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Now that the kids are out of school you will need fun activities to entertain them and keep them busy and occupied. When my children were small they loved to finger paint, which, as you all know, is messy. When the weather got warmer, I would put my girls in their bathing suits and give each of them a paper plate “palette” with several dollops of finger paint colors. Then I would put a white shower curtain liner on the driveway and let them paint away. More often than not they ended up painting each other, but I didn’t mind. At the end of the day I hosed them down along with everything else. They had a blast. It was moments like that, watching my children experience sheer creative joy that I thought to myself, “Do not for one minute ever tell me that you did not have a wonderful childhood.”
Note: Make sure the finger paint is washable. I have learned from experience that certain colors, like green, don’t always come out. Just in case, make sure you and your kids wear clothing that you don’t mind getting a few stains on. Happy painting! If you try this project, please write in and leave a comment so we can all hear about how much fun you had.
Another great group activity for a birthday, play date or class project.
Small clay flower pots
Trowel or knife to smooth grout
Decorative objects like tiles, sea glass, sea shells, beads, acorns etc.
Give each child a small flower pot and some tile grout to smear on the outside of the pot. Explain to them that they are going to decorate the outside of the pot with the objects. They can cover the entire pot or make a pattern. It is up to them to use their own imagination and creativity. Once the tile is set and the objects are secure, gently wipe away any tile grout that is on the decorations. If you have time, you can take this project one step further by planting flowers in the pots.
My daughter Eva is taking a multi-media art class in school. A few weeks ago they went on a field trip to Goodwill to gather clothing to make into wearable art. This is Eva’s version of a straw skirt. She made it by hot gluing plastic straws to the outside of the skirt. I thought it was very clever. Looks great with the red sneakers.
It’s amazing what you can do with paper and few other household items. You can make projects that fly, float and spin through the air.
Regular notebook paper
Large paper clip
Handkerchief or square piece of fabric
Pipe cleaner or twist-tie
Light weight small toy
Crayons, markers or water-based fabric pain
Fold a piece of paper in half. Then fold down the corners as shown. Fold the paper in half again. Then fold each side down to the center point. When you fold down the two sides you make the wings of the airplane. (fig. D.) Put a small piece of tape across the wings to hold your plane together. If you choose, you can decorate your plane with crayons or markers. Happy flying!
Cut a piece of paper into two rectangles 2-inches by 8 1/2-inches. Follow the diagram and make the three cuts shown with scissors. Cut #1 will be the helicopter blades. When you make that cut, fold the blades in opposite directions at the fold line. Cuts #2 and #3 will help you fold the bottom of your helicopter into thirds, as shown. When you have the folding done, fold up the bottom about 1/2 inch and use a large paper clip to hold it in place. Color the blades with crayons or markers. When you drop the helicopter, watch it twirl to the ground!
Start with the a handkerchief or square piece of fabric. If you like, your child can decorate it with markers or fabric paint. Cut four pieces of string each exactly 4-inches in length. Tie each string to the four corners of the cloth. Tie the loose ends of the strings to a small loop made from the pipe cleaner or twist-tie. Cut another short length of string, tie it to the bottom of the loop, and tie a small lightweight toy to the other end. Drop the parachute from a high spot, like a stairwell, or throw it up in the air and watch it float to the ground!
These photos were sent to me from a reader in Egypt who wanted to share with me craft projects he made using recycled computer parts. Clever, aren’t they? If you have any other ideas please send them along and I will post them.