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Popsicle Stick, Pipe Cleaner & Pom-Pom Ornaments

Make holiday decorations and gifts with your children and friends. We like these projects because materials are easy to find, affordable  and low-mess. So gather around the table, sip some cocoa and celebrate the season. Experiment,  be creative and have fun!

Popsicle stuck tress and reindeer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use magic markers and glue to make popsicle stick trees, stars and animals and decorate them with pom-poms, googley eyes bling and  hang in a window or in a tree with a ribbon.

Memory wire and pom-pom bracelet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make a festive garland bracelet by threading favorite color pom-poms onto the memory wire. Vary the sizes and colors.

Photo prop wearable art

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Create your own photo prop by decorating the headband with colorful pipe cleaners.

Sparkling pom poms

Color the outside or inside of globe ornament with a design then fill with pom-poms, snow or sparkles. Add a ribbon.

What are your favorite holiday crafts?

 

Engaged and Educated: Affordable Hobby Ideas for Children

Engaged and Educated: Affordable Hobby Ideas for Children by guest blogger  Emily Graham  of  Mighty Moms. 

It can be hard to find fun, affordable, and beneficial ways to keep your child engaged. Video games, chat rooms, and cartoons are fun, but they don’t promise much in the way of learning or developing wholesome interests. Consider getting your child started in a hobby that could lead to an abiding interest, an activity that can provide an engaging cognitive challenge and produce a strong sense of accomplishment and self-pride. Sometimes, a hobby can be a heaven-sent means of keeping a young person out of trouble. Whatever the reason for starting one, a hobby can even change a young person’s life for the better. Here are some suggestions.

Starter Kits

If you’re unsure of where to start in your search for a hobby, check online retailers for starter kits and hobby essentials. When you’re operating on a budget, you can save money by doing extensive online research and watching for sales and discounts from retailers like Walmart.

Knitting/Crocheting

This is one of the most affordable and enjoyable hobbies for any child, and it can be a great way for young and old to spend time and learn together. All you need is a crochet hook and some yarn to get started. Look for savings and promo codes from Target as you gather materials. No need to spend money on patterns, many of which can be found for free on the internet. Your child will enjoy making items that can be given as birthday or Christmas gifts to friends and family.

Solve a Puzzle

Puzzles are just the thing to keep a young person occupied and learn problem-solving strategies, particularly through crossword puzzles or Sudoku, collections of which can be purchased for no more than $3. Jigsaw puzzles (which usually run around $20) provide tangible evidence of a child’s skill and determination. Once it’s put together, simply apply a little puzzle glue, mount your child’s handiwork and have it framed as a trophy that will elicit proud memories.

Painting and Drawing

Children love to express themselves creatively by drawing and painting, both of which are excellent ways for youngsters to pass their time. It can be a therapeutic means of self-expression, a medium for working out frustrations and anxieties, and an enjoyable way for a child to develop hand-eye and fine motor skills. And it’s an inexpensive hobby — pencils, brushes, paints, and paper are generally inexpensive materials. Check for daily offers and coupons for stores like Amazon on paint supplies and other items that can help a child get started with a hobby.

Music

Musical ability can open up a new world of creative endeavor for a child. Learning to play an instrument is an excellent hobby that boosts cognitive functioning, improves mathematical abilities, and sharpens motor skills. Finding an instrument at affordable prices can be difficult, so watch for online savings options through websites like Honey.

Experimentation

Most children enjoy hobbies that show them how to create things like “edible glass.” What’s more, all your child requires is vegetable oil, food coloring, salt, and water to create globs of lava that move up and down in a glass beaker. Beginner science is an educational and inexpensive hobby, especially if you can use items that you already have lying around the house.

Hobbies are healthy ways for children to use their time and discover fascinating new worlds of discovery. The best part: They don’t need to be expensive endeavors; indeed, many can be enjoyed for under $20. You never know — you might set your child on a life-changing path.

Thanks to Emily for sharing her ideas!

5 Great Places to Visit on Mother’s Day + Ideas for Family Fun

Every day should be Mother’s Day because moms make the world go around. Moms sure are the heart of The Art Truck and without you, well, we wouldn’t go anywhere. We’re so grateful to all of our Art Truck moms for inviting us to your important celebrations these last six years and wanted to share some creative ideas for celebrating Mother’s Day. So, we scoured the state to find great places to visit and asked one of our own Art Truck moms to share a few of her ideas with you.

Visit Local Sites

Connecticut offers world-class museums, nature centers, seaside adventures and amusements and many offer free admission to Moms on Mother’s Day. Here are our top 5 picks for great places to visit on Mother’s Day:

1. “Do Fairies Bring the Spring”  – Book talk and craft at Florence Griswold Museum

2. Mother’s Day Afternoon Painting at Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center

3. Mother’s Day Brunch at Mystic Yachting Center

4. Free Admission for Mothers at CT Science Center

5. Take a tour of Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford

 Celebrate at Home

Why not celebrate in the comfort of our mobile art studio right in your own driveway?  The Art Truck offers a variety creative stress-free parties just for adults or something for the whole family/ Choose wine glass-painting, scrapbooking, and painting and plant parties for all ages. Contact us today and let us help you create memories.

Have a Photoshoot with your Loved Ones

Do you enjoy photography? If you enjoy photography, visit one of Connecticut’s beautiful state parks or beaches. Bring a picnic lunch and have everyone try to find different ways of looking at nature through a camera: zoom in, climb on a rock, look up into the trees and don’t forget to take a family selfie to remember your day. Try using an instant camera like Fuji for instant family fun!

Create a Family Comic Strip

Consider starting a new tradition this year by creating a family comic strip. It’s inexpensive and fun. Take a long sheet of paper and draw three or four large squares next to one another, so it looks like a comic strip. Then think of something funny that happened this past year, and work together to illustrate it with pencils, markers, crayons, or paints. Be sure to include a title, date, and dialogue. Each year, add a new comic strip and then you can compile all of your strips into your own family comic book.

Plant a Terrarium

This is a great activity for all ages. Fill a glass bowl with three layers of colored sand, add a layer of dirt, plant mini succulents and cover dirt with mosses and rocks. Embellish with plastic dinosaurs, beads, tiny trees or anything that strikes your fancy! Supplies are inexpensive and available at Dollar Tree stores.

However you decide to spend the day, The Art Truck team wishes you a joyful, creative Mother’s Day!Save

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