Monday Moments ~ Spring Break Activities

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Spring Break season is upon us. Some of the top activities for spring season are:

1) Stay-cation – Enjoy the sights, sounds and activities of your own city or somewhere close by! Visiting museums, parks & playgrounds are at the top.

2) Beach Vacation – Whether you travel across the country, or around the world, visiting the beach with family is a local hotspot for families!

3) Theme Parks – Disney World, Universal Studios, Six Flags & More…theme parks are visited by thousands during the week of Spring Break!

4) Skiing – Finish out the winter season with a ski vacation. Many families flock to the slopes to enjoy the final fun of snow & sun!

5) Home Is Where It’s At – Board games, front yard baseball, family barbecue, and more! Many find the comforts of home just as relaxing as leaving town. Many choose to turn off electronics, and let nature be their guide!

What are you doing for Spring Break this year? Share with us!

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Blow Painting

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What You’ll Need:

Paper

Non-breakable container with sides (dishpan, cake pan, disposable casserole dish, etc.)

Thin paint

Spoon

Straws (bendable straws work best)

What You Do:

Trim paper as needed to cover the bottom of the container. Place the paper into the container with sides. This helps control the extra paint that blows around.

If using store-bought paint, you may wish to water it down a bit for easier mobility across the paper.

Have your child choose a color and dribble a bit onto her paper.

Give her a straw and let her experiment with blowing the paint around on the paper. Caution her against sucking in through the straw.

Continue adding colors until your child completes her masterpiece. Talk about what you see in the abstract design. What does the painting make her think of?

Allow the painting to dry and then encourage your preschooler to sign her name in the bottom corner.

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Fingerprint Flower Vase

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This painted jar doubles as a keepsake as it’s made with your child’s fingerprints!

 

What you’ll need:

Empty glass jar

Enamel paint (purple, pink, yellow)

 

How to make it:

First, be sure to read the instructions on the back of the enamel paint bottle.

Be sure glass jar is clean, dry, and all labels have been completely removed.

Have children dip their fingertips into the paint and dot onto the glass to form the petals of the flowers.

Repeat this process to dot on the flower centers–alternate the colors (purple flower, yellow center, pink flower, purple center, etc).

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Heart-Shaped Animal Masks

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Love can come in many disguises, but none will be as adorable as these animal masks. Super easy to make and perfect for ages 4 and up.

What you’ll need:

Poster board

Scissors

Glue

Tongue depressor or paint stirrer

How to make it:

Using a sheet of poster board, cut out two heart shapes large enough to cover a child’s face. To make sure they’re the same size, use the first cut-out as a guide to trace the second cut-out. Next, cut eyeholes in each, making sure the holes line up when you press the two pieces together.

Glue the two pieces together, sandwiching a tongue depressor or paint stirrer between them.

Using this basic shape, add elements to make various animal masks. To make a dog mask, for example, trace your child’s shoes and cut them out to make floppy ears. A small heart makes the nose, a spot goes around the eye and a tongue completes the look.

Don’t forget to inscribe an endearment on the opposite side.

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Margarine Tub Boat

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Perfect for ages 7 and up.

1 plastic margarine tub with lid

Construction paper: light blue, red, and white

12″ wooden dowel (cut with scissors to make it shorter if needed)

2″ piece of household sponge or floral foam

White craft glue

Fine tip black marker

2 zipper sandwich bags

1 cup rice or sand

Pencil

Scissors

How to make it:

Cover the outside of the margarine tub with light blue construction paper using white craft glue. Trim where needed with scissors.

Poke a hole in the center of the sponge using your finger or a pencil. Glue the sponge in the bottom of the margarine tub. Add some glue to the hole in the sponge and insert the wooden dowel.

Trace around the lid onto the white construction paper and cut out.

Use pencil to poke a hole in the center of the plastic lid. Glue the white construction paper circle onto the top of the lid and let dry, then poke a hole through the plastic lid and through the paper.

Divide the rice evenly between the two sandwich bags. Squeeze out excess air and seal the bags. Place filled bags into the margarine tub for weight.

Carefully insert the dowel into the hole in the lid and slide the lid down and snap in place.

Cut the sails from white construction paper. You will need two sets. Cut a small strip of red paper to fit in between each sail, glue in place and repeat on the other side.

Cut out a white life preserver from the white paper. Cut the alternating pieces from red. Glue the red pieces onto the circle, and then use scissors to trim evenly and cut out the center circle. Use a fine tip black marker to write “SS” at the top of the life preserver and then write your child’s name or family name on the bottom half (i.e. SS TIMMY, SS SMITH, etc).

Line the insides of the sails with glue. Sandwich the sails around the dowel and hold until the glue grabs.

Glue the life preserver to the front of the margarine tub boat.

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Juice Box Dolls

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Ages 5 and up.

Empty rectangular juice box container

Construction paper in your favorite colors

Yarn

2 large wiggle eyes (for each doll)

Felt scraps (for pigtail ties)

Black marker

Glue stick

Clear tape

White craft glue

Scissors

How to make it:

Starting at the straw opening, carefully cut open the top of the juice box, but do not cut off the top.

Wash out the juice box and let it dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Cover the juice box container with construction paper using a glue stick. Try wrapping the box as if you were wrapping a birthday present! Tape both ends of the box if the glue stick will not hold.

Cut strips from construction paper for arms and legs, about 10” long for legs and 6” long for arms.

Fold strips accordion style then use glue stick to attach the arms to the sides of the container and legs to the bottom of the container.

Cut squares from black construction paper to make shoes and glue to the end of the legs.

Use white craft glue to attach the wiggle eyes to the front of the container.

For the girl dolls, cut yarn into 6” lengths. Put white glue all over the top of the container and center the strands across it.

Use small strips of scrap felt to gently tie (felt rips easily, be careful) sides of hair into pigtails. Trim ends of yarn so that they are even.

Cut ½” lengths of yarn for girl’s bangs and glue in place.

For the boy doll, cut yarn into short pieces about ¾” long. Put glue on the top of the container and add pieces to the glue, covering the container top.

Draw smiles on with black marker.

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Handprint Turkey Art

This precious little craft is perfect for children ages 4 and above.

9″ paper plate

Acrylic paint: goldenrod, brown, yellow, orange, green, red, white and black

Black marker

Paintbrush

Felt in fall colors, cut into 1″ squares

How to make it:

Place paper plate on work surface upside down and write the child’s name and the date. Turn the plate right side up. Paint entire plate with goldenrod color and set aside to dry.

Meanwhile, cut felt into 1″ pieces. Use several fall colors, such as red, brown, orange, tan, gold and cream.

Have all of your paint colors handy and a separate paintbrush for each color. Paint your child’s palm and thumb with a generous amount of brown paint. Working quickly so that the paint doesn’t have time to dry, paint each of your child’s four fingers with red, green, orange and yellow.

Have your child gently place their handprint in the center of the paper plate (you’ll need to help the younger ones, Mom). Gently press down on their hand and each individual finger to ensure a good distribution of paint.

Have them lift their hand directly up into the air so as not to smear any of the colors.

Use a paintbrush to add a red gobbler and an orange beak. Let dry.

While the paint is drying you can glue on the pieces for the frame. Pipe glue around the outside edge of the plate and press the felt squares onto the glue, overlapping the outside of the plate. Alternate the colors to create a pattern.

Use black marker to draw legs and feet.

Use the handle end of a small paintbrush to add a dot for the eye, let dry. Once dry, use a toothpick to dot on the black.

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Faux Stained Glass Fall Pumpkin Window Art

 

Perfect for ages 5 and up

  • Yellow and orange tissue paper
  • 1 sheet heavy weight clear self-stick laminating film (recommended: Con-Tact paper)
  • 1 sheet black construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • 12″ length of yarn
  • Suction cup window hanger
  • Glue stick
  • Pattern (on Kaboose.com)

How to make it:

  1. Tear tissue paper into strips, then cut or tear into squares.
  2. Peel back half of the backing from the laminating film, leaving the other half still protected. Fold over the backing to keep out of the way.
  3. Place tissue paper squares onto sticky side of laminating film, making about an 8-inch circle. Be sure to alternate colors and keep them close together, overlapping is fine too.
  4. Carefully peel the backing off the other side of the laminating film, then fold that film over onto the exposed tissue paper pieces, sandwiching them between the films. Press out any air bubbles. Trim any overlapping film off.
  5. Fold construction paper in half cut out pumpkin shape. This should yield two identical pumpkins because the construction paper was folded.
  6. Place the construction paper pumpkin onto the tissue paper-decorated film. Trace around the pumpkin with a pen and cut out shape with scissors, trimming the film about ¼” smaller than your tracing.
  7. Fold the yarn in half creating a loop. Use a glue stick to attach the open ends of that yarn onto one of the black paper pumpkin stems. Cover the rest of the pumpkin shape with glue stick.
  8. Place the tissue papered film onto the pumpkin, pressing down to secure, then run a glue stick around the second pumpkin shape and press down on top.
  9. Hang in a sunny window.