crafts

Easy Paper Mache: Paint it!

By this point, the paper mache sculpture should have taken shape! If there are some rough edges where the paper wasn’t firmly pressed down, you can smooth them out with a piece of sandpaper. Even better, show your child how to do it. Just have him rub it over the sculpture until he’s satisfied with the texture. Supplies Now it’s time to paint! Here’s what

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Easy Paper Mache: Mache It!

The term “ paper mache ” refers to using paper and a mixture of glue and water to form something that hardens as it dries. For this project, you don’t need any glue – just flour and water will do! It’s is a great project for children who are tactile learners, love textures, or love getting messy! What You’ll Need Newspaper Flour Water Large

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Easy Paper Mache: Forming the Sculpture

It’s messy, it’s fun, it’s paper mache! Here’s an easy way to make paper mache projects that even younger children can do with a little help. You can even make your own paper mache sculpture! Paper Mache Process The whole process takes a while, mostly because of drying time in between putting on the layers of paper mache.  The first step, though, is forming

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Creating Art Like Grandma Moses

Grandma Moses Anna Robertson Moses, also known as Grandma Moses, started painting in her 70s when she could no longer embroider. She sold her early pieces at the county fair and in a local drug store. Her works were displayed in the store’s window, where an art collector saw them and bought every one. He set up her first exhibition when she was 79,

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Getting Creative with Legos

My youngest loves Legos, and it seems like he has a room full of them. Almost every Christmas and birthday since he was about four years old, he has asked for a lego set. At first, he’ll build the set following the instructions. Then, over time, the set becomes dismantled and turns into something else. Lego Gifts This holiday season was all about Legos

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Plan a Progressive Dinner

If you’re looking for a fun family activity for the holidays or any day, organize a progressive dinner. It’s not only an enjoyable way to spend an evening, but you’ll get to know your child’s friends and their parents better as well. A progressive supper involves a meal made up of several courses – all at different locations. Because you’ll be progressing along with

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101 Things You Should Do Before Your Kids Leave Home

While perusing a home furnishing store with my sister, I came upon a neat little book by David Bordon and Tom Winters: 101 Things You Should Do Before Your Kids Leave Home. With four children of my own, the title alone drew me to open it. What were these 101 things, and had we actually done any of them? The List Upon first inspection,

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Handprint Crafts

Children grow so fast, and having a record of their handprints is a fun and memorable way to record special times and holidays during those early years. Handprint crafts also make great gifts for grandparents and neighbors. Here are two of our favorites: Handprint Wreath Whether you have one child or a houseful, you can make beautiful handprint wreaths for any occasion. Supplies posterboard

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Illustrated Poem

  This project is easy to do and yields beautiful results. Your child might even give his or her illustrated poem as a gift to a grandparent or friend. Here’s what you’ll need: Favorite Poem printed on heavy paper, such as cardstock. Plain white paper to draw on (computer paper is fine) Pencil and Eraser Black drawing pen Soft pastels – These are the

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Make a Mailbox

Children love getting mail, even if there’s no stamp on it! With this simple but fun craft, children can make their own mailbox to hang outside their bedroom door. Supplies Here’s what you’ll need: Shoe box Scissors Acrylic Craft Paint (This comes in small bottles and can be found at Wal-Mart or arts and crafts stores for about $1.00 each) Paint brushes Container for

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