2011
Oct 25

Window Hands

by Hannah Holt »

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What you’ll need:

  • black construction paper
  • a white crayon
  • scissors

Step 1: Trace your hand.

Step 2: Draw bones. The exact configuration is not important. Just have fun with it.

Step 3: Cut along the traced lines of the hand.

Step 4: Tape to a window.

Note: Construction paper will fade in the sun, so this is a good project to do the week of Halloween.


2011
Oct 18

Webby Spiders

by Hannah Holt »

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A yarn-ball web forms the base for these freakishly fun spiders.

What you’ll need:

  • black or purple yarn
  • glue*
  • balloons
  • pipe cleaners (4)
  • wiggly eyes (2-8)
  • wire cutters (optional)

*craft glue has a nicer finish, but school glue also works

Step 1: Inflate a balloon. (Small is better, especially for little people. I recommend five inches across or less.)

Step 2: Thin the glue by adding water– two parts glue, one part water.

Step 3: Cut a long strand of yarn and coat with the glue mixture. Be sure to leave one end of the yarn out of the bowl. Otherwise finding an end later is a nightmare.

Step 4: Squeeze off the excess glue. The yarn should be slightly damp, not dripping.

Step 5: Wrap the yarn around the balloon. Anyway you wrap is fine as long as most of the balloon is covered. If the yarn string runs out too early, just tuck the end and start another strand (steps 3-4).

Let the balloon balls dry overnight.

Step 6: When the glue is finished drying, pop and remove the balloon.

Step 7: Thread the pipe cleaners through the yarn balls to form the spiders legs like this:

For smaller spiders, cut the pipe cleaners in half with the wire cutters to make shorter legs.

Step 8: Add a dab of glue to the wiggly eyes. Press them into the yarn balls and hold for 20 seconds.

Haunt your house with these little critters…


2011
Sep 27

Potato Stamps

by Hannah Holt »

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This classic craft is always fun. See the end of this post for other food based stamp ideas.

Print these directions.

What you’ll need:

  • Potato
  • Knife
  • Paint
  • Paper

Step1: Wash and scrub the potato.

Step 2: Halve the potato. Make a clean cut as each half becomes the surface for one stamp.

Step 3: Cut a design into the potato’s face (about 1/4 inch deep).

Step 4: Cut the surrounding potato away from the design. Be extra careful around corners and small pieces of the stamp.

Step 5: Press the potato into the paint and then onto the paper. Repeat!

Other Fun Produce Stamps…

  • Celery Bunch Roses

  • Apple Daisies
  • Bell pepper clouds with mushroom and asparagus trees

  • (Any firm fleshed vegetable can become a stamp.)

2011
Sep 13

DIY Clay Handprints

by Hannah Holt »

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Make your own clay handprint in five simple steps.

Print these directions.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 lb air-dry clay
  • rolling pin
  • wax paper
  • 6 inch plate or plastic lid
  • butter knife
  • measuring tape
  • sharpened pencil
  • acrylic paint (optional)
  • paint brush (optional)
  • dinner-size paper plate (optional)

Step 1: Place clay on wax paper. Using the rolling pin, flatten the clay until 1/4 inch thick.

Step 2: Using the 6 inch plate as a guide cut a circle into the clay. Remove the excess clay.

(Tip– If you have a six-inch plastic lid or round Tupperware container, you can use the rim as a cutter instead of the knife. This will give you a cleaner edge. Just line the lid with wax paper or you will have trouble getting the clay out.)

Step 3: Smooth the clay’s edge with your fingers, and turn over so that the smoother side is face up.

Step 4: Press your hand into the middle of the clay. Push hard. (Little ones will need help with this.)

Step 5: Have someone help measure your height and engrave this number into the clay using the pencil. Let clay dry for 3 days.

Step 6: (optional activity) After the clay dries, pour acrylic paint onto a paper plate and spread around using the paint brush. Then dip your hand into the paint and press into the clay handprint. (Little ones will also need help with this step to avoid smearing.)

Just for fun… What else could you press into the clay?


2011
Sep 06

Martian Munch

by Hannah Holt »

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In this easy kitchen craft, vegetables become Martians and then Martians disappear…

Print these directions.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • dollop cream cheese or peanut butter

Step 1: Have an adult cut the vegetables into pieces, like this…

Step 2: Put the vegetable pieces on your plate. Use the cucumber cuts to form the Martian’s head and body. Carrots for arms and legs. Raisins for ears, eyes, and mouth.

Step 3: Add a dollop of cream cheese or peanut butter to your plate.

Step 4: Dip your vegetable pieces into the cream cheese or peanut butter and gobble up your Martian. YUM!

Just for fun… What else can you make?