Category Archives: Craft Projects

Glue Art

If your kids are anything like mine they probably love squeezing glue out of a bottle. Yes it can be messy and wasteful, but I will admit I love doing it too. There is something very soothing watching the slow steady stream as the glue puddles up.  031415 (27)

When we do gluing projects at school my parent helpers often have a hard time turning the glue bottle over to the kids. Or if they do let the kids do the gluing themselves the parent is often hovering very close by ready to quickly grab the bottle if the glue starts flowing to freely.

To help the parents realize the joy of squeezing a glue bottle and to give the kids the opportunity to just squeeze away we recently made sun catchers.

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This is a project I first did at my daughter’s 6th birthday and kids of all ages love this project.  It is super easy and inexpensive.  All you need are cheap frames, glue and food coloring. I got the frames at the dollar store and purchased a large jug of glue, at Michael’s using my 40% off coupon.

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To start pop the glass out of the frames, using a glue gun run a bead of glue around the inside then reinsert the glass. This not only ensures the glass will stay in place, but prevents the glue from leaking through the frame.

For the glue I like to start with a half bottle of glue.  Add a few drops of food coloring, stir to combine then slowly add more glue, stirring as you go.

Once you have all the materials ready turn it over to the kids and let them get squeezing. Resist the urge to step in.  Let the glue puddle and the colors combine.  The big glue puddles will take a long time to dry (we are talking days until it is completely dry) but the big puddles look just as neat as the small sleek lines.

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I did put out toothpicks for the kids to swirl the glue with, but too much swirling muddled the colors and just letting the colors naturally flow together  produced a much cooler look.

I highly recommend you mix up a few bottles of glue and let your kids get to work squeezing and don’t forget to join them in the fun.

Kiwi Crates

The kids got Kiwi Crate subscriptions for Christmas.  I wasn’t sure if they were going to be worth the price, but so far I have been happy with the product.

Our youngest, who is almost 6, got the six month subscription to the Kiwi Crate.

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We got the first box just before Christmas and received the second box this week. In each box there are two activities.  This past box contained a chef’s hat and apron to be decorated with fabric crayons and a foam “cake” that the kids could decorate with clay icing.

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The cake activity was the biggest hit and the smallest spent over an hour decorating her cake.

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I really like that the kits are structured,  but leave room for the kids to be creative. The activities are easy enough for kids to do unassisted, or with just a little assistance, but are still complex enough to hold their attention.

The Tinker Crate and Doodle Crate have also been well received.

In the first Tinker crate my son received a motor kit.  It was a good kit and provided just the right amount of frustration and tinkering on his part to get it going.

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The Doodle crate was perfect for my middle kid who loves to craft.  We haven’t received our second box yet, but after decorating pencil cases using a resist technique she is anxiously awaiting the next project.

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Wind Chimes

Preschool has come to an end.  And not just for the year.  My baby has finished preschool and will be moving up to the big league in the fall.  It will be nice to have all three kids at the same school, but it is definitely a bittersweet occasion.  We have been a part of the cooperative preschool for 7 years and it has been a wonderful place for not only my children, but for our entire family. Many of the kids in my daughter’s class are the babies of their family, and are also saying good-bye to the school.  Since so many of us where leaving we wanted to say thank you to the school and at the same time leave our mark.  Our solution, was to present a set of hand painted bamboo wind chimes. chimes I have tons of bamboo growing in the backyard.  I found a piece that fallen and dried.  Using a handsaw I cut the large stalk into 10″-12″ pieces and then drilled a small hole at the top of each chime. bamboo chimes I then had each child paint one of the chimes.  Once the paint dried I sprayed each piece with a high gloss varnish.  Let the pieces dry again and then threaded a medium weight filament string through the pre-drilled holes, and tied to create a loop.  Each loop was then slid on to a long branch I found on the school grounds.  photo (9) This was a super simple gift to make and will hopefully be ringing at the school for many years to come.