Native American Homes and crafts for Kids

Hello Friends,
I really like to discuss Native Americans of the past at this time of year. In my class, we study Native American homes and crafts. We talk about the differences in the tribes throughout the country. We discuss how not all Native Americans gathered their food, hunted, or wore clothes in the same way.

We make 3 different Native American homes - the pueblo, the plank home, and the tipi.

To make the pueblo, we used a square box of tissues and covered it with brown paper squares to show the bricks that were used.

A messy project, but worth the end product!

We made plank homes in much the same way, but used a regular sized tissue box. The children covered the sides with long strips of paper to simulate the logs used to build the house. Craft sticks were glued to the front and a black construction paper door glued to the front. They colored a totem pole sheet which was wrapped and secured around a paper towel roll.

The third home was the tipi. We used a round tortilla shell doubled up. The kids used markers to draw Native American symbols on the outside. I foldes it into a cone shape and secured with a toothpick. When it was dry, it was glued onto a green painted paper plate.

They also made clay horses. We used a horse shaped cookie cutter to cut a horse upon Crayola modeling clay. We stuck toothpicks into the bottom for legs. The next day, the kids painted their horse. When the paint was dry, they used white glue to add details. Before doing this activity, we read "The Mud Pony" by Caren Lee Cohen

A few crafts that we make...

Native American masks - Paint a sturdy paper plate. I tell my students to paint a face, but sometimes they simply paint colors. Let dry. When dry, add features with paper, feathers, or beads.

Sand art is a fun craft to do! I print Native American symbols onto cardstock paper. Students paint it with watercolors. Let dry. Using a glue stick, spread the glue onto sections of the picture. Sprinkle colored sand upon the sections. This makes a very pretty painting.

The templates for the sand paintings and totem pole are found in my Native American packet. You can find it by clicking the photo below.

Until next time!


Veteran's Day Craft and Book for Kids

Hello Friends,
It will soon be November 11 and in the United States, that means Veteran's Day. In my school, we do not take the day off. Instead, we honor our local veterans with a special program and each class is asked to do something specific to Veteran's Day. I like to make this Veteran's Day craft and book with my kiddos. The inner pages are simply coloring pages that are stapled inside the cover.

As with most of our paper and cutting projects, our tables are a mess during the creative process!

Each book cover turns out a little differently.

 I like doing simple projects like these every so often. They can be finished in a day, taken home, and shared with families. Some of my past students have learned about uncles, aunts, or grandparents who are veterans simply by bringing home this craft. What a great way to open up a family discussion!

Until next time, my friends...


3D Owl Craft for Kids

Hello Friends,

I love making 3D crafts with my students! Creating something that has another dimension makes the learning come alive and cements itself in the brains of my kiddos. In late October or early November, we discuss nocturnal animals. As with most kindergarten curricula, we emphasize owls and bats.

Creating this 3D owl does take a little time, but it is worth the effort. I definitely count this towards our STEM learning. STEM is hands-on learning that takes on a real world approach. Adding feathers shows that owls are birds. Adding wings shows that birds have wings.  Adding a beak shows that owls do not have teeth. We use natural colors to show that owls blend in with their surroundings. And the fun thing is that my students have a project that they can take home and share with their families what they learned.

(I order most of my supplies from Oriental Trading. This helps me keep the cost down because they sell in bulk at a reasonable price. The straight pins, glue, and craft sticks were purchased at our local craft store.)

Here are the supplies that you need:
9 ounce Brown paper cup for each child
3 inch white foam ball for each child
Natural colored feathers
Large sized eyes
Ball point straight pins
Orange, brown, and yellow construction paper or foam sheets
White glue
Mini craft sticks
Brown paint (We used chocolate brown acrylic paint, but plain Tempera paint works, too.) 
I was given materials from Oriental Trading Learn 365 as compensation for a fair review of their products.


1.  Insert a mini craft stick into the foam ball.

2.  Paint the foam ball with brown paint and let it dry.

3.  When dry, use a box cutter to slice a small cut into the bottom of the cup. Insert the craft stick with the painted ball into the cup. Add a small amount of glue to secure.

4.  Cut 2 circles from yellow foam. Attach to the foam ball with straight pins.

5.  Add white glue to the yellow foam. Attach the eyes.
Please note: Attaching the eyes to the yellow foam ensures that the eyes stay glued to the head. If you skip adding the foam (or paper) to the head, the eyes of your students may have difficulty staying glued.

6. Cut a beak from orange paper or foam. Attach to the head with straight pins.

7.  Trace a wing shape onto brown paper or foam. (Click HERE for a wing template.) Cut out. Fold the wing in half. Unfold. Add a stripe of white glue to the fold line.

8.  Attach to the back of the body.

9.  Using straight pins, attach feathers to the head.

10.  Add feathers to the body and wings using white glue.

11. Cut feet from orange paper or craft foam. (Click HERE for a foot template.) Add a puddle of white glue to a paper plate. Tell students to "dance" their owl in the glue.

Set the cup upon the orange feet.

12.  Let the owl dry........

Look at the personalities of these owls - all done the same way with the same materials, but each carries its own individual style. It's such a joy to see them become "real."

Until next time!