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Friday, June 29, 2012

Summer Jellyfish Paper Bowl Craft

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Here's a great summer jellyfish craft from a paper bowl and crepe streamers. Great for a sea or beach related craft.

Materials:

  • paper bowl
  • paints
  • paintbrushes
  • sharp pencil
  • string
  • paperclip
  • glue
  • crepe streamers
  • google eyes
  • marker

Directions:
  1. Poke a hole in the bottom of your paper bowl with a sharp pencil.
  2. Completely paint the bottom of the bowl in th color of choice. Jelyfsh enerall look best in pink, purple, or blue. Allow to dry.
  3. Paint some dark colored spots on your jellyfish. Allow to dry.
  4. Thread a string through the hole in the bowl. Tie a paper clip to the inside end of the string. Glue or tape the paper clip on the inside of the bowl.
  5. Cut 8 crepe streamers the same length.
  6. Turn your bowl upside down. Glue the streamers one by one to the inside of the bowl.
  7. Add google eyes and draw a mouth to complete your jellyfish

Source: First Palette

Summer Octopus Spool Craft

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Make this really cute summer octopus craft from wooden spools and pipe cleaners. It's posible, too.

Materials:
  • 1 wooden egg
  • 8 large wooden spools(5/8" x 3/4")
  • 16 medium wooden spools(1/2" x 1/2")
  • 16 small wooden spools(1/2" x 3/8")
  • 40 large beads
  • 4 long, pink, pipe cleaners(12")
  • pink, white, and black acrylic paint
  • ribbon
  • strong glue or glue gun
  • pencil

Drections:

  1. Paint wooden egg and all the spools and beads pink. Allow to dry.
  2. Twist 4 pink pipe cleaners in the middle. Spread  the ends to look like an octopus.
  3. For each arm of your octopus, thread on the big spool, then 2 medium spools, and 2 mall spools. Thread a bead between each spool as you go. Put a bead on after the last spool and twist the end of the pipe cleaner to secure each leg.
  4. Trace and paint eyes and a mouth on your egg.
  5. Glue the egg securely to the middle of your octopus.
  6. Tie a ribbon around your octopus' neck.

Variation: You could adapt the same concept to make a spider craft for Halloween.

Complete tutorial with photos from: Plaid Kids Crafts

Very Hungry Caterpillar Egg Carton Craft

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This is a fun and easy Very Hungry Caterpillar craft you can make with an egg carton and some paint.

Materials:
  • egg carton
  • scissors
  • green and red paint, paintbrushes
  • google eyes
  • sharp pencil
  • green pipe cleaners
  • Tape

Directions:

  • Cut a section of three cups from an egg carton. Also cut one cup by itself.
  • Paint the three cup section green and the one cup red. Allow to dry.
  • Poke two holes in th bottom of the red cup.
  • Make some antennae from green pipe cleaners and put into the holes of the red cup.
  • Glue some google eyes on the front.
  • Tape the red head onto the green body of your caterpillar.

Souce: You, Me, and the Mindee's

Spring Blossom Tree Fingerpainting Craft

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This is a wonderful Spring tree fingerpainting craft. It's one of a set of 4, one for each season. It uses one of my favorite techniques, using bubble wrap to paint the spring cherry blossoms.

Materials:


  • white card stock or thick paper
  • paints
  • paint brushes
  • brown construction paper
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • glue
  • bubble wrap
  • black marker

  • Directions:

    1. Beforehand, trace an cut out a simple tree shape. If you plan to make 4 of these crafts, make 4 trees with the same template. Or trace a hand print for the tree.
    2. Use brushes or fingers to paint on a blue sky and green grass. Use a little white to make the colors brighter and give the illusion of clouds. Allow to dry.
    3. Glue the tree into your spring scene.
    4. Cut a piece of bubble wrap, about the same size as the top of the tree.
    5. Paint the bubble wrap pink.
    6. Press onto the tree to make the cherry blossoms.
    7. Use thumb prints to make white lambs.
    8. After dry, use a marker to draw legs and eyes on your lambs.


    Source: Red Ted's Art Blog

    Summer Tree Fingerpainting Bubble Wrap Craft

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    This is a wonderful Summer tree fingerpainting craft. It's one of a set of 4, one for each season. It uses one of my favorite techniques, using bubble wrap to paint the leaves.

    Materials:


  • white card stock or thick paper
  • paints
  • paint brushes
  • brown construction paper
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • glue
  • bubble wrap

  • Directions:

    1. Beforehand, trace an cut out a simple tree shape. If you plan to make 4 of these crafts, make 4 trees with the same template. Or trace a hand print for the tree.
    2. Use brushes or fingers to paint on a blue sky and green grass. Use a little white to make the colors brighter and give the illusion of clouds. Allow to dry.
    3. Glue the tree into your summer scene.
    4. Cut a piece of bubble wrap, about the same size as the top of the tree.
    5. Paint the bubble wrap green.
    6. Press onto the tree to make the leaves.
    7. Use finger and thumb prints to make butterflies and flowers.
    8. After dry, use a thin brush or toothpick to add the flower stems and the butterfly antennae.

    Source: Red Ted's Art Blog

    Winter Tree Fingerpainting Bubble Wrap Craft

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    This is a great looking Winter tree fingerpainting craft. It's complete with a tree ful of robins. It's one of a set of 4, one for each season. It uses one of my favorite techniques, using bubble wrap to paint the snow.

    Materials:

    • white card stock or thick paper
    • paints
    • paint brushes
    • brown construction paper
    • pencil
    • scissors
    • glue
    • bubble wrap
    • markers
    Directions:
    1. Beforehand, trace an cut out a simple tree shape. If you plan to make 4 of these crafts, make 4 trees with the same template. Or trace a hand print for the tree.
    2. Use brushes or fingers to paint on a blue sky and leave the bottom white for snow. Allow to dry.
    3. Glue the tree into your winter scene.
    4. Cut a piece of bubble wrap, about the same size as the top of the tree.
    5. Paint the bubble wrap white and press onto the tree for snow.
    6. Use an adult thumbprint for the robin and a childs thumbprint for the red tummy.
    7. After dry, add little beaks and eyes to your robins.
    Source: Red Ted's Art Blog

    Fall Tree Bubble Wrap Fingerpainting Craft

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    This is a fabulous looking Fall tree fingerpainting craft. It's one of a set of 4, one for each season. It uses one of my favorite techniques, using bubble wrap to paint the leaves.

    Materials:

    • white card stock or thick paper
    • paints
    • paint brushes
    • brown construction paper
    • pencil
    • scissors
    • glue
    • bubble wrap
    • black marker

    Directions:
    1. Beforehand, trace an cut out a simple tree shape. If you plan to make 4 of these crafts, make 4 trees with the same template. Or trace a hand print for the tree.
    2. Use brushes or fingers to paint on a blue sky and green grass. Use a little white to make the colors brighter and give the illusion of clouds. Allow to dry.
    3. Glue the tree into your fall scene.
    4. Cut three pieces of bubble wrap, about the same size as the top of the tree.
    5. Paint the bubble wrap in red, orange, and yellow.
    6. Press onto the tree one by one to make the leaves.
    7. Use finger and thumb prints to make the leaves on the ground.
    8. Use black thumb prints to make the hedgehogs in the grass.
    9. After dry, use a marker to the sppines and a spot of white for the hedgehogs eyes or use small eye stickers.
    Source: Red Ted's Art Blog

    Summer Ice Cream Cone Paper Plate Craft

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    Keep cool with this summer ice cream cone craft made from paper plates. It'll look great on the bulliten board. Add a few drips of ice cream melting off the side.

    Materials:

    • paper plates
    • cardboard
    • paints an paint brushes
    • scissors
    • ruler
    • brown marker
    • glue

    Directions:
    1.  Paint the bottoms of three paper plates in the ice cream, flavors of your choice. Allow to dry.
    2. Cut a large, narrow triangl from cardboard.
    3. Use a ruler and a brown marker to a create criss cross pattern on the triangle to make your ice cream cone.
    4. Cut the paper plates as shown in ice cream scoop shapes.
    5. Glue one scoop on to another and finally, on top of the cone.
    6. Bonus: Use other decorating materials to add sprinkles or a cherry on top.

    Source: Busy Bee Kids Crafts

    Spaceship Porthole Paper Plate Craft

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    This Alien spaceship porthole paper plate craft is really fun. Create the illusion of peering out into space from your spaceship.

    Materials:

    • 2 paper plates
    • black paint
    • glitter
    • glue
    • scissors
    • aluminum foil
    • construction paper
    • orange and green pipe cleaner
    • black thread
    • double sided tape
    • plastic wrap
    • tape
    • stapler

    Directions:
    1. Cut the center out of one paper plate.
    2. Wrap the paper plate ring completely in aluminum foil.
    3. Paint the front of the other paper plate all black and allow to dry.
    4. Apply glue to the black plate and spinkle on glitter to create stars.
    5. Cut out planet shapes and cute alien from construction paper.
    6. Bend an orange pipe cleaner to make the planets rings and tape to the back.
    7. Use a green pipe cleaner for the alien's arms and antennae.
    8. Tape a short length of black thread to the back of the planets and tape the other end to the black plate so they hang.
    9. Put double sided tape around the inside rim of the aluminum foil ring. Attach a sheet of plasic wrap for a window.
    10. Glue the alien on the inside of the ring, peering through the glass.
    11. Put the Aluminum foil window on top of the black plate and staple together.
     Source: Plaid Kids Crafts

    Summer Jellyfish Paper Plate Craft

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    Here's a simple idea for a summer jellyfish preschool craft. Great for summer, beach, or sea, related topics.


    Materials:

    • paper plate
    • scissors
    • pink paint
    • eye stickers
    • white and pink crepe streamers
    • glue
    Directions:

    1. Cut a paper plate in half.
    2. Give each student a half paper plate.
    3. Paint the the plate all pink. Use paintbrushes or just fingers. Allow to dry.
    4. Cut white and pink streamers a few inches long.
    5. Glue the streamers to he back of the paper plate.
    6. Add eye stickers on the front.

    Monday, June 25, 2012

    Native American Teepee/Tipi Craft

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    This is another Native American teepee/tipi craft I did. This is fun for teaching about Native Indians or also about different kinds of housing.

    Materials:
    •  sheet of brown construction paper
    • tape scissors
    • 3 sticks
    • rubber band
    • markers

    Directions:

    1. Roll your brown paper into a cone and tape in place. Crumple the paper a little and spread it out again beforehand, if you like to look more like leather.
    2. Cut the bottom off to make it flat. Cut the top of the cone to make the opening bigger.
    3. Decorate your teepee wity Native American designs.
    4. Find three thin sticks and cut or break them so they are a little taller than your teepee.
    5. Tie the sticks together at the top with a rubber band.Insert the sticks into your cone.
    6. Tape the sticks to the inside of your cone.
    7. Display your teepee with some animal or Indian toys. 

    Halloween Recycled Bottle Monster Crafts

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    These cute Halloween recycled bottle monsters are perfect for holding candy at your next Halloween party.

    Materials:

    • 2 liter plastic drink bottles(washed and dried)
    • magic marker
    • acrylic paints
    • construction paper
    • exacto knife
    • imagination

    Directions:

    1. Beforehand, decide what kind of monster you want to make and what colors you need. Sketch a face on paper first.
    2. Draw the face on the bottle with a marker.
    3. Cut out the mouth with an exacto knife.  Cut off the top of the bottle, too to fill with candy. I don't recommend making pointy teeth as they are sharp and can prick a finger.
    4. Paint your bottle and make the eyes.
    5. Add hair or hands with construction paper.
    6. Fill with candy for your Halloween party or put a light inside and watch them glow.


    Source: Craftberry Bush

    Paper Apple Craft

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    This paper apple craft is another variation of the recycled book pumpkin craft from Craftberry Bush. This one you don't need a book, but several sheets of white paper.

    Materials:

    • cardboard
    • white paper
    • scissors
    • short stick
    • strong stapler
    • glue or glue gun
    • red food coloring
    • water
    • shallow bowl
    • ribbon
    • apple seeds

    Directions:

    1. Trace a simple half apple shape with one straight edge on cardboard and cut out. This will be your template.
    2. Put several sheets of  white paper together. Fold in half and staple the fold to make a book.
    3. Place the template on your little book with the straight edge along the spine and trace with a pencil.
    4. Cut out with scissors.
    5. Mix red food coloring with water in a shallow bowl.
    6. Close your book and tip the edges in the red water to dy them. Allow to dry.
    7. Glue a short stick to the spine of your book, sticking up a little from the top. Prefereably one with a little gren leaf.
    8. Fold some pges arount the stick and glue in place. Hold with a clothespin until dry.
    9. Tie a little ribbon around the stem.
    10. Glue or draw a couple of apple seeds on the inside of your book.
    11. Display your paper apple.


    Source: Craftberry Bush

    Recycled Book Pumpkin Craft

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    This recycled book pumpkin craft has a really cool, vintage look. A very unique decorative craft for Earth Day, fall, Halloween, or anytime.

    Materials:

    • old paperback book
    • cardboard
    • scissors
    • ribbon
    • stick
    • exacto knife
    • glue gun
    • tea bag
    • clothespin


    Directions:

    1. Cut a simple half pumpkin/apple shape with one straight side from cardboard for your template.
    2. Remove the cover from the book.
    3. Close the book and place your template on the book with the flat side even with the book's spine. Trace or simply hold in place and cut allong the lines with an exacto knife. You have to keep cutting through again and again until you reach the end of the book.
    4. Trim the edges with scissors.
    5. Brew some tea. Use the wet tea bag to stain the edges of the book pages.
    6. Place a short stick along the spine of the book sticking up a little from the top. Hot glue in place.
    7. Fold some pages around the stick and glue in place. Use a closepin to close and keep in place until dry.
    8. Tie a ribbon atound the stem. Display your recycled book pumpkin.




    Source: Craftberry Bush

    Sheep Cotton Ball Craft

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    Here's an easy sheep cotton ball craft idea. This is good for a lesson on farm animals or spring.

    Materials:

    • sheep template
    • scissors
    • black and green construction paper
    • cotton balls
    • glue

    Directions:

    1. Print a sheep template on black paper or trace and cut out.
    2. Glue the black sheep on a green background.
    3. Glue cotton balls over your sheep.
    4. If desired add google eyes or stickers.

    Sunday, June 24, 2012

    Recycled Fish Craft

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    Here's a great recycled fish craft just perfect for Earth Day or a fun summer craft.

    Materials:

    old cereal box
    aluminum foil
    scissors
    glue gun
    glitter glue
    scrap paper, lace, m&m's, sequins, and any other decorating materials

    Directions:

    Cut a simple head and tail fish shape from an old cereal box.
    Wrap completely in aluminum foil.
    Cut and glue on little shapes, lace, and even m&m's to decorate your fish.

    Source: Think Crafts

    Halloween Felt Wreath Fall Craft

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    This is an absolutely gorgeous Halloween felt wreath craft for fall. Make lots of little felt flowers and glue onto a grapevine wreath.

     
    Materials:

     
    • grapevine wreath from a craft store
    • orange felt
    • scissors
    • an old CD for tracing
    • Halloween style ribbon
    • "Boo" sign and dowel rod
    • glue or glue gun

     
    Directions:

     
    1. To make the little felt flowers; trace a CD on a piece of orange felt and cut out.
    2. Start at the edge of the circle and cut a spiral all the way to the middle. Cut out and remove a little circle from the center.
    3. Roll up the felt spiral into a little flower and glue the end in place. Repeat many times to have enough flowers to cover your wreath.
    4. Glue your flowers all ver the front of the grapvine wreath.
    5. Tie a Hallween style ribbon on the top.
    6. Make a little, "Boo" sign from paper and glue to a dowel and insert into your wreath.
    7. Hang on the front door for Halloween.

     

     
    Source: Living Locurto
    Felt Flowrs tutorial with photos: Little Things Bring Smiles

    Halloween Curled Paper Pumpkin Fall Craft

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    This Halloween curled paper pumpkin is a really cute idea for fall. Simple and fun to make for the kids.

    Materials:

    • orange, green, and brown construction paper
    • scissors
    • glue
    • pencil

    Directions:

    1. Cut the orange paper into long, 1/2 inch wide strips.
    2. Roll the strips onto a pencil and remove. Then glue the end to make a little curled circle. Repeat as many times as you like to make your pumpkin.
    3. Arrange all your orange circles on a work surface and glue together.
    4. Cut 2 or 3 strips from green paper. Curl the ends and glue the straight ends into the top of your pumpkin.
    5. Cut a strip about 2 inches long from brown paper. Fold in half and glue to the top of your pumpkin for a stem. Allow everything to dry.
    6. Tie a string and hang up your pumpkin.
    Source: A Mom's Passion

    Saturday, June 23, 2012

    Halloween Spider Lollipop Craft

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    This Halloween spider lollipop craft is so cute! It's perfect as a party favor at your Halloween party or give them out at the door.

    Materials:

    • lollipop
    • 4 black pipe cleaners
    • google eyes
    • glue

    Directions:

    1. Hold 4 black pipe cleaners in your hand. Bend them all in half together.
    2. Put a lollipop in the fold and twist all the pipe cleaners around the stick a few times.
    3. Spread out the pipe cleaners and bend to look like legs.
    4. Glue on 2 google eyes on your spider.

    Source: Six in the Suburbs

    Halloween Paper Plate Spider Web Craft

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    Here's another Halloween spider web craft, this one from a paper plate. You can go simple black and white, or use various colored yarn to make colorful spider webs.

    Materials:

    • paper plate
    • scissors
    • yarn- simple black or many colors
    • plastic spider

    Directions:

    1. Cut little triangles evenly spaced all around the rim of a paper plate.
    2. Take yarn and start weaving around the edges making a spider web as you go. If you want a colorful web, just keep tying a different color yarn on the end and keep going. Tie the end when you're finished.
    3. Add a plastic spider to your web.
    Picture: 2 Flowers Learn
    Craft Source: Teach Preschool

    Halloween Orb Spider Web Craft

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    This is a really cool looking 3d Halloween spider web craft that adds a lot to your Halloween atmosphere. It's a little bit messy to make, but great fun.

    Materials:

    • white yarn
    • balloon
    • glue
    • water
    • large bowl
    • pin
    • plastic spiders

    Directions:
    1. Mix glue and water in a large bowl.
    2. Blow up a balloon and tie.
    3. Cut a very long length of yarn and soak it in the glue mixture and wrap around the balloon. Allow to dry completely.
    4. Pop the balloon with a pin and remove the pieces.
    5. Add some plastic spiders and hang up.

    Alternative: Instead, you could wrap the balloon in dry yarn first, and then roll around in a bowl of liquid starch for the same effect.



    Source: Craftberry Bush

    Halloween Chalk Spider Web Craft

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    This Halloween Chalk Spider Web Craft is fun and looks great.

    Materials:

    • black construction paper
    • pencil
    • white glue in bottles
    • chalk
    • plastic spider

    Directions:

    1. Have child put a dot in the center of the paper with a pencil
    2. Draw straight lines out from the center in all directions.
    3. Draw concentric circles from the center. Leave plenty of space between the circles.
    4. Trace the lines with white glue. It's easier if you keep the tip of the bottle on the paper. Allow to dry.
    5. Take chalk and rub over your web. Have children rub the chalk over the paper with their fingers. It helps the chalk stay on the paper and off the glue outline. It's fun, too.
    6. Glue a plastic spider on your web and hang up.
     Source: Art Projects for Kids
    Pictures: The Homeschool Den

    Halloween Spider Web Craft

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    This Halloween spider web craft is fun and easy for kids. It's good for fine motor skills and will look great hanging from the ceiling.

    Materials:

    • paper plate or other large circle
    • pencil
    • black construction paper or card stock
    • white yarn or string
    • small plastic spider or spider ring
    • scissors
    • tape

    Directions:
    1. Trace the paper plate on thick, black paper and cut out.
    2. Cut slits all around the outside of the circle.
    3. Take yarn and let kids weave over the circle to make their own spider web.  Add a little tape on the place you finished. Leave a long end of yarn.
    4. Attach a small plastic spider to your web.
    5. Take the end and hang up to display.

    Source: Preschool Learning and Crafts

    Friday, June 22, 2012

    Easy Dragonfly Bug Craft

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    This easy dragonfly bug craft is perfect for even the youngest students. It's simple, but looks so great. Good for a summer craft. The kids will love flying their dragonflies around the room.

    Materials:

    • colored craft stick or Popsicle stick(colored craft sticks are available from craft stores. Or simply paint your own.)
    • construction paper or craft foam
    • pencil
    • scissors
    • glue
    • glitter or glitter glue
    • marker

    Directions:

    1. Trace your craft stick twice on the color construction paper of your choice. Cut out your 2 wings. You could also just measure with a ruler and round off the ends.
    2. Glue your wings together in an "X" shape like a dragonfly's.
    3. Glue the wings on top of your craft stick.
    4. Decorate your dragonfly with glitter glue and spread around with your finger.
    5. Draw 2 eyes with a marker.
    6. If desired, add a strip magnet to the back and decorate the refrigerator.

    Spring Flowers and Vase Chopsticks Craft

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    This simple Spring flowers with vase craft is great for preschoolers. Use chopsticks, a paper cup, and construction paper.

    Materials:
    • 2 pair of disposable chopsticks(or short dowels)
    • paper cup
    • sharp pencil
    • flowers template or draw your own
    • construction paper
    • scissors
    • tape

    Directions:
    1. Trace 4 simple flower tops on colorful construction paper or draw your own and cut out.
    2. Break the chopsticks apart so you have 4.
    3. Tape the flowers to the tops of the chopsticks.
    4. Turn your paper cup upside down and poke 4 holes with a sharp pencil.
    5. Stick your flowers in the holes to make your vase. Finished.

    Halloween Handprint Owl Craft

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    This is a cool looking handprint owl craft for Halloween.

    Materials:

    • brown, orange, yellow, red, and black construction paper
    • white scrap paper
    • marker
    • scissors
    • pencil
    • glue

    Directions:

    • Trace child's hand 4 times on construction paper in fall colors and cut out.
    • Glue handprints down on another sheet of construction paper to make the owl shape. The fingers are the feathers. Only glue the palms.
    • Cut a semi-circle and glue on the head.
    • Cut out beak, feet, and eyes and glue on.


    Source: Preschool Playbook

    Fall Pumpkin Sun Catcher Craft

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    This Halloween Pumpkin Sun Catcher Craft will look great hanging in the window during Halloween or anytime.

    Materials:

    • pumpkin template from site below
    • yellow and orange tissue paper
    • black construction paper
    • scissors
    • contact paper
    • pencil
    • yarn
    • glue

    Directions:

    1. Cut the tissue paper into 1 inch squares.
    2. Fold back the backing of the contact paper. Put on the tissue paper squares in a 8 inch circle. Leave no gaps.
    3. Fold over the backing and smooth out any bubbles.
    4. Print and cut out the pumpkin template. Trace and cut out 2 pumpkins from black paper.
    5. Lay the template over the contact paper you decorated and trace the pumpkin shape. Cut out the shape slightly smaller than the line.
    6. Glue the contact on top of one pumpkin.
    7. Loop the yarn and glue to the top of the contact paper sticking out the top.
    8. Glue and sandwich the other pumpkin on top.
    9. Hang up your pumpkin in a window.

    Source: The Crafty Hostess

    Thursday, June 21, 2012

    Halloween Furry Fuzzy Ghosts Craft

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    This Halloween furry fuzzy ghosts craft is just about the cutest thing I've ever seen. I love this idea. It reminds me of Cousin It on the Adams Family.

    Materials:

    • Styrofoam cones
    • Fun Fur(from a local craft store)
    • white craft glue
    • scissors
    • marker
    • colored google eyes
    • straight pins

    Directions:
    1. Place the fun fur face down on the table. Start at one edge and roll the cone up in the fur, marking the bottom curve with a marker.
    2. Unravel the cone and mark the top curve. Include about an extra 1 inch on the edge of the fur piece. This will be the flap you glue over on top when you glue on your cone.
    3. Cut out the fur.
    4. Apply glue all over the back of the fur and roll up the cone inside wrapping the flap over the top. This part will be the back of your ghost. Stick in some straight pins to hold in place. Allow to dry.
    5. Blow a little bit on the face and glue on the eyes.
    6. Shake upside down or use a hair dryer for an extra fluffy look.


    Source: Crafts 'n Coffee

    Halloween Toilet Paper Roll Monsters Craft

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    You can make your own collection of these Halloween toilet roll monsters. All you need are toilet paper rolls, a few decorating materials and imagination.

    Materials:

    • toilet paper rolls
    • black, orange, green, and white paint
    • crepe paper streamers(white and green)
    • scissors
    • glue
    • google eyes
    • black marker
    • mini marshmallows(for Frankenstein's electrodes)
    • black construction paper(for the bat, not pictured)

    Directions:

    Ghost

    1. Paint the toilet roll all white.
    2. Draw eyes and mouth with a marker

    Jack-O-Lantern

    1. Paint all orange.
    2. Draw a face.
    3. Stuff some green crepe paper inside for the stem.

    Frankenstein

    1. Paint the top black and the rest green.
    2. Cut slits at the top for spiky hair.
    3. Draw mouth or scar.
    4. Glue on google eyes.
    5. Glue on mini-marshmallows for electrodes.

    Mummy

    1. Cover toilet roll in glue and wrap in white crepe paper.
    2. Glue on eyes.

    Bat

    1. Paint all black.
    2. Cut out 2 simple wings from black paper and glue on.
    3. Glue on google eyes.


    Source: Mommy Savers

    Halloween Yarn Ghosts Craft

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    I just love these cute little Halloween yarn ghosts.They're a scream!

    Materials:

    • various sizes Styrofoam cones
    • double sided tape
    • white yarn
    • google eyes
    • black felt
    • scissors
    • glue
    • butter knife
    • old candle or soap

    Directions:

    1. You might need to cut a little off the top of your Styrofoam cones. To make it easier, rub some wax or soap on the blade before cutting.
    2. Cover the cone in double sided tape, laying strips perpendicular.
    3. Wrap the cones tightly with white yarn.
    4. Glue on google eyes.
    5. Cut a little felt mouth and glue on.


    Source: Crafts 'n Coffee

    Halloween Frankenstein Mask Craft

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    This little Halloween Frankenstein mask craft is so cute. The original was made from a pre-cut wooden decoration, but you could easily trace and cut this design on cardboard. Decorate with paint and glitter.

    Materials:

    • cardboard(like an old cereal box)
    • pencil
    • scissors
    • big craft stick or tongue depressor
    • craft glue
    • black, green, blue, and/or silver acrylic paint
    • paintbrushes
    • glitter

    Directions:

    1. Cut open an old cereal box. Trace and cut out this simple Frankenstein design. Check your kids eyes and cut holes for your mask.
    2. Draw a line at the top for the hair.
    3. Paint the hair black, the face green, and the electrodes blue or silver. Allow to dry.
    4. Brush on craft glue section by section and cover in the matching color glitter and pour off the excess. Cut a little cardboard triangle for a nose, cover in blue glitter and glue on. Allow everything to dry.
    5. Draw or cut a line for the mouth.
    6. Glue a tongue depressor on the back for a handle. Trick or treat!
    7. You could also use aluminum foil for the electrodes.

    Source: Eliza Domestica

    Jellyfish Summer Kids Craft

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    Bring some beach fun home with this cute jellyfish summer craft. This one reminds me of the funny aliens from the old Muppet Show. The kids will love it.

    Materials:

    • kitchen sponge(without the rough side)
    • yarn
    • 2 large google eyes
    • 1 large paper clip
    • Glue

    Directions:
    1.  Cut the sponge into a simple jellyfish shape
    2. Cut 5 strands of yarn about 20 inches long. Pull the strands apart slightly with your fingers to make them fuzzier.
    3. Unroll a big paperclip and form a "U" shape.
    4. Wrap the strands of yarn around the "U" and stick into the back of the sponge.
    5. Glue some google eyes on the front.
    6. Hang your jellyfish near a window, so his tentacles wave in the wind.

    Source: Playful Crafts

    Clothespin Airplane Magnet Craft

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    This clothespin airplane magnet craft will look awesome on your refrigerator and useful as a note holder, too. Or the kids will just fly it all over the house.

    Materials:

    • clothespin
    • 2 craft sticks
    • 1 mini craft stick(or a regular one broke in half)
    • craft foam
    • paints and brushes
    • glue
    • strip magnets

    Directions:

    1. Paint the craft sticks and the clothespin the colors of your choice and allow to dry. It looks better if the body and wings are contrasting colors.
    2. Glue the long craft sticks on the top and bottom of the clothespin for wings and the short one for the tail.
    3. Cut a little triangle from craft foam and glue on the tail.
    4. Add strip magnets on the bottom and place on the refrigerator.

    Variation:

    I saw one idea where you glue a third craft stick in the middle of the clothespin to make a tri-plane.

    Source: Parents.com

    Monday, June 18, 2012

    President's Day Lincoln Log Cabin Craft

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    Here's another President's Day Lincoln Log Cabin craft. This one is flat, but still uses pretzel sticks to give the illusion of logs.

    Materials:

    • White paper
    • crayons
    • pretzel sticks
    • glue

    Directions:

    1. Have students draw a simple log cabin in profile on the paper. Or, pre-draw it for them and let them color it.
    2. Glue pretzel sticks on the side to look like logs.
     Source: February Favorite Ideas

    President's Day Washington Hatchet/Ax Craft 2

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    This is a very simple President's Day George Washington hatchet/ax craft kids can do and then reenact the famous story of little George Washington and the cherry tree.

    Materials:

    • silver or gray construction paper/ or glue aluminum foil onto construction paper and use that
    • short dowel rod, unsharpened pencil, or real stick.
    • pencil
    • scissors
    • glue

    Directions:

    1. Fold your silver or gray paper in half. From the fold, draw a simple hatchet/ax head shape as shown.
    2. Cut out from the fold, so you have a double hatchet/ax head that opens in the middle.
    3. Open your shape and put glue on one half and on the fold. Put the stick on the fold and glue the 2 sides together with the stick in the middle.

    Source: February Favorite Ideas

    President's Day Washington Hatchet/Ax Craft 1

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    Everyone knows the story of George Washington and the cherry tree. Now here's an easy President's Day George Washington hatchet/ax craft kids can do and then reenact the story themselves.

    Materials:

    • craft stick
    • yellow or grey construction paper
    • black marker or crayon
    • glue
    • scissors

    Directions:

    1. Draw and cut out a simple hatchet/ax as shown from yellow or grey paper.
    2. Glue the hatchet/ax head on the craft stick.
    3. Add 2 dots with a black crayon or marker to make the screws.
    4. To be really fancy, cut out 2 hatchet/ax heads and sandwich the craft stick between them with glue.

    Source: Free Preschool Crafts

    President's Day George Washington Wig Craft

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    This is a really fun craft for President's Day. Make a Powdered wig just like George Washington used to wear.

    Materials:

    • brown paper grocery bag
    • marker
    • scissors
    • lots of cotton balls
    • white glue and paintbrush
    • ribbon

    Directions:
    1.  Cut any handles off the bag.
    2. Fold the bag and lay down flat, smooth side up. From the open end of the bag draw a square window slightly bigger than your child's head. The bottom of the bag will be the top of the wig. If the bag is too tall, trim as necessary.
    3. Cut out the window on the front side. Put it on his head to check the size.
    4. Cut the along the edges of the bag in back so the sides hang freely. Later you will tie the back into a pony tail.
    5. Use a paintbrush and cover the entire bag with glue and cover in cotton balls to look like an old powdered wig. Allow to dry.
    6. Tie the back flap with a ribbon to make the pony tail.

    This is a great craft to do along with the George Washington hatchet craft.



    Source: Parents Connect

    President's Day Lincoln Log Cabin Craft

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    Here's a really fun President's Day Lincoln log cabin craft that kids can mostly do on their own and brings out their creativity.

    Materials:

    • white paper
    • brown construction paper
    • scissors
    • glue
    • a penny

    Directions:

    1. Have students cut the brown paper into strips. Draw lines for them to cut or let them go free handed.
    2. Glue on strips for the walls and roof to make the outline of the house. Glue more strips horizontally to fill in the log cabin. Trim the strips as necessary.
    3. Cut a rectangular door and 2 square windows.
    4. Glue on a penny so it looks like Lincoln is looking out the window.
    5. If desired, add a black chimney.

    Source: All Kids Network

    President's Day Lincoln Pretzel Log Cabin

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    Here's a cute and tasty craft idea for President's Day. Make a Lincoln log cabin from pretzel sticks.

    Materials:

    • small empty milk carton
    • pretzel sticks
    • crackers
    • chocolate frosting or peanut butter
    • Rolo chocolate candies
    • scissors
    • tape

    Directions:

    1. Wash and dry a small milk carton. Cut the top flap off and tape closed.
    2. Spread peanut butter or chocolate frosting on the side of the milk carton and cover with pretzel sticks. Repeat this process until you've made your cabin. Break off the sticks as necessary.
    3. Glue on a cracker door and window.
    4. Glue on a Rolo Candy on top for a chimney.

    Source: Kaboose

    Sunday, June 17, 2012

    President's Day Mt. Rushmore Mask Craft

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    This is just a fabulously fun idea. Make a President's Day Mt. Rushmore mask craft from a paper plate. It could also be fun for Halloween.

    Materials:

    • paper plate
    • scissors
    • Mt. Rushmore presidents faces template
    • scissors
    • crayons
    • glue
    • Popsicle stick
    • tape

    Directions:

    1. Find coloring pages of all 4 Mt. Rushmore presidents. Blow them up and give a set to each child.
    2. Cut the middle out of a paper plate.
    3. Introduce Mt. Rushmore. Each child will decide which presidents' face they want to be. Students color the other 3 presidents' faces.
    4. Color the rim of the paper plate grey or brown like rock.
    5. Glue the other presidents' faces on the paper plate in the correct order.
    6. Tape a Popsicle stick to the bottom for a handle.

    Source: TippyToe Crafts

    President's Day Mt. Rushmore Coin Rubbings Craft

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    This is a great President's Day Mt Rushmore Craft idea using coin rubbings.

    Materials:

    • white paper
    • brown crayon
    • a quarter, nickel, dime, and penny
    • scissors
    • glue
    • blue construction paper

    Directions:

    1. Tape the coins face down on white paper in the following order; penny, dime, nickel, penny.
    2. Turn over and rub all over with a brown crayon to make the rubbings. Rub over a large area.
    3. Cut out the rubbings in a mountain, Mt. Rushmore like shape.
    4. Glue the mountain to a sheet of blue construction paper.
    5. Include a hand out on Mt. Rushmore if desired.
    Source: Crafty Classroom

    Christmas Tree Craft Stick Ornament Craft

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    This is a beautiful and fun Christmas Tree ornament craft made from craft sticks.

    Materials:

    • 1 jumbo craft stick or tongue depressor
    • 5 craft sticks/Popsicle sticks
    • green and brown paint
    • paintbrushes
    • yarn or ribbon
    • gold and silver pipe cleaners
    • scissors
    • glue
    • colorful sequins


    Directions:

    1. Cut 1 craft stick in half.
    2. Cut about an inch off each end of two more craft sticks.
    3. Paint the jumbo craft stick brown and all the smaller craft stick green and allow to dry.
    4. Glue the green craft sticks across the front of the brown one to make your tree as shown. Allow to dry.
    5. Glue colorful sequins on the green branches for ornaments.
    6. Bend a short length of silver pipe cleaner into a star and glue to the top.
    7. Glue lengths of gold pipe cleaner on the tree for tinsel. Allow everything to dry.
    8. Loop and glue a piece of yarn or ribbon to the back to hang up. Secure with a bit of tape.

    Source: Kaboose

    Christmas Tree Drinking Straw Collage Craft

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    This is a great looking and fun Christmas tree collage craft made from drinking straws.

    Materials:

    • various colored plastic drinking straws
    • scissors
    • glue
    • sheet of construction paper(blue is nice)

    Directions:

    1. Cut colored drinking straws into various lengths. Make a triangle or pyramid shape with green and red.
    2. Glue the tree in place on construction paper.
    3. Glue on smaller pieces for the ornaments, tree base, and star.

    Source: Reading Confetti

    President's Day Lincoln Penny Pendant Craft

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    This is an easy and fun craft for President's Day or the 4th of July. It might also make a good Christmas tree ornament. All you need is construction paper and a penny.

    Materials:

    • red, white, and blue construction paper
    • 3 sizes star template from site below
    • scissors
    • hole punch
    • glue
    • yarn
    • a penny

    Directions:

    1. Follow the link below and print out the 3 different size star templates.
    2. Trace and cut out a, big blue star, medium white star, and a small red star from construction paper.
    3. Glue the stars on top of one another as shown.
    4. Glue a penny with Lincoln in the middle. You could also use tape to preserve the penny. Hey, it's still money!
    5. Punch a hole in the top of the star.
    6. Loop a piece of yarn through and tie.
    7. Hang up to decorate or wear around your neck.

    Source: Babble
    Template from Enchanted Learning

    President's Day Coin Finger Puppet Crafts

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    I just love these President's Day Coin Finger Puppet Crafts. The idea of using the coins for the faces is brilliant.  Fun and easy to make, these crafts can teach about the presidents, American history, and money at the same time.

    Materials:

    • black and blue construction paper
    • white paper
    • scissors
    • tape
    • a penny and a quarter

    Directions:

    1. Cut a 3 inch square from both color construction paper.
    2. Roll the squares into a tube to fit around your finger and tape in place.
    3. Tape the coins near the top of the tubes.
    4. For Lincoln, cut a narrow triangle for the front of the suit. Draw on a bow tie and tape below the penny.
    5. Cut a thin, black rectangle and tape for Lincoln's hat.
    6. Cut a small blue square from blue paper.
    7. Fold in half diagonally to make a triangle shape. Cut a slit on the bottom and slip over Washington's head.
    8. Cut a white ruffles shape and tape on for the front of Washington's shirt.

    Source: Kaboose

    President's Day Washington/Lincoln Face Crafts

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    These are great President's Day Washington and Lincoln Face Crafts.

    Materials:

    • peach and black construction paper
    • white paper
    • scissors
    • glue

    Directions:

    1. Cut angular faces of the 2 presidents as shown from peach colored construction paper. Don't forget Lincoln's ear.
    2. Cut hats, beard, eyes, eyebrows, and mouths from black construction paper.
    3. For Washington's powdered wig, cut a rectangular piece of white paper and fold the bottom twice.
    4. Glue all the face pieces together to make your presidents. This is great for a bulletin board display.
    Source: Lazy Stay at Home Mommy

    Christmas Streamers Craft

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    These cute and easy Christmas streamers are perfect for dancing to bring in the holiday season.

    Materials:

    • red and green streamers
    • tape
    • string or pipe cleaner
    • jingle bells
    • Popsicle sticks or tongue depressors

    Directions:

    1. Cut 2 streamers each of green and red about 24 inches(60 cm) long.
    2. Tape the ends of the streamers together like the end of a shoe lace.
    3. Thread the jingle bell on a piece of string or pipe cleaner. Tape to the Popsicle stick.
    4. Tape the ends of the streamers around the top of the Popsicle stick.
    5. Dance to your favorite Christmas songs.
     Source: Learning 4 Kids

    Christmas Snowman Ornament Craft

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    This is a really cute Christmas snowman ornament craft you can hang on the tree.

    Materials:

    • 3 round objects in large, medium, and small(various lids are good)
    • white and orange craft foam
    • glue dots or glue
    • monofilament, string, or fishing line
    • scissors
    • black marker
    • festive ribbon
    • buttons

    Directions:

    1. Trace and cut out 2 sets each of 3 different size circles, giving you a total of 6 circles.
    2. Lay one set down on a flat surface about 1/4 in apart and glue a length of monofilament or fishing line down the middle. Glue the other matching circles on top.
    3. Draw eyes and a mouth on the head.
    4. Cut out an orange carrot nose from craft foam and glue on the face.
    5. Glue buttons on the body.
    6. Tie a ribbon between the head and body for a scarf.
    7. Tie the top in a loop and hang on the tree.
    Source: Family Fun
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