Rice Bags for hot or cold therapy



Materials:

Fabric (We like flannel)
1 lb Rice—(or lentils or other seed/bean you have on hand)
Optional—potpourri, aromatic oil or herbs


Directions:

1.  Sew sides of flannel to make a bag (about the same size as the 1# bag of rice), leave top open. 

2.  Fill with rice (or the seed/bean you're using)

3.  Add a tablespoon of potpourri, herbs or a few drops of aromatic oil on a cotton ball. 

3.  Sew top closed.  Make a “pillow case” for your bag to keep it clean.

4.  Place in your microwave for 1-2 minutes for heat. Freeze for cold therapy.

Easy Wind Sock



Materials:

Scissors
Embroidery hoop
Ribbon


Directions:

1.  Cut lengths of ribbon at least 36” long (colors and widths of your choice)

2.  Place ribbon in half over inside ring of hoop, when hoop is filled, place outside ring and tighten.  If the ribbon slips you may  glue it in place.

3.  Gather 4 strands of ribbon evenly spaced around the hoop and tie together to make the hanging loop.

4.  Hang where it can catch the breeze.

Knee Pads for crawling baby

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Materials:

Tube socks with stretchy top (4-6”)
Yarn/crochet string
Crochet hook (size appropriate for thickness of yarn)


Directions:

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1.  Cut foot off socks, on raw edge poke hook through sox and do a single crochet, repeat every other rib.

2.  Add addtiional rows as desired.

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3.  Repeat for the finished edge.

10 minute Ghosts


Materials:

Something white:  sheet, pillowcase, towel, t-shirt, trash bags, store bags with the advertising cut off (‘fabric’)
String or fishing line or rope
Stuffing (paper towels, tissue, socks, etc)


Directions:

1.  Make a round ball of stuffing material, place it in the white fabric, and tie a string around the neck.

2.  Thread a needle with string and poke the string through the head, tie the string in a loop and hang.

3.  Use heavier string for bigger ghosts.


Fabric Pumpkins

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Materials:

Fabric
Fiberfill
Needle
String
Leaves
Florist Wire
Cinnamon Sticks


Directions:

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1.  Cut a circle from the fabric—use a plate or string to get the desired size.

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2.  Hand stitch about ¼“ from outside edge using ½” stitches. 

3.  Cinch half way closed and stuff with fiberfill, pull closed fill with more fiberfill if needed and tie closed.

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4.  Curl florist wire around a pencil leaving 2-3” straight, bend the 2-3 straight wire at a 90 degree angle.


5.  Poke leaves, curled wire and a cinnamon stick through the hole in the pumpkin.

Creative cans and beautiful boxes


Materials

Clean empty cans
Wallpaper, wrapping paper, fabric—your choice (heavy paper works best)
Glue—white
Rubber bands
Scissors/ Razor Knife
Straight edge
Straight Pins (for fabric)


Directions for cans:

1.  Measure the can from top to bottom, and diameter (the size of the label) plus about 1/2 “ for overlap.

2.  Cut paper to fit—follow directions to activate glue on pre-pasted wallpaper— OR spread glue over entire back side of paper.

3.  Wrap the can; apply rubber bands to hold paper on can.  Use a damp towel or sponge to wipe off any oozing glue  and disperse any air bubbles before it dries.  Let dry.


Directions for boxes:

1.  Follow above directions minus rubber bands, allow extra paper at top (3-5”) and bottom (1-2”), straight cut corners (where the fold line would be) and tuck to the inside of the box—this will give you a finished edge over the top.

2.  Cut the corners at the bottom, overlap bottom then cut a piece to fit and cover the bottom of the box.

3.  Fill the box with crumpled newspaper to help the box hold its shape until it’s dry. 


Directions for fabric:

1.  Fold raw edges to the center.

2.  Apply glue to the can, wrap the can with fabric, use straight pins to hold the fabric in place until the glue dries.

Paper Snowflakes

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Materials:

Paper
Scissors

Directions:

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1.  Fold a rectangular paper on the diagonal, lining up the edges, it will be square—cut off excess.

2.  Find the middle of the diagonal fold (bring the acute angles together, crease in the center)

3.  Open again, using the crease in the middle, fold in thirds, then fold in half.

4.  Cut off end opposite the point so edges are even

5.  Cut design into the folded edges being VERY careful not to cut all the way through.

6.  Embellish with glitter or color with sparkly crayons.

Nature Angels


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Materials:
Take a nature walk and collect interesting items, such as

Ornamental grass tufts
Pine cones, ball moss
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Lavender spikes
Money plant
Acorns, walnuts, pecans, puff balls
Glue, wire, or rubber bands


Directions:

1.  Cover a work surface.

2.  Gather grass tufts, glue or band together for the skirt.

3.  “X” grass tufts or use opened milk weed pods for the wings.  Attach to the skirt—with glue or wire.

4.  Glue pine cones or ball moss to the skirt and wings to make the body.

5.  Glue acorn or walnut or pecan or puff ball for the head.

6.  Make a circle with the lavender spike glue it closed or use money plant coin for the halo.

7.  After your angel is assembled and the glue dry spray her with hairspray so she doesn’t shed.

8.  Use an ornament hanger on the back of your angel to hang her up for display.

Raffia Twig Star

This twig star not only is a great gift, but is also a great free craft that you can make from materials right around your house.

Combine with a nature walk through your yard, park or nearby woods to get the materials.

 

Materials

Raffia Twig Star materials
5 Sticks of wood approximately the same diameter cut to the same length.

Hot Glue Gun

10 pieces Raffia – cut about 12” long (may substitute rope, string, or twine)

Fishing line

Notes:
Green wood is twist tied together to keep straight until dry.

Twig Star Directions

1.  Begin by hot gluing 3 twigs together. (The hot glue holds the twigs together while tying with raffia.)

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2.  Tie each intersecting area together with raffia crisscrossing several times. Tie a knot on the backside – keeping all of the knots on the same side.

 

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3.  Snip long ends of ties.

 

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3.  Continue tying first 3 intersecting areas.

4.  Next, hot glue another twig to the other 3 and tie those intersecting points.


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5.  Continue adding twigs until all 5 form a star and all intersecting points are tied.

 

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6.  Rotate star to determine which point you would like for the top and tie and knot a piece of fishing line to hang the star with.

Kids Crafts & Activities

Kids Crafts

Kids love to make crafts. Glue, scissors, paper and paint give them the tools to make creations distinctly their own. Perfect for rainy days or for encouraging your child's creativity the crafts and activities we have for your children will bring out their inner artist, architect, and designer.

Doing crafts and activities with your child is also the perfect way to spend time with them one on one. Children need their parents participation in their lives, making crafts and doing fun activities is a great way to create a lifetime of memories for you and your children.

 


Crafts for Kids


Easy Craft Ideas

Paper Tape and Crayon Crafts

Easy Paper Crafts for Kids

More Easy Paper Crafts for Kids

Easy Crafts With Old Clothes

More Easy Crafts With Old Clothes

Even More Easy Crafts With Old Clothes

Easy Kitchen Craft Ideas

More Easy Kitchen Craft Ideas

Even More Easy Kitchen Craft Ideas

Popsicle Stick Art

Crafts Ideas From Nature

Bird Craft Ideas

Easy Pipe Cleaner Crafts for Kids

More Nature Craft Ideas

Macaroni Jewelry Crafts

Crafts with Recycled Materials

More Crafts with Recycled Materials

Even More Recycling Crafts

Preschool Crafts

Arts and Crafts for Kids

 


Activities for Kids


Outdoors Activities for Kids

Nature Themed Scavenger Hunt

Inside Fun to Cure Bordedom

Scavenger Hunt Ideas

Easy Fun on Rainy Days

Preventing Boredom with Car Games

Summer Activities for Kids

Unlocking History for Kids

Save the Earth Kids Activities

How to Teach Your Kids About Money

Classic Outside Games That Never Get Old

Having Fun With Your 1 to 2 year old

Fun For 2 to 3 year olds

Having Fun with Your Preschooler

Fun Things to Do for Kindergartners

Fun For 5 to 6 Year Olds

Color Activities That Teach

Teaching Kids Critical Thinking

Counting Games For Kids Make Numbers Fun

Activities to Encourage Creativity

Activities to Teach Fine Motor Skills

Activities to Promote Imagination For Kids

Activities to Help Kids Listen

Activities That Teach Sensory Development

Kids Activities That Teach Social Graces

Kids Activities That Teach Reading

Activities to Teach the Solar System

Activities That Teach Geography

Activities That Teach Telling Time

Preschool Activities

Gardening With Kids

 


How to Make Things


How to Make Clay

How to Make Slime

How to Make a Kite

How to Make Boxes

How to Make Origami

How to Make Puppets

How to Make Crystals

How to Make a Volcano

How to Make Ice Cream

How to Make Rock Candy

How to Make Paper Mache

How to Make a Family Tree

How to Make a Paper Airplane

How to Make a Friendship Bracelet

 


Coloring Pages


4th of July Coloring Pages

Alphabet Coloring Pages

Animal Coloring Pages

Butterfly Coloring Pages

Cars Coloring Pages

Cat Coloring Pages

Christmas Coloring Pages

Color Pages

Coloring Pictures

Dinosaur Coloring Pages

Dog Coloring Pages

Dragon Coloring Pages

Easter Coloring Pages

Easter Egg Coloring Pages

Fairy Coloring Pages

Farm Coloring Pages

Flower Coloring Pages

Flowers Coloring Pages

Free Coloring Pages

Horse Coloring Pages

Kids Coloring Pages

Preschool Coloring Pages

Thanksgiving Coloring Pages

Valentine Coloring Pages

 

How to Make a Volcano

Earn some serious cool points with this explosive project. Learn how to make a volcano in no time! A sure cure for boredom, while gratifying the most inquisitive mind, a volcano is a perfect long afternoon plan. All you need is a few common kitchen ingredients and a little time.

For best results let your kids help with each step. This gets them involved and lets them learn with all 5 senses.

What do I need to make a volcano?

1. Your kids! and add the following:
2. 6 cups of flour (use the white stuff, we don’t need a particularly nutritious volcano)
3. 2 cups salt
4. 4 tablespoons oil
5. warm water
6. Plastic 2 liter bottle
7. dish washer soap
8. food coloring (red is great, but be creative and use whatever you want)
9. vinegar
10. a pan, a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan works well
11. 3 tablespoons baking soda
12. A funnel is handy, but optional

Putting together the volcano of fun:

To make the cone of the volcano combine the flour, salt, and oil with 2 cups of water. Let your kids help with this. The measurements do not need to be precise and they will love getting their hands dirty when mixing it together.

The dough should be stiff and smooth, add more water or flour as needed to get the proper consistency. You can add food coloring to the dough if you'd like. Fill the soda bottle with warm water and food coloring.

Put the cap back on the bottle. Stand the bottle in the middle of your cookie sheet and form the cone around it using the dough you made. This needs to be done before the water in the soda bottle cools.

If you’d like to take your time and get your volcano just right, put a cap on the empty bottle to prevent the top being blocked or accidental dropping of dough into the volcano.

Once the cone is formed, remove the cap from the bottle and add 6 drops dish washing soap and 2 tablespoons of baking soda.

To achieve the eruption of your homemade volcano; slowly pour vinegar into the soda bottle and watch the fireworks begin!

Your budding chemists will love this project. Don't wait for a reason, other than learning how to make a volcano is sure to create a memory of volcanic proportions for your child.

 

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How to Make Crystals

Learning how to make crystals is a great way to introduce elementary aged children to science at home.  Growing the crystals is easy, and uses basic ingredients you will be able to find at your local supermarket. Growing the actual crystals takes some patience, but the pay off is worth it, at the end of a few weeks, your child will have a cool crystal to show off and will be able to build confidence from having grown it on their own.

If you and your child make several crystals, they can be arranged as a crystal garden, or just piled in a glass bowl to make a cool, 3-D display. Single crystals can be made into jewelry or key chains. We're taking you beyond regular beading here; you're going to be making the setting, and the stuff that goes in the setting!

This jewelry really will be hand made, from the bottom up! If you always thought it would be fun to teach your kids how to make crystals, but you were afraid it was too complicated, or required lots of hard to find ingredients, we're here to help. These simple instructions and simple crystal recipe that will demystify the process, and have you growing your own crystal garden in no time flat!

You will need the following supplies to make your own crystals:

* Alum powder
* Glass jar
* Pot
* Spoon
* Dish, not too deep
* Cloth

Instructions for how to make crystals:

Step 1: Put two cups of water in your pot, and add 4 ounces of alum powder. Stir over a medium-low flame until the powder is dissolved completely. Keep adding more powder, slowly, until it stops dissolving in the water. You have now created a saturated solution.

Step 2: After the solution has cooled, pour some in a dish, a shallow one works best, and the rest into your glass jar. Add a tablespoon of alum powder to your jar, and stir. Cover the jar with a clean cloth, and set it aside. It needs to be in a warm location, where it will not be disturbed. Leave the solution in the dish uncovered.

Step 3: In several days, you will see crystals start to grow in the dish. After the solution in the dish has completely dissolved, you will be left with lots of seed crystals.

Step 4: Tie a piece of string around a pencil or sturdy stick. Tie the other end around the largest seed crystal. You will be using this to grow your alum crystal.

Step 5: Suspend the crystal in the solution in your jar. Put the jar back in its warm spot, and leave it alone.

Step 6: It will take about two weeks for your crystal to grow completely; after that you can remove your crystal and use it or display it.

Learning how to make crystals is a great choice for an elementary school science fair project. Your child can take pictures of the solution each day to show the growth of the crystal, and then mount them on poster board for display. The crystal itself can be mounted on a pedestal, on a separate piece of poster board, or made into jewelry.

Crystal making is a fun and easy project that any child can enjoy, even a child that doesn't have a great love for science. It's just too cool for kids to resist. Give crystal growing a try, the kids will love learning how to make crystals , and you will find their chemistry curiosity increasing, and clamor to do it again and again!

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How to Make Paper Mache

Anyone for Paper Mache?
Paper Mache, or papier Mache, either way to spell it, it is a fun family project!

The answer to how to make paper mache is easier than you may think. What do you get when you add water, flour and news print? Almost anything you can imagine. These are the basic ingredients for paper Mache master pieces. Probably the most commonly known king of kid-dome is the Piñata. But the variety and fun of paper Mache does not begin or end with candy stuffed creations.

A firm foundation for Paper Mache

The basic beginning of any paper Mache project is the base, or skeletal figure you have when you begin. This can be rough and ugly, as long as it resembles the basic shape of what you wish to sculpt. Use cardboard, chicken wire (for large projects), toilet paper or paper towel tubes for arms and legs.

Balloons work great for round hollow shapes. Try crazy shaped balloons for other effects like long skinny shapes or squiggles. For finer details rolled tape or balled tinfoil are both great base choices. Remember they will all be covered so it won't matter if the base is a hapless hodge-podge of materials.

But What Can I do with Paper Mache?

You can create almost anything you can think of. To get your creative juices flowing here a few fun projects you can make at home with paper Mache. There is of course the Piñata, but keep reading.

For Halloween try creating paper Mache ghosts, or a witch's hat, or spooky spiders and jack-o-lanterns. All of these are simple bases using balloons, except in the case of the witch's hat. The spider's legs can be black pipe cleaner!

For Easter try making giant Easter eggs, or a bunny, or even a basket.

Other fun projects: Christmas stars or trees, flowers, or dinosaurs. Let your kids get really creative and make a self portrait in paper Mache.

Sticking it all together

So you've chosen what your creation is going to be, and the base is made. Now you need to stick it all together. Here are two basic paste recipes. Both work well, you can choose based on the materials you have on hand. (Note: in humid environments pastes with glue seem to dry faster.)


Flour recipe
-One part four
-Two parts water
- 3 tablespoons salt
Combine flour and water until smooth, mix until the lumps are gone. Add salt to prevent the growth of mold.
 

Glue recipe
-One part water
- Two parts glue
Mix together in large glass bowl until smooth.

The fine print for making Paper Mache

Now gather as many old news papers as you can and tear them into strips. Each strip should be about 1 inch wide and 6 inches or so long. It does make a difference if you cut them. For some reason torn papers are easier to work with and the finished product is smoother.

Armed with news paper strips and paste, begin covering your form. No, wait! This is very messy stuff. You may want to lay down a tarp or sacrificial table covering so you don’t have hours of clean up.

OK, now begin covering your form. Dip each strip of paper into the paste and onto the form. Make sure the strips overlap and cover the entire base. It is best to lay the strips criss-crossing each other in many directions to make a stronger finished product.

Each project needs three layers. Let each layer dry for 24 hours in-between applications.

Paint it!

When the last layer is dry, decorate and paint your creation to your heart's content. Learning how to make paper mache is an easy and fun way to create great artistic creations that don't cost a fortune!

 

 

 

 

How to Make Boxes

Do you always have a pile of used holiday cards when January first rolls around? 

Do you feel guilty for pitching them and adding to the landfills? 

Do your children get cabin fever, even though it's only the second day of vacation? 

We can solve all three problems for you!  You'll occupy the kids, and keep all those cards out of the landfill.  Read on to learn how to make boxes out of your old holiday cards.

These directions are really simple, so its an easy project the kids will be able to master easily and quickly, making it good even for your preschoolers.  If you put them to work long enough, you'll have a stockpile of pretty gift boxes for next year, and happy, occupied kids for most of the afternoon.  The best part is, this craft requires really minimal supplies.  The main component is something you were going to be throwing out, and you already have glue and scissors in the house, which means you don't have to spend any money on this craft!  

When you're ready to teach the kids how to make boxes, gather them together, and grab the following supplies:

* Christmas Cards or Birthday Cards
* White glue
* Scissors
* Pencils
* Ruler

Instructions on how to make boxes

Step 1: Cut the card in half along the fold. One piece will be the top, and the other will be the bottom.

Step 2: Cut ½ inch of one long side and one short side of one piece.

Step 3: Turn the cards over, so that the blank side is up. Using your ruler, make an X on the card.

Step 4: Fold both sides in so that they meet in the middle, and crease.

Step 5: Fold both ends in so that they meet in the middle, and crease.

Step 6: Unfold the halves to show the X. Starting at the corner, cut along the X until you reach the new crease lines.

Step 7: Fold the sides to the inside.

Step 8:Fold end points to the inside.

Step 9:Fold ends over side points.

Step 10: Glue corners.

That's all it takes, you'e learned how to make boxes from old cards!

 

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How to Make Origami

Hey kids watch me make a bunny out of this napkin! When you learn how to make origami, that napkin becomes entertainment!

Children in the orient have been entertaining themselves by making origami for centuries. If your child likes to make paper airplanes, they'll defintely like learning how to make origami too.

You can either buy special origami paper; make your own by cutting paper into squares (the paper does need to be perfectly square). Or for you scrap bookers, using the large square scrap booking paper is very fun. The patterns and colors are great, and the larger size is more manageable for inexperienced fingers.

Start with a basic project. One of our favorites is a Japanese Princess Doll

1. Lay your paper in front of you at an angle so it looks like a diamond, and fold in half from the top corner to the bottom corner to create a center line. Reopen the paper.

2. Fold the left and right corners of the diamond to the center line to create the shape of an upside down kite.

3. Fold the short end of the kite upwards to make a tall triangle.

4. Turn over so all folds are on the bottom side of paper and fold the bottom edge of the triangle about two-fifths of the way up the triangle.

5. Fold the corners of what had been the bottom edge of the triangle over the top of paper towards each other. They are the arms of the Princess and they should fold on over the other.

6. Fold the tip of the triangle down to make the head, or keep it pointy and decorate it like a princess hat or crown. Let your child draw a face on her princess. For fancy princes dolls provide the artist with buttons, glue, scraps of lace and glitter. Those dolls will be ready for the ball in no time.

If origami sounds like fun, but you have doubts about your son getting jazzed about making a Japanese Princess doll, don't despair. There are many, many more macho origami projects to make from castles to war ships. Learning how to make origami opens a world of imagination with simple paper!

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