Monday, January 31, 2011

Walking Love Bug for Valentine's Day: Project #20 of 300 Crafts for Kids in 2011

KIDS CRAFTS PROJECT #20: Walking Love Bug for Valentine's Day
Crafts for all abilities!
for Ages 3 Years and Up
What better way to say I Love You!
A Perfect Valentine's Day Gift
Supplies Needed:
  • 1 toilet paper holder (cardboard insert)
  • Red foil tissue paper OR red gift wrap OR aluminum foil
  • Double sided tape or glue
  • Regular tape
  • 7 Long Pipe Cleaners (3 red, 2 pink, 2 purple)
  • 6 Heart Buttons (about 1-1.5 inch)
  • Pair of Large Googly Eyes
  • Pom Pom
  • Hole Puncher
Time Needed: 15-30 minutes
What To Do:
  1. Take a pipe cleaner and thread it through one of your buttons, twisting the end so it won't fall off.
    I threaded the pipe cleaner through and then back
    and twisted since these buttons had 2 holes.

  2. Thread another button on the opposite end of the same pipe cleaner, twisting the end so it won't fall off.
  3. Repeat this until 1 red, 1 pink, and 1 purple pipe cleaner each have 2 buttons on them.
    HINT: If you want different colored feet on each end, thread each pipe cleaner with the same color button on both ends.
  4. Thread 1 pipe cleaner through the cardboard roll and tape it to the inside on each end.

  5. Thread the next 2 pipe cleaners through the cardboard roll and tape them to the inside on each end.
    HINT: Position the legs so that there's a front, middle, and back when taping them to the tube.

  6. Wrap cardboard roll with foil wrap, tucking the ends inside the tube.
    HINT: Use double sided tape to make the wrap stick and keep it smooth. If you don't have double sided tape, use white glue applied with a foam brush to keep it smooth.
  7. On one end of your final red pipe cleaner bend 1/4 inch of the pipe cleaner to face the ceiling at a 90 degree angle.
  8. On the other end of the pipe cleaner form a T or any other shape to keep the pipe cleaner from threading all the way through the hole you'll be making in Step #9.
  9. Use the hole punch to make a hole in the middle of the tube
  10. Thread the last pipe cleaner halfway through the tube and use the bent part to poke up into the hole that you've just punched. It should not be pulled all the way out due to the stop you made in Step #8 ;)
    HINT: If the foil on the inside of the tube is getting in the way of threading the last pipe cleaner through, gently pull the foil out of one end of the tube. Once you've threaded it, tuck the foil back inside.
  11. On the exposed end of your pipe cleaner make a heart.
  12. Add your googly eyes to the foil roll using either glue or double sided tape.

  13. Add your pom pom nose using white glue.
  14. Let dry completely!
  15. You're done :)
  16. To make him "walk" hold him by the heart and move him along :)


  17. Take a photo and share it with us! You are automatically entered into our WEEKLY GIVEAWAY on our Facebook Page when you post a photo of your finished project and "Like" Us ! Giveaway is randomly selected.
Why We Love Crafts for Kids: Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy!

For Children with Special Needs: Assist your child as much as needed - but allow it to be his project.  Art projects are great for fine motor exercise, and using creativity.

If you child has a limited attention span, have all supplies ready before having him begin the project.

If your child's small motor skills won't allow him to thread the buttons give him assistance. There are other small motor requirements for this project like putting on the tape or glue, adding the eyes and pom pom, wrapping the tube, and adjusting the legs!
If your child has an aversion to any of the supplies listed, please make any substitutions. It is my intent to provide you with an idea and tell you how I did it. Please take liberties and make it your own! (Sorry, I thought I was on American Idol for a  minute)

This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem as well. Let him choose what to wrap the tube with, what color pipe cleaners to use, what buttons to put where and so on. 
Let him be proud of his very own creation!
For Older Children: An older child can further enjoy this project by accessorizing the love bug! You can add hair, a hair clip or neck tie, a puckering mouth, eyebrows etc!

Associated Educational Activities:

And now a word from *SeeryusMama: 
READ! "You're My Little Love Bug" by Heidi R. Weimer is a heartwarming book that reassures a child of his parents' love. With lights and sound, this rhyming book captures all the fun ways in which parents can describe their love to their children. You can even put your child's picture in the back! When you sit down, cuddle and read this book together, it will become not just any book, but a super special book for you and your love bug!

Make a Love Bug Snack! Use bread (cut into a circle with cookie cutter or bread cutter), spread peanut butter over it, add two dabs of jelly for the eyes, a Hershey kiss or a clump of raisins for the nose, and use string licorice for 2 antennas and a big smile :)

Sing a Bug Song:
  • The Little Caterpillar sung to tune of "Itsy Bitsy Spider"
    The little caterpillar crawled up into a tree,
    Spun his cocoon and slept so quietly,
    All through the winter he didn't make a sound,
    He dreamt of his new life when he'd be flying all around.
    While he was sleeping the snow did gently fall,
    Winter came and went, then he heard the robin's call,
    Come on Mr. Butterfly, out of your cocoon
    Spread your wings and fly for me, while I sing my tune.

  • Sing Itsy BItsy Spider with the hand movements!
    The itsy bitsy spider crawled up the water spout
    Down came the rain and washed the spider out
    Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
    So the itsy bitsy spider crawled up the spout again!
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*Sky (Seeryus Mama) is the mama of two kiddies, Johnny (a tween) and Paige (a toddler), and the trophy wife to her husband Brandon. They live in the middle of Nebraska - otherwise known as The Good Life.  Sky works part-time at the local library, attends college part time, hoping to eventually earn a Masters in Library Science and volunteers for several different organizations. Sky blogs at Seeryus Mama, where it's all about the good life and the products that go along with it.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Valentine Watercolor Flowers in Vase: Project #19 of 300 Crafts for Kids in 2011

KIDS CRAFTS PROJECT #19: Valentine Watercolor Flowers in Vase

Crafts for all abilities!
for Ages 3 Years and Up
A Perfect Valentine's Day Gift or Decoration
 

Supplies Needed:
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Empty Soda Can
  • Dried Lentils (or sand to weigh down vase)
  • 9 White Cupcake Holders (6 regular and 3 small). Small ones may be called chocolate holders, treat holders or mini cupcake holders.
  • Food Coloring (pink and purple)
  • 3 Pipe Cleaners (1 pink, 1 purple, 1 red)
  • Newspaper (to keep work area neat)
Time Needed:
30 Minutes plus drying time

What To Do:
  1. Make sure your child is wearing protective clothing and work on a surface where any staining won't matter to you.
  2. Mix food coloring with water as directed. Do this for both colors separately.

  3. Dip each cupcake holder into the colored water with the open side down. If you don't want to touch the water with your hands you can use tongs to hold and dip the cupcake holders.
    HINT: You can dip from one color into the other to make interesting designs, or use just one color per cupcake holder.

  4. Remove from colored water in 10 - 60 seconds (or according to food coloring directions) and let dry completely on paper towels.
    HINT: The paper towels will leak through so putting a coated paper plate underneath will help protect the surface below.


  5. Let dry completely (several hours or overnight).
  6. Each flower will be created using 3 cupcake holders. Choose 2 regular size holders and 1 small  holder for your first flower. 
  7. Poke a pipe cleaner through the center of a regular size holder and thread through a bit.






  8. Do the same for the next regular size holder, and for the small holder.


  9. Once all 3 holders are on the pipe cleaner, form a small heart with the top part of the pipe cleaner. To create each heart you are going to weave the pipe cleaner over and under 3 of your fingers: Over your pointer, under your middle finger, and over your ring finger.


  10. Repeat this process until all 3 of your flowers are completed.
  11. Take empty, clean soda can and fill half way with dried lentils.
    CAUTION: If there are any sharp edges use a funnel to pour in the lentils

  12. Tear off about 12-14" of aluminum foil.
  13. Wrap in tin foil and smooth around the can, tucking it in at the top around the rim.




  14. Take your 3 beautiful flowers and twist the stems together so the flowers are at different heights.

  15. Place into vase.








  16. ENJOY!  
  17. Take a photo and share it with us! You are automatically entered into our WEEKLY GIVEAWAY on our Facebook Page when you post a photo of your finished project and "Like" Us on Facebook! Giveaway is randomly selected.

OPTIONAL IDEAS:

  • Decorate the vase with heart stickers.
  • Paint the aluminum foil with white glue using a foam paintbrush and then roll in red or pink glitter.
  • Instead of using food coloring, use watercolor paint and gently paint the cupcake holders.
Older Children: An older child can further enjoy this project by painting the aluminum foil with poster paint and let dry overnight. Then, use that to wrap the soda can.

For Children with Special Needs: Assist your child as much as needed - but allow it to be his project.  Art projects are great for fine motor exercise, and using creativity.

If you child has a limited attention span, have all supplies ready before having him begin the project.

This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem as well. Let him be proud of his very own creation!

Why We Love Crafts for Kids:
Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy!

Associated Educational Activities:  
  1.  READ! And now a word from our friend Sky from  *SeeryUsMama
    A funny book to enjoy over beautiful flowers is Roses are Pink Your Feet Really Stink by Dian deGroat.  Gilbert wrote his Valentines out - some were nice, others not so much.  When the truth came out, Gilbert learned the hard way what it was like when feelings were hurt.  He makes amends and Valentine's Day end up A-Okay!  This book is a little bit longer in length, so little ones aren't always able to keep their concentration on the book.  I simplify the language and shorten it up, for the same effect.  A great lesson on speaking kind words!



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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Baking with Preschool Kids for Valentine's Day: Project #18 of 300 Crafts for Kids in 2011

KIDS CRAFTS PROJECT #18: Baking with Kids for Valentine's Day
Crafts for all abilities!
for Ages 3 Years and Up
A Perfect Valentine's Day Gift
3 Decorated Heart Shaped Mini Chocolate Cakes
Supplies Needed:
  • 1 Box Chocolate Cake Mix (ours called for 3 eggs, vegetable oil, and water)
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Measuring Cups & Spoons
  • Wilton Mini Heart Shaped Cake Pans
  • Spatula & Whisk
  • Container of Icing at room temperature
  • Various Types of Sprinkles
  • Wax Paper
  • Non Stick Cooking Spray
    We tried the mini Bundt cakes too but we (caution) overfilled them so much (/caution)
    that removing them from the molds was a disaster!
What it Makes:
These mini heart cake molds made surprisingly large mini heart cakes. They were at least 2x the size of a cupcake. One cake mix makes ~15 mini heart cakes (and ours were overfilled).


Time Needed:
  • 20 minutes to prepare mix
  • ~15 minutes to cook (Cooking times vary. Read the instructions on your cake mix box)
  • At least 1 Hour to Cool
  • 15 minutes to frost and decorate
What To Do:
  1. Preheat oven according to cake mix directions.
  2. Prepare cake mix according to cake box directions.

  3. Spray non-stick spray into each baking mold. 
  4. Using a measuring spoon, scoop out batter and place into each mold, filling about 1/2 way to the top.
  5. Wipe away any stray batter that didn't make it into the molds!
    These are overfilled! Only fill about half way!
  6. ADULTS ONLY! Cook for approx 15 minutes, or until a tooth pick inserting into the center comes out dry.
  7. ADULTS ONLY! Remove fully cooked mini cakes from the oven and set on a cooling rack for at least one hour.
    HINT: These remove best when fully cooled!
    All cooked!

  8. To remove mini cakes from the molds is very easy. They should easily loosen and pop out.
    HINT: When they are cooled you will notice that the mini cakes pull away from the edges of the molds.
  9. Using room temperature frosting, gently apply frosting to the entire top of the heart shaped mini cakes.
  10. To apply sprinkles either put some in your hand and "sprinkle" over the top (light coverage) OR pour some onto waxed paper and dip the frosted mini cake into the pile of sprinkles (heavy coverage)



  11. Present your gift!
  12. Take a photo and share it with us! You are automatically entered into our WEEKLY GIVEAWAY on our Facebook Page when you post a photo of your finished project and "Like" Us ! Giveaway is randomly selected. 
Helpful Hints:
  • Measure all ingredients for your child and then let him put the ingredients into the mixing bowl. 
  • Crack eggs in a separate bowl so you can remove any shells.
  • Use a deep mixing bowl so that the batter remains in the bowl after mixing! 
  • Make sure your frosting is at room temperature so it spreads easily. 
Why We Love Crafts for Kids & Cooking with Kids! Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy!

So much learning takes place when baking with children! They learn about measurement, fractions, liquids vs solids, how the batter changes as ingredients are mixed in, how to transfer the batter from bowl to molds, how and why to use non stick spray on the mold, what happens when it cooks (leave your oven light on so they can see), why we wait until the food is cooled before removing from the molds, why room temperature frosting spreads more easily, different ways to apply sprinkles (which also applies to their art projects when using glitter or sprinkles), how to crack an egg, why we crack them separately, and how to appreciate that each mini cake will be a little different even though they all came from the same mold! I'm sure you can think of more!

Associated Educational Activities:

READ!  
And now a word from *SeeryusMama:
"If You Give a Cat a Cupcake" by Laura Numeroff, is part of the "If You Give..." book series that has been delighting preschool children for years! The silly happenings that result
from giving a cat a cupcake will make your preschooler giggle with delight!

Measuring Fun: Create a "Linda" (use your child's name) measuring stick by folding a piece of construction paper lengthwise 3 times. Tape it down its length to keep it together. Now let your little one figure out how many "Lindas" Mommy's arm is? How many "Lindas" tall is Daddy? What about your pet?
Use your measuring cups to show your child that 2 1/4 cups of water fit perfectly into the 1/2 cup! 2 of the 1/2 cups fit perfectly into the 1 cup. 4 of the 1/4 cups fit perfectly into the 1 cup and so on! Bring them into the tub for some extra fun!

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*Sky (Seeryus Mama) is the mama of two kiddies, Johnny (a tween) and Paige (a toddler), and the trophy wife to her husband Brandon. They live in the middle of Nebraska - otherwise known as The Good Life.  Sky works part-time at the local library, attends college part time, hoping to eventually earn a Masters in Library Science and volunteers for several different organizations. Sky blogs at Seeryus Mama, where it's all about the good life and the products that go along with it.

Fabric Heart Valentine Hanging: Project #17 of 300 Crafts for Kids in 2011

KIDS CRAFTS PROJECT #17: Fabric Heart Valentine Hanging Kids Craft
Crafts for all abilities!
for Ages 3 Years and Up
A Perfect Valentine's Day Decoration


 
Supplies Needed:
  • Artificial rose petals (NOT the hard plastic ones) in red and pink OR 1/2 - 1 inch pink and red fabric squares
    These are the Rose Petals we purchased
  • 4-5 inch Styrofoam in Heart Shape, 1/2
  • Bic Pen Cap or Knitting Needle
  • Red Ribbon
Time Needed:
About 15 Minutes

What To Do:
  1. Center the pointed side of the pen cap on the first petal or fabric square

  2. Gather material around the cap

  3. Push petal/fabric into the Styrofoam heart
    HINT: Do not work too closely to the edges. Keep within about 1/4 - 1/2 inch from the outer edge to avoid crushing the edge of the heart.
    Example of petal pushed into heart

  4. Repeat until entire heart is filled with fabric
    HINT: If you don't like the placement of the petal or it pops out, just redo it. The "petals" cover any minor flaws!
    Several petals pushed into the heart
    Almost finished!
    All petals finished!

  5. Cut about 7 inches of red ribbon (1/4inch wide) and join the ends with tape to make a loop
  6. Glue 1 inch of the ribbon to the back of the Styrofoam heart so that the majority is exposed to hang the project
  7. Hang and enjoy or give as as gift
    Beautiful & Easy Valentine's Day Kids Craft!

  8. Take a photo and share it with us! You are automatically entered into our WEEKLY GIVEAWAY on our Facebook Page when you post a photo of your finished project and "Like" Us on Facebook! Giveaway is randomly selected.

OPTIONAL IDEAS:
  • Before beginning the project trace the Styrofoam heart onto red construction paper and cut out. Put aside until all petals and the ribbon have been put onto the heart. Add a lovely Valentine message and then glue onto the back of the Styrofoam heart.
  • Before beginning the project apply glue to the sides of the heart and dip into glitter or colored sand.
For Older Children: An older child can further enjoy this project by adding a small amount of perfume to the heart. Even spraying a small amount of air freshener on it will give it a pleasant aroma.

For Children with Special Needs: Assist your child as much as needed - but allow it to be his project.  Art projects are great for fine motor exercise, and using creativity.

If your child's small motor skills won't allow him to work with the pen cap, try using something larger like a clicker pen (with ink removed). You can use the pen tip to push the fabric through.

Why We Love Crafts for Kids: Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy!

Associated Educational Activities:  
  1. Learn about The US Postal Service: Valentine's Day is one of the busiest mail days of the year for postal workers! Take your child to the post office. Show him the PO Boxes, the mail boxes, letters, stamps, workers etc! Explain how all the mail gets delivered to a place where it is sorter and then put on trucks for your mail carrier to deliver!
  2. Customize, print, color and send a Valentine to someone special with TwistyNoodle
  3. Sing a song about being a Postal Worker:
    Mail Carrier Song
    Sung to: "My Bonnie lies over the ocean"
    I get to sort the mail,
    Then carry it to your home.
    The mail comes from all over,
    Like New York, Paris, and Rome.
    Mail, mail, mail, mail,
    I love to deliver the mail, mail, mail.
    Mail, Mail, Mail, Mail,
    I love to deliver the mail.


    Do you Drive a Mail Truck? Sung to: "Do your ears hang low?"
    Do you drive a mail truck,
    Walk in snow and rain and muck,
    To deliver mail over hill and dale?
    Do you carry great big boxes,
    Heavy like they're filled with rocks?
    Do you drive a mail truck?

    Find other great occupation songs for kids here


  4.  READ! And now a word from our friend Sky from  *SeeryUsMama
    Read "The Jolly Postman" by Janet and Allan Ahlberg . This award winning children's book is greatly enjoyed by little ones who love finding out what kind of letters are being delivered to various fairytale characters! It's an interactive book with an envelope containing different letters for The Jolly Postman to deliver!


    Inside "The Jolly Postman"

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*Sky (Seeryus Mama) is the mama of two kiddies, Johnny (a tween) and Paige (a toddler), and the trophy wife to her husband Brandon. They live in the middle of Nebraska - otherwise known as The Good Life.  Sky works part-time at the local library, attends college part time, hoping to eventually earn a Masters in Library Science and volunteers for several different organizations. Sky blogs at Seeryus Mama, where it's all about the good life and the products that go along with it.
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