Thursday, April 4, 2013

Spring crafts for children to make with their parents

NOTE::  This crafts need to be done at least with adult supervision and may need adult help.

Flower Pinwheel

Materials:  Card stock, Scissors, Glue stick, Pencil with eraser,  Push pin, Bead (optional), and  Crayons or markers (optional)


Print out this flower pinwheel template on A4 or Letter size card stock. To come up with a two-toned flower pinwheel, use different colors of card stock for each page.
Cut out the template pieces.
Align the two template pieces such that the blades of the first template are nested between those of the second template. Glue the template pieces together at the center.
Without creasing the paper, bring each spoke towards the center and glue the end in place.  Continue until you have glued all spokes at the center. At this point your pinwheel looks pretty much like a six-petal flower.  Glue the paper circle at the center.

Carefully insert a push pin at the center of the pinwheel. Wiggle the push pin around to make the hole a bit larger.
Push the pin onto the eraser of a pencil. Leave a small gap between the paper and the eraser to allow the pinwheel to spin more freely.
If you want a longer handle, use a wooden dowel in place of a pencil. Pushing the pin into the wood is a bit hard so make sure an adult does this step. You will need to place a spacer (e.g. bead, button, or small piece of drinking straw) between the paper and dowel to prevent the pin from going through and through the dowel.
Finally, try blowing at the edges of the pinwheel to make it spin. Loosen the pin a bit if the blades do not rotate well.
These flower pinwheels are great spring and summer projects. Place them on the front porch, in the garden, or wherever it can catch a soft breeze.         

Beaded Wind Chimes

Materials:  Paper cup,  Pipe cleaner,  Strings, Big beads,  Small bells,  Metal shank button or metal  washer, Drinking straws,  Poster paint or acrylic paint, Paint brushes, Scissors,  and Hole punch

Trim a paper cup to a height of approximately 2 to 3 inches.
Punch 4 evenly-spaced holes around the cup's mouth.
Paint the paper cup with poster paint and make your own designs. You may even finger paint if you like.

*Use acrylic paint if the surface of your paper cup is glossy or waxy.

Cut 4 equal lengths of string approximately 12 inches long. Cut a 5th string that is 2 inches longer.  Tie a small bell at the end of 4 of the strings. Set the 5th string aside for the pendulum.
Cut drinking straws into ¾ to 1-inch long pieces.  String beads and drinking straws through each of the 4 strings. Leave an allowance of 1.5 to 2 inches at the top of each string.

Attach the beaded strings around the painted paper cup by securing the top end of each string around the punched-out holes.
To make the pendulum, trim a pipe cleaner to around 6 inches and make a loop on one end.
Tie one end of the 5th string through the loop on the pipe cleaner.

Attach a metal shank button or metal washer on the other end of the string.
Punch a small hole at the center of the paper cup base.

Attach the pendulum to the wind chimes by inserting the end of the pipe cleaner through the hole at the center of the paper cup. Pull all the way through, the loop on the pipe cleaner serves as a stopper.
Check if the metal button or washer is at the same level as the bells.
Loop the pipe cleaner on top to make the wind chimes' handle.

Hang the wind chimes where it can catch a soft breeze. 

Clothespin Dragonfly

Materials:  Wooden clothespin, Colored paper or clear transparency film,  Poster paint or acrylic paint,  Wiggle eyes,  White glue,  and Scissors
    Black permanent marker (optional)
Paint a wooden clothespin to make the dragonfly's body. You can paint it with a single color or make a multi-colored dragonfly.

We've made two options for the wings:
a.) See-through wings - Draw two pairs of wings on transparency film (or any plastic sheet) using a permanent marker. Draw lines that branch out from the center of the wings.
b.) Paper wings - Paper wings would work just as well. You can easily make them by folding a piece of colored paper in the middle. Draw one top and one bottom wing along the folded edge of the paper.
Cut out the wings.
You can leave the see-through wings unpainted if you wish to make clear dragonfly wings. However, you can add a tinge of color by painting it with a colored glue mixture. Place a small amount of clear liquid glue or white glue on your palette. Add a drop of food coloring and a drop of liquid dishwash soap into the mixture. Stir well before using the mixture to paint the wings. Set aside to dry.If you've opted for paper wings, you can decorate them by drawing colorful lines and patterns on them.Pinch open the clothespin and glue the middle section of the wings onto the top prong's inner surface.

*Clip the clothespin onto something while waiting for the glue to dry. This will prevent the clothespin from being accidentally glued shut.

Finally, glue on a pair of wiggle eyes.

Once the glue dries, you can have some bug-filled adventures with your colorful critters. Clip them onto twigs, leaves, curtains or anywhere else you please. 

Option:  Instead of painting the clothespin, you can decorate the dragonfly body by gluing pieces of colored paper or fabric, buttons and beads.

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