Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Paper Birds For Kids

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Scrapbook paper

Scissors

Pencil

Colored paper clips

Tape

Glue stick

Hole punch or pushpins

How to make it

For each, draw a bird figure on a piece of scrapbook paper. You can download a bird template here.

Bend a colored paper clip or two into feet and tape them to the back side of one figure. Use a glue stick to join the two matching figures, sandwiching the paper clip legs between them.

Make an eye with a hole punch or pushpin and adjust the legs so that the bird can stand on its own.

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Going Green Terrarium Garden

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With moms help, perfect for ages 4 and up!

Plastic 2 liter soda pop bottle with cap

Very sharp scissors or craft knife

Dirt or potting soil

Seeds

Water

How to make it:

Remove the label from the bottle. Discard label. Save cap! (See photo.)

Wash and rinse out the bottle and cap.

Cut the bottle close to the bottom. There may be a “line” near the end of where the label was, that’s a good place to cut. You can cut it higher if you wish. (See photo.)

Lightly place dirt or potting soil in the base.

Plant a few seeds in the dirt.

Lightly water.

Put the cap on the bottle.

Cover the base with the top of the bottle. You will have to fiddle with it a bit to fit back inside the base.

Place in a sunny spot and watch for your seeds to grow.

When the plants are ready, repot them or plant them in your garden.

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Coffee Ground “Fossils”

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With moms help, for ages 4 and up.

1 cup of used coffee grounds

1/2 cup of cold coffee

1 cup of flour

1/2 cup of salt

Wax paper

Mixing bowl

Some small objects to make impressions in the dough (Shaped cookie cutters work well.)

Empty can or a butter knife

Toothpicks, optional

String to hang your fossil, optional

How to make it:

Stir the together the coffee grounds, cold coffee, flour, and salt until well mixed.

Knead the dough together and then flatten it out onto the waxed paper.

Use the can to cut out circles of the dough or use the dull knife to cut slabs large enough to fit your “fossil” objects.

Press your objects firmly into the dough. When you take the object out, you have your “fossil”. If you want to hang the fossil, poke holes into the edge to hold the string.

Let the fossil dry overnight (and up to two days) and then hang it if you wish.

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 ~ New Year Crown

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Yellow and white craft foam

White craft glue

Scissors

Seed beads

Sequins

Small colorful beads

Pieces of self adhesive hook-and-loop fasteners

Pattern

 

How to make it:

Use a cookie sheet with sides to work on so that the beads do not fall all over the floor.

Cut a crown out of yellow craft foam using the pattern. Cut two 12- by 1-inch strips of white craft foam. Glue the white strips to the bottom edge of the yellow crown. Let dry.

Lift crown and place on child’s head to get a measurement for the headband. Trim where needed then attach a piece or two of hook-and-loop fastener that will hold headband in place.

Lay the crown face up and write “Happy New Year” with the white craft glue.

Cover the glue words with seed beads. Cover all the glue completely and very gently press down. Wait a few minutes before lifting the crown and letting the excess beads fall off.

Decorate the rest of the crown and the headband using sequins and small colorful beads. Let dry completely, this could take several hours.