Milk Carton Plug Ring

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This is not a craft for little hands, although my son enjoys playing dress up with this ring. We are a 3 types of milk family so these little plugs accumulate quickly. I had my beads out for another craft when I thought, hmm maybe I could do this… and it worked. These little rings really hold up well and I am so pleased I finally have something to do with them.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some milk carton plugs, hot glue gun, hot glue, seed beads, and a small dish that won’t stick to the glue. I used a 2nd dish for the ring to cool in but that was just my preference.
  2. Pour a mixture of seed beads into a small dish. You don’t want to use too big a dish because you want the beads to be close together .
  3. Turn the plug inside out , so when you slide it on your finger the solid part stands up against your finger.
  4. Add hot glue to the solid part that will be facing out. You want a lot of glue.
  5. Quickly dip it into the beads, gently press it into them.
  6. Let dry! It’s that easy. Just remember to let it dry completely before wearing it.

Easy Beaded Bracelet

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I made these all the time as a preteen and with the school year coming to a close I thought I better share some more “big kid” projects for all the older kids of my regular readers. Beading offers a great lesson in patience, fine motor control and patterning. This is easy to do but is adorable, I have been wearing this bracelet around town .

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some seed beads, beading wire, a magnetic or latch clasp, and a small plate or am old yogurt lid works great.
  2. Start by cutting off two pieces of wire, about 2 feet long each. Tie together.
  3. Next secure that to one clasp. I don’t have a set way of doing this, I just tie it on- tug and make a few more knots if it’s loose. trim the ends but not too short because we will be hiding them in the first few beads.
  4. Start adding beads to both strings- so one bead goes over both wires. Carefully thread the end bits of the wires through as well. Repeat with as many beads as needed to cover the end bits.
  5. String 8-12 beads on one wire.
  6. Repeat on the other wire
  7. Now thread both wires through 1 bead. This will make the loop.
  8. Continue until you have enough for a full bracelet. I re did mine 4 times before I liked my pattern, make sure you let your child know that the best part of making something themselves is that there is no right way, if they don’t like the pattern, start again.
  9. Tie on your other clasp and you are good to go. I tucked the wires into the last few beads , so if you want to do that you need to keep the ends a little long so you can handle them.
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Mini Masterpiece

Miniature Masterpiece

When choosing activities for older kids I try to link it to fine art where I can. Exposing children to art appreciation doesn’t have to be on a field trip to a museum, although I recommend that too. This would make a beautiful gift for a mom or grandma for Mother’s Day, especially if you made a group of 3 or 4 and put it in a nice box.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need glass beads, magnets, rubber cement, a pencil, pictures of your choice and scissors. * I just want to say that I am not ruining a perfectly good book, I was gifted a duplicate and have been saving it for art projects.
  2. Start by choosing your pictures, if you are using an art book this will give your child a chance to look through many choices, and gives you a chance to ask them what they like and why, or why not.
  3. Trace your bead over the picture with a pencil.
  4. Cut out
  5. Cover the bottom of the bead with rubber cement, not too thick but it should have a nice layer of it.
  6. Add your picture
  7. Glue your magnet on and let dry.
If you are new to No Time For Flash Cards, Naptime Creations are for school age children, these special activities are not for toddlers or preschoolers.

All Buttoned Up!

Naptime Creation
Button Mosaic

I was hoping I would be able to do some art with buttons with my son, we played with the buttons carefully but as soon as we started art he tried to eat them. So we’ll try again in a few months. This is a great craft for preschoolers/ school agers who unlike my toddler are over putting everything in their mouths. Art projects like this help develop fine motor skills and hand eye coordination!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some fun colored buttons, glue, a pencil or marker, and 2 pieces of construction paper.
  2. Have your child draw a simple shape or if they are older something more detailed. My son’s love of fish and my lack of talent lead me to choose a fish. You may want to map out your pattern before adding the glue but you don’t have to. I swear I took pictures of these steps, I however must be mistaken because they are no where to be found! )
  3. Add your glue
  4. Start adding the buttons! I added more glue as I went along as well.
  5. Let dry.
  6. Cut out and glue onto the 2nd piece of construction paper.

Salt Art For Kids

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I have done this colored sand activity over the years but without any sand on hand, I made my own colored salt and the results were awesome! My toddler helped some but like all of my ” Naptime Creations” this is for older children. These salt art jars make great paper weights or colorful balloon weights for parties.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some Kosher Salt, food coloring, a bowls for mixing, a fork and a glass jar. I am using a large jar but for kids a great option are baby food jars! You may also want a straw and a funnel.
  2. Pour some salt in your bowl and add some food coloring.
  3. Start mixing right away. My toddler loved this but the whole activity is not toddler friendly at all, you will want to do this with school age kids. You will have to help, I had to mix it like I was beating an egg. It takes a minute but it works!
  4. Mix multiple colors.
  5. Pour one color into your jar. Shake gently to make level. You can make cool stripes filling the jar like this the whole time. Or…
  6. You can use a straw to make a tunnel to the bottom and fill with a different color for a cool effect.
  7. Although I didn’t , you can also add sea shells, sparkles or anything you like.
  8. Fill all the way, I ran out of colored salt , so I filled the rest with regular salt and tightened the lid. You don’t want any wiggle room or the salt will mix and the design will be ruined.