Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had the power to make our own rain, especially with so much of the country experiencing drought? We may not be able to make rain in the real sense, but with this activity, you can hear the soothing sound of rainfall anytime you wish.
All that’s needed to make a RAINSTICK is a long cardboard tube from a roll of paper towels or foil, construction paper and stickers for decoration, dried couscous, and duct tape.
1. Cover the tube with paper and seal the seam with stickers or the tape.
2. Cut out two circles for each end of the tube. Drape one circle over one end and seal shut with tape.
3. Pour about 1/4 C couscous into the tube. Drape the second circle over the end and seal shut with tape.
Since Memorial Day Weekend is the official start of summer, that usually means more time outdoors and lots of outdoor eating. If you’re going to a picnic this weekend, here are a few simple games, activities and food ideas to help win the day.
MAKE PATRIOTIC NECKLACES using red, white, and blue straws cut into one inch sections. String them onto a piece of yarn and everyone looks ready for a parade or backyard barbeque.
Try frozen STRAWBERRY POPS to cool off after a fun day in the sun. Wash and remove the stems from a quart of strawberries. Toss them in a blender and add a splash of orange or grape juice. Puree until smooth. Pour into small paper cups. Place a popsicle stick in each one and freeze until firm. Peel away the paper and they’re ready to eat.
At the next family reunion, have the kids dress up in red, white, and blue and have a backyard parade. You can decorate wagons and bikes, and play some peppy marching band music to add to the festivities. Adults can join in and everyone can “perform” by doing whatever they’re good at: acrobatics, card tricks, puppet show, singing, dancing, telling corny jokes. Getting everyone – young and old – involved adds to the fun.
Happy Memorial Day.
When I was a kid, my sister and I spent endless hours making fancy and colorful pictures using a compass and crayons or colored pencils. We called these compass circles flowers and decorated the house with them. You and your child can create a few of these easy “flowers” just in time for Mother’s Day.
You need: a compass, a clean sheet of paper, colored pencils, crayons or markers, scissors.
Now comes the fun part. Place the POINT of the compass – NOT THE PENCIL END – on the circle edge.
Move the pencil from one side of the circle to the other as shown below.
Keep repeating by moving the compass point to the new line, drawing the arc to connect with the outer line of the circle, until you connect the arcs into flower petals. Smaller Circles can be made by adjusting the compass to a smaller circumference.
You can experiment with designs….there is no right or wrong way to do this.
Use as a greeting card, or as package decorations. Cut them out and mount to sticks for “flowers”. Why not give compass flowers a try?
I came across crafter LINDA KELLEY’s site and found lots of projects perfect for family fun. Here is a sample of some spring time crafts you and your kids can do at home, thanks to Linda’s great instructions.
Where Creativity and Imagination Creates Wonderful Ideas for Your Home!
To get the kids away from TV and video games when you’re stuck indoors due to bad weather, try some old fashioned fun. BUILD A FORT: Throw a sheet over the table and you have an instant hide-out. A backpack or shopping bag can hold all the survival items such as a flashlight, paper and crayons, books, snacks, bottled water, camera. Eat camping food like hotdogs and beans, and help your child toast marshmallows on the flame of the gas stove. Bring in a sleeping bag or blanket and pillow and it becomes a sleepover they’ll talk about for days afterwards.
Try some different table activities to while away the time. Color, draw, and make silly “creatures” out of paper, Popsicle sticks and whatever scraps are available. Put On A Show, using these creations as puppets. Or, let the stuffed toys become puppets in a show. Sing, dance and tell silly jokes, just like they did in the days of Vaudeville.
Make Your Own Play Dough: Here are two variations – one of which is edible!
PLAY DOUGH – Let your child help measure and mix: 1 C flour, 1 C water, 1 T. veg. oil, ½ C salt, 1 tsp. Cream of Tartar, food coloring.
– Cook over med. Heat until mixture pulls away from the sides of the pan and looks like dough.
– Knead until cool. Store in airtight container.
Or try this recipe for Edible Peanut Butter Play Dough
-1 18-oz. jar creamy peanut butter, 6 table spoons of honey, 3/4 cup non-fat dry milk.
– Mix all the ingredients together, using varying amounts of dry milk for desired consistency. Kids also like to add other foods like M&M’s, raisins, or peanuts for facial features, etc.
You can get more ideas for rainy day edibles from this awesome website: http://www.makeplaydough.com
ENJOY AND HAPPY RAINY DAY! What are YOUR favorite activities for a rainy day?
The Chinese New Year will be celebrated on Saturday 1-28-2017. It is the YEAR OF THE ROOSTER. Why not have your kids join in the festivities by making their own CHINESE DRAGON PUPPETS.
Here is all you need (with scissors, tacky glue and some bag clips to hold pieces in place):
I used thin foam pieces for the head and tail, and card stock for the head fin and middle section. You can also use craft paper for the whole thing, or felt and ribbons or yarn for the mid-section. Pipe cleaners are another option for the mid section or stems. Let your imagination go for creative designs.
Using the pattern pieces below, cut the number of pieces indicated and set aside.
If you’re using paper for the midsection, fold it accordion style as shown here:
Assemble the head by inserting the fin between the two pieces. Glue in place. Insert the sticks (I used wooden skewers) between the head pieces and tail pieces. Insert the ends of the midsection into these pieces as shown. Glue in place and clip to hold together until it dries.
Hold the sticks at both ends to make the Dragon move.
Here’s another version of a dragon puppet: http://www.redtedart.com/chinese-new-year-craft-dragon-puppet-free-printable/
For more activities and easy crafts to celebrate the Year of the Rooster visit:
Happy New Year!