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10 Easy Kids Crafts to Make in Under 30 Minutes

Making crafts with your kiddos can be quick and easy! Even if you don’t consider yourself the “crafty” type, with just a few supplies, you’ll be giving your children the tools they needs to spark imagination and creative play.

We’ve rounded up 10 easy kids crafts to get you started. Even better – they all take less than 30 minutes to make!

1. Felt Donuts

Felt Donuts

2. Rawr-some Dinosaur Cards

Rawr-some Dinosaur Card

3. Paper Jelly Fish

Paper Jelly Fish

4. Fairy House

Fairy House

5. Clothespin Birds

Clothespin Birds

6. Watercolor Frame

Watercolor Frame

7. Craft Stick Airplanes

Craft Stick Airplanes

8. Pony Bead Bracelets

Pony Bead Bracelet

9. Canvas Reveal

Easy Kids Crafts

10. Paper Flowers

paper flower

What projects do you enjoying making with your kids? Share your ideas with us in the comments below!

Crafts on the Go: 10 Road Trip Activities for Kids

It’s prime Spring Break time so we know many of you are hitting the road on vacation with children in tow. No matter how many snacks you pack, you’re bound to hear an “are we there yet?” or two before you reach your destination. Keep kiddos creative and busy with these fun and mess-free road trip activities.

1. Felt Tic Tac Toe

Felt Tic Tac Toe

This tic-tac-toe board is not only fun to play, but it folds up into a handy pouch for easy traveling!

2. Travel Memory Game

Matching Game

Flex your children’s memory skills with a foam shape matching game.

3. Lap DeskLap Desk

The lap desk is a game changer when it comes to on-the-go activities. Store your books, crayons and other supplies inside the lap desk. Pro Mom Tip: pack a few dry erase markers for your kids to scribble on the outside of the tote and clean with a baby wipe for reusable fun!

4. Fishing Game

Fishing Game

The classic magnetic fishing game can be fun while riding in the car!

5. Felt Picnic

Felt Picnic

Encourage make believe play with a felt picnic. Have your kids describe what type of foods they would pack on their picnic adventure.

6. Paper Puppet Show

Dory Puppets

Print and cut out your puppet shapes in advance so your children can color them on your road trip. You’ll have a rear-view mirror puppet show before you know it!

7. Dino Matching GameDino Matching Game

Matching games are always fun, especially when they involve colorful dinosaurs.

8. Counting Abacuscounting abacus

Sneak in some learning with a colorful bead counting abacus that’s easy to make!

9. Crayola® Dry Erase Fold & Go Travel Pack

crayola dry erase travel pack

We love this Crayola dry erase travel pack. It comes with everything you need for hours of coloring fun on-the-go!

10. Morph

Morph

Morph is a super light, super fun sensory sensation.  It shapes, it builds, it bounces, it even floats!

How do you keep your kids busy on long car rides? Let us know in the comments below!

9 Ways to Dance, Sing & Party with Trolls

Thought you’d seen the last of the so-ugly-they’re cute Trolls dolls from your childhood? Think again! Trolls are back with a new look, new songs, and their iconic crazy ‘dos! Watch the trailer for the upcoming DreamWorks’ Trolls movie, and you’ll see it’s going to make a fabulous girl’s birthday party theme.

Need some Trolls-themed party ideas? Turn up Justin Timberlake’s bop “Can’t Stop The Feeling” from the movie soundtrack, and check out our favorite DIY Trolls party plan. We’ll help you fill your Trolls party with games and activities kids will love.

1.     Make Hair-Raisingly Fun Favor Bags

Trolls-Favor-Bags

What You’ll Need:

The real star of this flick might be Princess Poppy’s stylish up-do. Turn ordinary paper favor bags into the Trolls’ signature coiffure for adorable Trolls themed favor bags.

1.     For the first bag, use scissors to cut ½” strips from the top edge down to ½” from the bottom of the bag. Then fringe the second bag in a similar way, instead, stop midway down the bag.

2.     Place the halfway cut favor bag inside the fully-cut favor bag.

3.     Fill up the middle with Trolls party favors, like fuzzy Trolls rings, stickers, and tattoos. You can also stand one of these Trolls pencils upright inside to help hold the shape of the bag.

4.     Gather up all the fringed ends and tie them together at the top with curling ribbon.

5.     Decorate the base of the bags with stick-on foam flowers to recreate Poppy’s headband.

2.     Strike a Pose like Guy Diamond at the Trolls Photo Booth

 Poppy’s uninhibited and party-loving pal, Guy Diamond, knows how to strike a pose, and kids will love working the camera just as much when you set up a Trolls themed photo booth!

Trolls-Dress-Up_Photobooth-Props

What You’ll Need:

1. Hang the tablecloth or sheet so it’s taut in front of a wall.

2. Hang  cute Trolls swirls and tissue paper decorations from the ceiling in front of the backdrop.

3. String a length of garland or a birthday banner on the backdrop, just above where your guests will be posing.

4. Set out accessories like Trolls bracelets and rings for your glam guests to put on before their close-up.

5. Assemble the Trolls photo props and display them in a glass jar, vase, or flower pot for guests to grab.

6. To take your photo booth to the next level, pick up a super cool Fujifilm Instax™ Mini 8 Camera for Polaroid-style shots. Snap plenty of silly selfies for little girls to take home when the show is over.

3.     Scrapbook with the Snack Pack

Trolls-Scrapbook

What You’ll Need:

One of Poppy’s favorite pastimes is crafts, but she’s got a special knack for scrapbooks. With this craft, you’ll keep guests busy making memory pages of your Trolls birthday party too!

  1. Use the snapshots from the photo booth to decorate your guests’ mini scrapbooks.
  2. Spread out your photos and crafting supplies, like markers, glitter, glue, and stickers on a table, or at a designated crafting area for kids.
  3. Pass out scrapbook pages to each guest.
  4. Let kids grab their favorite snapshots and glue them onto construction paper. Then, decorate pages with the Trolls stickers, glitter, or doodles!

4.     Create Your Own Wearable Troll Hair

Trolls-Crafts-Hats

What You’ll Need:

These cone-shaped hats are a party classic, but just add a few simple crafting supplies, and they get a whole new Troll look! Kids will look just like Poppy with this fun and easy Trolls party craft!

  1. Let each guest pick out a color of felt – this will be the faux Trolls hair.
  2. Show your crafters how to use their scissors to cut the felt into strips almost all the way down, leaving about an inch of room at the bottom. Make sure to use scissors appropriate for the guests’ ages.
  3. Using a hot glue gun, glue the uncut end of the felt sheet outside the rim of the paper hat. (This step is best done by parents, not the little ones!)
  4. Gather up all the strips and tie them at the top of the hat with green curling ribbon. This is easiest if one person holds the hat upside down while the other one ties it.
  5. Guests can personalize their Trolls party hats with felt flowers, pom poms, and other decorations.

5.     Troll Town Flower Pots

Trolls-Crafts-Pots-2

What You’ll Need:

These DIY flower pots make another great birthday keepsake. Bright colors and glitter make these Troll-worthy flower crafts an ideal birthday activity. Best of all, no watering or sunshine required!

  1. Protect your table with newspaper or a plastic table cover.
  2. Give each guest a mini clay pot and paintbrush. Let your little artists paint their names, music notes, butterflies, or anything else they want on the outside of their pots. Then set aside.
  3. While pots dry, guests make flowers using craft sticks and adhesive felt flowers, foam flowers, and pom poms.
  4. Show kids how to roll a large lump of air-dry clay into a ball and place it into the pot. Then, press the faux flowers into the clay.
  5. Let dry according to the clay package instructions.

6.     Relay Race to the Big Show

What You’ll Need:

Everyone wants to see Princess Poppy perform. In this fun and fast-paced party game, your little Trolls fans will have to finish the relay race to get to the concert on time!

  1. Have all the superstars get into teams of 3-4. Line each team up at one end of the race area.
  2. Create a finish line 20 feet away (or on the other side of the room or yard).
  3. Give each team a basket of concert gear. When the referee yells, “Go!” the first player from each team has to get decked out from head to toe in all the fun accessories, run to the finish line, then run back to her team, crossing the starting line.
  4. The first player removes all of her accessories and hands them off to the next player.
  5. Repeat for all the players on each team until one team’s players have finished. Give the winning team horns, cymbals, or other musical prizes to take to Poppy’s concert. Or, guests can divide up necklaces and other props as prizes.

7.     The Case of the Bergen’s Stolen Birthday Cake

What You’ll Need:

  • Index cards or slips of paper
  • A pen or marker
  • The birthday cake or favor bags

Those pesky Bergens have stolen the birthday cake, and it’s up to the birthday girl and her friends to track it down! Best of all, everyone wins with this scavenger hunt party game! Once your Trolls cake has been found, everyone can eat the winnings. If you don’t want to hide the cake, pretend the Bergens stole the Trolls’ treasure and have guests hunt down their Trolls’ goodie bags.

  1. Before your guests arrive, number the index cards 1-20 (or up to as many clues as you want). Write a clue on each card, in the order you want them to be discovered. The answer to the first clue should lead you to the second clue, the answer to the second leads you to the third, and so on. Use clues that can be found around your home or party space. Here are some of our best Trolls-themed clues.
  •  “Trolls love adventuring near and far, and your next clue is hidden somewhere in the yard!”
  • “The Bergens are hungry, where will they eat? Look for the clue, where they take a seat!” (Dining table or chair)
  • “Branch is all dirty, he’s covered with mud. You’ll find the clue where there’s soap and suds!” (Bathtub or shower)
  • “DJ Suki totally rocks. She left you a clue in the mailbox!”
  • “Biggie is tired from running around. A place to take naps is where this clue can be found!” (Bed)
  1. Arrange the clues at the hiding places in the correct order. The answer to Clue 1 is where you place Clue 2, the answer to Clue 2 is where you place Clue 3. The final clue should lead to where you hide the birthday cake, goodie bags, or another prize.
  2. To begin, hand Clue 1 to one of your players to read out loud. They will be playing together as a group. As they run from clue to clue, whoever finds the index card first should read the clue out loud for everyone to hear.
  3. The game ends when the group solves the last clue and discovers their prize!

8.     Pump Up the Fun with a Trolls Piñata

Trolls-Pinata

What You’ll Need:

No kids birthday party is complete without a piñata, and luckily for you, we have two Trolls piñatas to choose from! Both have a safety-conscious pull-string feature and are just the thing for ending a Trolls birthday bash with a bang.

  1. Fill your piñata with up to 2lbs. of candy, small toys, and Trolls favors
  2. String a length of rope through the built-in plastic loop on top of the piñata, double knot it, then hang it around a thick tree branch, beam, or other secure spot.
  3. Line kids up and instruct the first player to choose a pull-string and firmly tug on it. If it doesn’t open the piñata’s hidden trapdoor, their turn is over and they should get back in line.
  4. Have the remaining players continue to take turns tugging on the pull-strings until one finally opens the piñata’s bottom and releases the Trolls-themed favors inside.
  5. Once the magic string is pulled, candy will rain down for kids to collect in their goody bags.

9.     Last-Minute Trolls Party Games

You don’t need to spend a ton of money or plan in advance for these quick and easy Trolls party games. Music and dancing are the heart of the Trolls movie, so no Trolls party is complete without a few musical party games. Have a speaker handy (and the Trolls soundtrack!) so you can pump up the jams for a freeze dance party, hot potato game, or musical chairs. All these games have similar play styles, dance, run around chairs, or pass around a Trolls doll “hot potato” until the music stops. Whoever is caught moving (freeze dance), without a seat (musical chairs), or with the “hot potato” when the music stops is out. Keep going until there is one party guest is left standing (or sitting) and they will be crowned the winner. Make sure you have plenty of Trolls prizes and party favors on hand to give the game winners.

These Trolls birthday ideas are just the beginning! You’re sure to think of even more creative ways to get kids doing the boogie at your Trolls birthday celebration. Just remember the Trolls’ secret to happiness: Dance. Sing. Hug.

Handmade Charlotte Kids™ Crafts are Here!

The folks behind everyone’s favorite DIY website Handmade Charlotte and the best children’s crafts kit brand, Creativity for Kids®, collaborated to design and develop dozens of double backflip fun craft kits and supplies exclusively for Michaels stores and you! Jump into the sugar coated projects one box at a time.

Finger PuppetsVeggie Bubbles Fruit Headband

You and your kiddos will build a lavender forest theater, spin the yummiest flavored pom-poms into an ice cream chandelier, create top secret bubble rings, and eat lunch with a sparkly mermaid. The originality that oozes from each orange sherbet sunburst package will delight the curious and beautiful mind inside all of us.

Dreamer Pad - Forest PuppetsBig Top Mini MatchboxesAdopt a Cactus

Paint your town and decorate your room in a rainbow of colors with the stylish room decor. Adopt your very own cactus or paint a portrait of Disco Doggy. Create your own folded paper pets with donut origami paper. The making just gets better with each box that you collect.

Handmade Charlotte partnered with Faber-Castell’s® Creativity for Kids to bring the fun ideas to life. Join our super hip craft party today! Hop over to Michaels online or to a neighborhood store near you to check out the adorably smart kits.

Pom Pom Roller Skates

Shop the new Handmade Charlotte Kids + Creativity for Kids crafts online at Michaels.com!

We can’t wait to see what you create. Follow and share your creations with us! #hckids #creativityforkids #madewithmichaels

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DIY Christmas Ornaments to Make with Your Kids

What better way to create holiday traditions and memories with your kids than by crafting DIY Christmas ornaments with them? I love this tradition, and this is the first year I will be able to craft an ornament with my son. I know if will be one that I cherish for many, many years to come. In addition to crafting handmade memories, these project ideas are a great way to keep those little hands busy and creative while they’re out for winter break.

 Clothespin Christmas Icons

Clothespin Icon Ornaments

These classic Christmas icons couldn’t be cuter! I love how easy they are to clip onto the tree.

Model Magic® Ornaments

Model Magic Ornaments

Embrace your kiddo’s modeling skills with this fun air-dry clay. Roll it out and use cookie cutters to make shapes. You could even create a handprint ornament to cherish.

Felt Christmas Mouse

Felt Mouse DIY Ornaments

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse! This cute little felt guy can be hung from the tree by his tail!

Dimensional Paper Ornaments

Dimensional Paper Ornaments

These ornaments are so cute, you’d never guess that all it takes to make them is paper, paint, scissors & glue!

Glittered Foam Ornaments

Glittered Foam Ornaments

Add a little bling to the tree with glittered foam ornaments!

Pony Bead 3D Ball Ornaments

Pony Bead Ornaments

Pony beads aren’t just for bracelets anymore. You can make whimsical ornaments too!

Craft Stick Snowflakes

Craft Stick SnowflakeTurn craft sticks into one-of-a-kind ornaments with a little paint, glue and adhesive gems.

Are you crafting with your kids this holiday season? We’d love to see what you’re making! Share your photos on Instagram with us using the hashtag #MadeWithMichaels!

 

Teacher Appreciation Clipboard

4 Oh-So-Easy Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Summer vacation is closer than you think! This is especially true if you plan to pick up a teacher appreciation gift before school ends. A gift card, though ideal, isn’t very personal.

That is why I like the idea of helping your child create a handmade gift card holder and customizing it for your child’s teacher. The four gift card holders shown here are designed to be useful and they will be treasured long after the gift card is gone!

1. Crayon Vase with Gift Card

teacher_appreciation_crayon_vaseColorful Crayola® Crayons give this vase teacher appeal. Young children can choose the Crayons, but keep them away from the glue gun.

2. Clipboard with Gift Card

teacher_appreciation_clipboardEvery teacher needs a clipboard! This one serves a dual role, because it is also a miniature chalkboard. And how cute is that alphabet ribbon?

3. Clay Pot Gift Card Holder

teacher_appreciation_clay_potImagine how proud your child will be to present this teacher appreciation gift! The metal clips are ideal for holding a photo of your child, a thank you note and a gift card. Your child’s teacher can then put the decorated clay pot on her desk for use as a photo or memo holder.

4. Clothespin Wreath with Gift Card

teacher_appreciation_wreathHang this wreath on a wall, door or bulletin board. The clothespins make it easy to change out photographs, memos or paper decorations.

While you are picking up craft supplies to make these easy teacher appreciation gifts, don’t forget the gift card! You can purchase Michaels gift cards online or in the store. You can also get gift cards for your favorite restaurants and retailers at your local Michaels store.

And in case you didn’t know, teachers get a 15% discount on classroom supplies when they shop at Michaels!

Share your special teacher appreciation project with us on Instagram or Twitter using #MadewithMichaels.