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 ~ Tissue Paper Candle Holder

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Colored tissue paper

Pressed flowers or leaves (optional)

White school glue

Small plastic bowl or disposable container

Paintbrush

Glass jar

Markers

What You Do:

Give your child a few sheets of tissue paper and ask them to rip it into small pieces (2-3 inches).

In the small bowl or container, mix ½ cup of white glue with 1 ¼ cups of water. It should form a thin white solution. Give your child the paintbrush and have them cover a section of the jar with a thin coat of glue solution. Repeat, overlapping the tissue paper pieces, until the entire jar is covered. When the entire jar is covered, overlay a few pressed leaves or flowers (if you’re using them), and cover each with a thin coat of glue solution.

Place a battery powered votive candle inside your new hurricane and wrap it up! When the candle glows, it will illuminate the tissue paper and designs, allowing light to shine through them.

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Scented Play Dough

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1 large pan

1 mixing bowl

1 mixing spoon

1 pack Kool-Aid powder, any flavor

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups salt

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 tablespoons cream of tartar

3 cups water

Food dye (optional)

Pick a flavor of Kool-Aid mix.

Help measure and mix all the ingredients, and put them into the bowl. If you want to add some color to the play dough, squeeze in a few drops of food dye and mix it in well.

Pour the mixture into the pan over very low heat.

Stir until the mixture is no longer sticky, and then remove it immediately.

Let it cool, and then present it to your child to play with! Store dough in a large plastic ziplock bag. Experiment with different scents for a never ending fun time!

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Bird Seed Ornaments

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3/4 cup flour

1/2 cup water

1 envelope unflavored gelatin

3 tbsp. corn syrup

4 cups birdseed

molds (muffin tin, cookie cutters, etc.)

nonstick spray

drinking straw

waxed paper

ribbon/twin

Directions

Combine the flour, water, gelatin and corn syrup in a large mixing bowl. Stir until well-combined.

Add the birdseed to the mixture, stir until well coated.

Spray your mold(s) with cooking spray, and spoon birdseed mixture into each mold. Use the bottom of a measuring cup to pack it down, and make the top smooth.

Poke a hole through top of each birdseed mold using a drinking straw, making sure it goes all the way through.

Leave the birdseed mixture in the molds for two to three hours. Then, remove the straws and lay out a sheet of waxed paper. Gently remove the hardened ornaments from the mold, and place them on the wax paper upside down. Allow them to dry for at least two to three more hours, or overnight.

Cut your ribbon and carefully put it through the hole.

Holiday Crafts For Kids ~ Painted Handprint Turkey

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This is a lovely keepsake that you will treasure for years! I love doing this with my kids. Always have. <3

Items needed:

Brown, orange, red and yellow paint

Paint brush

Paper

Markers

How to make:

Paint your child’s palm brown. Paint their fingers different colors – red, orange or yellow.

Press their painted hand onto the paper to make your turkey handprint.

When the handprint is dry, use markers to add an eye, feet, a waddle and a beak to the handprint to turn it into a turkey.

Holiday Crafts For Kids – Toilet Paper Roll Turkey

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Needed:

Toilet paper roll

Red, Yellow, and Orange Construction Paper

2 Googley Eyes (or you can cut out eyes with black construction paper if you’d like)

Glue

Scissors

How to make:

Cut feather shapes out of the construction paper. You’ll need 2-3 feathers of each color.

Cut a small triangle out of orange construction paper for a beak.

Cut a small peanut shape out of red construction paper for a waddle.

Cut two feet out of orange construction paper.

Tape the feathers onto the back of the toilet paper roll.

Glue the eyes, beak, waddle, and feet to the front of the toilet paper roll.

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Fabric Necklace

Fabric Necklace

What you’ll need:

An old piece of stretchy clothing (like stretch pants) that can be cut into a strip approximately 24″ by 2″.

Large beads with holes wide enough for fabric to fit through.

Scissors

Needle nose pliers

How to make it:

Cut fabric into a strip approximately 24″ by 2″.

Lay out beads in an appealing manner.

String beads onto fabric, using needle nose pliers to pull, if necessary.

Space beads according to your taste.

Tie ends together!

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Coffee Can Painting

Coffee Can Painting

Coffee Can (any size)

Marbles, golf balls, ping pong balls (any kind of round rolling objects.)

Construction paper (cut to fit inside of can)

Paint (tempera slightly thinned)

Eye droppers

Scissors

How to make it:

Cut paper to fit around inside of can.

Using eye droppers, drip in small amounts of paint. Limit number of colors to 1 or 2.

Drop in marbles or gold balls, etc.

Replace lid.

Roll on the floor or in hands in a circular motion to distribute paint.

Remove finished painting to dry.

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Craft Foam Tiara

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Perfect for ages 4 and up with mom’s help!

What you’ll need:

Craft foam visor

Craft jewels

White craft glue

Scissors

2 silver chenille stems

Instant grab glue

How to make it:

Trim most of the bill off of the visor, leaving about 2 inches at the center.

Cut chenille stems into the following lengths: 1 at 5.5 inches, 2 at 4 inches, 2 at 3 inches

Bend each chenille stem in half to make the points of the tiara. Use instant grab glue to attach the chenille points to the backside of the visor. The largest one should be in the center, with the next largest to the sides of that, and finally the smallest to the sides of those.

Decorate the front of the tiara with craft jewels.

Add small craft jewels to each of the tiara points.

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Sticks and Stones Mobile

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What you’ll need:

3 sturdy twigs

String (recommended: natural fiber string such as hemp or twine)

8 rocks (1″-2″ in diameter)

Hot glue gun

Scissors

White craft glue

How to make it:

Cut 3 pieces of string, 18″ long. Cut 1 piece that is 12″ long. Lay the twigs on the work surface, lining them up next to each other. Tie the 12″ piece of string to the center of whichever twig you want to be at the top of your mobile. This string will be your hanger. Next, tie one of the 18″ pieces to the same twig in the same place you tied the first string. The first string (your hanger) will go in one direction (up) and the other string will go in the other direction (down).

Connect the second twig to the first twig by tying the end of the second string on twig #1 to the center of twig #2. Tie another piece of string to the twig to connect twig #2 to twig #3.

Add some white craft glue to all of the knots and hang somewhere to dry. When dry, trim the tied ends.

While glue is drying on the twigs, heat up the hot glue gun. Cut more string to hang your rocks from. Cut them into varying lengths, some long some short, all should be 12″ or less. Tie a loop into the end of a string and slip a rock inside. Tighten the knot and use hot glue to secure the rock and string together. Tie into a tight knot and glue again. Repeat this for all of the rocks.

Tie each of the rocks onto the twigs, 2 on the top twig (one at each end), 2 on the middle twig, and 4 on the bottom twig. Add some glue to each of the knots and let dry.