Sunday, August 24, 2008

Fun Crafts ideas for your pre-schoolers

Memory Book
Memory Book

Create a new tradition by making a memory book together with your kids. Then update it once a year as a mini time capsule keepsake.
Prep time: 30 min.

What you'll need:
Felt
Construction paper
Yarn, string, thread or cord
Needle
Scissors
Glue
Crayons, markers or colored pencils

What to do:
Cut felt or paper to the desired size (these will be the pages of the memory book) and bind by sewing with yarn, string or cord.
Glue-in pieces of construction paper or felt to create pockets for keepsakes and souvenirs.
Each year, a new "chapter" is created, items and information are added to the book, and parents and kids can look back on their past

Alphabet Book
Alphabet Book

Materials
Construction paper
Hole-puncher
String or yarn
Markers
Crayons

Instructions
Ask a grown-up to help you punch holes along one edge of the pieces of construction paper.

Stack the paper together so that the holes line up.

Thread pieces of string or yarn through the holes and tie knots to create a book.

Write a title on the front of the book, like 'A-B-C' or 'My Alphabet Book'.

Write each letter of the alphabet on the pages of the book and draw pictures of things that begin with each letter.

Flip through your book and practice your ABC’s!

Envelope Art
Envelope Art

This project requires very little set up or clean up.
Total craft time is about 30 minutes.

You'll Need:
envelopes
crayons
markers
glue
paper
Envelope Art
What to do:
First you'll need to seal the envelope.
Draw a nose, whiskers or other features.
Cut construction paper ears, hat, or hair


"My Favorite Things" - Homemade Placemat Craft for Kids

You'll Need:
construction paper, cardstock, or poster board
one roll of contact paper or laminate sheets
glue Stick
photos, magazine images etc.
optional craft supplies; stickers, markers, crayons etc.

Directions
First have your children select and cut photographs
and/or magazine pictures. Attach the pictures to the
paper using a glue stick. Finish decorating the placemat
with markers, stickers and drawings.
Don't forget to write your name with bold letters.

When everything is attached and dry...cover the placemat
on both sides using the laminate paper, following the directions on the package.

Edible Jewelry

Ingredients
3 ounces shoestring licorice (red &, black)
1 cup checkerboard pretzel
1 cup Fruit Loops cereal
2 cups assorted varieties Cheerios toasted oat cereal
1 cup gummy Lifesavers candy, use your imagination

Directions
1Use the licorice as your"string" and thread the other ingredients onto it.
2Use various lengths to create necklaces, bracelets,& rings.
3Wear your creations with pride, then eat them when the mood strikes.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The Versatile Punch

Punches come is so many shapes, sizes and types. They range from mini/baby to Mega or Super Giant. They are so many types available such as Corner, Border, Tile, Square, Oval and Circles, Profile (where the results look like stencil), Word range and many more.
For individual punches, there is such a variety available you will be at a loss to choose from the many different floral, animal, shapes,etc.

As a matter of fact, once you start making crafts and cards using punches you are very likely to get hooked into using Punches as they are very addictive. Its so simple to use and with good color coordination and creativity the the type of craft or card you can make is endless.

Bookmarks

Use 2 contrasting colored papers. Cut out 1 of the colored paper as a slightly larger rectangle ( give a border of 1 cm) than the other paper. Punch out 3-4 shapes of your desired shapes in a row from the centre of the smaller rectangle. (Use the punched out shapes for other projects). Paste the smaller rectangle onto the larger rectangle. Decorate with colors or glitters if desired. Punch a small hole on the top of the larger paper. Insert a lace, ribbon etc and tie it up.

Tile Punches


For a classic look use tile punches to make cards. These are great for Christmas or Father's day cards.
Choose a card stock. Next choose 2 complementing colors that contrast with the card stock. Punch 2 squares each. Paste them alternatively to create a double colored square. Write or stencil your message such as "Merry Christmas" on the bottom.

Corner Punches


Have fun and mix and match. Corner punches need not be for corners after all. Create a lovely checkered card using a corner punch.
Use a square card stock. Cut out about Eight 2cm squares from a contrasting or complementing colored paper. Fold each square diagonally and punch with your favorite corner punch. Paste the squares onto the card stock to form a checker board.

Variation - Instead of a Corner punch, use a shape punch such as a flower, teddy bear etc.

Below are some pictures of more complicated cards for you to try out and have fun. Enjoy