This craft is a great teaching tool to reinforce the learning of shapes. Our Kraftykid Lighthouse template is made entirely from different shapes . Children just need to cut the shapes from the template and then glue the different shapes to onto a white business envelope match the picture. Make sure you hold up each shape and ask the students to name them. Have the students glue the red stripes to the lighthouse at equal intervals. The top two stripes and the white stripe between them will each have one yellow circle glued in the middle.
Center the small blue rectangle at the bottom of the lighthouse base and attach it with glue. Place a yellow circle toward the top of the door and glue it in place.
Place the blue oval at the top of the lighthouse base and glue it in place. Glue the small red rectangle to the underside of the top of the blue oval. The three small rectangles will be glued to this rectangle. Add the triangle shape and glue it at the top. This completes the lighthouse craft!
Let the fireworks start! We all love the Fourth of July, and kids are no exception. It’s colorful, it’s fun, and it’s LOUD, what’s not to love! Let the children make a pretty string of stars to use as a decoration, or you can also tie it to use as a necklace.
• Kraftykid star template
• Construction paper or cardstock
• Glitter (if desired)
• Plastic straws
1. Print theKraftykid star template.
2. Cut out and color the stars.
3. Decorate with glitter, if desired.
4. Cut the straws into 1 inch pieces.
5. Attach to a string, using one straw, one star, one straw, one star until the string is filled up.
6. Tie at both ends.
Get out the trikes, wagons, bicycles and strollers! Celebrate our freedom! Make many of these strings and make those normal everyday modes of childhood transportation a parade float! Create a parade around the neighborhood. But wait…we have to add some science. What to do with that old sidewalk chalk???
Did you know that if you wet the chalk, it is now a coloring device for hair?? Color the hair and go for the wild parade look!!! It washes out easily and is much safer than colored hair spray and easily stays away from the eyes.
Along with a day of fun and fireworks, take time to teach the children the Pledge of Allegiance. They may not memorize but they should hear it. Not all children in the world have the freedom that we have. Take time to help our children understand how lucky we are to have the choices we have in our country.
This shark craft is sure to be a pleaser for the kids. What’s really interesting about this craft is that by cutting out a triangle for the mouth you get to reuse it for the fin! What a fun way to teach shapes to the kids. Triangle teeth and a triangle fin on the body. Maybe we should rename it the triangle fish, what do you think?
• Kraftykid’s free, downloadable Shark template
• White envelope (business or legal size)
• Gray and black oil pastels
1. Print the Kraftykid’s free, downloadable Shark template.
2. Cut the shark pieces (teeth, and small fin).
3. Color the envelope with gray pastel or crayon. Hint: If you can find gray legal envelopes you can have the kids skip this step.
4. Cut a triangle from one of the short edges to make the mouth.
5. Tape the triangle to the top as the fin.
6. Glue the teeth inside of the shark’s mouth.
7. Glue the small fin to the side of the shark.
8. Use the black pastel to draw an eye, eyebrow, and details for the fin.
9. Trim off the edge of the envelope opposite of the mouth, making an opening for your hand.
10. Put your hand in the puppet to make your shark move (watch your fingers of course. It is a shark after all ).
This craft is a great way to teach children their shapes in a fun way. Just cut out shapes in different colors of construction paper and follow the pattern. They’ll be having so much fun making their train that they won’t even realize they just learned something!