Project Kid: Crafts that Go! Free Craft Kit!

July 25, 2016
Everyday Crafts

project kid free gift with purchase

I’m so excited to announce that my new book, PROJECT KID: Crafts that Go! is now available for pre-order!

And while pre-ordering may feel unsatisfying (you click the buy button and then wah-wah, you have to wait until September 6th for it to ship), we are trying to sweeten the deal for you! If you pre-order from one of the retailers below, you will receive a limited edition bonus craft designed by yours truly (while supplies last, of course). You will get all of the materials you need to make this surprise craft, with instructions, packaged in a cute little fabric bag.

All you have to do is send proof of your receipt and preferred mailing address to artisaninfo@artisanbooks.com. Below are the links you can use to buy!

Here is the Amazon.com link!

Here is the Barnes & Noble link!

Here is the Indiebound link!

 


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DIY Studded Sneakers

July 7, 2016
Everyday Crafts

DIY gold stud high top sneakers

 

If you tend to look down when you walk around the block, you’ve probably noticed the hipster invasion of studded sneakers like these. What you might not know is how easy as heck they are to make!

Click over to Ebay to read the full tutorial for these gold-i-licious sneakers that I made!


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Quick and Easy July 4th Star Garland

June 29, 2016
Holidays, July 4th, Kids, Party, Party

A simpler July 4th decoration has never existed before this one. No paint, no wet glue = no drying time! Glue dots are my savior for tons of crafts with kids and last minutes decorations for parties.

4th of july decoration for party kids

What you need:

 

  1. Cut a long piece of string—the length you want you final garland to be.
  2. Stick a glue dot to one end of a popsicle stick and slip it under the string, a few inches from one end.
  3. Stick another popsicle stick on top of that to seal the string in between the two. Then keep forming a star by using glue dots in between the ends of the sticks to create the classic five-point star. (You may need a glue dot or two in the middle of sticks where they cross for extra security.)
  4. Hang it up. And party on!

 

easy popsicle stick star garland


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DIY Badge Button Pins

June 27, 2016
Celebrate Good Times, Crafts, DIY, Gifts, Kids

bottle cap badge pins


This project from my first book Project Kid was born out of two memories/bits of info. Curious? Read on.

Just want to make them? Scroll down for the how-to!

  1. I used to work at a sleep-away camp, and we had a game called Hula Baloola, and the tag line was, where everyone’s a winner! So I made these decorative award ribbons with no number, no place, and no gold, silver, or bronze affiliation. They make a great gift for a mother’s day gift where you can write a name, add a heart, etc.
  2. I had a t-shirt that had a screen print of a 2nd place ribbon in the top left shoulder area, where a name tag would go. When people asked me why it was a 2nd place ribbon and not 1st, I’d say because you took home first place. Cheesy? Sort of.

And now for what you really care about…

What you’ll need:

  • Drink-bottle caps
  • Cotton balls
  • Solid fabric
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Glitter glue (available at Michaels Stores)
  • Grosgrain ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Pin backs
  • Tacky glue

 

  1. For each badge, glue cotton balls into the recessed part of a drink bottle cap. Glue three to four in a larger cap, and two to three in a smaller one.
  2. Cut a circle of fabric large enough to wrap around the bottle top, lay the top in the center of the fabric, cotton-ball side down, and glue the fabric to the back (top) of the cap.
  3. Decorate the front of the cap with glitter glue in any pattern.
  4. Cut a 3- to 4-inch piece of ribbon, fold it in half to form an upside-down V, and glue the fold to the back of the cap. Glue a pin back just above the ribbon. Wear it proudly.


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DIY Rope Snake Craft

June 22, 2016
Crafts, DIY, Kids

rope snake craft for kids

What do you get when you mix rope, duct tape, and a bamboo spoon? Snakes, obviously! These little guys appeared in FamilyFun magazine a few months ago…click this link to learn some other cool animal crafts to make with rope!

What you’ll need:

  • duct tape
  • 1/4″ sisal rope
  • floral wire
  • bamboo spoon
  • black marker

 

1. Have your child stick two 8-inch strips of colored duct tape (we used two different colors for each snake) onto parchment paper. Using scissors, cut them each into 12 1/2-inch strips.

2. Cut a 42-inch piece of 1/4-inch sisal rope into 3 equalpieces. Gather them together and sandwich a 14-inch piece of floral wire inside the bundle of rope. Peel a strip of duct tape off the parchment paper and wrap it around the middle of the rope and wire, then wrap 2 strips in the other color on either side. Repeat as desired along the whole length of the body.

3. Cut off all but 1/2 inch of the handle of a bamboo spoon. Tuck the end inside the ropes, secure with tacky glue, then wrap with duct tape. Use a marker to draw eyes onto the back of the spoon. Fold a strip of duct tape in half lengthwise, and trim to 1/4-inch wide. Cut a V for the forked tongue, then tape to the inside of the spoon.

4. Secure the snake by wrapping an 8-inch piece of tape around the end of the rope bundle.


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A Prickly Pair: DIY Cactus Sneakers

June 16, 2016
Crafts, DIY, Fashion, Kids, Summer

DIY cactus sneakers for kids craft

When Ebay.com asked me to come up with on-trend sneaker decorations, I knew a cactus pair of shoes had to be made. These desert dwellers are popping up in all manner of DIY, home decor, and fashion, so I was determined to figure out a quick and easy way for kids to design their own sassy succulents…finger-stamping!

What You Need:

cactus sneakers diy

  • White canvas sneakers
  • Newspaper
  • Green ink pads, suitable for fabric
  • Fabric markers
  • Green fabric paint and paintbrush (optional)
1. First, fill the shoes with newspaper to create a taut surface for your art. Have your child use his fingers to stamp green, intersecting ovals on the shoes to resemble a prickly pear cactus.
2. Outline the ovals with a green fabric marker together.
3. Have your kid draw small black x’s on top of the green ovals with a fabric marker.
4. Let him finish off the cacti by drawing small orange flowers on top.
5. Paint shoelaces green with a watered-down green fabric paint (optional).


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DIY Ice Cream Sundae Sneakers

June 13, 2016
Crafts, DIY, Fashion, Summer

diy ice cream sneaker craft kids

School is out (or almost!) for summer! And just like kids get their new pencils and backpacks before the start of school, summertime brings fresh, new sneakers for warm weather activities.

I made three fun sneaker projects for kids to do with their parents that can be found over on Ebay.com, and these Sundae sneaks are the first that I’ll share here at Project Kid.

Head over to Ebay and check out all of the fun craft ideas they are serving up for summer!

Ice Cream Sundae Shoes

What You Need:

Steps

1. Help your child draw an ice cream shape on the front of each shoe using a pencil. Leave white space at the toe for “whipped cream.”
2. Have the child paint the shape. Here, we chose pink. (Crafter’s tip: Be careful around the rubber edges of the shoes. Wipe off the paint immediately upon contact — or, to be extra careful, tape them off first.)
3. From the bottom of the ice scream scoop to the heel, have your child paint each shoe a very watered-down camel hue to match the color of an ice cream cone.
4. While the cone is drying, add several dots of glue to each white toe and together add bugle beads as sprinkles.
5. Once the paint is dry, draw intersecting brown lines over the cone sections. Hold a ruler in place for your child to trace for more precision if desired.
6. Lace sneakers, then stitch two pom-poms on either side of each shoelace as the cherry (this is best for a parent to do).


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Painting with Rubber Bands

June 9, 2016
Craft supplies, Everyday Crafts

abstract paint technique kids rubber bands

Sometimes my kids come into my craft room, fiddle around, touch everything they can get their hands on, and beg to make a project. While I have a ton of materials at my disposal, sometimes in the midst of developing new work, I can’t just clear the canvas and start an in-depth craft at the drop of a pom-pom.

So that’s when I grab for simple, mark-making projects like these. Using rubber bands and a few other household items that everyone has, you can make three different painting tools that will yield surprisingly clever results.

Rubber-Band Stamps

  1. Cut small rectangles of cardboard, a bit larger than the circumference of the rubber band that you’re using.
  2. Lay a rubber band down on a protected surface, apply glue to the top edge, and set a cardboard rectangle on top of it. Let dry.
  3. Gently press the rubber band stamp onto the ink pad and stamp onto a piece of paper.

 

Rubber-Band Roller

  1. Stretch five to eight rubber bands around the tape roll
  2. Roll the tape roll in a thin layer of paint or on an ink pad and then roll it onto a piece of paper to create multiple stripes.

 

Rubber-Band Paintbrush

  1. Gather six to eight rubber bands at the end of a pencil and wrap another rubber band around them to secure.
  2. Dip the rubber bands into paint and use like a paintbrush.

 

Excerpted from Project Kid by Amanda Kingloff (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2014. Photographs by Alexandra Grablewski


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DIY Dream Catcher for Kids

May 12, 2016
Crafts, DIY, I ♥ Kids

diy dream catcher craft kids

I was so excited when Michaels asked me to guest post on their blog to talk about why and how I craft with kids. Check out the full post over on The Glue String!

Here is one of the projects I made specifically for this post!

BOHO DREAM CATCHER

How do you wish away your four-year-old’s bad dreams? While there’s no guarantee this will work, it at least gets them to sleep at night (and looks good on the wall)!

What you’ll need:

  1. Paint the hoop and let it dry.
  2. In the meantime, lay a 12-inch piece of embroidery floss on cardstock and apply strips of washi tape over it. Cut out a feather shape, about 4-inches long, making sure not to cut the string. Fringe the edges to look like a feather.
  3. Thread beads over the string. Set aside.
  4. Stretch cotton loops over the inner ring of the painted embroidery hoop to create the dream catcher’s web.
  5. Cut the strings of your feathers to the desired length and use a little piece of washi tape to secure them to the inside of the larger embroidery hoop.
  6. Slip the larger hoop around the inner hoop and tighten the screw.
  7. Hang on your wall with a cotton loop and have sweet dreams!


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Spring Leaf Wreath

May 5, 2016
Crafts, Decor, DIY

painted leaf wreath project kid

Originally posted on the Etsy blog….

Wreaths have a reputation for being all about holidays: Spooky styles greet Halloween’s trick-or-treaters, harvest motifs welcome Thanksgiving dinner guests, and come Christmas, decking the door with boughs of holly is the order of the day. But despite their undeniable holiday appeal, wreaths can add a lot of life, love and creativity to your door during the spring and summer months, too. No official holiday needed!

For further proof, check out this bright, botanical DIY wreath. It’s made with spring and summer seasonality in mind; floral spray paint and silk leaves mean it stays fresh from year to year. I used neon colors and high-impact stripes to create a tropical vibe for this project, but you can use the same technique with your choice of colors and patterns – from polka dots and zig-zags to color blocking and Memphis-inspired shapes. Get creative!

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You will need:

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Step 1: Cut about ten 8×4-inch pieces of fabric and hot glue them around the wreath form tightly, overlapping to cover it completely.

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Step 2: Starting with the largest leaves, tape 20-24 leaves onto the scrap paper, creating a striped pattern on each one.

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Step 3: Smooth the tape down over the surface of the leaves and spray with paint. Let dry.

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Step 4: Hot glue the leaves around the covered wreath, positioning each one on a slight diagonal. Continue all the way around, overlapping them until you have covered the form.

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Step 5: Repeat the same technique with the smaller leaves and a second color of paint (I used yellow). Once they are dry, hot glue them on top of the first layer, working all the way around. Next, paint 6 to 10 leaves with a third color (I used orange) and intersperse them among the layer of small leaves.

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May the Fourth Be With You!

May 4, 2016
Celebrate Good Times, Crafts, Current Events

star wars cake topper candle light saber

My son Oliver is SO into Star Wars these days, so this year, May the Fourth finally has some weight in this household! Tonight, I’m planning on surprising him and Sommer with some cupcakes topped with Star Wars figures and their candle light sabers. Photo by Wonderthreads on Instagram.

Here are a few more ideas, perfect for any Star Wars-obsessed kid (or grown-up)!

star wars party ideaThrowing a Star Wars party anytime soon? Check out these adorable ideas, like a Star Wars photo booth, from Pottery Barn Kids!

star wars cookies

How genius are these cookies from Sweet Sugar Belle? Just pull out your Christmas cookie cutters and repurpose them as Star Wars characters and objects.

bb8 paper lantern

I’m a huge fan of the paper lantern turned into (blank) and this BB8 latern idea from Desert Chica is fabulous!

 


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Springtime Nature Scavenger Hunt

May 1, 2016
Ad, Games, Green Thumbs, Kids, Plant life

project kid babo botanicals nature days

It’s about a month late, but spring has finally sprung in New York, and we have taken to the park as though it were our backyard. It’s truly my one sadness of living in such an urban environment…that I have to travel to nature. But on the flip side, our local park is so grand and expansive that we really get to hike through trails, pathways, and across meadows.

And when we go to the park, we really GO to the park…I try to do all I can to prevent my kids from saying “Mommy, I wish we had brought _____!” We pack multiple snacks, blankets, games, extra clothes, sunscreens (we are in love with the new Babo Botanicals line), and sunglasses for all.

nature scavenger hunt egg carton

Since this was really our first campout day in the park, I decided to make it extra special. I’m always trying to find a way to get my kids to look up, down, and all around them, so I designed this nature scavenger hunt to encourage the 360 degree view. It’s designed for preschool-aged kids and older, both readers and pre-readers.

nature scavenger hunt project kid

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Printed template
  • Empty egg carton
  • Scissors
  • Tape

 

How to assemble and play:

  • Print out the template and cut the full rectangle.
  • Tape the rectangle to the top of the egg carton.
  • Give each kid or team of kids a carton for the scavenger hunt. Send the kids out to find objects that match the pictures on the carton, having them collect objects from nature that match the pictures, words, or descriptions on the carton top. Encourage the kids to pick things off the ground that have fallen or that are weeds. And if your little one finds a red gum wrapper for the red category, then great! It teaches a good less in litter clean-up.

 

egg carton scavenger hunt

Oliver was very studious about matching his loot to the photos, while Sommer just filled her carton with yellow dandelions.

nature scavenger hunt

After running around collecting sticks, dandelions, and leaves, we enjoyed our picnic, reapplied our sunscreen, and relaxed on this beautiful day.

nature park babo botanicals project kid

babo botanicals project kid

This post was sponsored by Babo Botanicals, and ProjectKid.com received the products compliments of Babo Botanicals as part of the PreenMeVIP program.


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Earth Day Craft: Penguin Book End

April 22, 2016
Crafts, Current Events, Upcycling

penguin book end craft eco recycle

It’s Earth Day and now, more than ever, we really need to sit up and pay attention. So after you reuse your Ziploc bags, turn off unnecessary lights, and vote the right people into office, I say take a break and craft.

This year, celebrate Earth Day with your kids by making a cute, and also useful craft project. This penguin book end reuses a drink bottle, a lone baby sock, and a Tyvek shipping envelope. This one comes from my first book, Project Kid.

What you’ll need:

• One 17-ounce plastic drink bottle

• 2 to 3 cups of sand

• Funnel

• 1 baby sock

• 4 to 5 cotton balls

• White and yellow felt

• Scissors

• 2 tiny black pompoms (available at Michaels Stores)

• Tacky glue

• One 2.-inch piece of wire

• One 2 cm felt bead (available from TadaaStudio.com)

• 1 Tyvek envelope

• Washi tape

• 2 colors of yarn

Make it:

  1. Clean out the bottle and remove all labels. Fill it with sand and replace the cap.
  2. To make the penguin’s head, stuff the baby sock with cotton balls and slip it over the top of the bottle.
  3. To make the eyes, cut two circles about the size of a plain M&M from white felt. Glue a tiny black pom-pom to each. Glue the circles onto the sock.
  4. To make the beak, fold a piece of yellow felt and cut a 1⁄4-inch triangle on the crease. Glue the crease onto the sock about 1⁄2 inch below the eyes.
  5. To make the earmuffs, bend the wire into a headband shape. Cut the felt bead in half and glue a piece to each end of the wire, rounded side facing out. Slip the earmuffs onto the penguin’s head and glue to secure.
  6. Cut two wing shapes (pointed at one end, cut straight across on the other) from the Tyvek envelope, about two-thirds the height of your bottle and about 3 inches across at the widest point. Cover the wings with strips of washi tape and glue the top, straight edge of each wing around the neck of the bottle.
  7. To give the penguin a scarf, braid three 20-inch strands of yarn (the finished scarf will be about 16 inches long). If the yarn is thin, you may want to double or triple it  to give it some thickness.
  8. Finally, to make the feet, fold a 3-inch square of yellow felt in half and cut a 2-inch-tall half heart shape on the crease. Glue it to the bottom of the bottle, rounded points facing out.

 


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How Fun are Oversized Food Crafts?

April 20, 2016
Birthday Parties, Crafts, Decor, DIY, Food and Drink

oversized pasta pieces diy

Playing with scale can make even the most mundane object exciting. An elephant that you can fit in the palm of your hand, a slice of cardboard pizza the size of your front door, or an itty bitty plate of pancakes that can fit in your dollhouse—they all make you smile no matter what.

Check out these three ginormous food crafts that would make any kid swoon. Perfect for parties for just for silly playroom decor, they are easy to make and darling to look at. Too bad they don’t taste as good as they look!

giant pasta handmade charlotte diy craft

1. PIN-WORTH PASTA

How flippin’ cute is this painted pasta party decoration from Handmade Charlotte? Wagon wheels, penne, bowties, ravioli…I thought I had seen it all until this appeared! So cute and simple.

honeycomb paper fruit

paper fruit decor diy

2. FANTASTIC FRUIT

I would surround myself with honeycomb paper decorations all day long if I could. They have such a nostalgic yet modern feel. And they naturally lend themselves to transforming in to fruit like these beauties from The House That Lars Built.

oversized lollipops

3. LUSCIOUS LOLLIES

Willie Wonka’s got nothing on these pops from Oh Happy Day. Made from styrofoam disks and dowels, they are so easy to make. Perfect for a Candyland Birthday party!

donut balloon craft party

4. DIGGIN’ THESE DONUTS

If you’ve ever visited Studio DIY, you’d know she has a thing with donuts. And these donut balloons are just asking to be iced and sprinkled! Who knew these existed?

ice cream social party decor

5. EYE-CATCHING ICE CREAM

Back in my days at Parents magazine, i worked on this adorable Ice Cream Social party. These decorations were made with styrofoam balls, tissue paper, and cardboard cones.


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Modern Diorama Wall Hanging for Etsy

April 16, 2016
Art, Baby Love, Crafts, Decor

nursery wall art etsy tree craft

When it comes to decorating a nursery, it’s easy to focus on the big statement-makers: Wallpaperdecals, or even a hand-painted mural are great for setting the tone, fast. But don’t overlook the small, sweet design details — like kid-friendly art or a modern weaving — that you’ll find your eyes traveling to again and again during all those middle-of-the-night feedings and lullabies before bed. This playful, Matisse-inspired take on a diorama is just the kind of DIY that will delight in baby’s room — and might even migrate beyond the nursery walls in years to come. The best part? You can customize it in any color combination you like.

Let’s get started.

wooden-wall-hanging-materials

You will need:

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Step 1: Use a pencil to draw leaf shapes on the balsa wood. My leaves ranged in size from 3 to 5 inches tall. (Remember that the more complicated the shape, the trickier the turns you’ll have to make with your utility knife.)

wooden-wall-hanging-002-contrast

Step 2: Working over a cutting mat, cut out the leaves with the utility knife. Don’t try to go all the way through the wood on the first cut. It’s better to score it with a shallow cut and then go back over each line 2 or 3 times to make it all the way through.

wooden-wall-hanging-leaf

Step 3: Once the leaves are cut, use the emery board to sand down the edges.

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Step 4: Paint each leaf and a coffee stirrer to match. (Since balsa wood is so porous and absorbent, it’s best not to use paint that is too watery, as it can warp the wood.) Set these aside to try.

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Step 5: Trace the bottom fifth of the hoop onto a sheet of balsa wood and cut out a 2-inch tall wedge with a wavy top edge. Once cut, trace that shape and cut another identical piece.

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Step 6: Paint the hoop and the two wedge pieces one color. Let dry.

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Step 7: Hot glue the wedges to the front and back of the hoop’s bottom edge.

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Step 8: Hot glue the matching painted coffee stirrers to the backs of the leaves.

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Step 9: Trim coffee stirrers with scissors to create varying heights. Hot glue the sticks to the inside edges of the wedges, gluing some inside the front and some inside the back to create depth.

Optional: Spray with a gloss varnish to seal.

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Project Kid Interview with Collectively

April 11, 2016
Crafts, Digital Life, Uncategorized

amanda kingloff portrait In January 2016, I got to return to Alt Summit, the most fantastic conference for design and lifestyle bloggers. It was my second time, both as a speaker and an attendee—and I can’t tell you how much I learn about blogging and the business behind being an influencer in those three days. It’s such a warm, open community of mostly women wanting to see each other succeed.

I was lucky enough to join a dinner with the folks at Collectively Inc, an influencer marketing agency that helps brands connect with bloggers, Instagrammers, and the like reach new audiences. At dinner, I sat near Anna, the community manager for Collectively, and learned that she lives not far from me in Brooklyn. We had coffee a few weeks after Alt and she asked if our conversation could be featured in their Coffee With Collaborators column on their blog. Yes, obviously.

We talked about everything from my current work, to my books, to the fact that my kids think I play with arts and crafts all day. You can read the full interview here!

 

 


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Rainbow Science Birthday Party

April 4, 2016
Birthday Parties, Party, Party, STEAM

rainbow science party activity tableWhen my almost 4-year-old daughter Sommer requested a science party for her birthday, I did a little silent cheer. This meant I didn’t have to do the princess thing (not that there’s anything wrong with it), Dora (not that there’s anything wrong with it), or a Frozen (not that there’s anything wrong with it) birthday party. And then she threw in the rainbow element which meant we could have great party programming plus great decor!

rainbow-science-party-project-kid-9

My challenge became…what kind of science can I do with 20 preschoolers? So I decided to keep it pretty simple and I stuck to a few activities…scientist apron decorating, name badge decorating, Magic Grow capsules, walking water, elephant toothpaste, and pass the parcel. (Now that I’m reading this list, it doesn’t seem so “simple” after all!)

rainbow science party decor

For decorations, I covered our big cabinet with these colorful pinwheels. The lighter ones are from Shop Sweet Lulu and the brighter ones were from my local party store. We also downloaded some science lab symbols and printed them on bright paper to add the science element to the rainbow. I also bought 2 of these tassel garlands from Michaels (they have rainbow colors in store), bright balloons, and I created her name in rainbow scrapbooking paper which was hanging over the television.

rainbow science party apron decorating

When the kids came in, they each got an apron and fabric markers, both super-affordable from OrientalTrading.com. We weren’t doing anything super messy, but I thought it would get them into the science lab spirit.

rainbow science party lab table

Then we headed over to Sommer’s Science Lab, and the kids put on their special scientist glasses. We talked about science and what their definitions of science were.

rainbow science party activities

In front of each kid, was a paper cafeteria tray (one of my favorite items to use at any craft event) filled with goodies: glasses, scientist name tags with stickers to decorate, a test tube, and a Magic Grow Capsule with a cup for water. The kids dropped in the capsules to see what they became. Some got vehicles, some got bugs, and some got dinosaurs. They take a little time to open up, so we talked about how all living things grow and transform and that that’s a part of science.

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walking water rainbow science party experiment

Then we moved to the floor to do a few experiments. The first was called Walking Water. Just fill a few jars with different colored water (I used food coloring and created a rainbow since the party was rainbow science). Fold a paper towel into thin strips, dipping the ends into the adjacent jars. The kids talked about color mixing…how green, orange, and purple are made.

rainbow science party elephant toothpaste

For our second experiment, we made elephant toothpaste. Here is the recipe I used from PBS. For the best results, you definitely want to get the 6% hydrogen peroxide. We used the 3% because we had it, but I think the results of the stronger will get more oohs and ahhs. The kids loved it nonetheless and had a great time talking about what kind of toothpaste elephants would use.

What you need:

  • Hydrogen peroxide (see note above)
  • Plastic bottle
  • Dish soap
  • Warm water
  • Dry active yeast
  • Food coloring
  • A funnel
  1. Using the funnel, pour 4 oz of hydrogen peroxide and 2 oz of dish soap into the bottle.
  2. Add food coloring. (We probably added about 12 drops of purple.)
  3. In a separate container, mix dry yeast with warm water. And let it sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the yeast/water to the bottle and watch it bubble! (With the stronger peroxide it shoots ups a bit more. Next time!)

We ended the party with a round of pass the parcel (a great way to hand out party favors!) and bite-size cupcakes by Baked by Melissa.

A great time was had by all!

rainbow science scientist party activities

rainbow science party sign

rainbow science party

 

Special thanks to Oriental Trading and Shop Sweet Lulu (my fave party shop on the web) for some of the goodies provided for the festivities! 


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Honeycomb Easter Crafts (the cutest you ever did see!)

March 24, 2016
Easter

easter craft decorations eggs bunny cute

I’m a little obsessed with honeycomb paper. It wasn’t until about last year that I learned that you could actually buy the paper and cut any shapes you want. It a little bit turned my world upside down. Easter has a history of using honeycomb paper in its decor…maybe because it is so delicate and sweet. Like spring flower petals.

Here are 3 Easter icons that you can make so easily with this awesome material (you can buy it at Devra Party). Happy Spring everyone!

THE GOOD OLE EASTER EGG

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  1. Cut two half egg shapes, about 2 inches tall, from the straight edge of the honeycomb paper (make sure the lines of the paper are always running horizontally). Cut the bottom edge straight across so that your egg can stand.
  2. Use glue dots or a tape runner to attach to sides of the egg together.
  3. Cut a piece of rick rack that will wrap around the egg. Use glue dots to attach it to the back of the egg.

 

THE EASTER BUNNY

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  1. Cut a template that looks like an uppercase B. Trace it twice onto the honeycomb paper and cut both out. A good size for the height is about 2 to 3 inches tall.
  2. Glue both flat sides together to make a 3D shape with glue dots or a tape runner.
  3. Cut ears from crepe paper—one outer ear and one inner ear. Glue to the top of the bunny’s head.
  4. Glue black eyes in place and a pale nose. I used small brads for the eyes and a small wooden bead for the nose. Glue a small white pompom to the bum.

 

SWEET CHICKADEES

chicks honeycomb project kid easter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Cut two 1-inch tall 1/2 egg shape from the yellow honeycomb paper.
  2. Glue the two sides together with glue dots or a tape runner.
  3. Glue a small feather puff into the top of each head.
  4. Glue small wooden beads as eyes and a piece of orange tissue paper as the beak.


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Rubber Cement Easter Eggs

March 10, 2016
Easter

This rubber-cement Easter egg technique is one of my most favorite ways to decorate eggs. It’s a little bit unpredictable which is maybe why I love it so! From this awesome Parents.com story.


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