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Monday, May 4, 2015

Easy Rapunzel's Tower Photo Frame Craft

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Here's a wonderful submission by Diane who has a great Youtube channel, Character Crafts
This is a simple photo frame inspired by the princess Rapunzel you can make with your little princess.

Materials:

  • 2 different colors construction paper(pink and purple here)
  • child's photo
  • scissors
  • glue
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • thin ribbon or yarn for the hair
  • glitter glue
  • sparkles


Directions:

  1. Trace and cut out a large rectangle from colored paper, this is the tower.
  2. Trace and cut out a triangle for the roof and door in the other color.
  3. Cut out a window near the top of the rectangle.
  4. Glue on the roof and door pieces.
  5. Decorate with glitter glue and sparkles.
  6. Cut the photo to size and glue to the back of the photo frame.
  7. Cu three lengths of yarn or ribbon and braid into Rapunzel's hair and glue to the top of the picture hanging down. Voila!

Here's Diane's complete video tutorial. Please check out her other great craft ideas on youtube.
Feel free to submit your crafty ideas and see them featured on Preschool Crafts for Kids*.



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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Paper Plate Soccer Ball Sports Craft

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Here's a simple soccer ball craft for a sports unit using a paper plate.

Materials:


  • paper plate
  • black construction paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • black marker/crayon

Directions:


  1. Trace and cut out 6 pentagons from black paper.
  2. Glue onto a paper plate as shown above.
  3. Draw lack lines between all the pentagons.


Christmas Bell Paper Cup Craft

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Use a paper cup to make a cute Christmas Bell craft like this.

Materials:


  • paper cups
  • wrapping paper
  • gold and silver foil paper
  • star punch
  • sharp pencil
  • scissors
  • glue
  • yarn
  • craft jingle bells
  • fishing line(if needed)


Directions:


  1. Cut open a paper cup and cut off the bottom. This will give you the template to trace the perfect shape to cover a paper cup.
  2. Trace the template onto extra Christmas wrapping paper and cut out.
  3. Glue the wrapping paper to a paper cup.
  4. Punch silver and gold stars from foil paper and glue on the cup.
  5. Poke a hole in the bottom of the cup and thread a length of yarn through. 
  6. Tie some craft bells to the string inside the cup. If necessary, tie with fishing line. Tie a knot in the string inside the cup.
  7. Hold up your new bell and hang on the Christmas tree.



Valentine's Day/Mother's Day Heart Stamp Card Craft

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This is a simple way to make a beautiful heart stamp card for Valentin's Day or even Mother's Day.

Materials:

  • card stock
  • sponge foam
  • knife
  • paints


Directions:

  1. Trace three different size hearts on sponge foam and cut out with a knife.
  2. Put three different colors of paint in dishes and let kids take turns stamping hearts all over a sheet of card stock. Allow to dry.
  3. Fold in half and write a Valentine's Day or Mother's Day message inside.



Friday, January 16, 2015

Summer Sand Castle Beach Craft

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For Summer School or beach theme, you can make a cute sand castle on the beach.

Materials:


  • sheet of blue construction paper
  • beige construction paper
  • a little white paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • yellow tissue paper
  • toothpick
  • crab template
  • novelty sea/beach pasta or shell pasta
  • paints, brushes, trays


Directions:


  1. Beforehand, paint various theme pasta in different colors and allow to dry.
  2. Cut a simple sand castle shape from beige/tan paper, crinkle it up and smooth out again for a textured surface.
  3. Cut the yellow tissue paper into little squares and glue on the bottom third of the blue paper for the beach.
  4. Cut and decorate a little triangular flag from white paper and glue to a toothpick.
  5. Glue the sand castle on the beach with the flag behind and glue on the pasta shells.
  6. Glue on a little crab and add a sun if you wish.



Mother's Day Recycled Flower Vase Craft

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This is the same as the Father's Day pencil holder, but here, we made a flower vase for Mother's Day.

Materials:

  • toilet paper roll
  • paper clay 
  • paint, brushes
  • cardboard, cereal box
  • scissors
  • glue


Directions:
  1. Trace a circle on cardboard or a cereal box about 8 cm or 3 inches across and cut out. This is about an inch or so wider than the the end of the toilet roll. 
  2. Flatten out the paper clay to an even thickness about 0.2 inches or 0.5 cm.
  3. Trace a rectangle about 11.5 x 13 cm (4.5 x 5 inches) in the clay with a putty knife and peel off the excess. This will wrap around the toilet roll. An easy way is to take another toilet roll, cut lengthwise, flatten, and trace around it, but with a little extra the long way.
  4. Smear glue on the clay and toilet roll and roll and roll the clay around.
  5. Glue the wrapped toilet roll to the cardboard base. 
  6. Glue more clay around the base. Allow to dry a little.
  7. Paint the pencil holder and put the message, "I Love Mom". She'll love it.

Father's Day version:


Father's Day Recycled Pencil Holder Craft

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Dad's like practical gifts. Here's one that he'll love. Recycle a toilet paper roll into a pencil holder for his desk. He'll be so surprised.

Materials:

  • toilet paper roll
  • paper clay 
  • paint, brushes
  • cardboard, cereal box
  • scissors
  • glue


Directions:
  1. Trace a circle on cardboard or a cereal box about 8 cm or 3 inches across and cut out. This is about an inch or so wider than the the end of the toilet roll. 
  2. Flatten out the paper clay to an even thickness about 0.2 inches or 0.5 cm.
  3. Trace a rectangle about 11.5 x 13 cm (4.5 x 5 inches) in the clay with a putty knife and peel off the excess. This will wrap around the toilet roll. An easy way is to take another toilet roll, cut lengthwise, flatten, and trace around it, but with a little extra the long way.
  4. Smear glue on the clay and toilet roll and roll and roll the clay around.
  5. Glue the wrapped toilet roll to the cardboard base. 
  6. Glue more clay around the base. Allow to dry a little.
  7. Paint the pencil holder and put the message, "#1 DAD". He'll love it.


You can use this same idea to make a flower vase for Mother's Day.







Thursday, January 15, 2015

Gingerbread Man Paper Dolls Craft

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Here's a spin on the usual paper dolls craft to teach the fairy tale of the Gingerbread man.

Materials:

  • brown construction paper
  • pencil
  • gingerbread man cookie cutter
  • scissors
  • crayons
  • scrap paper, decorating materials
  • hole punch
  • glue


Directions:

  1. Accordion fold the paper 4 times or so.
  2. Trace a simple gingerbread man on the front along the fold. You could use a real cookie cutter.
  3. Cut out the gingerbread men. Don't cut the fold.
  4. Show some gingerbread man pictures and decorate your men. A hole punch is great for making eyes and buttons. Display your gingerbread men around the room or on the Christmas tree.



Fairy Tales, The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg Craft

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Here's a simple craft to teach the Aesop's fable, "The Goose that laid the Golden Egg". In the story, a woman has a goose that lays one gold egg a day, but she is greedy and wants all the gold at once. She kills the goose and cuts it open, but finds nothing. The story is a little cruel, but this craft is innocent and cute.

Materials:

  • 1 sheet of blue construction paper
  • simple goose template cut from card stock
  • egg cut from card stock
  • scissors
  • glue
  • craft feathers
  • crayons
  • "The Goose that laid the Golden Egg" title


Directions:

  1. Have the goose and egg cut out beforehand, or let student's do it.
  2. Color a face on the goose and color the egg gold or yellow.
  3. Glue the goose and egg to the blue paper.
  4. Glue craft feathers onto the egg.
  5. Print out the title and glue to the top or have students write it themselves. Display your golden geese.



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