Sunday, July 7, 2013

More Summer crafts for kids

The ocean and water always attracts individuals for the summer time fun.  I always love to go to the beach before my dad got us an above ground pool; so, with that in mind here are two projects with a water theme.

Rainbow Jellyfish Craft

Materials:  2 1/2” Styrofoam balls (1 ball for 2 jellyfish), Yellow paint, Metal or wood ruler, Pipe cleaners in various bright colors, White craft glue, String, Googly eyes, and Toothpick

Paint the Styrofoam balls yellow and let them dry.
Use ruler to cut Styrofoam balls in half.
Wrap pipe cleaner around a small paintbrush then slide paintbrush out. Stretch out the coil. You can use a larger paintbrush for larger coils.
Turn ball-half upside down and insert five pipe cleaners into the flat side.
Use a toothpick to poke a small hole in the center of the top of the ball (round side).
Fill hole with some glue and use toothpick to push string into the hole for the hanger.
Glue on googly eyes. 

Let everything dry before hanging.

Dye-ving Dudes

Materials:  Egg dye, White eggs, hard-boiled, Permanent marker, 3/4-inch round white adhesive labels, 1-inch-wide water-bottle lids, Small rubber bands, White glue or glue gun, Flexible straws, Self-adhesive foam, Small clear glasses or bowls (optional), and Small pitcher (optional)

For each snorkeler, dye the bottom third of an egg, then let it dry.
Draw eyes on a label and adhere it to a water-bottle lid. Slip the rubber band around the egg, about a quarter of the way down. Glue the lid over a rubber band.
Trim a straw 1 inch above and 2 inches below the flexible section. Bend it into a snorkel shape and glue it in place.

Cut foam flippers. Glue them to the egg, adhesive side down, and let dry. Stick the adhesive side to the display surface, or, if you like, to the inside of a small glass or bowl. With the pitcher, gently pour in dye until the egg is partly submerged.

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