Crafts, Crafts for Kids

Gridding to Draw: Queen of Hearts Part

Making the Heart Cards

You will be making two. They will be worn like a sandwich board. For those of you not familiar with a sandwich board, restaurants used to hire someone to walk up and down the street with two signs hung over their shoulders front and back advertising a special deal. This is the same concept we are going to use for the heart.

You are now going to transfer the Queen of Hearts playing card onto the foam core board. Many people find the idea of transferring the image of the Queen of Hearts onto the foam board a little intimidating. I will give you a trick. It is called gridding. You can use this for many different projects and mediums.

I am going to go with the idea that we do not know the dimensions of the playing card because this will help you in other projects and someone printing it off the computer may be using a different size picture. I would actually recommend this method because it allows you to blow up the picture to really see the detail. Here is what I want you to do.

Measure the card across and find the centre. Mark with your pencil in several spots along this measure and draw a line connecting the dots.

Now find the centre of each of the halves. Mark and draw your line. Repeat this again for the quarters. Moving to the width you are going to use the same idea. Finding the centre, you will mark and connect the dots. Do the same for the half and the quarter.

If you are using a playing card, you may be able to divide each section one more time. If you’re using a computer image you will definitely be able to divide the sections at least one more time.

Now transfer the division lines onto the core board. Mark the same way as you did for the card. Begin marking along the centre length. Divide the core board only the number of times you divided the Queen of Hearts image. Repeat for the width until the card and the board have the exact same markings.

Now you are going to work one block at a time. The key is to focus on one block and one block only. Copy whatever is in that block into the corresponding block on the core board. Watch for where the line begins and ends in relation to the block. If it begins a third of the way up on one side, curves to about halfway, and ends about three quarters of the way up the block, that is what yours should do. Do not look at the whole picture when doing this. Do match up adjacent blocks so that lines have a continuous flow.

Use pencil to get the design in place. Then go back over it in marker. Fill in all of the blocks and then add colour. Repeat for the second card.

Use scissors to round the corners of the core board. Poke two holes in the top of each card. Draw the rope through and knot it. The ropes should go front to back over the shoulders. Alternatively, you can use Die Cut Machines or use dry flowers
 for decorate you cards. 

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Making a Memory Book for an Older Child: It’s Never too Late to Record Special Childhood Memories

Pressed for time, many parents leave baby book work at the bottom of a long to-do list. And for families formed after a child’s birth and infant years (such as step, foster and adoptive families) a traditional baby book won’t work. It’s never too late, however, to create a special memoir that tells each child’s unique story.

How to Get Started

Think about the important life stages through which the child already has passed. Don’t worry if exact dates can’t be recalled. Dates aren’t as important as the unique details. Consider the interesting minutiae surrounding not only milestones but also everyday routines. For example, what was the baby’s bedtime schedule?

What will matter most years from now is the people that shared milestones and daily activities with the child. Let the memory book reveal those colourful details. For example, who taught her to ride a bike and where did they practice? Place a special focus on the areas of life valued most by the family. Examples might include faith, education, family events, etc. Adoptive families should consider adding elements of a life book to their child’s story.

Suggested Topics to Include in a Child’s Memory Book

Here are some possible topics.

Firsts:

  • Home
  • Bedroom/nursery
  • Slept through the night
  • Words
  • Wave, other gestures
  • Art work
  • Teeth (new and lost)
  • Smile
  • Laugh
  • Bath
  • Outing
  • Worship time
  • Book
  • Drink from a cup
  • Solid foods
  • Restaurant meal
  • Time to roll over, crawl, sit up, stand and take steps
  • Stay with a babysitter
  • Birthday cake, party
  • Vacation
  • Shoes
  • Haircut
  • Movie at a theatre
  • Dressed without help
  • Tied own shoes
  • Pets
  • Bike ride without training wheels
  • Recited ABCs
  • Printed own name
  • Day of school
  • Slumber party, overnight with friends

Favorites:

  • Stories, books, nursery rhymes
  • Movies, cartoons, TV shows
  • Music, songs
  • Web sites
  • Colours
  • Toys, games
  • Blankets, stuffed animals
  • Clothing
  • Foods, drinks
  • Sports, hobbies
  • Seasons, holidays
  • School subjects
  • Friends, relatives
  • Teachers
  • Family activities

Common Questions:

  • What made her cry, laugh and smile?
  • What sights and sounds comforted her?
  • How was the child’s name chosen?
  • How did it feel to welcome her into the family?
  • What are the parents’ hopes and dreams for the child?
  • Who does she look like?
  • What is her personality?
  • What are her nicknames?

How to Organise the Memory Book

Narrative formats with paragraph headings titled by subject work well when describing events in detail. For one- or two-word answers, a colon between the subject and answer suffice. For example, favourite colour: pink. The memory book might also be divided into life stages such as baby years, toddlerhood, preschool, etc.

Publishing the Memoir

Several design alternatives exist. The least expensive option is a three-ring binder with clear sheet protectors. An already-bound portfolio with sheet sleeves is another affordable option. Web sites such as Pic-nic allow designers to create their own scrapbook pages. Another option: Visit a scrapbook store and choose the perfect binder, paper and embellishments, even recycled materials.

Dozens of scrapbook software options are available, ranging from free software such as Smile box to Adobe Photoshop CS4, which costs about £700 for the full version. Some computers already contain publishing software. Microsoft Publisher and Apple’s Pages provide easy layout options. And simpler word processing programs that allow insertion of photos and graphics also work.

Recording Special Memories

It’s never too late to create a meaningful account of a child’s life. The beauty of crafting a memory book from scratch is total control over what’s included and how much space is allotted per subject. Include a few or a lot of photos and decide exactly where to place them. No more baby books with empty pages and blank lines, your crafts can make income if you know “how to sell your crafts“.

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Sunday School Crafts: Get Creative with Your Bible Lessons

Animal Cracker Magnets – Memory Verse Activity

Materials:

  • Animal crackers
  • Markers
  • Clear fingernail polish
  • Self-adhesive magnetic tape

Directions:

  1. Choose animal crackers to decorate. Smooth crackers work best.
  2. Write one word from a memory verse on each animal. Add designs to the animal crackers, too.
  3. Paint one coat of clear nail polish onto the animals. Let them dry. Repeat with another coat.
  4. Cut a strip of self-adhesive magnetic tape. Attach to the back of each animal.

Activity: Mix the animals up and practice putting the verse in order.

Baggie Ice Cream Recipe – Thank God for Food

Materials:

  • Pint-sized and gallon-sized freezer bags
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 tablespoons salt
  • Tray of ice cubes

Directions:

  1. Fill the smaller bag with the ice cream mixture of milk, sugar, and vanilla. Seal the bag really good.
  2. Fill the larger bag half full with ice and add 6 tbsp. of salt.
  3. Put the sealed small bag into the large bag.
  4. Seal the large bag and shake for about 5 minutes until mixture looks like ice cream.
  5. Open the large bag and remove the smaller bag.
  6. Wipe bag off before opening.
  7. Remind children to thank God for food! Yum yum!

Totally Edible Bird Feeder – God Provides

Materials:

  • Plain Bagel
  • String
  • Peanut Butter
  • Shortening
  • Bird Seed

Directions:

  1. Slip the string through the bagel and tie a knot.
  2. Mix 1 tablespoon shortening with 2 tablespoons peanut butter.
  3. Spread the mixture onto the bagel.
  4. Roll the bagel in bird seed.

Christian Mouse Pad

Materials:

  • Assorted colours of craft foam
  • Sticky back craft foam
  • Pencils
  • Scissors

Directions:

  1. Give each child a 9X7½-inch sheet of sticky back craft foam. Have them choose a 9X7½-inch sheet of any colour plain craft foam.
  2. Have the kids cut out a Christian symbol such as a cross, fish, crown, or heart from a third piece of plain craft foam. The symbol must fit inside the 9X7½-inch sheet of craft foam.
  3. Have the kids trace the symbol onto the craft foam, then carefully cut out the symbol.
  4. Kids can press the cutout into the stencil, creating a contrasting design.
  5. Have the kids peel the backing off the sticky back craft foam, and then carefully place the sticky side on the bottom of the craft foam design, matching the edges.

Caterpillar to Butterfly Mobile

Materials:

  • Two wooden doll pins
  • Tempera paint
  • Tissue paper
  • Glitter
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Chenille craft wire
  • Yarn
  • Pencil

Directions:

  1. For the caterpillar, cut one chenille wire into thirds. Have kids form legs by folding each third into a U-shape. Bend the tips out for feet. Arrange the legs between the prongs of one doll pin, and secure them with dots of glue.
  2. Decorate the caterpillar with tempera paint and chenille craft wire antennae.
  3. For the butterfly, have kids fold two layers of tissue paper accordion style. Wedge the tissue paper between the prongs of the doll pin, centring it. Spread the layers to create butterfly wings. Secure the wings with glue on each side.
  4. Have kids decorate the butterfly’s wings by dabbing them with glue and applying glitter. Kids can each paint their butterfly’s body. Have them make antennae by curling half-lengths of chenille wire around a pencil and attaching them to the butterfly’s head with glue.
  5. Use yarn to string the caterpillar and butterfly together once they’ve dried. Hang the mobiles in your classroom or send them home with kids.

If your looking for other activities why not take a look at weather art for your kids.

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Kids Can Make Art From Recycled Materials: Go Green With Children’s Art Projects

Think before dumping household junk into the garbage can, as children may want to use it for art projects. Yes, junk! Believe it or not, many items that are otherwise known as trash can be used to create an array of arts and crafts projects – and if this trash is gathered neatly in a decorated “junk box”, they’ll be more accessible to young crafters.

Mosaic

Smaller pieces of junk can be used to create a colourful mosaic – a picture made of tiny items. Glue materials such as bottle caps, broken toy parts, or torn notebook covers, into a pattern on a piece of cardboard or sturdy paper. Dried foods, such as rice, seeds, beans, and even egg shells also make mosaics appealing.

Rather than a pattern, children may choose to make a representational mosaic of a dog or a house. Have them first draw the figure on the cardboard, then they can glue on the small junk pieces to fill inside the shape.

Mask

Masks can be made from cardboard and paper bags. A unique idea is to make masks from wire frames (coat hangers) and pantyhose. Construct the frame in any shape you wish. Slip the pantyhose leg up and around the frame and knot the cut end.

Encourage the kids to create whimsical faces and characters by gluing on recycled materials on the front surface. Think of things that will glue onto this soft nylon, such as felt, fabric scraps, construction paper, yarn and cotton. There are no safety issues with these masks as children can see through the nylon.

Collage

Collage making comes from the French, as the word means “to glue.” Using a piece of heavy cardboard as a backing, have the children glue items together to form a collage (flat on cardboard) or a collage sculpture.

For young children, provide a theme to work with, such as a shape collage, which would focus on squares, circles, and other geometric figures cut out of fabric, felt, construction paper, buttons and styrofoam. Another theme kids love are colour collages where they concentrate on one colour and add miscellaneous objects of that colour to the board.

The Perfect Junk Box

Design a special box to hold all these recyclables collected. This makes obtaining art materials easy for children. Keep it filled with materials such as, fabric, wallpaper samples, coloured paper, egg cartons, buttons, cardboard, packing peanuts, styrofoam, plastic water bottles, bottle caps (lids), yarn, felt, cotton, magazines, small boxes and broken toy pieces.

Think junk, when rainy days come around or the “I’m bored” situations happen. Just bring out the junk box and challenge the children to make a flat art project or sculpture with recycled materials. What a way to go green, save the Earth and have fun along the way. And when the masterpieces have long been forgotten, they can be recycled again in the nearest recycle bin

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Toddler Art Activities – Six Easy Crafts for Toddlers

Art is a vital part of human development. According to A Place of Our Own, an online and television channel for caregivers, toddler art activities help children develop fine motor control as well as early math skills and exercise their innate creativity.

This is all good and well, but, for parents who haven’t picked up a paintbrush in a while, it can be hard to branch out past crayons and markers. Here are six easy and inexpensive toddler craft ideas that kids will love.

Just remember, at this phase of development, art is about the process not the end product. Don’t expect a masterpiece just yet. Instead focus on feeling textures and experimenting not just with colour but cause and effect as well.

Make Foam Paint for Toddler Crafts

Homemade “foam” paint can be made with glue, paint, and shaving cream. Take equal amounts of glue and shaving cream (regular Barbasol shaving cream works well), mix and then add finger paint or tempura paint until desired colour is achieved.

Note that most shaving creams are heavily scented, so if that is an issue look for unscented shaving cream.This creates a really foamy finger paint that provides a fun sensory experience for budding artists. When it dries, it’s puffy and creates a three dimensional effect. 

Glue is the Key to Toddler Art Activities

Glue in general presents a variety of great childs play craft opportunities. The options are endless, but here are three to get parents started.

  • Squeeze a trail of glue on paper and have toddlers cover the glue with feathers, which are inexpensive and available at any craft store. The glue can even be used to “draw” a picture or the child’s name.
  • Take pinking shears and cut all sorts of different shapes (triangles, squares, rectangles, etc) out of construction paper or even old catalogs. Toddlers will enjoy selecting shapes to glue onto their paper.
  • Glue pom pom balls onto construction paper. Toddlers will love dipping the fluffy pom poms into glue and applying them to paper.

Finger Paint Without the Mess or Clean Up

Here’s a new twist on finger paints: Put the paint in gallon sized plastic storage bags and seal. Children can then draw on the bag with their finger, creating and erasing designs over and over again. Because there’s no mess to clean up, this is great for traveling in the car or for long waits at restaurants.

Mess Free Watercolours

Watercolours are relatively mess free and a fun toddler craft that many parents haven’t thought to try. The key is to skip the water, which is prone to spilling. Instead, simply run water over the paints and brushes until wet. This way toddlers will be able to paint freely and parents won’t have to worry about spills. Don’t forget to provide a variety of different brushes for toddlers to experiment with.

Stickers Combine Art and Academics

Use stickers for a variety of easy crafts for toddlers. Lots of stickers. Why? Stickers are a fun way to build vocabulary, explore new concepts and keep toddlers busy. Use them with crayons or paints or by themselves.

Many craft stores have a big selection of inexpensive stickers for £1.00 or less. Giant sticker books can also be found inexpensively at bookstores and are a great investment for parents looking to expand the repertoire of toddler art activities.

Make Toddler Crafts With Stamps

Stamps are a great toddler craft. The ink pad will be the biggest expense, but lasts for months and foam stamp cubes cost as little as 50 pence at craft stores. Work on creating a stamp library that covers major seasons, holidays and includes letter as well as number stamps.

The stamps will see years of use. Not only can toddlers create pictures, brown paper grocery bags can be recycled into gift wrap using the stamps for decoration.

All of these toddler art activities – foam paint, watercolours, stickers, stamps, finger painting and glue – use inexpensive items and there’s no goal other than the experience itself. This open ended approach to art takes pressure off parents and allows kids the freedom to express themselves with no expectations. Beyond that, the fine motor control, hand-eye coordination and academics fostered through toddler crafts will last a life time.

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Weather Art Projects for Kids

Use the day’s weather to inspire an art project. Or, if studying weather in school or at home, do a series of these projects and post them on a bulletin board or set them in an album. Some of the pieces mimic the look of the weather while other projects use the weather, sun or rain, to create the final results.

For example, draw a picture with washable markers or watercolour pencils and set out in the rain to create rainy day art. These projects all use inexpensive, basic art supplies.

Sunshine Prints

On a sunny day, gather an assortment of objects with interesting shapes. The details of the particular object don’t matter as much as the outline. Take a piece of dark coloured construction paper and arrange the objects on the paper. Do this in a location that will remain sunny for at least four or five hours.

When the time is up, remove the objects from the paper. The paper beneath the objects will be dark while the rest of the paper will have faded in the sun. This is an inexpensive option to the sun sensitive paper that can be found in art and hobby shops. Use the resulting print for journal cover or greeting card.

Foggy Art

Make a foggy scene with waxed paper and construction paper. Start with a sheet of gray paper that will act as the background. From brown paper, cut hills or mountains and glue them to the construction paper. Draw a line of glue around the edges of the picture on all four sides. Set a piece of waxed paper over the scene.

Now, cut trees from black construction paper and glue them onto the waxed paper. Put more glue along the margins of the paper and set another sheet of waxed paper over the picture. Cut one tree from the black paper and glue on top of waxed paper. The scene will appear to be shrouded in fog.

Snow Picture

On a piece of blue construction paper, draw an outdoor scene either with a house and trees or with trees and mountains. After drawing the picture, add some white glue to the tops of the trees, house, mountains, etc. Pull apart cotton balls so the pieces are wispy and glue them onto the pictures to add the look of snow. Kids can also cut paper snowflakes.

Soapsuds Paint Clouds

Mix a teaspoon of liquid dish detergent with two tablespoons of liquid starch. Beat the mixture with a hand mixer or egg beater so the mixture is as thick as cake frosting. Add a few drops of white tempera paint. On a piece of blue paper, finger paint clouds with the soapsuds paint. Draw the ground scene with markers after the paint dries.

Children can mimic a snowy, foggy, or cloudy scene with different art materials. They can use the sun or rain to create unique abstract images using the weather to form the final picture.

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