Home School Years

Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Fun Craft and Activity Ideas

activity books

I’m a fan of the Williamson Little Hands Activity Book Series (ages 3-7) and the Williamson Kids Can! Activity Book Series (ages 4-9). I’ve used both to incorporate fun and educational activities into my curriculum. They have loads of information and suggestions with a variety of themes/subjects. They are great resources to help you build play and learning time. In addition, I recently began using The Everything KIDS’ Book Series (K-3) which also offers great ideas to expand lessons. These are some of the titles/themes within each series:

Williamson Little Hands Series:

  • Math Play!: 80 Ways To Count & Learn by Diane McGowan
  • Alphabet Art: With A-Z Animal Art & Fingerplays by Judy Press
  • Art Starts For Little Hands!: Fun & Discoveries For 3 to 7 Year Olds by Judy Press
  • The Little Hands Nature Book: Earth, Sky, Critters & More by Nancy F. Castaldo
  • Wow! I’m Reading!: Fun Activities To Make Reading Happen by Jill Frankel Hauser
  • Science Play!: Beginning Discoveries For 2 to 6 Year Olds by Jill Frankel Hauser
  • Fun With My 5 Senses: Activities To Build Learning Readiness by Jill Frankel Hauser
  • Little Hands Playtime! Book: 50 Activities To Encourage Cooperation & Sharing by Regina Curtis
  • Around The World Art & Activities: Visiting The 7 Continents Through Craft Fun by Judy Press
  • Animal Habitats!: Learning About North American Animals and Plants Thru Art, Science and Creative Play by Judy Press

Williamson Kids Can! Series:

  • Kids Create!: Art & Craft Experiences For 3 to 9 Year Olds by Laurie Carlson
  • The Kids’ Nature Book: 365 Indoor/Outdoor Activities & Experiences by Susan Milord
  • Kids Make Music!: Clapping & Tapping from Bach to Rock by Avery Hart
  • EcoArt!: Earth-Friendly Art & Craft Experiences For 3 to 9 Year Olds by Laurie Carlson
  • The Kids’ Science Book: Creative Experiences For Hands-On Fun by Robert Hirschfeld
  • Kids Garden!: The Anytime, Anyplace Guide To Sowing & Growing Fun by Avery Hart
  • WordPlay Cafe: Cool Codes, Priceless Punzles & Phantastic Phonetic Phun by Michael Kline
  • Real-World Math for Hands-On Fun! by Cindy A. Littlefield
  • Summer Fun!: 60 Activities For A Kid-Perfect Summer by Susan Williamson

The Everything KIDS’ Series:

  • The Everything KIDS’ Bug Book by Kathi Wagner
  • The Everything KIDS’ Weather Book by Joe Snedeker
  • The Everything KIDS’ Dinosaur Book by Kathi Wagner
  • The Everything KIDS’ Astronomy Book by Kathi Wagner
  • The Everything KIDS’ Knock Knock (Jokes) Book by Aileen Weintraub
  • The Ultimate Everything KIDS’ Fairy Tales Book by Charles Timmerman

Arty Facts: Linking Art To The World Around Us series from Crabtree Publishing is another great series. Titles include:

  • Oceans & Art Activities by Janet Sacks
  • Insects, Bugs & Art Activities by Steve Parker
  • Light, Color & Art Activities by Barbara Taylor
  • Planet Earth & Art Activities by John Cooper
  • Weather & Art Activities by Janet Sacks
  • Plants & Art Activities by Rosie McCormick
  • Animals & Art Activities by Janet Sacks
  • Space & Art Activities by Polly Goodman
  • Our Bodies & Art Activities by Rosie McCormick
  • Machines, Transportation & Art Activities by John Stringer
  • Communication & Art Activities by John Stringer
  • Structures, Materials & Art Activities by Barbara Taylor

Seasonal Specific Crafts:

Kathy Ross has a series of craft themed books I found useful. Each of the four books is specific to a season and offers 29 fun and simple crafts young children can do. The crafts are inspired by nature and include seasonal, as well as holiday themes.

Online Resources:

Art Projects For Kids website

Elementary and Primary Art Projects website

mycutegraphics.com is a wonderful resource for free, educational clip art graphics. You can use them as graphics for educational online blogs, in lesson material or as artistic examples of art design for lessons.

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