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 ~ CD Snowman Puppet

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This is perfect for ages 6 and up! Easy to do and so, super cute!

CD or DVD

Construction paper: white, black, red, orange

1.5″ wide strip of light blue felt

1 craft or popsicle stick

Black paint or marker

Pink crayon

White craft glue

Scissors

How to make it:

Fold a sheet of white construction paper in half like a greeting card.

Cover one side of the CD with white craft glue.

Lay the CD, glue side down on one half of the white construction paper.

Cover the other side of the CD with white craft glue and press the open half of the white construction paper down onto the CD.

Gently rub the construction paper covered CD with your hands to be sure all the glue sticks.

Use scissors to cut around the CD, leaving a white construction paper circle.

Cut a long triangle from the orange construction paper. You can round off the thick end of the triangle if you like to make it appear more like a carrot. Glue the thick end of the triangle to the center of the CD, the pointed end will hang over the edge.

Glue the craft stick to the back of the CD to use as your handle. This also works double duty as the neck.

Fringe the ends of the blue felt strip by cutting thin strips with a pair of scissors. Wrap the “scarf” around the craft stick neck and glue in place.

Cut a simple hat from the black construction paper and glue the top of the CD.

Cut a red construction paper hat band and glue in place on the hat.

Use the handle end of a paintbrush dipped in black paint to dot on eyes and mouth. You can use a black marker instead if you prefer. Let the paint dry completely.

Add pink for the cheek with a pink crayon.

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Leaf Sun Print Mural

This is a fun fall craft for your kiddos! Perfect for ages 4 and up.

What You’ll Need:

1 sheet construction of each color: red, green, and orange

Tape

Leaves in different shapes and sizes

Pennies, stones or pebbles

How to make it:

Tape the three sheets of construction paper together. Only use tape on one side.

Place paper so it gets some direct sunlight, good side up, and place leaves on top. Position some leaves so that they cover two colors of paper. Also try leaving some hanging off the edge. Place pennies, stones or other weights onto leaves so that they will not blow away.

Leave the project in the sunlight for 3-4 hours. Check after an hour or so to see if any of the leaves have begun to curl, adjust the weights if necessary.

Remove the weights and leaves.

Tips:If the sunlight isn’t strong enough to bleach the paper in only 3-4 hours, leave the leaves on for longer.

To dress your project up a bit, tie twine into a bow and glue to the center of the paper, or glue one to each color.

You will need flat leaves, so use fallen leaves that have been pressed in a heavy book, or pluck one or two from a tree.

Try different shapes and sizes to add visual interest. Have fun while you’re doing it!

Craft idea from Kaboose.com

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Paper Plate Pumpkins

Such a cute little jack o’ lantern that your children will adore making! Not only is it easy, it’s the perfect little project for an afternoon at home. Hang it on a door or in a window.

Perfect for ages 4 and above (with mom’s help!).

What you’ll need:

Mini paper plate

Orange acrylic craft paint

Yellow craft foam

Green craft foam

Brown craft foam

Scissors

Glue

Place the paper plate upside down on your work surface and paint it orange. Set aside to dry and repeat with a second coat if needed.

Cut out facial shapes (triangles for eyes and a mouth with a few missing teeth) and glue to the plate.

Use scissors to trim the plate into a pumpkin-like shape. Do this by cutting a dip in the top where the stem would be and trim the bottom to flatten it a bit.

Cut two simple oval-shaped leaves from green craft foam and glue to back of the plate at the top of the pumpkin.

Cut a simple rectangular stem from brown craft foam and glue to the back of the plate, between the leaves.