Archive for the ‘kids crafts’ Category

Happy Birthday Dear Dr. Seuss!

March 2, 2007

We dined on green eggs and bacon (oops all out of ham) for breakfast.

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You can find some simple instructions to make your own hat here.

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Oh the places you will go…..

March 2, 2007

making oobleck to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday today.

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This stuff is amazing. My boys (okay and me too) were totally taken with this goo. Oobleck defies Newton’s third law of motion–for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. If you quickly smack oobleck with your hand it immediately turns into a solid, instead of splashing or moving. If you slowly move oobleck it reacts like a liquid. Needless to say our oobleck took a lot of fist smacking! Our kitchen was filled with lots of “Wow,” “Cool,” wide eyes of amazement and much laughter!”

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To make your own mix 2 cups of cornstarch and 1 cup water in a bowl. If you want to color your oobleck like we did, add a few drops of food coloring to the water before adding to the cornstarch. It took some effort to mix the water and cornstarch. Try it out (hit it with your fist and pour it off a spoon to see if it works) before you give into the urge to add more water to make it easier to mix. When the kids weren’t playing with it I covered it with plastic wrap.

Too Cool! Really, you must give it a try!

Beadies

February 26, 2007

My boys used to be addicted to this beading craft. Their backpacks were adorned with lizards, frogs, Pokemon and more. Every zipper pull and clip, bore a beadie. We haven’t visited this craft for years. When I mentioned blogging about beadies I thought I would be greeted with groans but to my amazement they each enthusiastically started beading.

First you will need a pattern. There are thousands out there. We like Making Friends, Margo’s Beadie Critter Collection, Evelyn’s Beadie Page and Jason’s Beadie Page. The pattern you choose will tell you the amount and color of pony beads you will need and the length of cord. Most patterns will call for satin cord. We find that plastic lacing cord is much easier to work with. The stiffness of the cord makes it easy to thread the beads—no need for a needle. We choose clear cord instead of colored because it works for every project.

First you will divide your cord in half and attach a lanyard clip with a half hitch knot .

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Beads are threaded on one side of the cord in color order according to your pattern

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The other side of the cord is threaded back through all of the beads. You continue through the pattern in this fashion.

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We made this leprechaun and leprechaun hat

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and looking forward to Easter this bunny and chick.

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If you have used the plastic lacing cord and have trouble getting your beadie to lay flat when finished, you can take it and drop it in boiling water for about one minute. Remove from the water and place on a towel. Press your beadie with another towel, adjusting and flattening. Use caution– it will be hot when it first comes out of the water (especially the metal clip).

Happy beading!

The Toymaker

February 23, 2007

I think this is the most wonderful site filled with beautifully illustrated toys ,boxes, books, games and cards. We made this sweet dancing Irish Fairie, you put her on a pencil, blow gently and she will spin and dance.

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I think this magic fairie box would be so cute filled with chocolate coins for St Patrick’s Day. After we cut out our fairie and box we gave them plenty of clear glitter to make them sparkle.

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There are holiday ideas and plenty of toys to keep us all busy. Many of the toys use a marble so they move easily—how clever. Check out the marble mice or bunny bowling. Too fun! This site has so many ways to add pizazz to a parties and holidays but most importantly it is the perfect solution to, “Mom, I’m bored!”

Heart Pop-Up Valentine

February 5, 2007

My son wants to have some friends over to decorate some cookies for Valentine’s day. I was trying to figure out something crafty to go along with the cookie decorating so we will also decorate some cards. Here goes the very basic how to. I will leave the embellishment with glitter, stamps, stickers, ribbon and doilies to you and the boys. However, I will warn you that this little party has very little to do with crafts and decorating but rather the FOOD —they are 10. I will show you the final results later but if they look too crafty—like they really enjoyed this, I will have to block out their heads because they would not want anyone to know that they still like crafts. If they don’t turn out we will know what I suspected all along was true — it is all about the food!

You will need regular weight copy paper and card-stock to make these cards. First fold the regular weight copy paper in half.

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Cut out a space 2 1/2 inches over and 2 inches down from the upper right corner.

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Fold the left edge over as shown in the picture.

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Cut the top part away as shown. You might want to practice on scrap paper until you get the heart shape you are happy with.

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Fold the heart to the center.

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Cut two inches off of the long side of a piece of card-stock. Fold the larger piece in half.

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Place your heart card into the card-stock and glue everything but the heart shape.

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Decorate the front

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Decorate the inside. When you open the card the heart pops up.

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Crayon Shaving Hearts

February 2, 2007

Crayon shavings melted between wax paper and then cut into hearts make a beautiful display in windows. This is an oldie but goodie craft that we love. Here are ours made with lots of kid help! I can’t think of anything more cheerful or happy hanging from a window.

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We made lots of crayon shavings with a pencil sharpener.

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Place shavings on a piece of wax paper.

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Either place another piece of wax paper on top or fold over the edge to cover all of the shavings.

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Iron on the lowest setting for about 1 second. You can go always go longer after checking to see if the shavings have melted. Be careful to not burn the wax paper. It is a good idea to do the ironing on a piece of newspaper. Some shavings could leak out of the sides and it does leave a residue underneath the wax paper. If you are worried about your iron, just place your wax paper between two sheets of newspaper or scrap paper.

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I think it is easiest for kids to trace around cardboard so I took cereal boxes and cut out heart shapes to be used for patterns. This is where you get variety so let the kids draw the hearts.

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Draw around your pattern.

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Cut out, hole punch and tie on ribbon, thread or fishing line. Hang!

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Martha has directions and a gorgeous display at her place.

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Heart Garland

January 30, 2007

I love hanging decorations from my ceilings.

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I took a few different colors of cardstock (construction paper works too) and cut out different heart shapes. I did have access to a die-cut machine but don’t let that stop you if you don’t!  Hand cut hearts would probably me much more charming!

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I sewed through them on my sewing machine with clear thread. Pull out a foot or so of thread before you start sewing so you have plenty to hang your hearts with.

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I could never have too many of these hanging around!

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Happy Kansas Day

January 29, 2007

Today we are celebrating the 146th Kansas Day. Kansas became a state on January 29, 1861. My son and I will spend the morning at the Kansas Historical Museum. If you would like to help Kansas celebrate and learn a little more about this fine state here is a sunflower coloring sheet, a Western Meadowlark, and a buffalo. Here is a sheet about our state symbols. You can even make your own Kansas flag.

I made this simple cake for my son’s class. The center is a chocolate cake made in a small cake pan or heat proof bowl. The petals are Twinkies–as many as you need for the kids. We added some chocolate chips to the frosted center, but you could also use chocolate sprinkles.

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Leave a comment to this post and my son and I will pick one person to recieve some Kansas goodies. We will notify the lucky person by e-mail.

Valentine Soaps

January 25, 2007

Even the bathroom needs a little holiday cheer!

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Paint Glycerin soap with acrylic paint. One side of the soap needs to be non-imprinted, so you have a nice area to paint on.

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Melt paraffin in a double boiler situation. I used a metal measuring cup set in a pan of water. An old food can could also be used. Wax is highly flammable so it is best to melt it in water. DO NOT allow any of the water to get into the wax!

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Brush a thin coat of melted wax over your painting. Do not paint the sides or bottom of your soap. The wax must be very hot to give a clear coat. It is probably best for an adult to do this step while wax is still at the stove so it remains very hot.

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When you use your soap the wax will protect your paintings.

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Envelope Refashion

January 23, 2007

I learned how to make this cute envelope pocket from Jessica Samuels, a Stampin’ Up consultant. Take one legal size plain or decorated envelope and measure over 2 3/8 inches from the edge of the envelope on each side. see red line

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Cut this triangular area away from the flap of the envelope.

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If you did not start with a decorated envelope, stamp or decorate over the entire envelope, front and back. I left lining area plain.

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Fold both sides of the envelope to the center. I think it is easier for children if you place a piece of cardboard in the middle to have a guide for folding. My cardboard measured 4 3/8 ” X 4 1/8″.

Remove cardboard and place 1/2 of a hole punch about 1 ” down (depending on the length of your flap. It should be about at the center of the side of the flap when flap is folded down YIKES that is hard to explain) from the flap fold on each side.

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Run ribbon through the holes on the front inside out to the back of the envelope. I used about 24″ of ribbon.

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Place candy or a card in your refashioned envelope.

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Fold in the sides, then fold down the flap and tie your ribbon.

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It’s not long until Valentine’s Day!

Lollipop Lollipop

January 19, 2007

Last Wednesday we made homemade lollipops. While the kids can’t participate in every step, there is plenty to do. LorAnn’s makes the most ingenious Pencil Pops. This little piece of plastic molds in the lollipop in place of sucker sticks. When the lollipop is finished it then will fit onto a pencil. If you want to use lollipop molds like we did you must make sure to buy the molds that have a space made for the pencil pop. We used 3 sheets of molds, yielding 15 lollipops.

Old Fashioned Lollipops

2 cups sugar

2/3 cup light corn syrup

¾ cup water

1 tsp Flavoring (we used LorAnn)

¼ tsp Liquid Food Coloring

Candy Thermometer

Lightly spray molds with cooking spray and insert pencil pops into your molds.

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In large saucepan, mix together sugar, corn syrup and water. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Bring mixture to a boil without stirring. This syrup gets very hot. Children must watch the next steps from afar!

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When syrup temperature reaches 260°F, add the coloring. DO NOT STIR; boiling will incorporate the coloring into the syrup.

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Remove from heat at 300°. Watch closely from 260° to 300°, the temperature will rise quickly. Remove from heat. When boiling has stopped, stir in flavoring. I then CAREFULLY pour the mixture into a heat proof ceramic pitcher or glass batter bowl. This makes it easy to pour into the molds. It also allows you to be able to slightly reheat the mixture in the microwave if it cools too quickly. Immediately pour syrup into the molds.

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After lollipops have cooled they may be removed from the molds. Stick pencil in pencil pop.

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We wrapped with lollipop bags and ribbons.

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Enjoy! Have a great weekend!

Valentines

January 18, 2007

We made these sour cream container look alikes last year for Valentine’s Day. This simple design allows for lots of creativity. We used white cardstock that we stamped with hearts, but colored papers, paper with your writing and drawings or other decorative papers or materials (wallpaper etc.) could be used.

We started with half of a sheet of cardstock. We then stamped hearts on the paper.

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Put double sided tape down the short side of the paper. Then roll the paper up to make a tube.

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Gently squeeze the tube on one end. Place a piece of double sided tape at the end on the inside so when you squeeze the end all the way shut it will stick. Squeeze the end shut. Take a paper crimper (This thing is a HUGE hit with my kids—well worth the bucks!) and crimp the end closed. We crimp enough into the container that we have 4 or 5 crimping lines.

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Fill the container with treats and or some trinkets. Now gently squeeze the other end in the OPPOSITE direction. Put tape along the inside at the end and then crimp shut. The crimping really makes it look just like a sour cream container.

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Sick Day X 2

January 16, 2007

We were up early this morning (before 4). My action figure is sick—horrible headache, cough and fever. If my crafty guy needs some entertainment today we will give these cootie catchers (in honor of our excess cooties) a try. Here are instructions with a printable template. If he feels like it we will get a head-start on his Valentines. He wanted to make these long pyramid boxes. Here is a printable template( Sorry it is no longer available). Mirkwood Designs has templates for cards and boxes if you are looking for more ideas.

I’m glad my husband was wanting something sweet last night and made some cookie dough. Our little boy boys will need a warm treat today. It is 3 degrees!

We think these are the best chocolate chip cookies!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 Cup Brown Sugar

¾ Cup Sugar

1 Cup Butter (softened)

1 tsp. Vanilla

2 Eggs

3 Cups Flour

1 tsp. Salt

1 tsp. Baking Soda

2 Cups Chocolate Chips

Cream the butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour, salt and baking soda. Add in chocolate chips. Bake at 350° for about 11-13 minutes. We like our cookies soft and chewy in the center and very lightly golden around the edges.

My oldest son just entered the room and announced that he has a headache and…….

Scratch Art

January 11, 2007

We had friends over today and we made our own homemade “Scratch Art” paper. It is very simple and we can show you how. First color really hard all over your paper. You can use copy paper or cardstock. It should be waxy looking with NO white showing.

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If your friends are young you might want to draw a square on the center of the paper, not to big, and then cut it out when they are finished. This allows the edges to be colored and not destroyed.

After your paper is colored take black tempera paint(I used a washable kids paint by Plaid that I found at Wal-Mart) and mix in a drop of dish detergent. I would say maybe two tablespoons of paint with a good sized drop (like 1/4 to a scant 1/2 tsp) of regular dish detergent. Paint your entire page with the paint. Allow to dry.

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When the paper is completely dry (takes about an hour), start scratching away. We used toothpicks.

Here are some of our masterpieces.

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