Fun and Easy Festive Crafts For Kids

What are the Benefits of Art and Craft?

Motor skills

Kids benefit greatly from art and craft activities. When they use their hands to manipulate materials, they develop fine motor skills. Additionally, their bilateral coordination skills also improve as they use both their hands. Studies show that the quicker a child’s motor skills, the sooner they learn to do things like eating and tying shoelaces by themselves.

Literacy skills

It includes listening, reading and understanding the material. When young children make crafts, listen, read and understand the instruction. Furthermore, they also tend to talk about their work, thus, improving their communication skills. You can encourage your kids by asking questions like ‘Why did you choose this colour?’ or ‘Tell me what you made’.

Math Concepts

People believe math to be separate from art and craft activities. However, this is not true. Art and crafts involve shapes, counting and measuring the length or sizes of materials and diagrams. Thus, kids are bound to learn basic skills in math while creating whatever their hearts desire.

Creativity

Art lets kids develop their creativity. It is with a child’s experience in process of creating art rather than the finished product. It is an outlet for self-expression, thus enabling mental growth. Additionally, it also helps develop thinking and problem-solving skills. Furthermore, it is not to be confused with talent or skill or even doing something better than others. It is simply about exploring, discovering, thinking as well as imagining a particular scenario.

Self-Esteem

Indulging in art and craft activities give children a sense of achievement, thus, letting them take pride in their creation. This in turn builds confidence. In addition, making art lets children discover that it’s fine to make mistakes and also that doing something wrong can lead to another wonderful idea.

Quality Time with Parents for Parent Bonding

What better way to spend time with your kids than to do arts and crafts together. Not only do you get quality bonding time, but you also build lifelong memories with your children in the process. Furthermore, you can talk to your children about what they feel, their ideas as well as their interests. And as an added bonus, your child is not looking at a screen during that time.

Festival Crafts for Kids

Making crafts with your children during the festivals has many benefits including,

  1. Firstly, you make new, long-lasting memories during the time you spend with your children. The crafts become something to reminisce about in future when your kids are older.

Fun Craft for Kids during Ganesh Chaturthi

DIY eco-friendly clay Ganesh

Modelling is a fun, sensory activity to try with your kids. Lets us see how you can use easily available materials to create a Ganesh for the festival.

Materials required

Items requiredQuantityWater1 bottleNatural clay1 cup (depending on the size of the idol)Large plastic bowl1Beads for eyesFlowers

Steps

  • Take some natural clay in a large plastic bowl. Add some water. Then mix and kneed it till it is the consistency of chapatti dough. Make two rounds, a smaller one and a big one.
  • Place the smaller ball over the larger one. Then press it slightly so that it sticks together. Remember to be gentle as you do not want to deform the shape. Roll more clay into slender cylinders with a tapering edge. Attach two for the legs and two for the hands.
  • Make another cylindrical shape for the trunk. Attach it to the face of the idol. Make two small balls. Flatten it to make the years. Attach the ears the Ganesh. Finally, make and attach two small conical shapes tusks next to the trunk.
  • Use two black beads and press them into the clay to make eyes. You can further decorate him with clay jewels, small beads or Kundan stones. Lastly, Your Ganesh is now ready.

CD Ganesh wall or car hanging

Materials required

Items requiredAn old CD Red handmade paperCrayonsGluescissorssequin StaplerGolden lacestickers

Steps

  • Trace the CD on a red sheet of paper. Cut out two circles. Staple a golden ribbon or lace on each side of the circle.
  • Stick the two circles onto the CD. Draw a Ganesha on a piece of paper. Alternatively, you can also use an outline printout of Ganesha. Then, have your kids color the image using crayons.
  • You will need two such images. Finally, stick the image on both sides of the CD. Embellish with beads, sequins or glitter. Now, your wall hanging is ready.

Easy Diwali Crafts for Kids

Make Diwali lanterns with paper

Materials required

Items requiredCardstock paper, Black or any dark shadeTissue paper, cellophane or thin construction paper, colours of your choicePencil or pen X-acto knifeScissorsCraft glueCandle (Tea lights are safest)

Steps

  • Decide what size you want your lantern to be. Here we have decided to make ours 8 inches tall and 4 inches wide.
  • Cutting your black cardstock 8 inches wide and 12.5 inches long. The lantern itself will require 12 inches. We have left 0.5 inches to attach the side.
  • Design your paper lantern. Draw your design onto the sheet of paper. Alternatively, you can use stencils to draw a pattern too. Then, cut out the image such that the lantern has a thick border on the edges.
  • Cut out the design. Then glue coloured craft paper or cellophane behind the lantern.
  • Once you have glued the colour paper, assemble the lantern by applying glue on the extra 0.5 inches of paper. Bring the other open side of the cardstock and place it on the glued part.
  • Allow the glue to dry and add some finishing touches.
  • Your paper lantern is now ready. Place a candle inside the lantern. Light up the candle and see the magic.

Handmade Diwali cracker greeting card

Materials required

Items required12 by 8 inch white or red Cardstock Patterned or plain foam in different colours Golden pipe cleanersGlitter glue shiny stickersGlueScissorsFine glitter powder

Steps

  • Fold an 8 by 12-inch cardstock in half to make a 6 by 8-inch card.
  • Cut the foam sheet into a cracker shape. You will need one rectangle 2 by 4 inches in size and one triangle 2.5 inches tall.
  • Cut the pipe cleaners into three one inch strips
  • Stick them onto the card stock using Fevicol or a glue gun. You will need to place the rectangle at an angle. Then stick the triangle on one end and the pipe cleaners at the other. The final image should look like a rocket
  • Decorate with stickers, glitter or sequins, then, add your greeting.
  • Your card is now ready.

Paper Quilled Rangoli

Materials required

Items requiredPaper quilling strips White or Cream craft paper Slotted quilling tool Craft glueScissors

Steps

  • Select a colour of your choice for the centre of the design. Take a long strip and coil the paper tightly.
  • Place the coil on a flat surface and allow it to loosen up. Repeat this as many times as you need, then move on to the next layer.
  • Quill some loose coils out of your second colour. Pinch the coil at any point to form a teardrop shape. Glue the open end to keep the shape intact.
  • Similarly, make more teardrop shapes. Use more colours to do so. You can also create other shapes like a crescent moon shape, swirls or tight coils.
  • Take a while or cream cardstock. Begin glueing your coils beginning from the centre of the design.
  • Star with the coils. Glue the teardrop shapes in the next layer. Finally, place the other shapes in between the teardrop shape. Once you are satisfied with the design, cut a circular zigzag border around it.

DIY clay Diya

Materials required

Items requiredSmall beadsAir-dry Clay or PlaydoughRolling pinPlastic knifeStampsInk PadSmall bowlPaint or markersVotive tea light candle or battery operated tea light candle

Steps

  • Roll out a thin smooth layer out of playdough or air dry clay. Place a bowl upside down and trace its shape on the clay. Then, stamp the clay using premade or DIY stamps made from cardboard.
  • Colour your impressions using paint. Then, cut out the circle and gently place it in a smaller bowl. Add beads, sequins or glitter to decorate your Diya.
  • Let the clay dry. Once dry remove it from the bowl. Add in a tea light candle during the night.

Colourful Rakhabandhan Crafts for Children

Quilled Paper Rakhi

Materials required

Items requiredPaper quilling strips of different sizesThin satin ribbonKundan or stone StickersGlueScissors

Steps

  • Make different shapes using a colour of your choice. We have used yellow and maroon.
  • Glue sequins or round stone stickers at the centre of each quill.
  • Glue the quilled paper in a flower shape. Place a circle at the centre and glue the petals on. Also, glue two petals on either end.
  • Finally, glue the flower on a stone lace. Then, Your rakhi is ready.

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