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Jul13

Kids Cooking | Sugaring Flowers

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Learn How to Make Sugared Flowers - Yes you can eat them!

Summertime is a great opportunity to practice some new flower crafts. It's amazing how many different crafts use fresh flowers. You can press flowers, but if you have access to edible flowers, you can enjoy a much sweeter flower craft. Sugaring flowers is a simple, delicious, and fun way to preserve and enjoy edible flowers. Once you have perfected your skills, you can use them to decorate delicious cakes and other food items.

Dec13

How to Make a Baker's Dough Hand Print

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Baker's Dough Hand Print

Baker's dough can also be used to make childhood handprints. Little handprints in baker's dough will be a true treasure for your parents.

You will need:
Flour
Water
Salt
Cookie cutters
Paint (acrylic paint works the best, but you can also use tempera paints or watercolors)
Ribbon

To make the dough:

Boil 3/4-cup water, put 1/2 cup salt in a bowl, and pour boiling water over the salt and stir. Cool the salt-water mixture; add 2 cups flour and mix. Knead the dough for approximately five minutes or until the dough is smooth and workable.

Instead of rolling it out thin, shape it into a large, thick circle. Press your hand into the dough to make a nice, clear, deep hand print. Once you have your hand print, you can write your name into the front or back of the dough along with the year that you made the print, so everyone will know whose hand print it is and how old you were when you made it.

You can also poke a hole into the top of your hand print dough.  This will allow you to add a ribbon to the hand print decoration, so your parents can hang it on the wall. You can also help younger siblings put together one of these hand print ornaments.

Adult supervision is still needed for the baking of the dough. The thicker hand print ornament will take much longer to bake than the thing cutout ornaments. If you don't want to bake the handprint, the dough can be air dried, but this will require that you leave the dough alone in a place where it can dry for multiple days.

Jun30

How to Make Beaded July 4th Safety-Pin Art

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Beaded July 4th Safety Pin Art


Supplies:
13 medium (inch long) safety pins
red, white, and blue beads

Separate out six safety pins.  Slide beads along the pin of each one until you have three full pins of red and three of white beads.  Take the remaining pins and fill each one about two-thirds of the way, three with white beads and four with red.  Fill the rest of each pin with blue beads, adding in a white one from time to time to represent the 50 stars.  For an advanced challenge, try to design a circle of white beads into your blue patch.

When you're finished, pin the beads in the right order to make a downward-hanging flag on your backpack or jacket.  The blue goes in the upper left-hand corner, and the full red and white pins go to the right of that.  (Hint: Both the far left and far right edges are red.)
Apr22

Sand Painting

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Sand or Salt Painting for Camping Kids

If you are camping or RVing at the beach (or just doing a virtual beach trip) here's an easy, fun project that will keep kids entertained.

Things you need:

  • Sand or salt

- if you want colored sand click here for the recipe

  • Colored construction paper if you are using natural colored sand, white or a complimentary color if you are using colored sand
  • Crayons, colored pencils, pens or markers
How to:
  1. Draw a picture using the crayons or other drawing tool on the construction paper
  2. using the glue stick "color in" the lines of your drawing
  3. sprinkle sand over the glue stick
  4. let dry for 15 minutes or so
  5. then shake off excess sand.

 

 

 

Feb02

New Year Confetti Eggs

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New Year Confetti Eggs


For this project you will need:
Eggs
Tissue Paper
A variety of colored paper and glitter for the confetti
Scissors
Glue

1. Crack your egg very carefully at the top, so there is a hole at the crown of the egg shell. Empty the contents of the eggs. The eggs can be set aside to use for cooking omelets or some other tasty snack. Carefully clean out the egg shell, making sure not to break it, then set aside to dry thoroughly.

2. While the egg shells are drying, cut up the decorative paper to make confetti. Mix all the confetti bits and glitter together in a bowl.

3. Now, cut circles out of the tissue paper. These circles should be large enough to cover the hole in the top of the egg shell.

4. When the egg shells are completely dry, carefully fill them with the confetti through the hole in the top.

5. When the egg is filled, spread glue around the edge of the hole in the shell. Place the tissue paper circle over the top of the hole and smooth it over the glue. Allow the glue to dry and you have fun confetti eggs!

When you eggs are dry, you can determine how you will celebrate with them, but in the end you have to smash them so the confetti will explode out like a mini confetti fire cracker (minus the fire)!
Dec13

Baker's Dough Ornaments

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Baker's Dough Ornaments

Baker's dough is similar to cookie dough, but it is made only with water, flour, and salt. Although Baker's Dough seems like cookie dough, it cannot be eaten. The dough can be cut into shapes, painted, and - once cooked - will last forever. This project will require adult supervision and help since you need to use the oven.

You will need:
Flour
Water
Salt
Cookie cutters
Paint (acrylic paint works the best, but you can also use tempera paints or watercolors)
Ribbon

To make the dough:

Boil 3/4-cup water, put 1/2 cup salt in a bowl, and pour boiling water over the salt and stir. Cool the salt-water mixture; add 2 cups flour and mix. Knead the dough for approximately five minutes or until the dough is smooth and workable.

After you have the dough made, roll it out as you would regular cookie dough. Use holiday cookie cutters to cut the dough into the shapes you want. You can also cut out shapes by hand. Poke a hole into the top of each shape.  This will allow you to thread a ribbon through the ornament so it can be used as a hanging decoration.

Have an adult preheat the oven to 350 degrees and, when you are finished shaping your decorations, have your adult supervisor place the ornaments in the hot oven on a cookie sheet. Bake the decorations for approximately one hour or until they are hard.

Once the dough is baked, it can be painted. You can use whatever type of paints you want.  The decorations provide a great opportunity to express yourself through art. After you are finished decorating and the paint has dried, spray the ornaments with a clear shellac or polyurethane to preserve the paints and make the decorations shiny.
Jun09

How to Make Garden Stakes

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How to Make Garden Stakes


Garden stakes are markers that you place at the head or foot of a row to show what's planted there.  You can make stakes for every vegetable type in your garden.

Supplies
old wooden spoons
paint
markers
glue
seed packets
scissors

Begin by painting your wooden spoon in one solid color.  With scissors, cut out the picture on the front of your seed packet.  You might decide to cut out just the vegetable photo, or you may want to use it as a model and paint a picture of vegetable directly onto the spoon.  Use the glue to stick the packet onto the spoon.  When you're finished, "plant" your spoons handle-end first into the ground.
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