Thursday, April 29, 2010
Rocks – about the size of a quarter
A handful of soil, dirt or sand
White craft glue
Small scraps of red, orange and yellow tissue paper
How to make it:
Cover CD with glue and use a paintbrush or your finger to spread the glue out for an even coat.
Cover glue area with dirt or sand and tap off excess.
Use your finger to push back a little of the dirt from the edges, all the way around the CD, to make room for the rocks.
Squeeze out a generous amount of white glue onto the cleared edge of the CD. Press a rock into the glue. Repeat until entire rim of the CD is covered in rocks.
If necessary, break sticks into approximately 4 inch pieces. Using white craft clue, build a "fire" with the sticks by laying them down in a tee pee formation, gluing as you go. Let everything dry for 2 hours (will not be completely dry, but won't slide around).
Tear tissue paper into small pieces, approximately 1" or 2" squares.
Place tip of toothpick into the center (don't poke through) of a piece of red tissue paper. Wrap the tissue paper around the toothpick.
Dab some glue on the tip and dip it into the sticks, removing the toothpick once inserted. Repeat around the top of the sticks with several red pieces and then add a few orange toward the middle, and lastly one or two yellow pieces at the top of the stick mound.
Let project dry completely overnight.
If you don't have tissue paper, crepe paper streamers work well. You may also use construction paper cut into flame shapes.
We do not recommend hot glue for this project. While the rocks will stick well, they can easily pop off later on. White glue will adhere much better so be sure and plan for an overnight dry time.
2 paper plates
Silver craft paint (recommended: Rich Art Tempera Metallic Washable Paint in Metallic Silver, available at Michaels)
8 pieces of ring shaped cereal
Silk plant leaves(Or make your own)
Sea shells (recommended: Value Pack Sea Shells, available at Michaels) (Or head to the beach)
White craft glue
How to make it:
Take both paper plates and set them on the table. One should be right side up and the other should be upside down.
On the plate that is right side up, draw your sea floor about 1/3 up the center of the plate.
Line the floor area with white glue, use an old paintbrush or your finger to spread the glue out evenly.
Cover the wet glue with sand and set aside to dry.
On the upside down plate, draw a circle where you will cut out your porthole in the center of the plate.
Glue ring shaped cereal pieces around the circle; these are the bolts on the porthole. Let dry.
Paint the cereal pieces and the paper plate from the outer edge to your penciled lines. Don’t worry about painting over the lines a little, as you will be cutting it out. Set aside to dry.
Take the paper plate with the sand on it and hold it over a sheet of wax paper. Turn the plate sideways and gently tap it to loosen any excess sand. The sand should end up on the wax paper and you can save that for another project.
Glue sea life onto the plate with the sand floor. Glue on shells, silk leaves, and fish shaped crackers. Let dry.
Take the silver painted plate and cut out the center circle to create your porthole window. Place it gently over the top of the other plate to see if you are happy with its size and viewing area. Increase size of the hole if you like.
Turn silver plate upside down.
Cut a piece of blue cellophane large enough to cover the hole on the plate and glue in place. Let dry.
Place porthole plate over the top of the sea life plate and glue together. Let dry.
You can add a hanger to the project if you like, simply glue some string or yarn between the two plates.
You can simplify the supplies in this project by using construction paper to make fish, plants and even shells.
Make your fish scene more cartoonish by adding wiggle eyes to the fish.
If you don’t have blue cellophane, use clear plastic wrap and paint the background of the seal life plate blue before adding sand and sea creatures.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Smooth, round or oval rocks, washed and dried
Acrylic craft paint in colors of our choice
Black acrylic craft paint
2 wiggle eyes for each ladybug
Black permanent marker
Acrylic matte sealer spray
White craft glue (recommended: Tacky Glue)
Completely wash and dry all rocks.
Paint rocks in desired colors, allow to dry. Apply second and third coats if needed. Lighter colors will require more coats than darker shades.
Paint head on using black acrylic craft paint. There is no pattern needed, simply paint about ¼ of the rock black in the "front."
Use a black permanent marker to draw a straight line down the center of the rock, starting at the center of the base of the "head."
Dip the end of a large paint brush, or the eraser of a pencil, in black craft paint. Dot on the spots, reloading with paint after every dot.
Once the paint is dry, spray the rock(s) with acrylic sealer spray. Allow sealer to dry completely. Using white craft glue, attach wiggle eyes and let dry.
If you are doing this in a group setting such as scouts or a classroom, you may find it easier to prepare the rocks ahead of time. Wash, dry and apply a coat of gesso (recommended: Liquitex Basics Gesso) to each rock. This is a craft medium (white) that works well with many projects. It will also create a base so that less coats of color paint will be required.
Bigger rocks are easier for small hands to manipulate. They are also heavier, so be sure that there are enough adult helpers for a group of little ones.
White and black paint can be used instead of wiggle eyes. Simply dot on white paint, allow to dry, then use a smaller tool to dot on the black.
If you cannot find suitable rocks outside, you can purchase them at most craft stories.
container(s) of water
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
1 quart fresh strawberries
1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup granola
Wash and dry strawberries with a paper towel. Do not remove stems.
Beat yogurt until very smooth.
Place granola in a small bowl.
Dip strawberries, one at a time, first in the yogurt, then into the granola, pressing gently with your fingers to help the granola adhere.
Place strawberries on a plate. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Frozen grapes make a refreshing and healthy snack you will find absolutely surprising and delightful. You'll still get that familiar grape flavor. But when frozen, grapes take on a texture that is almost like a sorbet. Indeed, this frozen grapes recipe is almost like little sorbet nibbles!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
1 large bunch of seedless grapes (preferably red, though green grapes work well, too)
Wash grapes and pat dry with a paper towel.
Line a baking sheet with paper towels. Place grapes on paper towels, trying to leave some space between them. Freeze until firm.Eat frozen. Don't let the grapes thaw they might become mushy.
Gold Fish on a Pond
Rice cakes, cream cheese, Goldfish crackers and blue food coloring are all you need for these fun kids snacks.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
4 plain rice cakes
1/4 cup whipped cream cheese
2 drops blue food coloring
Goldfish crackers for decorating
Put the whipped cream cheese into a small bowl, and add two drops of food coloring. Stir until it becomes the color of the sea.
Spread one tablespoon of cream cheese on each rice cake.
Place the Goldfish crackers standing up in the "pond."Serves 4.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
3/4 cup fresh fruit (cut into small pieces)
ice cream cone
Fill ice cream cone with fresh fruit, drizzle with honey, and top with granola.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
2 large box Instant pudding; vanilla flavor
1 box Nilla wafer cookies; crushed
1 new plastic beach pail and shovel
In a large bowl, make the instant pudding according to the instructions on the box add in the crushed cookies. Serve in the beach pail with the shovel.
Great for beach themed birthday party's!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 medium apples; cored and sliced
½ cup orange juice
1 8-oz. package of cream cheese; at room temperature
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Directly after coring apples, place them in a large bowl and pour orange juice on them. Stir so that the apples are coated. This will keep them from getting brown.
Using a mixer in a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, brown sugar and vanilla.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Materials: Catsup, resealable bags and tape
Place about two tablespoons or catsup in a sandwich size resealable plastic bag. Squeeze out the excess air and seal. Tape the bag onto the table. Show your toddler how to use their index finger to press down on the bag and draw. Squish and pat the bag to erase the marks.
Learning: Creativity and pre-writing
Materials: Paper plate, paint and plastic cars
Tape a paper plate to the table, Spread about two tablespoons of washable paint on the plate. Let your toddler drive a plastic car through the paint and then drive on the paper.
Learning: Creativity with designs and patterns.
Materials: Sandpaper, cinnamon stick, raisins and glue
Cut a gingerbread boy figure out of sandpaper. Let your toddler rub the cinnamon stick across it. Glue on raisins for eyes or buttons.
Learning: Sense of smell
Painting with Glue
Materials: Glue, paint brush, sand or glitter, food coloring, paper cup, water, sawdust or dry coffee grounds
In a paper cup add two parts glue to one part water. Add a few drops of food coloring to make the glue easier to see. Give your toddler a small paintbrush to spread the glue on the paper. Your toddler can sprinkle with sand, sawdust, dry coffee grounds or glitter. Shake off excess.
Learning: Eye-hand coordination
Materials: Old shoebox and junk mail
Make a mail box by cutting a slot in the top of a shoebox. Then cover the box with paper or wrapping paper, and write Mail on the box. Your toddler can put the junk mail in his mailbox and take them out.
Learning: Pretend play, eye hand coordination
Materials: Foamy shaving cream, bowl of water, small towel and toy cars
Squirt a small pile of foamy shaving cream in one end of the table or dishpan then put a shallow bowl of water in the center. Lay a small towel at the other end now your toddle can wash their toy cars has your toddle drive the cars through the foamy shaving cream.
Learning: Pretend play, sequencing
Before you know it your toddler will be moving from their high chair to the table.
Materials: Pictures of each family member, paper and clear shelf paper
Mount each individual picture onto an 8x11 piece of paper. Then draw an outline for the cup, plate and silverware. Then cover each place mat with clear shelf paper to them waterproof.
Learning: Matching game (cognitive), Independence
Balls and Nets
Materials: Plastic golf balls, goldfish net and a plastic colander
Place some plastic practice golf balls into the tub or sensory table. You’re welcome to try ones with holes and ones without. Then let your toddler fish them out and count them together as your child takes them out.
Learning: Hand and eye coordination and pre-math
Grocery Bag Blocks
Materials: Paper grocery bags, old newspaper, wide tape, crayons or markers.
Let your toddler help you tear and crumple old newspaper and then stuff each bag about half full with the newspaper. Fold the top over and securely tape it shut to make BLOCKS. Make at least four or five. Then decorate them.
Learning: These blocks stack and topple safely, give your toddler opportunities to reach, bend, build and kick.
These thick and sturdy crayons are just right for toddlers.
Materials: Soap Flakes, Food Coloring, Ice Cube Trays
Add one teaspoon of food coloring to one cup of laundry soap flakes. (Not detergent)
Add water by the teaspoonful, stirring constantly until the soap dissolves into a paste.
Press the paste into ice cube trays.
Let dry for a few days, until hard.
Egg Beater Bubbles
Let your toddler use an eggbeater in the tub or tabletop with a dishpan. (Hand held eggbeater)
Materials: Hand-operated eggbeater and bubble bath
Add a capful of bubble bath.
Learning: Sensory motor skills
Thursday, April 15, 2010
4 Craft Sticks
Tab From a Soda Can
If you want, you could paint the puzzle pieces before gluing them onto the frame. You can also try gluing magnets to the back of the picture.
white poster board
crayons or markers
How to Make It:
Draw a simple picture on white poster board.
Find an old jigsaw puzzle that is missing a few pieces. Sort the pieces into color groups. Glue them onto your picture. Or paint the backs of the pieces, then glue them on with the painted sides up.
Puzzle Pieces from Old Puzzles
Paint and Brushes
Paint puzzle pieces in bright colors. Paint a black head and body. Cut a 3" piece of craft wire/pipe cleaners. Fold in half and bend into antennae shapes. Glue to the back of the butterfly. Glue on pin or magnet.
Glue on wiggle eyes.
Draw on other alien features.
Enjoy creating your own stories about beings from far away planets.
Large jigsaw puzzle pieces
Scraps of yarn and ribbon
Red thin line marker
Bits of beads and trim
Select a piece of puzzle that looks like it has two ears.
Paint the back of it to represent the skin tone that represents the child making it.
Glue yarn hair, wiggle eyes and bits of trim to represent earrings.
Draw on mouth, nose and freckles.
Tie ribbons in yarn hair if you desire.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
I love this piggy! He’s so cute!
Needed: Small paper plate, black and pink construction paper, marshmallow, black marker, pink paint, and scissors.
Directions: Paint your plate and the marshmallow pink. (The marshmallow will be the nose.) Cut out the ears from the pink paper. Cut out a set of eyes and a mouth from the brown paper. Glue on the eyes, ears and nose. Then, draw on the rest of the mouth and dots for the nose.
Learning: Pink, P is for Pig. Please count the ears and the eyes
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
4-6" clay pot
Fabric scraps, crepe paper, tissue paper or streamers
White craft glue
White craft paint
Yellow craft paint
Acrylic sealer spray
Paint the clay pot white and set aside to dry.
As it dries, cut fabric or paper into 1" squares.
Paint pot with a second coat of white paint, set aside to dry.
Mix together equal parts of water and white craft glue in the bowl. Stir with paint brush until combined.
When pot is dry, use paint brush to add glue/water mixture in small sections to the pot. Place fabric or paper squares onto glued areas then add more glue mixture on the top of the square to stick it to the pot.
Continue this process in whatever pattern you like all over the pot. We used white, yellow and pink leftover streamers from a birthday party. We covered the pot in white squares first, and then randomly added yellow and pink.
Set aside to dry completely.
When pot is dry, paint the top rim and just underneath the rim with yellow craft paint (this step is optional).
Spray with acrylic sealer and set aside to dry.
Fill with kitchen utensils.
Save streamers and tissue paper left over from birthday and other parties to use in your craft projects.
If you don't have white craft glue, white school glue will work just fine.
Looks for tall pots to keep it from tipping over due to the weight of the kitchen utensils.
Monday, April 12, 2010
5 jumbo craft sticks
2 regular-sized craft sticks
Ribbon or twine
Pink acrylic paint
Acrylic sealer spray
White craft glue
Foam sticker letters
Foam sticker flowers
How to make it:
Lay five jumbo craft sticks on wax paper.
Lay the two regular-sized craft sticks across the jumbo sticks in the opposite direction, one at the top and one at the bottom. This should resemble an old-fashioned snow sled.
Glue the regular-sized sticks onto the jumbo sticks, then pipe glue down in-between each of the jumbo sticks.
Smear the glue between the seams of the jumbo sticks and gently squeeze them to get them close together. Let glue dry completely.
When dry, turn craft stick figure over and paint pink. Repeat for a second coat and let dry completely.
Take outside and spray craft sticks with acrylic sealer, let dry. (Don't have to do this if you don't have sealer)
Cut a piece of ribbon about 24” long.
Turn dry craft stick figure over and tie each end of the ribbon to the regular sized craft stick at the top of the figure. Be sure to knot the ribbon at the back side.
Dot on some glue to the knots. Let dry.
Turn craft stick figure over again and decorate with foam letter stickers and flowers. For flower centers, glue on buttons.
Use scissors to trim the ends of the tied ribbon hanger.
If child’s name is too long to fit stickers, paint the name on or use a craft paint pen with glitter glue.
Don’t trim the tied knots until after the glue has dried.
2 jumbo craft sticks
2 regular sized craft sticks
2 glittery chenille stems or pipe cleaners
Hot glue gun
Cut the two regular sized craft sticks in half.
Glue two rounded ends of the cut craft sticks to the end one of the jumbo craft sticks to make the legs of the balance beam. Repeat this process with the other jumbo and cut craft sticks.
Glue the two jumbo craft sticks together and the open ends to form the balance beam.
Shape chenille into a stick person with two simple legs, two arms, torso and a head.
Get an adult to help hot glue the gymnast to the balance beam in whatever position you like, we chose a back bend.
Attach stickers to the legs of the balance beam.
Instead of chenille try cutting a gymnast out of a magazine and glue her to your beam like a paper doll.
Cut a piece of cardboard into a 6x6" square.
Lay four Popsicle sticks across it like a Tic-tac-toe board and then glue them down. You may have to cut the Popsicle sticks so there are no cracks.
Take any colour of construction paper (let's say it's Easter). Cut out eggs as your pieces. Make 10; 5 any color for one person and 5 another color for the other person.
You can use Chips.
You can colour your cardboard.
Next, Play tic tac toe!!!!
Sunday, April 4, 2010
•2 Cardboard Toilet Paper Rolls
•Small Piece of Lightweight Cardboard (From a Cereal Box, Etc.)
•Toilet Paper Roll
•Orange Tissue Paper
Paint the cardboard tube green to be the dragons head. You can leave it 'just green' or you can add details like scales, nostrils, teeth along the side, and anything else you might want.
While you are waiting for the paint to dry, you can cut several strips from orange tissue paper (you can use other colors, but I usually choose orange to represent the fire). You will want about 8 strips that are 1" wide by about 10" long, although the length can vary a little.
When the paint on the tube is dry, tape one end of each tissue strip to one end of the tube. The tissue should be taped just inside the tube opening to hide the end. You can tape on as few or as many tissue paper strips as you like. This will represent the dragon's mouth and the fire.
Now you can make the dragon's eyes by gluing two green pom-poms, side-by-side, onto the center of the roll. Glue the wiggle eyes onto the pom-poms facing the side of the tube with the fire.
Once your dragon is complete, you can make it 'breathe fire'. Gently tuck the tissue paper strips into the opening they are taped in and blow hard on the other end of the tube. Watch how the dragon seems to breath fire!
Empty Toilet Paper Holder
15 Craft Sticks
Circle and Star Woodies
Paint craft sticks. Let dry. Trace the end of the toilet paper holder on to cardboard. Cut this circle out. Glue it on to one end of the cardboard tube. Let dry. Cover tube with a light coat of tacky glue. Place painted sticks side-by-side to cover tube. Wrap with rubber bands until dry. Decorate with painted, pre-cut wood shapes if desired.
You will need:
4 cardboard tubes
Sequins/glitter/pens to decorate
Paint the castle in either pink or purple paint, then leave to dry. From the card cut out two side-plate sized circles. Cut the circles in half to make 4 semi circles. Roll the semicircles into cones and tape to secure. These should be placed (not glued) onto the towers as roofs, so that they become "lids" to the containers within the towers.
For the door way / front tower, draw a rectangle as tall as the box and about 2 inches wide, with an arch at the top (see photo above) and cut out. Glue the front tower to the middle of one of the wide sides.
With the black pen draw windows and doors on to the castle. Use sequins, glitter, pens and any other embellishments to decorate.
Now you can store your pens and pencils in the towers and your pencil sharpeners and erasers (rubbers) in the base of the castle.
Make a Toilet Paper Roll Octopus
Start by cutting 8 tentacles of equal width. Start by pinching one end so that it’s almost flat. You can pinch the sides to make a crease as long as you only pinch one end. Then you just use scissors to cut the tube in half. Make the cut somewhere between half and two-thirds the length of the tube, depending on how long you want the tentacles to be.
Next, rotate the tube 90 degrees and cut again. If you pinched the sides before, be sure to align the tube so that the creases touch. At this point you should have four more-or-less equal “legs”.
From here you just cut each leg in half length-wise, giving you a total of eight legs. Fan each tentacle outward.
Optional: Trim each tentacle so that it’s narrower at the top than at the base.
Also Optional: Roll each leg around a pencil or crayon and release to curl the tentacles upward.
Also Optional: Color the octopus or glue a half-sheet of construction paper around the outside (I recommends trying this before you start cutting out the octopus). Alternately, you could color it with crayons, but I’ve always found coloring a round surface challenging at best.
Insanely Optional: If you have a hole-punch, you’ve also got lots of little paper circles left over. If you have the patience of a saint, you can glue them to the underside of the tentacles and it will look like suckers.
The final step is just to draw some eyes on your octopus. I used white-out and a marker to make mine’s eyes. You can use octopi as decorations for an aquatic themed birthday party, Octopus Day, or Talk Like a Pirate Day celebration!
Making this craft is a good opportunity to teach your kids about octopi. It could be just the thing to get them interested in science.
Octopus Facts = Learning Time
•Octopi have no bones. Animals with out bones are called invertebrates.
•Octopi usually eat crabs and other mollusks.
•Some octopi can change change color to blend in with their surroundings like a chameleon.
•When threatened by a predator, some Octopi will squirt ink to help escape.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
For the entire month of April, families can break out of their routine without breaking the bank by heading to IHOP for its national ‘Kids Eat Free’ dinner promotion.
· Kids Eat Free EVERYDAY from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
· Promotions runs from April 1 – April 30
· Families who dine in at IHOP will receive one free Kid’s Meal with each adult entrée purchase
· For more information please visit www.iHOP.com