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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Paper snowman

snowman

(This idea came home from school.)

Materials:
  • large sheet of blue construction paper
  • white paper cut into three circles (large, medium and small)
  • coloured construction paper cut into the shape of mittens
  • optional: black construction paper cut into the shape of a hat and two round eyes
  • optional: orange construction paper cut into a triangle
  • optional: red construction paper cut into the shape of a mouth
  • glue
  • white tempra paint and big round paint brush (alternately, an old bottle cork will do)
  • optional: other colours of paint to add / decorate hat, eyes, nose, mouth etc

Instructions:
  • have child glue the circles -- largest at the bottom of the sheet, smallest at the top
  • add mittens, hat, eyes, nose and mouth
  • dab paint to make snowflakes falling from the sky (the paint on this image was dabbed on with an old bottle cork)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Paper mosaics

Does the crafter in your house hate throwing away all the little scraps of coloured paper? Not sure what to do with it all? Just glue it all down!

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Materials:
  • colouring sheet (or draw something free-hand)
  • glue
  • lots of small pieces of paper of different colours (larger pieces for younger kids, smaller pieces for kids with more patience and hand-eye co-ordination)

Instructions:
  • apply glue to colouring sheet
  • apply scrap pieces of paper to glued area in colouring sheet


Close-up:
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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Homemade Valentine's Day cards

Quick and easy homemade Valentine's Day cards.

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Materials:
  • letter sized card stock or sheets of perforated "postcards"
  • scissors
  • optional: paper-cutter if using card stock
  • red crayon, pencil crayon or marker
  • red and pink construction paper cut into hearts of varying sizes
  • white glue
  • heart shaped stickers
  • optional: stamps, markers, glitter etc for additional decorating

Instructions:
  • optional: if you want to have identical text on each of the cards (such as "Happy Valentine's Day" or "From your friend" then you may want to run the sheets through the printer before you cut them down to size)
  • cut card stock into quarters or perforate postcards
  • draw a large, red, free-hand heart on each card
  • have child glue construction paper hearts as desired
  • let glue dry
  • have child apply stickers, stamps or other decorations as desired
  • voila!

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Heart sun catcher

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(This idea came home from school.)

Materials:
  • white paper, letter sized (approx 22cm x 28cm or 8.5" x 11")
  • waxed paper (approx 22cm x 28cm or 8.5" x 11")
  • red paper (approx 22cm x 28cm or 8.5" x 11")
  • red acrylic paint
  • hole punch
  • scissors
  • white glue
  • ribbon (white, pink or red)

Instructions:
  • cut a large heart out of the red paper (leaving a red heart-shaped frame)
  • splatter red acrylic paint on waxed paper (in approximate area of cut-out of red sheet)
  • let red paint dry over night
  • glue waxed paper on top of white sheet of paper
  • glue red heart frame on top of waxed paper
  • let dry
  • punch hole in centre top of heart
  • put length of ribbon through hole, tie and hang on window

Thursday, February 07, 2008

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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Heart necklace

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(This idea came home from school.)

Materials:
  • red, pink or white yarn, approximately 60 cm (2 feet) in length
  • blunt tip darning needle
  • cut-out hearts (size depending on age of child ... larger heart 8cm x 8cm (3"x3") for pre-schooler, smaller for grade-schooler) from different types and colour of paper
  • additional items for stringing: 2-3cm (1") length of coloured drinking straws, coloured pasta, multi-coloured "O" breakfast cereal etc
  • pen / marker / crayon for writing on hearts
  • hole punch

Instructions:
  • punch hole at approximately the centre of each paper heart
  • have child tell you the names of people they love, write each name on a separate heart (older children can do this part on their own)
  • thread yarn through darning needle
  • help child pass darning needle through decorations to start and then alternating between hearts and decorations until all hearts have been strung
  • finish with more decorations
  • tie loose ends together to complete necklace

WARNING:
The finished product could be a choking hazard if child left unsupervized. Child safety is your responsibility!