Labor Day Crafts for Kids

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These Labor Day crafts are the perfect activities for kids at an outdoor Labor Day party. Spend time with the kids searching for natural craft materials to add to the supplies you’ve brought to make a Soda Can Shaker and a Leaf Collection Book.  

Labor Day Leaf Collection Booklet

The Leaf Collection Booklet takes a bit more planning than the Soda Can Shaker, but it’s still an ideal collect-and-assemble craft for an outdoor Labor Day party. Paper can be cut ahead of time so children can focus on putting the book together.

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Materials

  • Thin cardboard (like cereal box cardboard)
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Glue or tape
  • Rubber bands
  • Sturdy sticks, about ¼ inch in diameter and 4 inches long
  • Various leaves
  • Markers or crayons

Step 1

Before the party, cut two pieces of thin cardboard and several sheets of paper to about 4 x 5 inches. The brown side of the cardboard will be the front and back covers and the paper will be the inside pages. Use the hole punch to put two holes on the left side of each piece of cardboard and paper, about an inch from the top and bottom. You’ll want all the holes to match up when the booklet is stacked together.

Step 2

At the party, help kids collect sticks. The sticks can be broken to fit the books.

Step 3

Stack the pages and the back and front covers of the booklet together. Insert one end of a rubber band through the top set of holes from the bottom up. Likewise, insert the other end of the rubber band through the bottom holes. Place the stick along the top cover on the left edge of the book, pushing it through the rubber band loops on the top and bottom. The stick and rubber band will hold the book together.

Step 4

Collect various leaves for the book. 

Step 5

Glue or tape the leaves to the pages of the book. Label the leaves with markers or crayons.

Step 6

Decorate the cover of the book.

Labor Day Party Soda Can Shaker

This craft is ideal for those that haven’t done a lot of preplanning and gathering of craft materials. It can be made as a last minute craft at any Labor Day party, as long as there are soda cans on hand. If you haven’t planned party crafts yet and find the kids getting antsy and bored, grab a couple of empty soda cans and a few other readily available supplies to make Soda Can Shakers.

Materials

  • Empty soda cans
  • Wax paper, aluminum foil or brown paper bags
  • Rubber bands, twine or hair elastics
  • Small stones, shells or bits of wood
  • Optional – stickers or markers to decorate the cans

Step 1

Rinse all remaining soda from cans.

Step 2

Help children collect small stones, shells or bits of wood. Items need to be small enough to fit into the opening of the soda can.

Step 3

Put collected items into the cans. Cover the tops of the can with a square of foil, wax paper or brown paper bag as if you were making a drum. Secure the square with a rubber band, twine or hair elastic.

Step 4

Let children decorate the cans with stickers or markers.

Step 5

Shake! The kids can experiment with different sounds by emptying the cans and refilling them with different stones and shells.

A Leaf Collection Booklet and Soda Can Shaker are crafty keepsakes for children at a Labor Day party. Best of all, with few basic materials, these two crafts will keep kids busy with hunts for natural items and craft assembly. 

About the Author
Barb Hacker is a mom to three boys and a freelance writer.