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When daddy’s at work, have him think about the kiddos and the family! Let kids redo this basic office staple as a gift for Dad — their messages will last well beyond Father’s Day.

How To:

Wrap a rubber band around a notepad cube and have kids write greetings and make drawings on two sides with a broad, pointy marker. (Fine tips will get caught between the pages.) Move band, and decorate the other two sides. Tie the notepad with a colorful ribbon. As an added gift, slide in a pen.

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Need to find a cheap and fun activity for summer? Here it is! Whether you are home or on vacation, there are always rocks somewhere. With just a few supplies — paint, glue, and clay — children can transform the stones they stumble across into animals, people, or toys.

Both tempera and acrylic paints work well for rock craft projects; tempera looks chalkier but washes off easily, making it the best choice for kids. Acrylic paint has a glossy finish. Before painting, kids should sketch out their plan: It’s easier to envision what the finished project will look like if they draw it first with pencil on paper. You can also talk it over with your child if that is easier than sketching so that you have a plan.

Stones are as distinctive as people. Some can be slender; another, dappled and rotund. Family members can paint their initials on the rocks that suit them and turn them into refrigerator magnets too!


Rock Frogs
Ribbit! These frogs are trying to look relaxed, but as anyone can see, their heavy-lidded eyes are ready to pop open at the prospect of a fly lunch.


Pig Magnets
Attached with cement glue, flat disks are perfect for making pig-shaped magnets.

 

Tips for this craft activity:

  1. Glue rocks together before painting them, attaching small stone features such as eyes, feet, or beaks to body parts before joining larger parts
  2. Attach whiskers and tails after painting.
  3. Cement glue makes the strongest bond but should be used only by parents working in a well-ventilated area. (Kid-friendly glues are less durable and are best for rock crafts that will sit on shelves.)

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Summer is here and it’s time to take old canvas shoes (preferably white or a lighter color) and make them look bright and new for summer!

With fabric dye, kids can easily create new patterns or shades on their canvas shoes. Have an adult supervise to make sure the kids don’t dye the clothing they’re wearing as well. 🙂 You can buy clothing dye at any local craft store or fabric store. Get crazy and try dipping half of the shoe in one color, and the other half of the shoe in another color to create a wacky and bright summer style statement.

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Unless you don’t have a TV, computer, Twitter, Facebook, radio or some sort of news source…you must be inundated by the news on the upcoming royal wedding. With all of the hype, and the likelihood that you will tune in this Friday to see Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding, I figured why not make princess crowns like Kate’s for your little girl and turn it into an even more festive occasion (other than popcorn in front of the TV). Here is how to make a Foil-and-Paper Crown that is just PERFECT for this Friday’s special day!

p.s. – what little girl doesn’t like to dress up as ‘princess’? 🙂

Items Needed:

–        aluminum foil
–        colored tissue paper of your child’s choice
–        stickers and or gems from a local craft store
–        glue
–        tape

Crowns How-To

  1. Tear off aluminum foil 20 inches long. Fold in half twice, long sides together, or cuff; lay cuff with opening toward top.
  2. Fold 20-inch-wide tissue paper in half lengthwise twice; lay inside V of the cuff, folded edge up, so bottom edge is just below center of cuff.
  3. Fold foil strip in half again, folding up from the bottom (this will hold the tissue in place).
  4. Cut flat-topped points in tissue paper, leaving attached at the fold, and decorate with stickers or fake gems from a local craft store.
  5. Overlap ends to proper size, and slip one end of foil inside the other. Tape or glue together.
  6. Feel free to add jewels from your local craft store to add some “bling, bling”!

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Top ‘o the Mornin’! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Even if you don’t get your ‘pot ‘o gold’ or see any leprechauns today, you can still capture their spirit with this Leprechaun Hat!

Not only are Leprechaun hats fun for kids to make, but they are also fun to wear— especially on St. Patrick’s day to exude Irish pride. Leprechaun hats can be made easily using green, black and yellow construction paper.

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I’m off to Vail tomorrow to attempt to learn to ski. It made me think about kids who don’t get to see the snow who live in warmer areas. Whether you be in sunny California or snowy Boston – you can grant your children’s wishes for a snowy day by making home made paper snowflakes that hover in the air in their bedroom or in your kitchen. Kids can happily occupy themselves cutting out dozens of paper snowflakes. All you need to do is thread and tape the snowflakes together and see a sweet ‘blizzard’ materialize in your home.

 

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It’s Friday and we are all pooped! Plus I am freezing in New York and cannot stand the thought of even stepping outside. Looking for a 30 minute activity to show the one you love how much you care? Make a hand-shaped construction paper card for Valentine’s Day! It could be great way to greet your hubby, wifey, kids and family!

What to do? Send a lovey-dovey message (a.ka. candy sweetheart message) with valentines traced from little hands. Just cut from construction paper, and then decorate. Let the love of your life (your kids) know they are hands-down your favorite.

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