Let your kids add some warmth to any room in the house with this fun
craft idea. You will need a brown paper bag, some colored construction
paper, scissors, glue, some tiny twigs and crayons or markers. Cut a
piece of brown construction paper in the shape of a large rectangle.
Cut some orange, red and yellow paper in the shape of flames; then cut
a small square of black construction paper.
Glue the brown rectangle on the front of the paper bag, near the
bottom. Then glue the black square onto the front of the brown
rectangle. This is the opening of the fireplace. Now glue the flames
onto the black square. Carefully glue a few tiny twigs at the base of
the flames for a more whimsical appearance. You now have a toasty fire
in the fireplace.
You can add some cotton stuffing or a small piece of Styrofoam to
the inside bottom of the bag to help keep it upright. Then fold the top
of the bag down and glue it in place. Add some ribbons or bows for
trim. These add a charming touch to your home, and your kids will be so
glad you are using them for decorations.
Could anything be more adorable than a newborn chick? Your kids will
be excited as they keep a watchful eye on the eggs. Chicken eggs need
only 3 weeks to hatch and this activity will keep children of all ages
happily occupied until the "great event" occurs. Not only is hatching
chicken eggs in an incubator a child friendly activity it is a
wonderful way to teach them about nature, animals and responsibility.
Crystals for the Holidays
This is a winter time activity that is sure to be fun for your
children, but you do need to supervise the process. Creating crystals
is easier than you might think.
3-4 charcoal briquettes, use the inexpensive variety
A disposable aluminum pan with a flat base
¼ cup each of water, salt and liquid bluing
1 tablespoon of plain household ammonia
Place the briquettes in the pan.
Add the other ingredients together (except for the food coloring).
Pour the mixture over the briquettes.
Add a couple of drops of food color to the solution if you wish.
Place the pan in an area of the room where it can sit undisturbed.
If you have younger children or pets you will need to put the pan where
they can not reach it.
The crystals will begin to grow over a short period of time.
The Shrinking Shapes
For this winter fun kid activity you will need some of the Styrofoam
bottoms used for veggies or meats. Make sure they are washed and
cleaned before using them. Let your kids draw designs and shapes on the
trays and then cut them out. You need to punch holes in these shapes if
you plan to use them for decorations or jewelry.
Place the Styrofoam shapes in a single layer on a plain cookie
sheet. Preheat the oven to 350F. When the oven is ready you can place
the cookie sheet inside on the middle rack. It only takes a few minutes
for the heat to shrink the Styrofoam. Kids love to watch the action
through the glass in the front of the oven. You can even turn on the
oven light to give them a better view.
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