Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Olympic Torch

Olympic Torches
Roll white paper into a cone and secure with tape.  Cut pieces of red, orange and yellow tissue paper into 8 x 8 squares.  Layer the pieces of tissue paper on top of one another.  Grab the stack in the middle and hold and arrange the tissue paper like a bouquet of flowers.  Put glue on the inside of the cone and press the tissue paper bouquet in. 
Materials Needed:  white paper, tape, red, orange and yellow tissue paper, scissors, glue

Monday, July 30, 2012

Olympic Rings!

Olympic Rings: I saw this easy, cute project on makedoandfriend.com . Dip the ends of cardboard tubes into blue, black, red, yellow and green paint to form the olympic rings!  The kids had fun doing this easy Olympic themed project!
Materials Needed:  5 cardboard tubes, blue, black, red, yellow and green paint, white paper

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Shell Plaque

I found the original idea for this project in the August 2012 issue of Family Fun Magazine.   We used sea shells and rocks instead of pebbles
Addie's Plaque                                                                    Ty's Plaque

Directions: Mix up the salt dough - 3 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, 1 1/4 cups of water (plus up to an additional 1/4 cup as needed). Use an electric mixer on medium speed to beat the ingredients together until a ball forms. If the mixture is still crumbly, add more water. Knead the dough until it's smooth. Divide the dough into three balls. Place each ball on a piece of foil and flatten it into a disk. Press shells (the magazine used pebbles) into the dough to create a design. Heat the oven to 275 degrees. Transfer the  and dough onto a baking sheet. Bake the plaques for 2 hours, then let them cool completely.
                                                               Connor's Plaque

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Flying Creatures

Cover a paper cup with a piece of blue paper - secure it with a tape or glue, and trim the edges.  Use foam circles to decorate the outside of the cup.  Glue on googly eyes and draw a mouth with marker.  Cut strips of tissue paper and tape to the inside of the cup.  Tape a long loop of ribbon at the top end of the cup so you hang it up. 

Materials Needed:  paper cup, blue construction paper, foam circles, strips of tissue paper, black marker, googly eyes, ribbon, glue, tape, scissors

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Craft Stick American Flag

Craft Stick American Flag:  Glue 2 red and 2 natural colored craft sticks to a piece of cardboard.  Cut 2-inch pieces from 3 red craft sticks and 2 natural craft sticks.  Cut 2 1/2-inch sections from 5 blue craft sticks and arrange and glue into an American flag.  Use a paint brush and white paint to add "stars" to the blue craft sticks.  Let dry, and trim off excess cardboard!
Materials Needed:  5 red craft sticks, 4 natural craft sticks, 5 blue craft sticks, paintbrush, white paint, craft glue, cardboard

Friday, July 6, 2012

Firecracker Crowns!

Firecracker Crowns! 
This project comes from the July/August issue of Family Fun Magazine
Directions:  Arrange 5 red and 5 white 2 1/2- by 12- inch craft foam strips side by side, alternating the colors.  Apply a 26-inch strip of blue tape across the panels about 1 inch from the bottom, wrapping the ends around to the back.  Decorate the tape with sticker stars or any other fun, festive shape.  Cut a 1/2-inch wide fringe in each panel starting from the top and ending just above the tape. 

Flip over the fringed foam and position a gold pipe cleaner in the center of each of the inner 8 panels so that the lower end is about an inch below the fringe.  Tape them in place. 
When your child is ready to wear the crown, wrap it around his/her head, overlapping the ends and securing them with a large paper clip!
Materials Needed:  white and red craft foam, scissors, blue tape, foam sticky stars, gold pipe cleaners