Mini Masterpiece

Miniature Masterpiece
Magnet

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.

Yarn Easter Egg Craft

yearn easter egg craft for kids 
I know this is very similar to the nest I did, I actually made this weeks before I did the nest but have been waiting to post it. I saw this years ago in a book at a rec center I worked at, it was worth the wait, I love how it turned out. This is a fun craft for school aged kids home for spring break or preschoolers with some patience. I didn’t bother trying to have my son help, his love of eating glue would have been in overdrive I’m sure.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need glue, yarn , a balloon and some ribbon.
  2. Blow up your balloon a little ways and tie it.
  3. Cut some yarn in about 12 inch pieces. For this craft I used about 20 , 12″ pieces total.
  4. Mix your glue with a tiny bit of water if you want, this made it easier to soak the yarn but it took longer to dry. Either way works- just don’t dilute it too much.
  5. Start drenching the yarn in the glue
  6. Laying it on the balloon. Criss cross it over the whole thing.
  7. Keep going…and going.
  8. When you feel it’s done let it dry , I prefer to let it dry by hanging it from a rack with a clothes pin. That way it’s not touching anything and won’t get stuck.
  9. When it’s dry carefully pop the balloon, and fish it out of the egg.
  10. Add your ribbon!yarn ee

Leprechaun Craft – Make A Beard

beard craft

When I was brainstorming St. Patrick’s Day ideas I thought why not make a leprechaun beard! You can find hats for nothing at big box stores but no where had any beards. Here is an easy tutorial for your older leprechaun in training. My son was sleeping when I made this but has played with it numerous times since it’s creation, though it’s more of a monster mask on him!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 3 pieces of construction paper, one for the base and 2 bright orange for the hair. Some yarn, scissors, a pencil, glue and a hole punch.
  2. Start by drawing a beard on the paper, I put it up to my face and measured from ear to ear.
  3. Cut out .
  4. For the hair you want to cut the orange construction paper into strips
  5. Roll them tightly around the pencil to make a curl.
  6. Glue them to the beard, starting at the bottom
  7. Keep going
  8. Let dry
  9. Punch holes for the yarn
  10. Add the yarn for the ties
  11. put it on !

Naptime Creation – La la la !

Paint Some Music!

Although my son did some of the steps in this project, I did far too much of it for me to really say he did it. However school age children would be able to every step so I am posting it as a Naptime Creation, which for those new here are projects for school age kids. Activities like this help to explore the basics of music and can be a way to see if your child is interested in exploring the subject further .

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a cereal box, marker, 2 pieces of construction paper, paint , glue , a ruler and scissors. * You may also want some sheet music where you can show your child that musicians use this to tell them what to play, depending on your child’s age and knowledge you can go into notes, clefs etc… I grabbed some and showed my son explaining it very simply.
  2. Have your older child use the ruler to make the staff – they need to draw 5 lines in total, cut out when you are done.
  3. Next grab the cereal box and cut it open. Have your child draw some notes , we chose 2 eighth notes and a quater note. I didn’t even try to explain those to my son, he simply pointed to ones he wanted to make in a song book. With older children you can explain the basics .
  4. Time to paint. All ages can do this no problem! We are using a pastry brush but any brush will do. Let dry.
  5. Glue your staff onto the other piece of construciton paper.
  6. Cut out your notes.
  7. Glue on. Here I just let my son glue them on where he wanted, but with older children you can have them specifically choose notes.
For the musically un inclined ( or totally deficient like me!) here is a link that teaches the very basics so you can introduce these concepts. I couldn’t remember much from my jr. high band days and had to look up some terms. The site isn’t child focused but will bring parents who need it up to being able to explain the very basics.

Back To School Crafts { Custom Pencils }

 

 

back to school craft
Who doesn’t love seeing their own name or artwork on something useful like a pencil? This is an easy way to bring new life to a boring or in our case a holiday pencil ! These are perfect back to school crafts.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some plain sticky back labels, markers, a pencil and pencil sharpener.
  2. Grab your markers and start designing, I can never find things with Allie on them and even if I use my whole name there are so many ways to spell Allison that I’m lucky if I find my spelling.
  3. Carefully wrap the label around the pencil. Don’t worry if it wrinkles just smush it down as flat as you can.
  4. Sharpen it and you are stylin’ ! All the pencils I made sharpened no problem with the labels!