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DIY Valentine Gifts from Kids

26 Jan

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Valentine’s Day is approaching and it’s a great opportunity to teach your child the concept of kindness and gratitude to express how much the special people in their life mean to them. Kids can show their loved ones how much they care with these fun do-it-yourself gifts that are straight from the heart!

Valentine’s Finger Paint Picture Frame

Your child can design a one-of-a-kind gift with their own fingerprints! This project is great for the little ones that want to join in on all of the Valentine’s Day fun and festivities!

What you will need:

  • Red, Pink, and White Washable Finger Paint
  • White Picture Frame
  • Optional: Use stencils, glitter, or other embellishments

To Do:

  • Your child can simply dip their thumb into the paint and go to town adding their fingerprints all around the frame.
  • Let the paint dry and add your embellishments as needed.
  • Your gift is ready for giving!

Source: 75 East Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids by Personal Creations

Chalk Stencil Heart Collage

This Valentine’s gift is so fun to create yet so simple! Kids of all ages can really get creative with this project! Make this project into a card or frame it. The possibilities are endless!

What you will need:

  • Black Construction Paper
  • Chalk in the colors of your choosing (Red, Pink, and White are the perfect Valentine’s colors)
  • Cotton balls
  • Heart stencil (You can make your own stencil using cardstock paper or purchase your own)

To Do:

  • Use the stencil to draw hearts on the paper.
  • Once you have all of your hearts drawn, take a cotton ball and brush the chalk outwards creating a fading affect.
  • Now your gift is ready to brighten someone’s day!

Source: 75 East Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids by Personal Creations

Valentine Salt Dough Hearts

Share the love this Valentine’s day with salt dough hearts! This recipe is super easy to make and a great gift for that special someone. You can create fun ornaments, garland, décor, magnets and more.

What you will need:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • Up to 1 up of water
  • Acrylic paint
  • Heart Shaped Cookie Cutters

To Do:

  • Mix the flour and salt together and add the water gradually (You do not want to the dough to be sticky)
  • Roll out the dough about 5mm
  • Cut out the shapes using the cookie cutter (Use chopsticks to make a hole if you want to hang the heart)
  • Place the dough hearts into the oven and bake for 100°C/212°F for 3 to 4 hours (Be sure to turn dough 2-3 times and re-puncture holes to ensure the holes do not bake shut)
  • When your dough is completely dry and cooled off, the dough heart is ready for painting
  • Let dry for at least another 2 to 3 days to be sure your creation is fully dry and in tip top shape!

Source: Salt Dough Recipe: Valentine’s Decorations by Red Ted Art

3 Fall DIY Sensory Activities

2 Oct

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Hello autumn! Hello new opportunities for DIY fun at home! Check out these three ideas perfect for exploring the senses with a seasonal twist! Your child is sure to love making, squishing, smelling, and playing with these homemade creations!

Fall Sensory Bin

You will need:

Bin with lid

Water Beads

Pumpkin Seeds

Fall Colored Buttons

Muffin Pan

Optional: Plastic acorns, mini pumpkins, and small gourds

Simply combine all the items into your bin and encourage your child to touch, squish, and stir the contents. Have them sort the items into groups using the muffin pan. Add a little water to the bin for additional sensory fun!

Suggested book- Pumpkin Pumpkin

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DIY Natural Apple Pie Playdough

You will need:

1 cup Salt

2 cups All Purpose Flour

A few drops of Cinnamon Essential Oil

2 Tablespoons Cream of Tartar

1 Tablespoon of Cinnamon

1 Tablespoon of Apple Pie Spice

2 Tablespoons of oil

1 1/3 Cup Boiling Water

Step 1: Fill Bowl

Add all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.

Step 2: Mix in Water

Slowly stir in your 1 1/3 cups of boiling water.

Step 3: Mix Dough

Mixing thoroughly and allow dough to fully cool.

Step 4: Add Oil

Add a couple of drops of cinnamon essential oil to the dough and mix.

Step 4: Play

Play using the Dough Tool Set and ABC & Numbers Dough Cutter Set.

Store in an airtight container for future play!

Source: No Cook Natural Apple Cinnamon Playdough Recipe

Suggested book: Apple Picking Time

Fall Sensory Bags

You will need:

Clear Hair Gel

Orange Food Coloring

Gold and Red Glitter

Leaves

Large Ziploc Bag

Duct Tape

Optional: Plastic acorns and cinnamon sticks

Step 1: Fill the Bag

Fill the large ziplock bag ¾ full of hair gel (we got our gel from a dollar store).

Step 2: Add a Pop of Color

Place glitter and a few drops food coloring into the bag, close and squish unto fully mixed.

Step 3: Add Items

Add leaves, acorns, and cinnamon sticks into the bag. Squeeze out all of the air.

Step 4: Seal and Secure

Using duct tape, seal the edges of the bag. Optional: tape the bag to a table for easier play.

Suggested Book- Leaf Man

DIY Boats for Christopher Columbus Day!

13 Oct

What better way to celebrate Christopher Columbus Day than by building DIY (Do It Yourself) boats! Water play is a fun way to keep kids engaged as they use hands-on learning to build gross motor skills. DIY projects also stretch the imagination, teach children the value of being resourceful, and provide simple science lessons such as why some materials float and others don’t. Here are four DIY boats you can build with your child to keep creativity flowing and keep little minds engaged as they play:

lm-paper-boat1. Paper Boats

Learn about transportation by building a paper boat with paper or cardboard, duct tape, and water to send it on its way! Keep children engaged by talking about the importance of Christopher Columbus’ discovery and ask them where they would like to travel by boat. Once imaginations have been sparked, start building with these step-by-step instructions: http://www.mykidsadventures.com/paper-boat-race/. The duct tape on the bottom will prevent boats from falling apart.

 Extra: Get even more creative by providing markers and paint for children to personalize boats!

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2. Penny Boats

Work on counting money and make a boat at the same time! Penny Boats are as simple as using aluminum foil, straws, paper, balloons, and any other household supplies you want to decorate with. Then it becomes a competition to find out whose boat can hold the most pennies before it sinks! Turn the project into a simple science lesson by asking children to make a hypothesis on how many pennies a boat will hold before it sinks! Ask children at the end of the activity if they have any ideas on how to make the boats more durable for next time.

Source: http://imaginationsoup.net/2014/07/summer-learning-pbs-kids/

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3. Pool Noodle Boats

There’s nothing like cutting up pool noodles, sticking in toothpicks, adding a paper sail, and watching boats sail around on a sunny day! Blow on the little boats to watch them go! Encourage your kids to participate in a competition to see who can blow a boat to the finish point the fastest!

Source: http://www.raisingwildones.com/2014/03/easy-sail-boat-kids-craft.html

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4. Classic Cork Boats

Make little pirate ships out of corks and rubber bands! Kids can make boats as long or short as they want by adding or subtracting corks. Once finished, blow on the shimmery sails to set them sailing! Use different colored sails to personalize.

Source: http://mamapapabubba.com/2013/06/25/cork-sail-boats-with-sparkly-sails/#comment-5592

Looking for related books to go with your activity? We’ve got you covered! Check out these fun titles on boats:

Related Products:

-Boat Puzzle: http://www.kaplantoys.com/product/83746/chunky-puzzle-boat?c=31%7CKTHS13

– LEGO Boats: http://www.kaplantoys.com/product/89493/lego-harbor-set