Saturday, December 15, 2007

Games Galore - Homemade games

Do you like to play games. No, I don't mean those PC and Xbox games. The old fashioned but always fun games such as PAIRS and OLD MAID etc. Well, wouldn't it be cooler if you made your own personalised game cards. There are easy to make and yet gives you hours of fun!

Pairs

Cut out 36 rectangles ( 60cm X 80cm ) from a drawing board.
From scrapes of paper (Now is the time to use all your gift wrappers from birthday and Christmas presents) cut out 4 similar patterns of 60cm X 80cm from nine different papers.
Glue them onto the cardboard.
Once they have dried you can play so many different games!

These are just some of the games that you can try out

PAIRS (2 or more players)

Place all cards facedown on the table. Select 2 cards, if they are a pair, you get to keep the cards and continue with your turn.
If not, it is the next player's turn. The player with the most PAIRS win.

SNAP (2 or more players)

Deal the cards between the players. The first player, opens 1 card and places it in the centre. The next player does the same with his pile of card. when 2 matching cards are on the pile, the person who places his hand on the pile and shouts "SNAP" gets to keep the cards. The player with the most card at the end of the game wins.

OLD MAID (3 or more player)

Take out 1 card from the deck and put it aside. Now deal the cards.
Each player matches the cards that he is dealt and puts them down. The first player then takes a card from the player on his right. If the cards match, he puts them down. The next player continues.
The aim of the game is that the player with the odd card at the end of the game is the "Old Maid"

FASTER BLURTER (3 or more players)

Each player gets to choose an "Animal". The more complicated and longer the name the better. (Don't choose simple animals such as cats, dogs, fox etc - Try Rhinoceros, hippopotamus etc)
Once the card is dealt,(No one is allowed to peek at the deck), each player opens a card and places it in front of them. If 2 player cards are the same - the player who "Blurts" the other player's animal gets to give his cards over. The player who gives away all his cards win.

HAPPY FAMILY WITH A TWIST

Have any of you played Happy Family. Its a card game consisting of 36 cars that has different occupations. I think they are 1.Weeder 2. stone 3.plod 4.dauber 5.dose 6.bun 7.fillet 8.bone 9.tack
Each family comprises of a Father, mother, brother and a sister.

Well why don't you create a Happy Family with a modern twist. Lets say you choose a medical profession. Then you could create cards with - G.P, Dentist, Surgeon, Optician (etc)

Create cards for nine professions which have 4 sub division. Create the cards as for "PAIRS" (as above) You could draw or print out pictures from the computer and paste it onto the cards with the subdivision and profession clearly written.

Happy Family can be played when there are at least 3 players (The more the merrier). Deal the cards between the players. Check your cards to group similar "Family"/Profession together. The player at the right of the person who dealt the cards starts first (or the youngest or oldest - there not set rule)

Choose whom you think has the other subdivision of your profession and say - "May I have the G.P. Please"

If the player has it, he will give it up to you and you continue to ask for more professions/subdivisions.
If he does not have the card, he will say "Sorry, not at home". Now, its his turn.

Once 4 cards(subdivision) of a profession has been collected a family is made. When all your cards are a family, you then ask the players for families, for e.g. "May I have the medical family, the architect family,etc."

Do try this out, I'm sure you'll have fun thinking up of the different professions, subdivision and making the cards as well as hours of fun playing this game.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Creative and fun ways to recycle your cards

During Christmas you don't just get lots of presents, you will get lots of cards too. There are many fun and creative ways to reuse these cards too. So don't throw away all your lovely cards.

For those of us who celebrate other occasions like Chinese New Year, Deepavalli(Indians), Aidul Fitri(Muslims)etc, do try out these activities as well with the cards you receive!

Greeting Card Box

What You Need:
An old greeting card -- or two or three.
A ruler or straight edge.
A pencil.
A pair of scissors.
Crayons or markers for decorating.

What You Do:
First, get an old greeting card.

Next, rip it in half at the fold.

Using your ruler, make an "X" on the card by drawing two lines that cross at the center of the card.

Fold the edges of all four sides of the paper over to the middle of the cross.

Cut the red lines as shown in the diagram.



Fold the tabs in to create a box and tape the box together.

To create a lid for the box, do the same as above, only instead of folding the edges to the point of the cross, fold them slightly outward so the lid will be larger than the bottom.

Homemade decorations or baby mobile

Cut shapes out of the cards in matching pairs. Hearts work nicely, as do simple Christmas tree shapes and even plain squares and circles. Stick the cards back to back and laminate them, then punch a hole in them and use to make a colourful and child-friendly mobile or “string” to decorate next year. You could add to this every year. As a variation, you could back each shape with a plain-coloured piece of card or construction paper and write on it the date and name of the person who sent the card.


Confetti

Make some Christmas confetti to use next year. Use either a plain hole punch or a special Christmas one (both together look great) and choose the most colourful areas from each card to cut. Gold and silver looks very effective, especially mixed in with red and green. Small scraps of left-over wrapping paper can be used too. You can keep the children busy with this for hours!

Gift Bags

Make gift bags for next year by saving smart paper bags. Cut a nice shape out of each card and stick it to the front of the bag (covering any shop labels if necessary). Add a little ribbon bow just above the card and wrap your present in tissue paper before putting it into the bag. This looks lovely with brown paper bags and tartan ribbons.

Small Cards

Some designs can be cut and folded into miniature Christmas cards for the kids to give next year, or for decorating the dolls house.

Greeting Card Bookmark

What You Need:

Used Greeting Cards
Posterboard or Cardboard
Crayons, Markers, or Paint
Glue

What You Do:

Cut a strip from the posterboard or thin cardboard, about 8-inches x 2-inches. Cut out the picture on the front of a greeting card. Glue the picture at the top of the strip. Allow the glue to dry.

Write an message on the strip if you want. If the bookmark is a gift, you can simply write "to:" and "From:". If your picture is a Christmasy picture, write a Christmas message on your strip.

To make your bookmark more durable, cover it with clear contact paper or laminate it.




Gift Tags

A traditional activity, but one which never fails to amuse the kids, is making gift tags for next year's presents. Use pinking sheers, a hole punch, and leftover ribbon. (Similar to making book marks)

Greeting Card Placemat

What You Need:

Large Sheet of Construction Paper
Used Greeting Cards
Glue
Clear Contact Paper or Laminate

What You Do:

greeting cards. You can also cut out specific shapes such as all circles, stars, etc. Arrange your cut-outs on the paper in whatever arrangement you want, and glue them into place. Allow the glue to dry.

Cover both sides of your placemat with clear contact paper, or laminate it. Trim around your placemat and you are all done!

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Monday, December 3, 2007

How to recycle wrapping papers into crafts and other great ideas


This article is part of How2Blogger’s Super Sexy Holiday ‘How To’ Contest which you can see at How2Blogger’s ‘How To’ site.



As Christmas is round the corner and for those who receive lots of gifts - Don't tear the wrapper to get at the present. Unwrap your presents neatly so that you can recycle the wrapper for these excellent craft ideas and other great stuffs. I'm sure you'll have lots of fun.

1. Pringles canister pencil case
Materials Needed:


Potato Chip Canister with Cover (Pringles)
Wrapping paper
Glue

Instructions:
Wash out the can using soap and water; dry completely.
Now, make a personalized pencil carrier by covering the canister with special wrapping paper that you like.
You can decorate even more - just use your imagination.
decorate it with stickers, rubber stamps, etc.
Embellish your canister with fabric scraps, ribbon, buttons, beads, and anything else you can think of!

2. Keepsake Container

What you need:

Metal tins: Like fruit cake candy, or cookie tins, with lids; glue;wrapping paper;felt in bright colors which match the wrapping paper

What to do:

1. Clean the tins out and dry thoroughly.

2. Line the inside of the tin with glued on felt. (optional)

3. Completely cover the lid of the tin using the wrapping paper and glue.

4. If you chose to paint the lid, you may use stencils, decals or just paint a design on the top. If you are going to give the tin as a gift, you can also paint the persons name on it.

3. Cards
You can make a variety of cards using left over wrapping papers. Here are some ideas

a. Weave them up - Use two contrasting coloured wrappers and make a weave pattern. Then stick it on the fornt of a different coloured card.

b. Mosaic Art - Tear up the wrapping paper and stick them onto the front of another blank card. You can make messages such as DAD, MOM, LOVE, THANKS etc with the torn up paper.

c. Stripes - Similar to weave. But this time use the contrasting wrappers to form stripes. Use more than 2 papers and cut them out at different width.

d. Layered - Cut out papers from contrasting colours/ complimenting colours in different sizes so that there's a layer of 1-2 inch border. On the smallest box, write a message using a glitter pen.

e. Use your imagination and come up other great card ideas. HAVE FUN WITH THESE WRAPPERS!

4. Homemade Notebooks
Get unused paper from old school exercise books. Arrange them neatly. Use a card board for the front and back page. Decorate the front and back pages by wrapping them with the wrappers. Punch two hole through the card and papers. Then use a striking lace or ribbon to tie it all up with a neat bow.
P.S. To make this lovely Note Book into a gift - Write the name and Message on the top cover piece using a glitter pen and decorate with stickers etc.

5. Kids crafts Dolls house

Materials Needed

2 large cardboard boxes
Poster paint
Masking tape
Sharp scissors and craft knife
Glue
Scrap material
Wallpaper, wrapping paper any paper that you wish to use
Thin cardboard boxes

Directions

For a full-size dolls house, use a large strong cardboard box for the main structure and build a removable roof out of the top flaps and triangular bits cut from other boxes. Stick together with masking tape then paint it your desired colour and leave to dry.

To make a two storey house divide the house using a piece of card support by brackets made from very thin tubes glued to the side of the box then glue the divider on top of it. If you want you can add as many rooms by doing the same thing just length ways instead.

Cut out some window and doors. To decorate the window make some curtains out of scrap bits of material and hang them on cocktail sticks used as curtain poles (see below). To make the out side of the house look more attractive paint some window boxes with flowers and a bush or two near the door.

Using scrap bits of wallpaper, wrapping paper, tissue paper or paint begin to decorate the walls. If you are having more then one room decorate them individually to make the house real looking.
For the floors you can use either scrap material and just glue them down or you can paint them. If you have any scrap bits of carpet lying about the house this will be even better.

P.S - My husband mad a beautiful doll house when my elderest daughter was 7 years old. Unfortunately, we didn't take any pictures of it and threw it away when we moved house last year.

6. Reuse the Wrapper for other presents.
Please make sure that there are no crinkles or markings or wording written on the paper.
P.S - Try to remember whom gave you the present as you wouldn't want to wrap up your gift and return it to the same person:)

IF you come up with more ideas on how to have fun and recyle the gift wrappers do comment and I'll include your ideas in this post.

Monday, November 26, 2007

A gallery of my hand made cards.






Hi, here are some of my favourite cards that I had created for my kids( for Teacher's day) and to send to my friends and relatives for Eid Mubarak ( A festivity celebrated by muslims).

For the top card, I made us of contrasting colours and simple patterns (Hearts) to create this attractive card.

For the second card, I made use of quilling technique to create the flower and butterfly. For the edges, I used Iris folding using a shiny material to create a 3-D effect.

For the third card, I emborssed a stencil design and highlighted it using pink and silver. On the top edge, I pasted a lace to create a "Sweet" card.

The last card is all about party and fun. Drew some party hats and a cake and decorated them with colourful markers. Pasted them on contrasting coloured papers for this Fun card


Thursday, November 15, 2007

Let's Party



Would you like to give a surprise party for your Mom or Sister. You can come up with the party favours, decorations such as beautiful flowers and birthday gift too. Just get your Dad to come up with the food. Hope you have a wonderful party!

Party Favors

What you need:

Pipe cleaners; cardboard tubes; bag of variety candy; yarn scraps; glue; crepe paper; 1 1/2" plastic foam balls.

What to do:

Note: These favors can be made simpler by only using the candy filled tubes, covered with mesh or crepe paper and tying the ends off.

1. Use 4 1/2" cardboard tubes for this project. Fill the tubes with candy and or surprises, then cover with crepe paper in color desired.

2. Paint plastic foam ball heads black and set aside to dry.

3. Cut pieces of fuzzy pipe cleaner as follows: 2 tiny ones for cat ears; 4 for legs; 1 for tail. Glue all pieces to tube as shown in photo above.

4. Glue yarn scraps for eyes, whiskers, mouth and nose.

Pipe Cleaner Flowers

What you need:

Large pipe cleaners in assorted colors; glue; scraps of fabric; scissors; florist or jewelry wire; pompoms.

What to do:

1. Bend the pipe cleaners into flower petal shapes and twist the ends together leaving about 1" free.

2. Glue the pipe cleaner petals onto fabric; cut out each petal from the fabric.

3. With wire, wrap together the one inch ends of 5 petals, leaving a length of wrapping wire free to serve as stem.

Trim with yarn pompoms.

Note: If you like, you may wrap the stems with florist's tape so they look even nicer.

Keepsake Container

What you need:

Metal tins: Like fruit cake candy, or cookie tins, with lids; glue; felt in bright colors which match the outside of the tin; enamel paints or fabric.

What to do:

1. Clean the tins out and dry thoroughly.

2. Line the inside of the tin with glued on felt. (optional)

3. Completely cover the lid of the tin with enamel paint or glued fabric.

4. If you chose to paint the lid, you may use stencils, decals or just paint a design on the top. If you are going to give the tin as a gift, you can also paint the persons name on it.

Bead Jewelry

You'll need:
Elastic Thread
A variety of colored beads
and Alphabet Beads
to Spell MOM or MOMMY
or if its for your sister, you could spell out her name.

Use any beads that fit this thicker thread.
One of my favorites is alphabet beads!
Decide whether you are making a bracelet,
anklet, necklace or key chain.
To make a bracelet or anklet, cut a piece of elastic thread
about a foot long. Secure a bead at one end of the thread,
to prevent beads from falling off. String beads onto the elastic.
When you are about halfway done add the alphabet beads and
then continue beading. Test the size and tie the ends together.

Coffee Filter Flowers


Make a beautiful flower bouquet. These flowers are quick, easy, inexpensive and fun for all ages. Use your imagination to come up with your own varieties!

For each flower you will need:


2 basket style drip coffee filters
Food coloring (2 colors)
Wooden skewer
Green construction paper
Clear tape
White glue
Green paint or marker

What you do

Take 2 small bowls and place 2-3 tablespoons of water in each. Add 3-4 drops of food coloring (color 1) to one dish and 3-4 drops of food coloring (color 2) to the second dish. Scrunch the coffee filters up and place one in each dish so they are covered with the water. You can remove the filters right away for a light color or leave them in for a while for a darker color. Remove the coffee filters when ready and squeeze the excess coloring out over a sink. Lay the filters flat to dry on a paper towel.

When the filters are dry, take the center color and fold it in half to make a half circle. Fold again to make a quarter pie shape. Fold twice more so you have a narrow wedge. Cut a curve around the wedge 1/2 inch from the wide end.
Repeat with the outer color except cut the curve right at the wide edge. This will give you large flower shape and a smaller flower shape.

Paint the skewer green and let dry.

Center the small flower shape over the large flower shape. Poke the skewer through the center of the circles and slide the skewer all the way through leaving 1/2 inch in the flower. Twist the bottom 1/2 inch of the flower around the skewer and tape with clear tape to hold tight. Push the petals down adjusting them until you are happy with the way they look.

Cut several leaves from the green construction paper and glue to the stem.


Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Recycle Crafts




Hey kids, lets help save the earth. Here are some craft ideas using everyday products that you can recycle and make it into interesting crafts. Some of them make great gifts for your loved ones. Enjoy!


Ladybug Treasure Holder

Materials Needed:


Tuna Can
Black Acrylic Paint
Felt
Black Pipe Cleaner
Wiggle Eyes
Glue or Glue Gun

Instructions:
Paint the tuna can black and set it aside and allow it to dry.
Trace around the tuns can to make a circle on a red piece of felt. Cut out your circle, but cut it about 1/2 inch larger than your tracing. Cut the circle in half. Cut tiny circles out of black felt and glue them on your red half circles to be the ladybug's spots.

Spread glue half way around the top edge of your painted tuna can (figure 1). place your two half circles onto the top edge of your can. The half circles should come together to form a circle, and you want them to join in the center of your glue line (figure 2). Once dry, you can fold back the bottom of the wings to reveal the inside of the can (figure 3)!


Use pipe cleaners to make antennae and small legs if you like. Glue on the wiggle eyes are your lady bug treasure holder is complete!


Cow Puppet

Materials Needed:

Paper Lunch Bag (preferably white)
Black Paint
Circle-Shaped Sponge
Construction Paper
Glue

Instructions:
Use a white paper lunch bag if you can. Use the construction paper or markers to make a face on the bottom of the paper bag. The mouth will be on the bottom edge where the bag is folded. You can also use felt and cut out eyes, nose, etc. Cut small, pointy ear shapes out of construction paper and glue them to the side of the bottom edge of the paper bag.

Once your face is drawn, you can finish making your cow by giving it black spots! Dip a small, round sponge into black paint and dab it on the bag. Set it aside until the paint dries.

Sports Pencil Holder

What you'll need:
Scissors
Empty juice can (plastic or cardboard)
Piece of green construction paper 4 1/2 inches wide and 9 inches long
Markers in blue, green, red, white, or any other colors desired
Double stick tape

How to make it:
Wrap the green construction paper around the juice can and attach using the double stick tape. Make sure you stick down the edges that meet really well.
Using markers, draw a golf course on the green construction paper. Include holes, flags, small ponds, bushes, etc. You can even draw a picture of your Dad on the course if you want to.
Give to Dad and let him enjoy!

Tips:

You can also use a frosting can if you don't have a juice can. You will have to measure and cut the green construction paper to a different size.

Pencil Carrier Craft

Materials Needed:


Potato Chip Canister with Cover (Pringles)
Supplies to Decorate
Glue

Instructions:
Wash out the can using soap and water; dry completely.
Now, make a personalized pencil carrier by decorating the outside of the canister! You are only limited by the supplies you have and your own imagination. Here are some suggestions for you:


Draw or paint designs on a piece of construction paper. Glue it around the canister.
Cover the canister with colorful wallpaper samples.
Cover the canister with special wrapping paper.
Cover or paint the canister and decorate it with stickers, rubber stamps, etc.
Embellish your canister with fabric scraps, ribbon, buttons, beads, and anything else you can think of!


My Favorite Thing Gift

Materials Needed:

Shoe Box
Glue
Paint
Mirror

Instructions:
Paint the outside of the box (or decorate as desired). Glue a small mirror on the bottom of the box. Make a card and glue it on the bottom of the box top that reads: "The person pictured here is one of the most special gifts in my life". Wrap as desired.



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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Key Chain Galore

Hi kids, here are some great ideas to make neat key chains. What's more great is that they make lovely gift for your loved ones.

1. Happy Faces Felt Key chain

You will need
1 yellow felt material
Markers
Stick on eyes
needle and thread
Cotton
glitters and other decorations
Key chain

Draw two 5cm circles on the wrong side of the felt material.

Cut out the circles with a 5mm border around the circles.

For younger children, ask an adult to sew the 2 pieces together leaving a 1 cm gap.

Turn the felt material right side out and draw a happy face.

Glue in the eyes and decorate as desired.

Stuff with cotton to get a puffy face.

Attach the key chain to the unsewn portion and sew it up.

2.Beaded Key chain

You will need

Beads of various colours and sizes
Key chain
Wire

Tip - You could use alphabet beads to make names or words such as "ILuvMum" etc.

Bead a beautiful design using contrasting colours and sizes of beads and wire. Then attach to the key chain. You could also attach a broach or other pins into the bead design as a center piece.

3. Sea Shell Key Chain

You could use sea shells which are bigger than 5 cm to make a key chain. Ask an adult to drill a hole in one end of the shell. Then attach the key chain to it.




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Monday, September 24, 2007

Edible Crafts - Crafts that are fun to make and yummy to eat



Making crafts can be really fun. What is more fun is to make a craft that you can eat. YUMMY!

Try out these crafts Now!

Candy Bird Nests

You can make these cute little candy nests as treats to serve at parties.

You'll need some adult supervision in melting the chocolate

Supplies:
A large mixing bowl and a spoon
1 cup chocolate chips and/or peanut butter chips
1 1/2 cups chow mein noodles and/or cereal (like crispy rice cereal, cornflakes, or crumbled-up shredded wheat)
A muffin pan or a flat baking pan
Aluminum foil or Waxed paper
Candy that looks like bird eggs (peanut M&M's, jelly beans, or yogurt-covered almonds)
Optional: Marshmallow chicks

Directions:

1. Put a piece of aluminum foil (or waxed paper cut into squares) on top of a muffin pan or a flat baking pan (a flat baking pan makes flat nests). If using a muffin pan, make indentations in the paper or foil in each of the depressions. If you're using waxed paper, try cutting individual squares of paper for each of the muffin holes (this makes the waxed paper maintain the cup shapes).

2. Have an adult melt the chocolate chips (and/or peanut butter chips) in the microwave or in a double boiler (do not overheat the chocolate or it gets grainy). When they are melted, mix the chocolate with the chow mein noodles or cereal in a large bowl.

3. Working quickly (before the chocolate solidifies), put a few spoonfuls of the chocolate mixture in each cup of the muffin pan, forming little nests (or if you're using a flat pan, after putting the mixture on the pan, make an indentation in it with the back of a spoon).

4. Put a few egg-shaped candies in each of the little nests. If they won't stick, use a dab of peanut butter or marshmallow cream to glue them in.

5. Let the nests cool. If you like, add a marshmallow chick to each nest (glue it with peanut butter or marshmallow cream). You now have cute candy nests to eat and enjoy.

For a non-chocolate version of these nests, use marshmallows melted with a little butter instead of the chocolate mixture (use the Rice Krispies treats recipe: 3 tablespoons butter, 1 package (10 oz.) marshmallows, 6 cups cereal).


Rainbow in A Cup

This cute snack is simple to make, but each layer has to set before you add the next layer, so start days before you want to eat it.

Supplies needed:

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple Jello
Hot and cold water
Clear plastic cups
Refrigerator

Directions:

1. Make the red Jello according to instructions on the box. Pour a small amount in the bottom of each clear glass (about one sixth of the cup).
2. When the red Jello has set (this will take hours or overnight), repeat using the orange Jello.
3. Repeat with the yellow, green, blue and purple Jellos.

You now have rainbow Jello to help you celeberate any festive occasions!


Sweet Necklace or Bracelet

This is an easy way to make a very sweet, edible necklace or bracelet using licorice whips and Fruit Loops cereal and/or Cheerios. This is a good group activity for a child's party.

Use long licorice whips for necklaces and short ones for bracelets -leave a lot of extra room for tying the ends.
String the cereal onto the licorice whips.

Tie the ends together.
Wear and eat!

Cup o' Fish

Make an edible aquarium in a cup. This is a great party treat you can make.

You will need:

blue jello
gummy fish (or fruit-flavored sharks)
clear plastic cups

Directions:

1. Make blue jello according to the directions on the box.
2. Pour into clear plastic cups.
3.Let them cool in the refrigerator until partially set - about an hour.
4. When they're partially set, place a few gummy fish in each cup.
5. Put them in the refrigerator until they're completely set.

Eat and enjoy!

Variations include:

Frozen fish-popsicles (just freeze the jello in popsicle molds - add the gummy fish when they are partially set - unmold very gently when entirely frozen). These are really messy to eat and are best eaten outside.

An entire punch bowl of fish jello (made like the cup o' fish)!


Fire Truck Snack

Each fire truck takes one and a half graham crackers. This craft makes a great snack that kids can make themselves (with some guidance). This craft can be messy!

Supplies:

A paper plate
Graham crackers (1 1/2 per fire truck)
Tiny Ritz crackers (for wheels)
Stick pretzels
Black licorice
Softened cream cheese (or thick frosting)
Red food coloring
A red jellybean, a red Dots candy, a cherry, or a strawberry

Directions:

1.Have an adult mix a few drops of food coloring to the cream cheese (or frosting). The children will use this edible "glue" to put their fire truck together.
2.Start with a whole graham cracker. Using the back of a spoon, spread some of the "glue" on one side of it.
3.Put half a graham cracker on top of the "glue." This is the cab of the fire truck.
4."Glue" a red jellybean, a red Dots candy, a cherry, or a strawberry on top of the cab. This is the fire truck's red light.
5."Glue" four of the tiny Ritz crackers to the sides - these are the wheels.
6. On the back of the truck, "glue" two pretzels parallel to each other. Then "glue" in broken pieces to make a tiny ladder.
7."Glue" on a piece of licorice - this is the firehose.

You now have a tiny fire truck that is great for snack time!














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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Fun with egg cartons

Eggshell or Egg Carton Tulips

Make a bouquet of delicate eggshell tulips for your Mum, using eggshells (or foam egg cartons sections) and pipe cleaners. Younger children will find it easier to use the egg carton sections.

Supplies needed:
Eggshells (or foam egg cartons sections)
Green pipe cleaners
Tempera paint and markers
Hot glue or white glue

Directions

Clean eggshell halves and dry them gently. Or, for an easier craft with more durable flowers, use foam egg carton sections. Cut the cartons sections to look like a tulip.
Using tempera paint, decorate the shells to look like tulips. Let the paint dry overnight. When the paint is completely dry, add details to the tulips using markers.

Twirl one end of a green pipe cleaner into a spiral shape (this will be glued onto the base of the tulip).

Glue the spiral to the tulip (if using white glue, let it set for a few hours).

Egg Carton Ladybug

This is an easy way to make ladybugs using egg cartons, crayons or markers, scissors, and pipe cleaners. Googly eyes are a nice touch.

1.Separate one cup from an egg carton.
2.Using markers or tempera paint, children can paint the egg carton cup red. Then, using black paint, color in the head, and make spots on the body.
3.Using the point of a scissors, an adult should make 6 small holes (3 on each side) at the base of the cup (these will be for the legs). Make 2 small holes (for antennae) where the top of the head will be.
4.Insert a black pipe cleaner into each a side hole and out the other side for the legs. Use half a pipe cleaner for the antennae.
5.Glue on googly eyes or paint on white eyes.

The Seven Dwarves
Supplies
Egg carton, fabric, yarn, permanent markers, paint and other materials to decorate, tape, scissors and glue.

1.Cut the bottom off an egg carton and trim the rough edges (ensure the lid and locks are removed).
2.Attach an additional 2-cup piece to the egg carton (to make the 7th dwarf).
3.Turn upside down - decorate the "upper" row of humps as faces with beards, hair, etc; decorate the lower row of humps (bodies), covering with small squares of fabric to make the bed covers.
4.Use the lid of the egg carton to form the bed's head and foot boards. Attach to the bed.
5.Decorate with stickers, paint, etc.


Egg Carton School Bus

Materials:
lid (TOP) of an egg carton
yellow paint or markers
black construction paper or 2 lids from milk jugs (for wheels)
black marker
OPTIONAL: small cutouts of people from magazines, coloring books or hand drawn

Instructions:
1. cut the lid off an egg carton

2. Paint (or color with marker) the lid yellow. We only used one coat, but you could do two.

3. While the paint is drying, cut 2 circles out of black construction paper

OR use the lids from milk jugs as an alternative to construction paper wheels


OPTIONAL: Also while the paint is drying, cut small images of people from magazines or coloring books or draw your own.

Once the paint is dry, glue on the wheels.

OPTIONAL: Glue the images of people onto the bus. The carton we used had holes down the center, so we glued the people into the holes. If yours doesn't have holes, just glue the people onto the bus... you can draw "windows" around them with a black marker.


Write SCHOOL along the top of the bus













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