Category Archives: Arts and Crafts

Free Printable Gallifreyan Holiday Activity Mats

Welcome back to the On Beyond Zombie Linky Party! We took a week off for Thanksgiving, now we’re back and we’re gearing up for Christmas. All this month I’m going to be sharing with you crafts and activities that I’ve made with some custom Gallifreyan writing which I got from Applique Geek. Applique Geek has something for every fandom so be sure to check them out and let them know Suzy Homeschooler sent you.

Free Printable Doctor Who Mats

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Geeky Christmas DIYs

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Something about Christmas time always seems to bring the geeks out of the woodwork (or away from their game consoles, which ever the case may be). Perhaps it is the Doctor Who Christmas special we wait [im]patiently for, or perhaps it is the stack of brand new fantasy books we know we’ll find under the tree on Christmas morn. In any case there is no shortage of geeks catching the Christmas spirit and finding unique ways to make their holidays reflect who they are. (more…)

Free Printable Harry Potter Paper Snowflake Templates

Winter is upon us. LittleMan and SunnyGirl have been enjoying sledding down the small hill in our backyard and there is talk of putting up the Christmas tree soon.
One of my favorite classic winter decorations is the humble paper snowflake. A great exercise in creativity, an excellent way to study symmetry and early multiplication, as well as being fun fine motor practice. For the little ones, a simple circle with some triangles and diamonds cut out is wonderful, but the older we get the more complex our designs tend to become. This year I decided to take a little extra time and design our snowflakes after some of the symbols we find in the Harry Potter universe.¬†It took a bit of time but I’ve made my designs into a simple template so that all you Potterheads can recreate these snowflakes to decorate your own windows at home with.
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ATAT Handprint Craft

Awhile back I shared our handprint Yoda and I mentioned that there were other Star Wars handprint crafts in the works. Well, I finally got around to taking some pictures of one of our other Star Wars handprint crafts. All you need to make this is some white or grey paint, construction paper (I used black to get a strong contrast for these pictures but you can use something different.), and a Sharpie marker.

Start off by painting your child’s hand like so:
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Halloween Discovery Bottles

It has been a long time since we made any discovery bottles however this Halloween has provided us with the perfect excuse to throw some together!
Dollar Tree sells small jars of peanut butter which are short and round and just right for making pumpkin or jack-o-lantern discovery bottles.
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Brain Study with Pumpkins

Halloween is my favorite holiday and I am always on the look out for new ways to play and learn with pumpkins. We have been interested in the brain quite a bit lately, and have especially enjoyed making brain hats. It occurred the me the other day that brain hats we’ve been making, if slightly altered, could be used as a pumpkin carving template. Once I made this realization, the rest was too easy.
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Sight Word Tree Craft

LittleMan used to have a large sight word tree made from a cut branch in our old¬†apartment, but the homeschool room in our new house is mostly windows so there just isn’t the wall space for that again. I got around the lack of wall space by using a display board to create this sight word tree craft.

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Giving Children Beautiful Materials to Create With

My children, like many children, enjoy art. More specifically, they enjoy creating and crafting art with their own two hands. When I first started to supply my children with art supplies, I stuck with items from the children’s aisle of the hobby shop. It seemed natural to me, since those were the items that were specifically advertised for children. As time went on though, I began to realize that I wasn’t doing them any favors by limiting them to cheap craft kits and low quality supplies.
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