March 29, 2006

Quickie Projects

Kids Crafts

Sometimes you just need a quick little project to pull out of your hat and keep your child busy. I've done a little research and come up with a few very simple ideas that you can keep handy to pull up at a moment's notice. Either print this blog entry out or just bookmark it. Either way, you will have a quick and easy way of having an answer to that age old weary query, "Mom, I'm bored, what should I do?"

I'll be posting little Quickie Project lists from time to time, so don't forget to check back here.

What you need:

  • Hole punch
  • Old birthday or holiday cards
  • Crochet thread or scrap yarn
What to do:
  1. Cut a picture from the cover of a greeting card the size of a bookmark.
  2. Punch a hole in the bottom center of the cut out picture.
  3. Cut several lengths of thread or yarn and make a tassel through the hole in the bottom of the card.
Peanut Pals
What you need:
  • Some peanuts still in the shell
  • Fine point markers
  • Scraps of yarn
  • Pipe cleaners
  • water paints
  • glue, scissors
What to do:
  1. Color the shells with water paints and let dry.
  2. Glue some small scraps of yarn on the top of the thinnest end of the peanuts for hair.
  3. With markers, draw a face on the peanuts head.
  4. Cut the pipe cleaner into small pieces for arms and legs.
  5. Glue the arms and legs unto the peanuts and let them dry completely. Shape the arms and legs any way you like.
Rainy Day Puzzles
What you'll need:
  • Old animal or flower greeting cards
  • Glue
  • Decoupage Glaze
  • Scissors
  • Envelope
What to do:
  1. Glue the front and back of the greeting cards together.
  2. Cover the front and back with decoupage glaze, let dry.
  3. When completely dry, cut the cards into several pieces. You now have puzzles.
  4. Use the envelope to store the pieces for the next rainy day.

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