Thursday, January 29, 2009

Finger Painting

Finger Painting

What you need:

  • 1 cup of cold water
  • 2.5 liters of boiling water (5.25pints)
  • 1 cup of soap flakes
  • 1 cup laundry starch
  • ½ cup of talcum powder
  • powder paints or food coloring

What to do:

  1. Begin by dissolving the starch in cold water.
  2. Add the boiling water slowly while stirring.
  3. Add the soap flakes and talcum powder and lastly the paint or coloring.
  4. Allow to cool.

  • Let the children paint pictures on paper with the finger paint.
  • Now make impressions of the pictures by pressing a piece of paper on the picture.
  • Use the finger painting prints as gift wrapping.

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Cool Kids Crafts - Cool Corder Machine

Cool Kids Crafts - Cool Corder Machine

Do you love the look of knitted accessories? Would you like to create your own, but don't know the first thing about knitting? If so, you'll love the Cool Corder Knitting Machine.

The Cool Corder comes with everything you need to get started, including a weighted clip, tapestry needle, yarn, embroidery floss, pony beads, and a booklet containing detailed instructions and projects. Some of the things you can make with it include loopy scarves, braided belts, bracelets, and cording to use on all sorts of accessories.

The Cool Corder is very easy to use. It's designed for ages 6 and up, but it's quite popular among adults as well. It makes cording quick and easy, so even the most experienced crafter can save some time with it.

This little machine can help you create stylish accessories at a fraction of the cost. It takes no batteries, so the only thing you'll need to buy is the yarn, thread or floss required to complete each project. It can literally pay for itself after just a few simple projects. You can make gifts for next to nothing, and you can sport a new accessory every day of the week without spending a lot of money.

If you're looking for a great gift for a crafter, the Cool Corder is a fine choice. At $16.99, it's inexpensive, yet it's one of those gifts that keep on giving. You could even add some yarn or embroidery floss and still have a great gift to give for less than $25.

The Cool Corder can help young or inexperienced crafters start making great looking accessories in a matter of minutes. And those who craft regularly love it because it helps them complete their creations much quicker. It's a very useful product, and it's so easy to use that a child can do it.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Kids Crafts To Make - Teaching kids to preserve memories through scrapbook

Kids Crafts To Make - Teaching kids to preserve memories through scrapbook

Memories are always meant to be preserved because these will remind people of the good experiences they had in their life times. In order to preserve good memories and experiences, more and more parents encourage their children to create their own scrapbooks at such an early age so they can keep their childhood memories intact.

Indeed, scrapbooking is one of the most effective and enjoyable ways of keeping memories safe and fun to look at. By collecting and keeping bits and pieces of memories together, anybody can create and tell a story. For children, scrapbooking can be a learning experience because this can teach them the value of resourcefulness, creativity, patience, and perseverance.

Getting Started

Scrapbooking is one enjoyable activity you can share with your kids. It can also be one of those activities they can share with their playmates and friends. But, before you get excited in starting to teach your kids the beauty of scrapbooking, there are some things you need to consider.

1. The first thing to consider in encouraging your kids to get into scrapbooking is their interest in the craft

If your child is one of those who are into arts and into collecting mementos to create another work of art. Then she or he is the perfect candidate for the activity because she/he already has the drive and the creativity to create another masterpiece.

2. What it your kid is not interested in crafts?

But if your child is not yet interested with crafts and arts, it doesn’t mean he/she cannot indulge into scrapbooking. In fact, this is the perfect time to introduce him/her into a new world of exciting and enjoyable activity.

3. Consider the available space:

Aside from the interest of your child in crafts and arts, another thing you need to consider is the availability of space where your kids can do the activity. Since scrapbooking requires a lot of materials, you will need a space big enough for them to sprawl and to scatter the materials they will use for making the scrapbook. It is advisable that you provide a space where kids can do their scrapbook and a place where they can leave their stuff.

4. Next, you need to consider the amount of materials your child will need.

Since you are about to teach him /her basic scrapbooking, you will need the materials which you can find in the four walls of your house.

Here’s a quick list of the materials and supplies your kid needs:

  • Paper or scrapbook paper usually 12x12 in size
  • Pens and colored pencils
  • Photos
  • Scrapbooking die-cuts and cut-outs
  • Scrapbooking tools such as punchers
  • Scissors
  • Trimmers and rulers
  • Stamps – rubber, clear and foam
  • Adhesives and removers
  • Stickers of different designs, color, and sizes
  • Tags
  • Different templates
  • Totes and organizers
  • Transparencies
  • Albums and old scrapbooks
  • Alphabets
  • Books and scrapbooking magazines for scrapbook ideas
  • Old cards
  • Embellishments such as eyelets, brads, nails and tacks
  • Colored and specialty papers
  • Scrapbook apparels such as scrapbook kits for starters.

Here are some cost saving tips for parents who wish to teach their children scrapbooking but don’t have the means to buy expensive scrapbooking supplies and materials:

1. Gather old pictures and let your kids scrap the photos you no longer need.

2. Whenever you go to the developing center, ask for the double prints and let your children experiment with the doubles.

3. After completing a specific project, make sure that you put the leftovers and unused scraps in a container so the kids can use it for another scrapbooking session.

4. Go over your old stuff and bring out the supplies you will no longer use.

5. Guide the kids in making scrapbooks so they will not consume supplies, time and effort in doing projects they cannot use.

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Monday, January 5, 2009

Bible School Crafts: An Invitation To A Wedding Bible School Craft

Bible School Crafts: An Invitation To A Wedding Bible School Craft

This is one of our bible school crafts that the kids love doing and it is great fun. The kids make a "Wedding Invitation" card with the invitation on the one side of the card and the Bible verse on the other side. Our "Invitation To A Wedding" craft is for the kids that are a little older and who knows what a wedding invitation looks like, and that are able to write the invitations as well as the bible verse at the back.

The Bible Verse: Joh. 2:11 This act in Cana of Galilee was the first sign Jesus gave, the first glimpse of his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

What you need for this bible school craft:
  • Good quality paper to cut the cards from

  • Thick glue

  • Paint brush to brush the glue on with

  • Different colors confetti

  • Black felt tipped pens

  • A ruler

  • A pencil

What you will need for variation one:
  • Small pictures of flowers

  • Small pictures of wedding bells

What you will need for variation two:
  • Good quality glossy paint

  • Paint brushes

How to do this craft:
  1. Cut cards from the poster paper to the size of a large wedding invitation card.

  2. Draw a broad border with the pencil and ruler around the one side of the card.

  3. Write an invitation to a wedding in the middle of the card on the side that you drew the border on.

  4. Write the bible verse on the other side of the card.

  5. Paint the border that you drew with the tick glue and sprinkle the confetti on to completely caver the border.

  6. Leave the card to dry for at least an hour.

  1. In stead of the confetti the border can also be made "collage" style with small pictures of flowers and wedding bells cut from magazines.

  2. Another variation, if the kids are older and a little more artistic, is for the kids to decorate the border by painting a decorative design on it.

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Sunday, January 4, 2009

Children Craft Ideas - Crafting as a Family

Children Craft Ideas - Crafting as a Family

Looking for Children Craft Ideas? Why not crafting as a family? In these busy times, it can be difficult to get the whole family together to do anything. And when we do gather, all too often it's in front of the television, leaving little opportunity for bonding and enjoying one another's company. Getting creative together is a much more rewarding way to spend family time.

Crafting as a family may seem impossible, especially when you have children who were born several years apart. But there are many projects that, with a little help for the younger kids, are appropriate for all ages.

Here are some ideas of crafting as a family that can be used as Children Craft Ideas.

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1. Tie-dying and fabric painting

Making custom-made t-shirts is a great project for the whole family. Tie-dying is easy enough for small children to participate, yet older kids and teens love the look it creates. Fabric painting is also a great way to decorate clothing, and the paint comes in squeeze bottles and jars so your kids can use the method that suits them best.

2. Beaded jewelry

Stringing beads to make necklaces, bracelets, and anklets is one of the simplest crafts there is. While this is not a good project for toddlers because they could swallow the beads, children of preschool age and up can participate. Plastic needles can be used to make beading safer for little hands, and large beads will be easier for them to string. Older children may prefer to use smaller beads, so give them a few different sizes and styles to choose from.

3. Scrapbooking

Although younger children do not have the motor skills to create scrapbook pages on their own, they can certainly help. They can assist in choosing pictures and embellishments for each page, and they can glue on an occasional piece. Children who are just learning to write can do handwritten journaling that will bring back fond memories in a few years. And teens and preteens can create layouts and crop photos.

4. Clay crafts

Creating beads, figurines and other items out of clay is a great project for the family. Younger children can use Play Doh if it's easier or more familiar for them, as it will harden when dry. Clay is great for creating holiday decorations, gifts, and decorative containers.

5. Holiday decorations

Many families turn crafting into a Christmas tradition by having each member make an ornament for the tree each year. But you could also use other holidays for family crafting inspiration. Before Halloween, for example, you could carve or decorate miniature pumpkins together. Any holiday is a great excuse to get everyone together and get creative.

Simple crafts are great for getting the family to work together. These projects are easy enough for young children, but they provide the opportunity for older children and parents to put their creativity to work too. These family craft ideas are ideal to use as Children Craft Ideas. Working together as a family, ideal for homeschoolers!

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