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NAME-STAMP BLOCK Tutorial #FamilyFunMag

Another fun Winter- time craft, make your own NAME-STAMP BLOCK!  Idea courtesy of FamilyFun Magazine!

Great for new spellers—or anyone who likes to make her mark!

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What you’ll need
Paper
Craft foam
Craft glue
2-inch wooden block(s)
Stamp pad & notebooks (optional)

Instructions

  1. Write your recipient’s name in 1¼-inch-high block letters on a piece of paper (you can also use a stencil or print out the letters in a font you like at 100 points). Cut out each letter. You can get six characters onto a block, so if she has a short name, fill in any blank spaces with a fun design like a heart or a star; if she has a long name, use two blocks.
  2. Trace two of each letter onto craft foam; cut out.
  3. Stack the letters and glue them together. Then glue each letter to a side of the block backwards. Repeat for all letters.
  4. If desired, package your blocks with a stamp pad and notebooks.

How to make SLIME!

Looking for a fun thing to do with your kids?  If you have boys– they will DEFINITELY love this one… Make your own SLIME!  This is SUPER Easy and requires ingredients that most people can find around their house.

Ingredients:
Metamucil with Psyllium Husk
Water
Pan
Spoon

For each cup of water, you will need 1 teaspoon of Metamucil.

1 Cup of Water= 1 Teaspoon of Metamucil
6 Cups of Water= 6 Teaspoons of Metamucil

Step 1: Add Water and Metamucil to the Pan and Stir
How to Make SlimeStep 2: Put pan on the Stove and bring to a boil.  Boil for 10 Minutes
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Step 3:  After 10 Minutes your slime should be nice and slimey.
Tip: If it isn’t slime enough, put it in the fridge.
Tip: If you want to play with it sooner, put it in the fridge.
SlimeThank you to my Sister, who is a daycare teacher for this idea.  She made it with her class :-)

Crafty Activities for Every Season

Whether you are indulging your inner artist or trying to keep the kids occupied on a rainy day, crafting projects are the answer. They are also a fantastic way to add a personal touch to gifts, parties and decorations. Here’s my rundown of some of the best projects to keep you (and your little ones) occupied all year long.

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Spring
With the weather promising sunshine but not quite enough warmth to play in the garden, a few spring-themed crafts can help to keep the kids entertained. If it’s time to give their rooms a spruce up, you can set them to personalizing the furniture while you give the walls a lick of paint. Old wooden furniture looks fantastic painted with hand prints, wobbly butterflies and colored flowers.

If it’s just an afternoon you’re looking to fill, you can always rely on some classics. Remember how to make paper chain dolls? Teach the kids how to make them and let them decorate each, putting them in funny outfits and painting vibrant hairstyles on them. For a bit of a change, you could try making paper chain butterflies or flowers instead. It is very much in keeping with the spring theme and they look great strung up in the kitchen or playroom.

Summer
Summer crafty ideas are all about making your garden (and garden parties) colorful and memorable. Handmade drinks umbrellas, flower arrangements as centerpieces and name labels are all lovely ways to add a crafty touch to a garden gathering.

If you are looking to enhance your tranquil outdoor retreat, you may need to invest a bit more time. Create an eye-catching focal point by removing the backing and glass from a chunky, wooden frame. Secure a colourful souffle dish or ramekin inside and fill it with bird food. Hung from a tree, any guest spotting it from the patio will think you have framed the wildlife – and be suitably impressed!

Autumn
There’s loads to do in the house in autumn. The nights are starting to draw in and everyone’s ready to snuggle by the fire. Make sure the kids don’t forget about the birds outside in the cold and take the opportunity to make some homemade bird feeders. Spreading peanut butter on an old toilet roll or pencil is guaranteed to result in sticky fingers and smiles all round. Roll them in seeds and hang them from a tree in the garden, the kids can then watch the birds feasting on their efforts from the warmth of the house.

Autumn is also a great time for grown-up projects. Quilted blankets look great, add a snuggly feeling to any room and will help keep your family warm over the winter. They are also a fantastic way to make use of any clothes the kids have outgrown or ruined over the course of the year. If you don’t have much time, make your patches large and trim your quilt with a patterned fabric to finish the look.

If you are thinking of hand making your Christmas gifts, now is the time to start planning. Knitted scarves, hats and gloves add a personal touch to everyone’s stockings and mini fruit cakes are a fantastic treat for neighbours and work colleagues.

Painted Pumpkins

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Halloween
Halloween is a holiday for crafting! From the kids’ costumes to seasonal treats, you could spend weeks indulging your creative side if you wanted to. Let the kid’s loose with their new-found paper doll making skills and ask them to create a spooky garland for the fireplace. Cats heads, witch’s hats and pumpkins are all excellent options. Of course, there is the traditional pumpkin lantern to carve. If you want to impress the neighbors, or try something a little bit different, print a template off and craft a masterpiece.

Winter
This season is made for easy craft ideas. With the kids eager to stay indoors, convincing them to help out is no issue at all. If you fancy spending the day crafting, a few different colored felts and some glue are a fantastic way to make seasonal pictures of robins and penguins. If the kids have got a bit more energy to wear off, it might be time to think about indoor games. Blow skiing is really easy to make and fun to play. Best of all? Everyone gets to pick their own colors.

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Christmas
Most winter activities are Christmas orientated. This one little holiday sure does dominate the entire season. Luckily, there’s loads of projects you can do for this one. Making gingerbread cookies to decorate the tree is always great fun for the little ones. If you have a young teenager in the house, why not set them the challenge of making a gingerbread house? You can buy ready-made kits now, so they get to do all the fun decorating without any of the awkward planning and baking. If your family aren’t gingerbread lovers, sugar cookies are just as good for decorating the tree. They’re also a little bit paler so you can decorate them with pastel icings for a more delicate look.

Candy cane mice are another easy option for making Christmas decorations, though they look really impressive on the tree (these are my favorites!). Cut out all the mice pieces and let the kids assemble them. Glitter, googly eyes and some funny colored ears mean they can make each one unique and keeps them occupied. A candy cane tail completes the look – and means you can hang them from the tree or a garland easily.

Of course, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without paper chains. Cut up strips of wrapping paper for the kids so they can make festive garlands, perfect for decorating their bedrooms. This is a great option for Christmas eve when they need to take their minds off the excitement. Another option is to let them decorate the name labels for the Christmas table. Glitter pens, sticky stars and colored paper guarantee at least an hours break from the exhausting wait for St. Nick.

How to make Pumpkin Veggie Heads

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Veggie Pumpkin

Create a colorful clan by securing surplus garden produce onto pumpkins with toothpicks. If the pumpkin’s rind is too tough for toothpicks to pierce, drill holes for them with a metal skewer.

Thank you Family Fun Magazine for sharing this fun craft!

Mighty Spideys a fun #Halloween Craft

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Marching down the dining table, long-legged visitors add arachnid appeal to a Halloween meal. Their twisty limbs can also cling to furniture, banisters, or any other place that could use a little creepy-crawly cool.

To make each spider’s head and body
1. Use tacky glue to join a small and a large black pom-pom
2. Glue 2 small jewels to the smaller one for eyes
3. Then set the pom-poms aside to dry
4. Use wire cutters to cut 4 equal lengths of 18-gauge paper-wrapped floral wire and carefully straighten the wires.
5. Set them on waxed paper and apply black acrylic paint with a brush, and let dry.
6. Twist the strands together at their center points to create an 8-pronged starburst.
7. Bend the joined wires to resemble spider legs, as shown.
8. Glue the spider body atop the legs’ center point and let it dry.

Thank you Family Fun Magazine for sharing this fun craft!

Witch-Topper Poppers #Halloween #Craft

Witch-Topper Poppers

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Packing the punch of piñatas without the mess and tears, these spellbinding little hats spill goodies when the tags are pulled. Display them on hooks or a branch. When it’s time to pop them, take each hat down, then hold the cone in one hand while pulling the string with the other.

The Brim
1. Trace a 3½-inch lid on black construction paper and a 1½-inch lid once on cereal-box cardboard and twice on white paper. Cut out all the circles, then stack the black and cardboard circles as shown, securing them with a glue stick. With a pushpin, pierce a center hole.
2. For the pull string, knot a 10-inch length of baker’s twine to make a loop with a 1-inch-long tail. Thread the loop through a yarn needle and pull it through the brim’s center hole. Tape the tail ends down as shown.
3. Write Boo! on the white circles. With the twine between them, adhere them back-to-back with glue.

The Cone
1. Trace a 9-inch plate on the black paper. Cut out the circle, fold it in half, and cut along the fold.
2. For the hanger, knot a 10-inch length of twine into a loop. Tape it to a halfcircle as shown. Roll the paper into a cone with a 2¼-inch opening and secure it with tape.
3. Roll a 30-inch length of black crepe paper streamer and cut fringe through all the layers.
4. Starting at the cone’s bottom edge, use a glue stick to attach the fringed streamer, winding it around and slightly overlapping it as you go. At the tip, trim the excess. Glue the end down.

Assembly
Set the cone in a paper cup, pointed side down. Fill it with treats. Add a line of white glue around the cone’s edge and add the brim, with the tag side out. Let the glue dry before hanging.

Thank you Family Fun Magazine for sharing this awesome craft!

How To Make An Awesome DIY Fireman Halloween Costume

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With Halloween on the horizon, it is time to start thinking about what to do for your children’s costumes. Don’t spend loads of money on expensive store-bought costumes, when you can make a costume at home. There are many wonderful creations you might want to make. All you need is a little imagination, and you can make almost any costume in the world. One of the things you might want to consider making is a cool fireman costume. Here is an easy guide to making an impressive DIY fireman costume.

You will need:
– A Large Box
– Acrylic Paint (Red, Black, Silver and Orange)
– Glue
– Two Mini-Torches
– Two Strips Of Black Material
– Scissors
– A Sewing Machine
– Spare Material

1. Prepare your box
You will need a large box for this costume. You can get a box from your local department store. See whether they have any spare boxes to give you. Make sure that the box is large enough to make a fire truck, but not too big that it will be uncomfortable for your child. Cut a hole in the top and bottom of the box. Make sure that the gap is big enough for your child to fit inside. You might want to have your child try the box on at this point to make sure that there is enough space.

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2. Seal your box
You need to seal up all the edges of the box. Use the glue to seal up all the sides of the box so that it keeps a solid structure. This step is important as the costume will take a lot of wear and tear when your child wears it. Leave the box to dry for a couple of hours.

3. Paint your box
This step is the hardest part of making the fireman costume. Make sure that you draw an outline on the box before you begin painting. Draw two large windows with a fire brigade logo in the center. Much of the painting is block color. Do the largest area first and then add detail later. Again, leave the box to dry for a couple of hours.

4. Install your torches
The two mini-torches will make the headlights for the firetruck. Fix the two torches to the inside of the box. Cut two holes at the front of the box so that the lights shine through. Your child can turn the lights on from inside the box.

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5. Sew your material strips
First you need to make sure that the material strips are the right length. Have your child hold the box at hip height, while you measure the material. The strips will go over your child’s shoulders and hold the fire truck in place. Once you have measured out your strips, you need to sew them. Doing so will make sure that the sides of the straps don’t fray when your child is wearing his or her costume. Use a Serger sewing machine to make seams at each side of the straps.

6. Fix the strips to the box
You can use glue to fix the straps to the box. Again, it is important that you leave the glue to dry for a few hours. Make sure that the box is secure. You don’t want the box to break when your child is wearing it.

7. Finish the look
Finish the look with a cute fireman outfit. You can buy a whole range of fireman outfits online. Make sure that you get an outfit in the right size. Sizing online can be unreliable, so it is wise to buy a size larger than your child needs. Your child will look like he, or she is a fireman driving the truck when the costume is complete.

Fun Tips for Having a Creative & Crafty Halloween

Halloween just so happens to take place at one of my most favorite times of the year. For me and my family, it’s a time for cozying up in front of the fire, reading ghost stories and feasting on comfort food. In fact, we’d go so far as to say that Halloween is also one of our most favorite holidays. So to help you prepare yourself in advance, we’re going to share some simple, yet creative ideas that will help your Halloween night to go off with a bang.


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Costumes
It doesn’t matter what age your kids happen to be – one of the most important parts of Halloween is making sure that you’ve got an awesome costume to wear. Luckily there are Halloween costumes to suit all age groups. Younger kids would look cute as a button dressed up as a pumpkin. Whilst older kids might prefer to dress up as their favorite musician or Hollywood starlet. To make sure that your child’s costume stands out from the crowd, you could try adding some embellishments to give it that personal touch.


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Halloween-Themed Party Treats
This crafty Halloween tip is an easy one, and luckily you don’t have to have the culinary skills of Gordon Ramsay in order to make it work. It’s just a case of getting your hands on a few easy-to-find ingredients and then using a little creative flair and imagination. You could make zombie-shaped gingerbread men, or orange and black cupcakes. You could also whip up a batch of witches’ brew, or use red food dye to make a punch that Dracula himself would be happy to drink. It’s a good idea to get the kids involved in preparing these Halloween treats as they’ll love the interactive aspect. You could even hold a competition to see who can come up with the scariest-looking gingerbread man!


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Ghost Stories
If your kids are very young, it may be a good idea to give this tip a miss. But if you’re confident that they’ll enjoy it, it’s always good fun to share a few ghost stories with the family. You can find plenty of age appropriate ghost stories on the internet if you don’t know a good one already. But the best stories of all tend to be the ones that you make up yourself. You could even use scary props to help tell your story, such as a pair of vampire teeth or a spooky witches’ cauldron. After all, doesn’t everyone deserve a good scare on Halloween?

Traditional Halloween Games & Activities
One of the reasons why we love Halloween so much is that it gives you and the kids chance to take part in fun scary-themed activities and get nice and messy in the process. No Halloween would be complete without a hand-carved pumpkin, and bobbing for the odd apple or two. Such games and activities are really simple to organize, and whether your kids are young or old, they’ll really appreciate the effort you’ve gone to.

We hope that you and the kids enjoy putting some of our spooky suggestions to the test and that you have plenty of fun celebrating this most ghoulish of occasions!