How To Make Juice Box Crayons

recycled crayonsRecycled crayons are fun to make and you don’t need any fancy molds for these! I decided to take advantage of the back to school prices on crayons and make a fun Halloween treat for my son, using recyclable juice boxes for a mold! Here is how I did it. Oh and you could do this technique with any colors . These chunky crayons are great for toddlers and who doesn’t need more stuff for their toddlers to do?

  1. Gather your materials. You will need crayons, some disposable tin foil muffin liners, a pan, some sparkles if desired , a juice box and your oven.
  2. Set your oven to 250 degrees or lower.
  3. Peel off any paper on the crayons you are using. I am using 6 orange and 3 black crayons.
  4. Break the crayons into smaller pieces and place them in the foil muffin liners- or a small over safe container you don’t mind getting wax all over.
  5. Pop them into your oven and watch carefully, they melt fast.
  6. Cut the top off the empty juice box.
  7. Once the wax is melted, pour one muffin liner full of orange wax into the juice box , put it in the fridge to solidify.
  8. If using sparkles pour them into the black wax now, stir and pop the pan back in the oven .
  9. When the wax is set in the juice box, repeat with the black wax, then the 2nd layer of orange.
  10. Let sit until completely dry.
  11. Cut the juice box and peel off the crayon.
  12. Color using this fun new crayon.

Magnet Mania !

Naptime Creations
Fall Foam Magnets!

I LOVE FALL! I am so excited to get my pumpkin decorations out and I am already trying to figure out how to buy more without annoying my husband. So for this weeks Naptime Creation ( crafts for the school age crowd ) I decided to make some fall decorations that can be useful too!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some foam sheets- they can be found at most big box stores, in multi packs or individually. A pen, glue, scissors, some glitter glue and magnetic strips.
  2. Decide what designs you want to make. I decided on a fall leaf, an apple, a jack o lantern and candy corn!
  3. For the leaf you will need to draw a leaf on one piece of foam. Cut it out. Lay it on face down a second color of foam and outline it with room to spare so that color will stick out. Cut the second leaf out. Glue the top on the bottom and add some gold glitter!
  4. For the Apple cut out a red apple shape , brown stem and green leaf. Glue the stem on the back and the leaf on the front. Let dry.
  5. For the jack-0-lantern draw a pumpkin, cut out, cut a small green stem and cut out three small black triangles, and a semi circle for the mouth. I cut the top with pinking shears for the zig zag . Glue together and add glitter to the eyes.
  6. For the candy corn, draw the whole shape of the candy corn in orange and cut out. Next lay the orange on top of the yellow and trace only what you need and cut out. Repeat for the white layer. Glue them together. Beware since making this magnet I have been craving candy corn !
  7. Let everything dry until you can see no more white glue at all, then apply the magnet strip. Even though this is for older children please make sure that if you have a little child in your house you use magnet pieces large enough not to be a big hazard.
  8. Pop them on your fridge !

You’re A Hoot !

Owl Puppet !

This craft is a fun way to encourage pretend play which our kids are not getting enough of according to the experts! So many toys and activities are passive and we need to get them using their imaginations, it will amaze you what comes from their little but very creative heads! So make a puppet and encourage them to have a puppet show!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need an old cereal box or other cardboard, some paint, a paintbrush, popsicle sticks,a pen, glue, some buttons for the eyes, and scissors.
  2. Draw a big oval, 2 small ovals, a triangle and some wings ( wings aren’t pictured because I added them later – but you can do it right away! ).
  3. Have your child paint the large oval a light color, we chose white.
  4. Paint the triangle and the wings a darker color, we used brown.
  5. Paint the eyes a bright fun color , ours are red. Let everything dry.
  6. Paint the popsicle stick any color you want.
  7. Cut out , or have your child cut out the shapes.
  8. Glue the triangle onto the top of the oval.
  9. Glue on the eyes.
  10. Glue the buttons in the middle of the eyes.
  11. Glue on the wings.
  12. Glue the popsicle stick to the back and let everything dry.
  13. Have a hoot !
Song!

The Little Brown Owl

Hoo Hoo
Went the little brown owl one night
Hoo Hoo
Went the little brown owl,
Hoo Hoo
Went the little brown owl one night ,
And they all went hoo hoo hoot!

But we all know owls go ,
la di da di da!
la di da di da!
la di da di da!
We all know owls go
la di da di da
they don’t go hoo hoo hoot!

Books!

” The Owl And The Pussy Cat” by Edward Lear and Stephane Jorisch . The classic poem is brought to life with whimsical but pretty illustrations. The story of true love sailing off on a beautiful pea green boat is a classic for a reason, it’s melodic and will appeal to children in many age groups. I had to memorize this in grade 3 for Madame Griffin and still hold it dear to my heart!

” The Sleepy Owl” by Marcus Pfister is a cute little story about an owl who overslept. The author is well known for his “Rainbowfish” character but don’t overlook this adorable and happy story!

A is for Autumn !

I love autumn , the colors, smells, and Halloween candy! This craft is fun for all ages, depending on your child’s age and ability they can do all of it, or you can help like I did with my toddler. either way the end result will be well worth everyone’s effort!
  1. Gather your materials. You will need 4 pieces of construction paper in fall colors or neutral , some paint, a marker, paintbrush, scissors and double stick tape.
  2. Draw or have your child draw some leaves on the construction paper, leave one page blank. I am using all different color paper but all one color is fine too.
  3. Have your child paint the leaf drawings.
  4. Add a 2nd color mix away it makes the leaves look that much more realistic!
  5. While your child is painting the leaves, draw a spiral on the blank page of construction paper.
  6. Paint the spiral. Let everything dry.
  7. Cut the leaves out.
  8. Cut the spiral out.
  9. Using double stick tape add the leaves to the spiral. I like using this over glue because it’s not as heavy and the spiral hangs nicer.
  10. Hang it up to decorate your house ! My son barely ate dinner pointing to his art, and excitedly telling his dad that we made it outside!

Song!

Leaves, leaves, leaves are falling
falling to the ground.
Orange, red, yellow and brown
leaves are falling down!

Bath Pouf Painting

infant and toddler painting ideas

Can I stress again how important free art is for kids? What the heck is free art you ask ? Creativity without an agenda , although I shaped the paintings into leaves for fall, the activity was very much child directed. He choose out of a basket of 5 brushes ( even though he only used the bath pouf) which to use, and the paint colors too. Also throughout the week I offer him paint, crayons and his favorite; pens with simple paper to create. Kids need this freedom to develop their creativity and hopefully a passion for art!

  1. Gather your materials. For free art with a toddler I offered crayons or paint, a variety of brushes including a bath pouf,  and I chose the paper. The paper  in our case was a grocery bag. With an older child I would provide more choices.
  2. Allow your child to decide which paint color to start with
  3. Start painting with the brush of choice.
  4. Add another color, brown was our winner, too bad on brown paper it doesn’t show up well. Resist overriding your child’s decisions even if green would have looked better, he chose brown so brown it was.
  5. Let dry and cut into a fun shape if your child wants !