• Entertainment and Activities
    Drawing and Painting
    Fancy Duds of the Future
    Fancy Duds of the Future Required: Drawing supplies Optional: Magazines, junk mail, and other disposable picture sources What will the well-dressed person of the future look like, say, in the year 2300, 2500, or 3000? Fashion trends certainly do...
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    Jewelry and Clothing
    Lacing Lanyards
    Lacing Lanyards Handiwords A lanyard is a small cord or rope for securing or suspending small objects, such as a whistle or key, around the neck, often woven of several flat strands of plastic, leather, or other material. Handiwords The word ...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Kwanzaa
    Kwanzaa Necklace
    Kwanzaa NecklaceOne of the symbols of Kwanzaa is zawadi, or gifts. A handmade gift like this necklace is the most treasured. Materials 1 cup flour Acrylic paints 1/2 cup salt Clear acrylic spray 1/4 cup water Fishing line, beading thread, 1 table...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book
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    Jewelry and Clothing
    Tools for Leatherwork
    Tools for Leatherwork Handiwords A leather knife is a special knife with either a round or an angled blade used for cutting leather, especially thick leather. Leather shears are large, heavy-duty scissors used for cutting leather. Crafty Clues...
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    Jewelry and Clothing
    Wire Work
    Wire Work Handiwords Wire work is a way of connecting individual beads or group or beads using wire bent into shape. Crafty Clues If you are interested in wire work, definitely invest in good tools. I recommend buying them in a bead store, rat...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Jewelry and Clothing
    Beading Basics
    Beading Basics Handiwords A finding refers to anything in beading that is not a bead. This can include clasps, earring pieces, clamps, connectors, pin backs, separator bars, caps, and wire pins of various kinds. Beads can be made out of almost ...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Jewelry and Clothing
    Lacing Lanyards
    Lacing Lanyards Handiwords A lanyard is a small cord or rope for securing or suspending small objects, such as a whistle or key, around the neck, often woven of several flat strands of plastic, leather, or other material. Handiwords The word ...
  • Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Find our top picks for the best toys of the year!
    familyeducation editors
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Jewelry and Clothing
    Tie-Dyeing
    Tie-Dyeing Dyeing fabric takes many forms, but one that can be done in your own backyard or kitchen is tie-dyeing. The younger generation seems to have rediscovered "their father's T-shirt" from the tie-dying craze of the 1960s. Everything that ...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Fabric Crafts
    Sewing: Get It Together
    Sewing: Get It Together Crafty Clues The major pattern companies all have Web sites you can visit. Check out Simplicity at http://www.simplicity.com/. Butterick and McCalls also have online catalogs at http://www.butterick.com and http://www.mc...
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    Fabric Crafts
    Pillows with Pizzazz
    Pillows with Pizzazz Recline in style at your Seder dinner by making this lovely Passover pillow. Seasonal Sense Transfer webbing, or fusible webbing, is a paper-backed adhesive web that turns plain fabric into an iron-on fabric. You can find t...
  • Arts and Crafts Printables
    Lanyard Key Chain
    Children can create a lanyard key chain for themselves or someone they love, in this easy-level craft. ...
  • Weaving Craft Activity for Kids
    Fabric Crafts
    Fabric Weaving
    Fabric WeavingMaterials Large fabric scraps or pieces Scissors Piece of cardboard or Styrofoam Thumb tacks Directions Before your child starts weaving, cut a large square out of fabric canvas or a heavy-weight fabric which will create the fram...
  • Fabric Garden Activity for Kids
    Fabric Crafts
    Fabric Garden
    Fabric GardenMaterials Scraps of plain and floral fabric White glue or glue sticks Poster board Pictures of flowers (optional) Directions Cut out flower shapes from the fabric: petals, leaves, stems, and buds. An adult can do the cutting of sh...
  • Decorated Hat Activity for Kids
    Jewelry and Clothing
    Fancy Dress Hat
    Fancy Dress HatMaterials Hats straw, felt, or fabric Artificial flowers Feathers and bows Ribbons and old lace Fabric remnants Glue Directions Antique or thrift stores are a great place to look for old hats. Straw sun hats also work well. Be...
  • Hand Print Shirt Activity for Kids
    Jewelry and Clothing
    Handprint Shirt
    Handprint ShirtIn this craft activity, children decorate a shirt with hand prints.Materials T-shirt (solid color or white) Fabric or acrylic paint Large piece of cardboard Directions Cut piece of cardboard so shirt can be stretched over it. This ...
  • Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Find our top picks for the best books of the year!
    familyeducation editors
  • Homemade Crown Activity for Kids
    Jewelry and Clothing
    Create a Crown
    Create a CrownMaterials Paper Scissors Glue Crayons Sparkles and glitter Directions Cut the paper to look like an open crown shape. Let your child decorate it with crayons, glue, sparkles, and glitter. When the decoration is dry, fit it to yo...