Bee and Flowers Coloring Sheet

I hope you’ve all been having a great summer! We’ve been spending a lot of time outside playing and enjoying simple pleasures. Here’s a summery coloring sheet for you to print out if you’re in the mood! Click here or on the image below to print.

Building Fun with Nuts and Bolts

I was cleaning up my shop corner in the garage today and decided to select a few nuts, bolts, and other odds and ends for the kids to play around with. They’re always fascinated with screws and tools. Then I gave them some wrenches and screwdrivers and let them build. It reminded me of the erector sets I had as a kid. It kept us busy for quite …

Oscillating Bird Science Toy For Kids

I recently made a new oscillating bird design for a magazine, so I thought I’d share it here too. After finding this toy idea on the brilliant Science Toy Maker site a couple of years ago, I made this woodpecker. It’s based off of an old folk toy, and is a great way to teach kids about the science of potential energy. It’s easy to …

Creatures From the Dark – Paper Craft for BIG Magazine

BIG Kids Magazine asked me to create a paper craft for their new “Into the Dark” issue. While I was working on it, my 6 year old son came over and wanted to join in. We had a great time collaborating! The template is below if you’d like to try it out. We also put a small light behind it, then turned off the room lights for full effect. …

Paper City Circus!

A couple of weeks ago I finished some circus paintings for a pediatric dentist’s office here in Portland. After they were done, I thought the designs would translate well to a circus themed Paper City. So here it is – Paper City Circus! My kids liked the idea too. Especially our almost two year old who loves roaring like a lion. Nice! All …

DIY Fabric Football

Warmer weather is coming, and last week I made cutoff shorts from some holey jeans. A couple of springs ago, I made this ball, and I always wanted to try narrowing the panels to make a football shape. So yesterday I gave it a go and it worked! In addition to some regular stuffing, I also used some fabric strips cut from an old tee-shirt to give it some …

New Circus Coloring Sheets!

I just finished some paintings for a Pediatric Dentist’s office here in Portland. I’m starting to create a Paper City Circus with the designs, but in the mean time, I quickly made some coloring sheets too. So here you go – three circus coloring sheets! Also, you can now print all of the Made by Joel coloring sheets from one convenient …

Music Video For My Sister Lori Henriques and Coloring Sheet Kids Craft

I just finished a new music video for my sister’s upcoming kids album. The song is “When I Look Into The Night Sky.” It was a really fun video to make! I painted some paper and made abstract space objects, tied them to some thread, and basically did a puppet show. Our almost two year old seems to approve of the video. She keeps saying, …

Copterman! Paper Helicopter Toy

I have great memories of making these paper helicopters when I was a kid. They fly so well! The kids love dropping and watching them spin to the ground. My son also really likes toys that have people on them – so introducing Copterman! The amazing rescuer that can bend his elbows backwards! We’ve been having a hilarious time coming up with …

DIY Animated Walkthrough Paris Card for Valentine’s Day Craft

Here is a little animated card based on my Paper City Paris design. Just pull the tab and watch the people walk down the street. It might even be fun for a Valentine’s Day card! I actually got the idea for this card a few months ago, but I never had the time to figure it all out. Then recently, my editor sent me a wonderful Pop-Up Cards book by …

Weaving Tutorial for Beginners and Kids with Cardboard and Yarn

I’ve wanted to try weaving for a long time, but was never sure how to get started. Then I learned about weaving with yarn on a little piece of cardboard, and also found out more great tips from all of you on the Made by Joel Facebook Page. Thanks! Our twins just turned six this month, and they’ve been weaving all week – even bringing …

Hanging Paper Snowflakes Kids Craft

This week, the kids and I had a fun time making paper snowflakes to hang in the living room. They were so excited to create more winter decorations for the house! They loved cutting them out, but hanging them was even more exciting. The kids were cutting thread, handing me tape, and following me around with the step stool. When finished, it really made …

Paper Slotted Animal Toys

We’ve been enjoying a lot of indoor paper crafts lately, and a few days ago we made some little slotted animals based on a wooden set that I made awhile back. Cutting the animal shapes out and putting them together was just the right amount of challenge for the kids. They were quite focussed, and really enjoyed seeing them stand up when they finished. …

DIY Thanksgiving Cardboard Turkey Craft

After posting my Wooden Turkey, many of you thought it would be fun to make sometime similar out of cardboard. Good idea! I tried to simplify the design as much as possible so that it would be fast and simple to make. If you want to try it out, there are directions and a printable template below! Once it’s done, then you or your kids can paint …

Connect the Dots Worksheet 2

Here is another connect the dots worksheet you can print out for the kids. They sure are fun to make! (If you missed the first one, here is the link: Connect the Dots Worksheet 1) Have a great day! Click on the image below, then print.

DIY Wooden Paper Slingshot

In the last week of summer break, my son told me one morning that he was bored. So I asked him if he’d like to make a slingshot. He definitely said yes! I’d actually been thinking about this project for awhile, and I believe the design ended up having the perfect balance of safety and excitement. Lightweight paper arrows, gentle elastic …

Connect the Dots Worksheet 1

I got requests from some of you for a connect the dots worksheet, so here is my first attempt. When the kids saw what I was doing, they weren’t too interested. But I printed some out this morning and did one myself. I told them it was pretty tricky to find all the right numbers, and they ended up getting really excited about it. I gave them clues …

DIY Animated Father’s Day Dragon Card

The kids and I found a cool how-to pop-up card book at the library. So this Father’s Day, we’re making animated fire breathing dragon cards for the grandpas! I drew a dragon out and the kids wrote on it, then tomorrow they’re going to color it in. Sweet! If you want to get in on the action, below are simple instructions for how to …

Prepare for Launch!

My five year old daughter has recently discovered the fun of catapulting things with her spoon. To bring the action a bit further away from the table, I decided to make some very simple catapults out of scrap wood. After dinner we spent the entire evening catapulting Star Wars Lego figures outdoors. It was super funny, and I was surprised at how high …

Easter Coloring Sheet – Hunt for the Eggs!

Happy spring everyone! Here is a new Easter coloring sheet! There are a couple more crafts below too, if you need more Easter activities. I hope you all have a great weekend! Click here or on the image below to print. More Easter crafts below! Make tumbling paper bunnies with printable template and two marbles! Weave your own simple baskets. Tutorial …