The Artful Year: Celebrating the Seasons and Holidays with Crafts and Recipes--Over 175 Family- Friendly Activities....pdf

The Artful Year: Celebrating the Seasons and Holidays with Crafts and Recipes--Over 175 Family- Friendly Activities....pdf


From the author of The Artful Parent--a year's worth of art projects, seasonal activities, and recipes for simple, family-friendly crafting through the seasons and holidays.

     Celebrating the seasons and holidays is a wonderful opportunity to embrace creativity together as a family. It's also a fun way to decorate, prepare for, and learn about the holidays we celebrate. In The Artful Year, you'll find art activites, crafts, recipes, and more to help make each season special. By doing so, your family will create memories and mementos, you'll develop creative growth in your children and yourself, and you'll have lots of fun! The book includes:

   • Arts and crafts, using the materials, colors, and themes of the season
   • Decorations to make as a family
   • Favorite seasonal recipes that are fun for children to help make (and eat)
   • Ideas for celebrating the holidays together
   • Suggested reading lists of children's picture books about the seasons and holidays

The Artful Year is a fun and active resource for crafting and celebrating around the year!

JEAN VAN'T HUL, mother of two, lives with her family in the mountains of western North Carolina. She has been writing about children's art and creativity on her blog, The Artful Parent, since 2008. A graduate of Wellesley College with a major in art history and studio art, Jean worked in various art and nonprofit fields before devoting her time to writing and raising kids. She loves sharing process-oriented art, seasonal crafts, and joyful learning opportunities, whether with her own daughters or through her children's art groups, her magazine articles, or her blog.

A YEAR OF INSPIRATION: Playdough / Nature Observation and Collection Walks / Nature Tables / Scavenger Hunts / Suncatchers / Stained Glass Windows / Drawing Games / Salty Watercolors / Melted Crayon Suncatchers

SPRING: Easter Egg Suncatchers / Artful Bunny Ears / Easter Eggs 10 Ways / DIY Papier-Mâché Easter Baskets / Tissue Paper Nests / Easter Egg Tree / Bird's Nest Cookies / Strawberry Shortcake Muffins / Fruity Spring Pancakes / Crock-Pot Millet Porridge / Raspberry Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake / Bird's Nest Snack / Crepes Two Ways / Spring Greens Salad / Herbal Vinegar / Bluebird Paper Chain / Leafy Masterpiece / Leaf Stickers / Botanical Stationery / Print Your Own Spring Fabric / Leaf Rubbing Stained Glass / Forest Diorama / Garden Wish Flags / Garden Ornaments / Painted Birdhouses / Garden Loom / Weave a Beanpole Teepee / Concrete Stepping Stones

SUMMER: Artful Pinwheels / Picnic Napkins / Flower Crowns / Flower Stained Glass Necklaces / Stained Glass Bunting / Melted Bead Suncatchers / Melted Crayon Rocks / Indoor Hopscotch / Glue Batik Flags / Fruit Gelatin Mold / Blueberry Hand Pies / Fruit Sparklers / Homemade Granola / Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade / Fruit Necklaces / Fruit Popsicles / Mixed Berry Scones with Lemon Icing / Grape Sculptures / Cranberry Granola Bars / Flower Necklaces / Chalk Rocks / Sandbox Cakes / Sand Art / Chalk Paint / Sandcasting / Sand Tattoos / Beaded Bubble Wands / Quick Backyard Teepee / Clothespin Activity / Build a Campfire! / Backward Water Play / Explore a Stream

AUTUMN: Leaf Doodles / Fall Leaf Mandala / Painted Paper Leaves / A Brown Paper Tree / Fall Nature Suncatchers / Leaf Rubbings Stained Glass / Plaster Leaf Casts / Autumn Leaves Stained Glass / Autumn Leaf Rocks / Mixed Media Autumn Trees
/ Melted Crayon Leaves / Painting Pumpkins / Yarn Spiderwebs / Pipe Cleaner Spiders / Jack-O'-Lantern Playdough / Coffee Filter Spiderwebs / Fill in the Jack-O'-Lantern Faces / Jack-O'-Lantern Carving / Felt Bat Garland / Cardboard Haunted House / Jack-O'-Lantern Pointillism / Marble Rolling Spiderwebs / Felt Jack-O'-Lantern Garland / Jack-O'-Lantern Blotto Faces / Apple-Cheddar Hand Pies / Pumpkin Waffles / Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins / Pumpkin Jack-O'-Lantern Pancakes / Pumpkin Rolls / Pumpkin-Pecan Scones / Pumpkin Bars with Gingersnap Crust / Apple Bundt Cake / Thankful Stones / Thanksgiving Leaf Banner / Not-a-Hand Turkey / Leaf Print Napkins

WINTER: Potato Printing / An Advent Calendar Chain / Shrinky Dink Ornaments / Christmas Tree for the Dolls / Salt Dough Ornaments 6 Ways / Tissue Paper Stained Glass Bunting / Stained Glass Paper Chain / Colored Film Paper Chain / Candy Cane Playdough Gifts / Coffee Filter Christmas Bunting / Styrofoam Printed Holiday Cards / 3-D Stained Glass Wreath / Cranberry-Orange Cakes / Cherry-Almond Scones / Grandma's Candy Cane Cookies / Chocolate-Dipped Pretzels / Tropical Crock-Pot Oatmeal / Tiny Gingerbread Houses / Healing Crock-Pot Chicken Soup / Grandma's Honey-Wheat Bread / Crushed Candy Cane Topping / Peppermint Hot Cocoa / Candy Cane Lollipops / Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Balls / Cherry Hand Pie Hearts / Oatmeal Cranberry Jumbos / Sponge-Printed Perpetual Calendar / Words & Wishes for the New Year / Happy New Year Bunting / Foil Snowflakes / Coffee Filter Snowflakes / Colored-Ice Snowman Decorations / Snowman Snow Globe Gifts / Stained Glass Ice Wreath / Pinecone Bird Treats / Doily Stained Glass Window / Tissue Paper Candle Holders / Lighted Cardboard Dollhouse / Foil Heart Valentine Cards / Heart Doily Printed T-Shirt / Heart-Printed Gift Bags / BooBoo Hearts / Melted Crayon Heartstrings / Interactive Heart Mandalas / Valentine Lacing Activity and Cards / Heart Rocks / Glitter Rock Valentines / Coffee Filter Heart Doilies / Tissue Paper Heart Doily Suncatchers


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