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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Archive for the ‘Crafts’ Category

Homemade play dough

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Play-Doh is fabulous and can be so much fun! But it has a funny smell—and dries out too quickly. Using this recipe, we make homemade play dough that lasts on the shelf for months. Leave it white or let your child choose a color (or get creative blending colors). Adding essential oils or extracts like […]

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Summer craft: Dive sticks that glow

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Summer nights in the pool are a highlight of childhood in Arizona. This simple, kid-friendly craft will add a bit of magic to those twilight swims. All you need is a few plastic water bottles, glow sticks and pebbles. • Add five or six pebbles to the water bottle to help it sink. • Snap […]

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Festive table lanterns for Fourth of July celebrations

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Repurpose empty cans to make these festive table lanterns for your Fourth of July barbecue. Materials: Empty cans, washed and labels removed Star-shaped paper pattern Tape Hammer Nail (longer nails are easier to grip) Craft paint in red, white and blue Paint brushes Directions: Fill clean cans almost to the top with water. Freeze for […]

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How to make a sundial clock

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Sunny Arizona gets a bad rap in the summertime, but you can wow the kids by showing them how to use the sun to tell time. This simple sundial clock is made from a paper plate, a pencil and a free printable clock-face template. Paint the back of the plate or leave it plain. Cut […]

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Fun and easy bird feeder craft for kids

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This mess-free bird feeder craft is easy to make with the kids. Thread cereal Os onto pipe cleaners. Bend the pipe cleaners into a circle and twist the ends together. For a more finished look, tuck the ends back into the cereal. Make as many cereal hoops as desired and connect them to make a […]

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Tweet! A paper plate bird craft for kids

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Meleyna’s cranes aren’t the only paper birds we’re tweeting about this month. Check out Mandy Bopp’s simple, springtime activity. This paper plate bird craft is great for even your littlest birdwatchers. Bopp, of Phoenix, is the mother of Andrew, 7, Jacob, 5, and Grace, 2. A professional musician by trade, she describes herself as a […]

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Easter craft – Bunny masks!

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Here’s an Easter craft that will have the kids hopping! These easy bunny masks are quick and fun to make. Center three white pipe cleaners at the top of a tongue depressor or Popsicle stick. Then wrap around once and twist all the ends together like a twist tie. Bend three ends out each side […]

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St. Patrick’s Day craft – Lucky pennies

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Make a lucky charm for St. Patrick’s Day using these tricks to make pennies shine: Mix ½ cup vinegar and 1 teaspoon salt in a non-metal bowl. Stir until the salt dissolves. Place eight to 10 pennies in the solution for about 30 seconds. Remove, rinse and dry. Getting those pennies to shine is not […]

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Homemade strawberry milk

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with this special treat. Healthy, homemade strawberry milk is easy to whip up in a blender with 1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen), 1½ cups milk, ½ cup vanilla yogurt and 1 tablespoon honey (optional). Add a Cupid’s arrow straw to make it extra sweet. Cut a one-inch-wide strip of white paper. […]

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Tin can craft is a wrap!

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If being better organized is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, then these fuzzy, catch-all cans might come in handy as pretty organizers. All you need is a clean can, yarn and glue. Prepare the can by removing the label and cleaning inside and out, ensuring there are no sharp edges. Begin decorating by […]

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