – and your kids can take part too.
* Take several mints and make a circle with them
* Glue together with white frosting
* Add smaller red mints ontop as cherries
* Let sit for a few hours to harden
When the holidays are over, you can suck and nibble your edible Christmas tree ordainment!
Stuck indoors? Looking around for some art to do… Grab a couple apples from the kitchen and make some dried apple heads.
What you need
* Small sharp knife
* 1 cup lemon juice
* 1 tablespoon salt
How to do it
* Peel the apple and de-core it
* Draw on some eyes, nose and mouth
* Go along the lines with the knife
* Combine lemon juice and salt in bowl
* Put apple in bowl for half a minute
* Remove, pat dry with towel
* Put apple in dry and warm place (like a closet) for a few days
You can hang them from the tree for an interesting ordainment, or put them on the table as a decoration. Dried apple heads aren’t just for Halloween – turn them into a Christmas tradition as well!
It’s sometimes hard to talk to kids about heavy topics, and war is one of them. Getting the family together to make a Remembrance Day craft is a good way to bring up the subject in a safe way that children can understand.
Get out finger paints and have them make a poppy with their thumbs. It’s something younger kids can do, but the whole family can get involved and add their own fingerprints – And because it’s made with paper, you can easily mail it to relatives who are currently serving.
This guide from the Royal Canadian Legion is intended for teachers but it can also be used for homeschool, Family Home Evening or other family activity.
Look at this amazing button art and plastic item art made by Jane Perkins
She takes objects that most would throw away or only consider “one use”, like a spoon, and makes upcycled recreations of classic paintings and beautiful portraits.
Wonder what someone who has a bunch of Rubik Cubes does with them – after you’re done wondering why someone has so many of them?
Pete Fecteau making Rubik Cube art of Martin Luther King
Finished product! MLK in Rubik cube art form.
Getting the colours on one cube the way you want them is hard enough. It’s amazing how he was able to do it with over 4,000 cubes; but like the name of the piece – Dream Big!
Erick is a Toronto based designer who makes Mexican art from buttons.
He gets his supplies from People Power Press, one of the largest button shops in North America. Check them out!