Arts & Crafts for Children to Learn About Italy

    CRAFTS CLASSES
    TO INSPIRE CREATIVITY
    by Kim Hoyum

    About the Author

    Kim Hoyum is a Michigan-based freelance writer. She has been a proofreader, writer, reporter and editor at monthly, weekly and daily publications for five years. She has a Bachelor of Science in writing and minor in journalism from Northern Michigan University.

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    Teach children about Italy's place in history, and its people's culture with fun and educational craft projects. Cultural crafts like tile mosaics and tissue-paper stained glass windows can help kids learn about Italy's Renaissance and great artists, while fun food and flag crafts teach them what Italy is famed for in modern times.

    Pasta and Pizza

    Have an Italian food day at your house to teach children about Italy's pride and joy: good food. Before cooking pasta or pizza, enjoy food crafts. Help kids dye macaroni noodles red and green with food coloring and rubbing alcohol. Remind your child this pasta won't be for eating when it's done. He can glue the noodles onto construction paper to make an Italian flag or a pizza.

    Mosaics

    You can make a real tile, stone or glass mosaic outdoors, with gardening tiles or stones, black or white pebbles, or colored glass squares. Younger children set them in plaster, or older children can create artwork in cement. Indoors, you can make paper mosaics with different-colored squares of paper and glue.

    Gondola Craft

    When learning about Venice, make paper gondolas from construction paper and glitter. Children can cut out the well-known "beak" shape of a gondola from several layers of paper and glue them together to make it look three-dimensional. Decorate with gold tissue paper and glitter, and make a notched gondola stand of sturdy cardboard to stand up your paper boat for display.

    Stained Glass Artwork

    For Italian cathedral windows made from tissue paper, use black felt or craft foam for the tracery that has been cut out with an Exacto knife by an adult, and let kids glue on thin, colorful tissue paper in between the black "metal" frame to create their own stained-glass-look art project.