I was late to join the Instagram party, but I have been so pleased with the creative community that I have found there. Last week (Thanksgiving week) I was asked to be the guest judge for the Instagram challenge @kidscrafts101, hosted by authors @redtedart and @incredibusy. It is a weekly photo challenge that encourages people to tag their crafty photos with #kidscrafts101, to get the chance to be featured in the weekly grid. When @kidscrafts101 started out, they offered a weekly theme for people to follow, but their Instagram followers have grown to 64K, so the theme has been thrown out the window and it has broadened to focus on kids crafts and art. There were so many inspiring, creative ideas that it made it VERY hard to choose only nine, but I did it! I went with a bright clean holiday theme. Check them out!
Sticky Yarn Trees @creativehappynest I love this no glue technique! It is such a great invitation to play and create!
Thanksgiving Napkin Rings @littletinylearner I see this craft being kept safe for years to come. What a creative family keepsake.
Mini Embroidery Hoop String Ornaments @hellowonderful_Co Kid-made ornaments are the best. This is a great one that kids of all ages can do.
Cork Turkey Name Tags @sam_thrive360living I love the idea of bringing nature art to the table with this fun craft. What a fab way to personalize a Thanksgiving table!
Psychedelic Snowflake Craft @babbledabbledo What a beautiful way to study absorption, while making a holiday craft! This is what STEAM is all about!
Story Sticks @imagination.mama This one wasn’t very holiday themed, but I loved the idea and simply couldn’t leave it out. You could add your own holiday twist to it. I love story prompts. Using family drawings adds another creative layer to it.
Lace Clay Ornaments @mielaerkerasmussen They used self hardening clay and lace to create patterns. This is such a cool process.
Painted Twig Trees @ohcreativeday What child doesn’t like to collect and paint twigs? Arrange in order of length (you may need to snap some twigs.) Glue the twigs to a strip of cardboard, and you have a sweet homemade ornament.
Christmas Tree Geoboard @cintaaandco I love this geometric Christmas tree, made with cork board, push pins, and yarn. They decorated the tree with little pom poms, then honed their fine motor skills by using tweezers to remove the decorations. Brilliant!
You have to be feeling holiday inspired after all those creative crafts! Perfect! It is a new week @kidscrafts101. @handmakery is the guest judge and Ami will be choosing her favorites on Sunday. It’s not too late! Join in the fun by following hosts @redtedart and @incredibusy, and guest judge @handmakery and by tagging your crafts #kidscrafts101. Or jump in at any time. Good Luck!
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