Saturday, May 31, 2008

Kids Summer Crafts - Decorating Flower Pots Craft

This is one of our really fun kid's summer crafts. It can also be used as a spring craft and then you can plant some plant in it that needs to be planted in spring. Doing kids summer crafts is a way to get outdoors with the kids and have fun in the sun.

What you need for this crafts:

  • Terra-Cotta flower pots
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Thick white crafts glue
  • Paint markers
  • Pencil
  • Clear fat glass marbles (you should get these at a crafts shop)
  • Potting soil
  • A suitable seedling for the pot
  • Watering can with water

How to do this craft:

In this craft we are going to decorate our flower pots with different slithery snakes and some bugs.

  1. Let's start with a snake to coil around the pot
  2. Take the marbles and draw eyes with paint on the flat side of the marbles. If you do not want to do this you can of course get colored marbles and use as is.
  3. Let the easy dry.
  4. With your pencil draw a snake's head and the snake's body curling around your pot and ending at the bottom.
  5. Using your paint, color in your snake. Leave spaces spread over the body of your snake so you can use another color and paint spots and stripes for your snake.
  6. Let the one color dry and then do the spots.
  7. Use the paint markers to draw the outlines of your snake.
  8. Now ask an adult to paint your thumbs with paint.
  9. Press your thumb on any of the empty spaces between your curling snake to make the bodies of ladybirds.
  10. Draw the detail of the ladybird's spots etc. with your paint marker.
  11. Stick the snake's eyes on with the clue and let it dry.
  12. Fill your pot with potting soil and plant your seedling.
  13. Water your plant.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Food Crafts For Kids - Make Your Own Soda

This is one of our easy Food Crafts For Kids that is maybe more of a science lesson than a crafts. With this craft the kids will see how the acid in the juice reacts with the alkaline bicarbonate of soda. In this easy food craft for kids they make a simple lemon and orange soda that is good enough to drink.

What you need for this craft:

  • 2 Cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 Cups freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 Teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • 4 Teaspoons of sugar
  • 4 Cups of water

How to do this craft:

  1. Mix the juices and the water.
  2. Add the sugar and stir until melted.
  3. Add the bicarbonate of soda and stir (observe the bubbles as the carbon dioxide forms as a result of the bicarbonate of soda reacting with the juice.)
  4. Your soda drink is ready to drink.

You have to drink the soda immediately as the bubbles will disappear fast when the reaction stops.

This craft is an example of the many food crafts for kids that is more than just fun, it is a science lesson as well.

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You can also visit my site Fun Kids Crafts.

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Food Crafts For Kids: Baking Tasty Bread Rolls

This is one of our food crafts for kids that can serve as a science lesson as well. You can explain to the kids how the yeast grows on the flour and sugar to produce carbon dioxide and that it is the bubbles of carbon dioxide trapped in the dough that gives the bread its lovely soft texture.

As this craft use heat, it must be done with adult supervision. I also do not think the kids will mange the kneading on their own. Make sure you use oven mitts when you take the rolls out of the oven.

What you need for this craft:

  • 1 lb Strong white bread flour
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 2 Teaspoons easy-blend instant yeast
  • 2 Teaspoons sugar
  • 1 Cup of boiled cooled water (you may need a little more depending on the strength of the flour)
  • 2 Tablespoons of oil
  • Milk for brushing
  • A food brush
  • A greased baking tray
  • A large glass bowl
  • A wooden spoon
  • Sesame seeds
  • Oven mitts
  • Wire rack

How to do this craft:

  1. Sift the flour and the salt into a glass bowl.
  2. Add the sugar and yeast and stir it in.
  3. Pour the warm water and the oil into this mixture and stir it in with the wooden spoon to make a soft dough (the water must only be warm and not too hot or it will kill the yeast and your bread rolls will not rise.)
  4. Now you have to dust a clean work surface with flour.
  5. Place the dough onto this surface and gently knead it until soft and elastic.
  6. Keep on kneading, folding the dough and kneading again for about 10 minutes (you and mom will have to take turns!)
  7. Place the dough back into your bowl and cover it with plastic cling wrap.
  8. Leave the dough in a warm place to rise until it has doubled in size. This should take about 1 ½ hours.
  9. Going back to your work surface, sprinkle it with flour again and knead it for about a minute to squeeze out any large air bubbles.
  10. Now you break the dough into 12 even pieces.
  11. Roll each piece into a ball and place it on your baking tray.
  12. Cover the rolls with cling wrap and let them rise in a warm place until they have doubled in size (about 40 minutes)
  13. Preheat the oven to 4250 F or gas mark 7.
  14. Brush the rolls with a little milk and sprinkle it with the sesame seeds.
  15. Bake the rolls in the oven for 12-15 minutes until done (to test if they are done knock on them lightly and they should sound hollow, remember to use oven mitts!)
  16. Take the rolls out of the oven and leave them to cool in the baking tray for two minutes.
  17. Place them on a wire rack to cool.

You may be wondering why the rolls stop rising once in the oven. It is because the heat of the oven kills the yeast and it stops growing. So, in this food craft for kids we have learned about yeast and how it works in the baking process. This is an example of food crafts for kids that can be very helpful in homeschooling.

As summer is coming you may be looking for summer crafts, you can get really fun summer crafts at Fun Kids Craft And on the same site you can get Bible Crafts to turn any bible story lesson into a fun activity. If you are looking for even more crafts you will find lots of crafts at Fun Kid Crafts and Bible Crafts for kids.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Kids Crafts Ideas: Making Peanut Clusters

When you are thinking of kid's crafts ideas, you must not make the mistake of overlooking the easy crafts. Kids love doing crafts that gives them results fast and if the result is edible, even the better. Making peanut clusters fall into this very easy kids crafts category, it is quick and the end result is very tasty.

Note: because the chocolate needs to be melt over hot water, this craft must be done under adult supervision.

What you need for this craft:

  • 8oz Plain milk chocolate (any chocolate will do it does not have to be cooking chocolate; I often use ordinary plain milk chocolate)
  • 2 Tablespoon smooth peanut butter
  • 1 Cup peanuts
  • A small pot or saucepan
  • Water
  • A glass bowl that fits onto your pot or saucepan without touching the water in it
  • Spoon for stirring
  • Teaspoon
  • Baking tray sprayed with non-stick spray

How to do this craft:

  1. Half fill your pot with water and bring it to the boil.
  2. Remove from the heat.
  3. Break the milk chocolate up into pieces and place them in the glass bowl.
  4. Place the bowl over the hot water and stir until melted.
  5. Add the peanut butter and peanuts and stir through until all the peanuts are well covered with chocolate and the peanut butter is mixed through well.
  6. Spoon teaspoons full of the mixture and allow the chocolate to set.
  7. Your clusters are now ready to eat.

For more fun and easy kids crafts, visit Fun Kids Crafts. You can also get fun summer crafts at Fun Kids Crafts. For Bible crafts visit Bible Crafts For Kids. You can also get more Fun Kid Crafts HERE.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Kid's Summer Crafts: Make A Bird Cake Summer Crafts

This is one of our Kid's Summer Crafts that can be responsible for hour of pleasure and learning for the kids. Making the bird cake is great fun and afterwards, watching the birds feed and noting which birds are attracted by the cake, is even more fun. Show the kids to keep a safe distance and to be completely still so as not to scare the birds away.

Because the fat is going to be melted on the stove, this craft has to be done with adult supervision.

What you need for this easy kid's summer craft:

  • A bowl
  • Hard white cooking fat (in South Africa we will use Holsum)
  • Breadcrumbs
  • A variety of chopped nuts
  • Some mixed bird seed
  • Oatmeal
  • A plastic cup
  • A spoon
  • A small saucepan
  • A piece of string
  • A pair of scissors
  • A nut shell with a hole in it

This is how you do this craft:

  1. Cut a long piece of string.
  2. Thread it through the hole in the nut shell and make a really big not at the bottom where the string goes through the shell. This should prevent the string from pulling out of the shell.
  3. Take your cup and measure a little of all the nuts, bird seed, breadcrumbs and oatmeal to be enough to almost fill your cup.
  4. Place this mixture into the bowl.
  5. Heat some of your fat in the saucepan until it is melted. Let an adult help you.
  6. Pour this melted fat on top of your seed mixture in the bowl.
  7. Using a spoon mix this thoroughly so that all the food is well covered with the fat and can easily stick together.
  8. Place your sting with the shell and knot side at the bottom in the cup.
  9. Spoon your cake mixture into the cup pressing down well so that it fits in tight.
  10. Make sure that you keep the string in the middle so that the end of the string comes out of the middle of your cake. This will ensure that your cake will hang better on the tree.
  11. Allow the cake to cool down completely until the fat has set and is hard.
  12. When your mixture is set, pull the cake out of the cup carefully, with the string.
  13. Now your bird cake is ready for you to hang it outside on a branch and to start your bird watching.

As you can see, this is one of our kid's summer crafts that is a craft and a biology lesson all in one. This makes the craft very suitable for homeschoolers. Use the opportunity to draw the kids' attention to all the different birds visiting your cake and what it is they eat. Making the cake is fun but, once the cake is finished, you can simply put out some left over food such as bread crumbs, leftover rice, cheese fruit etc. and watch the birds feasting.

If you are looking for more Kids Summer Crafts you can go to Fun Kids Crafts.
You can also get very good bible crafts at Bible Crafts For Kids.
For last minute mother's day crafts you can get those on Fun Kids Crafts as well.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Easy Summer Craft: A Pretty Flower Pen

This easy summer craft is for those little ladies that have a lot of appointments to keep for the summer! A beautiful pen with a flower on top

What you need for this craft:

  1. A silk flower of your choice, choose one to go with the color of your ribbon and it must have a stem on it of 2" (trim the stem if it is too long)
  2. Craft glue
  3. A pen without a clip for the pocket
  4. Craft scissors
  5. Double-sided tape
  6. Satin ribbon, enough to cover your pen when you wrap it around your pen

How to do this craft:

  1. Start by placing a strip of double-sided tape along the length of the pen leaving about a ½" at the point of the pen.
  2. Now you start at the point side of the pen and place about a ¼" piece length wise on the double-sided tape from the top down to the bottom.
  3. Wind the ribbon around the pen widthwise from the bottom covering the end of the ribbon.
  4. Continue winding the ribbon to the top of the pen until there is 2" over.
  5. Place the stem of the flower on the double-sided tape and continue winding the ribbon around the pen and the stem to cover the stem. This way you are attaching the flower to the pen.
  6. When you reach the top of the pen, you apply a drop of glue onto the ribbon.
  7. Now you smooth the ribbon around and onto the pen pressing it down with your finger.
  8. Let the pen dry for at least 15 minutes to dry completely.

You now have a beautiful pen to use this summer. For more summer crafts you can visit Fun Kids Crafts. You can also get more summer crafts HERE. If you are looking for kids bible crafts you can visit Bible Crafts For Kids

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Fun Kids Crafts: Make A Blow-Painted Monster

Once again this is one of our fun kid's crafts that also serve as a science lesson. It can get a little messy so make sure you cover the floor with newspapers if the kids are still small as they can get a little over zealous.

In this craft the idea is to show the kids that when they blow on the paint, without the straw, nothing much happens as the flow of air spreads out when it leaves the mouth and it's hard to aim it directly on the paint. On the other hand, blowing through the straw it is easy to direct the flow of air directly onto the paint.

What you need for this fun kid's craft:

  • Thick paper
  • Runny paint (at least 2 colors)
  • A straw
  • A felt tipped pen

How you do this craft:

  1. If your paint is a bit thick, mix it with a little water so it becomes runny but, not watery.
  2. Pour paint on the paper and pour another color next to it.
  3. First try and blow on it with your mouth just to see what happens.
  4. Now take the straw and hard directly on the paint to make it spread in different directions.
  5. Keep on blowing until you have a nicely shaped "Monster." This is up to you to decide when you are satisfied with your monster.
  6. Now you can use your straw to draw arms and legs for your monster.
  7. When your monster is dry, use the felt tipped pen to draw eyes and a mouth.
  8. Experiment with different color combinations and see how the color changes at the places where the paint mixes. See what the effect is if you use more colors, experiment and have fun.

This is one of our fun kid's crafts that is very suitable for homeschooling to teach the kids about air flow and also about colors and how mixing colors produces another color. Enjoy this fun kid's craft.

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Saturday, May 3, 2008

Fun Kids Crafts: Melting chocolate

This is one of our fun kids crafts that needs to be done with adult supervision. The kids love this one as they get to eat the chocolate when they are done. Make sure that you do not overheat the chocolate and also make very sure that no water or any other liquid drips in the chocolate as it will make the chocolate go lumpy. Beware of the steam! Later we can try and let the kids do more elaborate chocolate crafts, but for now lets just do this simple one.

What you need for this craft:

  • Brown cooking chocolate chips (about 5oz. should be enough)
  • White cooking chocolate chips (about 5oz. should be enough)
  • A baking tray
  • Two glass bowls
  • A saucepan filled with water (the correct size so the glass bowls will fit over it)
  • Baking parchment to line the baking tray
  • Spoon to stir the chocolate
  • Two teaspoons
  • Two tooth picks
  • Oven mitts.

This is how you do this easy kids craft:

  1. Line your baking tray with baking parchment.
  2. Put the chocolate chips in the bowls.
  3. Fill your saucepan with water and heat it until the water bubbles.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat.
  5. Whilst wearing oven mitts, carefully put the bowl of brown milk chocolate on the saucepan.
  6. Stir the chocolate until it is melted.
  7. Lift the bowl out of the saucepan wearing your oven mitts.
  8. Now you place the bowl of white chocolate chips on the saucepan and stir until it is melted.
  9. If the water get cold, reheat it a little but, make very sure that your chocolate never touches the boiling water as it burns very easily.
  10. With your teaspoon, put drops of the brown chocolate on the tray, use about 3/4 of the chocolate.
  11. Spread them with your teaspoon to form circles.
  12. Now using the other teaspoon drop the same amount of white chocolate on the baking tray.
  13. Spread them with your teaspoon to form circles.
  14. Now you drop small amounts of withe chocolate on the brown chocolate and make little patterns with your tooth pick.
  15. Do the same with the brown chocolate on the white.
  16. Place your chocolate in the refrigerator until it is set (it must not set too fast.)
  17. When your chocolate rounds have set, lift them of off the baking tray and store them in an airtight container in the fridge and consume them within a week.

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Friday, May 2, 2008

Fun Kids Crafts: Making Leaf Prints Gift Wrapping For Mom's Mother's Day Gift

This is one of our fun kid's crafts that the kids find absolutely fascinating. Kids love making things they can actually use. I thought with mother's day around the corner, what better opportunity can you get to make this fun wrapping paper. It is spring now and you should be able to find lovely new leaves for this craft.

What you need for this craft:

*White wrapping paper

*Leafs, try and get a wide variety to make really pretty paper (not dried out)

*Thick paint (as many colors as you want to use)

*Paint brushes (one for each color you want to use)

*Old plates (one for every color you want to use)

*An old newspaper

This is what you need to do:

1. Pour some paint onto one of the plates.

2. Ad a little water to the paint to make it only a little bit runnier.

3. Place one of your leaves on an old newspaper with the underside facing up.

4. Now you brush a thick layer of paint onto the underside of the leaf.

5. Press the leaf with the painted side down on the newspaper to remove excess paint.

6. Now your leaf is ready to press on the white gift wrapping as your first print.

7. Continue with more leaves and colors until your gift wrap is covered.

This is one of our fun kids' crafts that give you an ideal opportunity for a biology lesson. Tell the kids about the tree sucking up water from the soil, with the water flowing up the stem and then into the leaves through the veins. Show them how the veins can be seen clearly in the prints on the paper.

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Doing kids crafts are such fun. Kids love making "things" and using this love to teach them is a good way to make learning fun. Although doing crafts is an ideal way to teach kids, the fun element must be the most important part of a craft.

Finding crafts can be a problem. I think we all know how time consuming it can be to search the internet for crafts. That is not necessary though, as there is a site where you can lots of easy and fun crafts for the kids. Have a look at "Fun Kids Crafts" at you will find lots of fun and easy crafts on that site.

In my next post I'll give you a fun kids craft to do. So now I have to run to go and get that craft for you.

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