Favorite Arts and Crafts for Kids from the After School Team

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It’s school vacation week! In order to focus on spending time with our families, the other After School cohosts and I decided to take this Monday and next (12/30) off from hosting the After School linky – but we will leave last week’s linky open, so you can continue to add your activities! 

We want to make sure you and your kids have plenty of fun activities to enjoy during the break, though, so we put together a “best of” blog hop featuring our favorite posts in nine categories: cooking with kids, writing, math, spelling, reading, science, social studies, arts and crafts for kids, and outdoor fun and movement! Just click on the topic button you are interested in at the bottom of this post, and you will be taken to the blog that is hosting that topic.

I am featuring some of our favorite after school arts and crafts activities for kids! I decided to choose 12 – one for each of the 12 Days of Christmas – which starts on December 25th and ends on January 5th! I adore all of these activities, and hope that you and your kids will also enjoy them!

after school arts and crafts activities for kids

  1. The Great Wall of China from Afterschool for Smarty Pants
  2. Magnetic Popsicle Sticks from Boy Mama Teacher Mama
  3. Resources for Teaching Art For Kids from The Educators’ Spin On It
  4. Leaf Place Mats from This Reading Mama
  5. Rainbow Sea Shells from The Educators’ Spin On It
  6. Tesselations from What Do We Do All Day?
  7. Freeze Dance Painting from Coffee Cups and Crayons
  8. Sensory Wall Mosaic Art from Mama Smiles – Joyful Parenting
  9. Blending Colors with DIY Tops from Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational
  10. Marbled Paper from What Do We Do All Day?
  11. Oil Pastel Resist Leaf Craft from Little Wonders Days
  12. Rice Art from Mama Smiles – Joyful Parenting

Interested in a different subject? Click through any of the buttons below! *Note: a few of these links won’t be live until Monday, so please come back if they don’t work the first time!

arts and crafts cooking with kids math
outdoor fun and movement reading science
social studies spelling writing

What fun activities do you have planned for School Vacation Week?

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

18 thoughts on “Favorite Arts and Crafts for Kids from the After School Team”

  1. These look like such fun activities and I love the ease of finding them by topic. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas. We just opened our advent calendar and all I can hear at the moment is happy shouts of “two more sleeps!”

  2. My husband is taking the oldest to the beach on one of the days, then off to grandma’s to help make tamales, and enjoying the snow at the end of the week for a road trip. Yes, beach and snow on Christmas week lol!

  3. Emma @ P is for Preschooler

    A lot of schools don’t have art programs anymore, so I love the idea of getting some creating in when they get home!

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