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.

Green Recipes ~ No Cook Flour Finger Paint

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup water

2 teaspoons salt

Flour Paint

Combine 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 1 cup of water and 2 teaspoons of salt in a small bowl. You may also use baby rice cereal, instant pudding or cooked cereals, instead of flour.

Mix the ingredients together until they form a thick paste. Use a spoon or an electric mixer on a low setting.

Gradually stir food coloring into the flour mixture until you achieve the desired color.

Store in an airtight container.

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 ~ Paper Cup Turkey

 

This is the perfect little afternoon craft to show your Thanksgiving spirit! Perfect for kids age 6 and older.

 

Paper or foam cup (8.5 oz)

Acrylic paint in fall colors (brown, tan, orange, red, green, yellow, etc.)

Large pom-pom for head (brown, yellow, red, orange, etc.)

Small foam heart for gobbler (to contrast with color of head)

Small foam triangle (orange or yellow)

2 small wiggle eyes

3” x 2” piece of orange construction paper

1 sheet of white construction paper

White craft glue

Scissors

How to make it:

Place cup upside down on work surface and paint brown.

To make the feathers, paint the white construction paper with several fall colors, crisscrossing the colors as you go. Let dry.

Cut feathers out in one large piece, should be shaped similar to a hand or crown. Cut the tips of each feather into a point.

Apply glue to the bottom portion of the feathers and press onto the bottom of the cup. Hold in place for a minute or so to let the glue grab.

Place foam heart upside down so that the bumps are facing downward. Glue the foam triangle, point down, onto the upside down heart–the upper points of the triangle will be hanging over the edge. This is the beak and gobbler.

Glue the pom-pom to the top of the paper cup.

Glue the wiggle eyes and the beak and gobbler to the head.

Cut two feet from the orange construction paper and glue to the bottom of the cup.

Display on your dining room table during your holiday meal with family and friends!