Wednesday April 23, 2014
It's time to switch gears from Easter to Mother's Day, so have your kid grab their crayons, paints, or colored pencils and enter this year's Mother's Day drawing contest.
Sing Tao Daily holds The Annual Mother's Day Drawing Contest each year for kids between the ages of 4 and 18. There are three age categories: Kiddo for children between the ages of 4 and 7, Junior for kids between the ages of 8 and 11, and Teen for children 12 years and up.
Children simply need to depict the love they have for their mothers on a piece of a paper or canvas that is 11" x 14" in size. Over 40 awards are given in total and prizes include cash and other gifts. Some of the artwork will even be selected to be shown publicaly in an exhibit.
You can get the application form to send in with your child's artwork HERE, or view previous drawings that won the contest HERE.
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Thursday April 17, 2014
This week I wrote a review of the craft book "Wreck This Journal" by Keri Smith. It got me thinking about journaling more than just my feelings or what I did this week. I thought it might also be neat to journal the kids art projects.
To start you'd need a blank journal, or you'd have to make one yourself. I plan on getting a 3-ring binder and filling it with scrapbooking paper that is 8 1/2 X 11. You could also use typing paper and just decorate it.
Next, I'm going to take pictures of the kids as they create their art projects. You can take a picture of just your child with the finished product, or several pictures that reveal the process from start to finish.
You can print your pictures out if you have a color printer, or you can order a copy of the pictures from any pharmacy that develops photos.
Title your journal page with the name of your craft and glue in the pictures. You can give the journal a title too. You can use your child's name and the current year. I think it would have been really neat if I had done this when my kids were little. Then they could see how much their crafting skills have improved over the years.
These journals will make great keepsakes for your children when they grow up. Just a thought that came to me today that I thought I'd share with you.
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Monday April 14, 2014
There are only a few days left until Easter so I thought it might be helpful to compile a list of the best Easter crafts. Of course, there are plenty that won't make it on the list, but you can still use the search box on the site to find any specific crafts you are looking for.
Homemade Bouncy Balls: Okay, so this craft doesn't have Easter in the title, but you can certainly make a few to go in the Easter baskets you plan on setting out Sunday morning.
How to Dye and Easter Egg with a Silk Tie: Yes, this craft is on the homepage currently. That is because it is one of my favorites. I hope you will find the time to give it a try this Easter!
Bunny Easter Basket Craft: This basket is so cute and a great idea for giving away small pieces of candy to the kids in your Sunday school class, or to the friends of your children.
Hot Cross Buns Recipe for Kids: Easter crafts don't just have to be made from construction paper. You can also help your kids make an edible treat that is sure to satisfy any snack craving.
Faberge Egg Craft: Learn a little bit about how Faberge eggs came to be and then make one with your kiddos.
How to Make This Year's Easter Egg Hunt a Little More Challenging: Why not throw an Easter egg hunt that will not only bring joy to the faces of your children, but will also stimulate their minds as well.
Simple Easter Basket Craft with a Fortune Easter Egg: Make your own little Easter basket and then fill it with a fortune Easter egg.
Feel free to share your favorite Easter crafts in the comments section below!
Tuesday April 8, 2014
There is never a shortage of ideas when it comes to decorating an Easter egg. One method I bet you haven't thought of is to use the glue from your hot glue gun to give your Easter eggs a unique look.
In order to make these beautifully decorated Easter eggs, you will need a glue gun (compare prices) and colored glue sticks for the glue gun (compare prices).
The first step is to dye the Easter eggs as you normally would (after hard boiling them of course). Once the dye has completely dried, you can continue.
Plug your hot glue gun in and let it warm up for a minute. Mine doesn't take but 30 seconds, but all glue guns are a bit different.
Select the color glue stick you want to use (they even have glue sticks that are filled with glitter). Place the glue stick in your hot glue gun and use it to create a pattern over the egg. It should look web-like.
Repeat with another color if you want your egg to have multiple colors surrounding it.
Set your Easter egg aside until all of the hot glue dries. This won't take too long. Then display your egg for all to see.
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