Connecting With Crafts! September 2014

Supplies Needed:

  • Air Dry Putty
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Rolling pin
  • Nature materials
  • Cardstock or cardboard

This project is a wonderful project for fall! Take your child on a fun filled fall nature walk and collect nature items. Talk about all the different types of materials in nature. Bring all your items back inside Take out your air dry putty and smooth it down with a rolling pin onto cardstock or cardboard. Then, place all your nature items onto the air dry putty. Let dry. Once dry, apply paint colors of choice. Let dry and then display! This is a great way to mix craft, science and creative art!

Connecting With Crafts!- June 2014

 

Connecting with Crafts: Father’s Day- June

 

Supplies:

Finger paint

Cardstock

Glue

Ribbon

Colored popsicle stick

Makers

 

Happy Father’s Day to all the father’s out there! This craft is a fun and easy craft that your child can complete with nearly no help! A handmade gift for dad is always appreciated and cherished. First, gather the supplies listed above. Then, have your child paint the masterpiece you are planning on framing. They can create anything they’d like as this is a good time for them to get all their creative juices out and really experience creative expression. Once they are through with their masterpiece set it aside to dry. Next, have your child use four colored popsicle sticks and glue them together as pictured above. Once the masterpiece is dry, glue the frame on top of the artwork, tie a bow around it and you’re gift is complete! A nice touch would to add a magnet to the back as well, then it can be hung from the refrigerator! Hope you have a very Happy Father’s Day. ~ Love the PCA Family

 

Connecting with Crafts! May 2014

Hot Air Balloon Project

Supply list:

  1. Paper – color of your choice
  2. Paint dobbers or paint
  3. Paintbrush if you use regular paint
  4. Toilet paper rolls
  5. Scissors
  6. Yarn
  7. Stapler or glue

This 3D craft is wonderful as summer comes closer! As you are out and about with your child they may see hot air balloons or other transportation vehicles that move about the air. This project will provoke those fun questions and get their little minds thinking! In order to create this project you will need the supplies list above. Once you’ve gathered your supplies you can start. First, you will want to cut the color of paper you have selected into four strips about two inches think and lay them out for your child. Have your child paint the strips and decorate them in whatever way they would like. While your child is decorating the paper, take the toilet paper roll and cut it in half. Have your child decorate the toilet paper roll. Once all the pieces of the hot air balloon are complete it is time to construct the balloon! Staple or glue the four strips together like shown above and then attach them in the same fashion at the bottom of the strips. Then, take the yarn and cut it about two inches long and staple I to both the bottom of the paper balloon and the top of the toilet roll. Once you have completed the balloon your child can hang it anywhere they would like.

Happy May and Enjoy the upcoming Summer Fun!

Connecting With Crafts: March 2014

As we say goodbye to March and all of the fun we have had with our little leprechaun friends, here is a great way to try to “trap” one for next year!  Use your imagination and send us your pictures!

Suggested Supplies:

  • Shoe box or small box
  • Green paint, green markers, green crayons
  • Gold coins
  • Rainbows
  • Ribbons, collage materials
  • Stickers

March is a time where four leaf cloves and gold coins flourish! Leprechauns are on the hunt for treasures! March is a great time to get your youngsters excited about the holiday by having them build a leprechaun trap. Using the supplies above you can come up with just about any design and trap that you can think of. There are no stipulations on your trap. This is a creative project for the whole family to be as unique as possible. As a family construct the traps and have your child hide the trap outside for St. Patrick’s day. Once it is hidden you can jumble the trap up and make it look as if the leprechaun has checked it out by putting green foot prints or green toys inside for your little one to find. It encourages imagination, creativity and most of all fun on St. Patrick’s day, as well as any other day of the year!

Connecting With Crafts, February 2014

Supplies:

Paint- blue and white

Paintbrushes

Paper- color of choice

Markers

 

February is a wonderful time for creating valentine’s and remembering those we love. One of our most beloved authors, Dr. Seuss, birthday is upcoming on March 2nd. To help  your child remember this special author we have created a simple craft you can complete at home. In the book, “Cat in the Hat” the children read about Thing 1 and Thing 2. These characters are a lot of fun in the story and a great way to have your child make a connection with the literature is to have them put something on paper. All you will need is, paint, a paintbrush, paper and markers. First, paint your child’s hand like pictured above. Then, print their hand prints or have them print them onto the paper. Next, have them wash the paint off their hands. Third, have your child draw the bodies that go with the characters. Lastly, have it dry and hang it! This project is also a wonderful keepsake to date and remember the size of your child’s hands as well. Enjoy your time and don’t forget to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday by reading one of his stories on March 2nd!

3D Planets

Connecting with Crafts- January 2014

Supplies:

  • Bouncy Balls
  • Masking Tape
  • Paint
  • Glitter
  • Craft Sand
  • Colored cotton balls

(All the supplies listed can be purchased from the dollar store)

 

During the month of January the children at many of our schools learn about space. The craft pictured above is a great way to help the children develop their creativity as well as learn about the planets. To complete this craft you must first need to gather supplies. Once your supplies are gathered, take the masking tape and tape around the bouncy ball creating a tag which can be used to hang the planet. Once your tape is completed you can then create. First, apply the paint color of choice to the ball covering the ball fully, once the ball is covered in paint you may then add your details of your choice from the supplies (craft sand, cotton balls, glitter, etc). Once your ball is complete, hang it to dry. You can also make multiple planets and make a mobile out of them, your child can create their own planet or replicate an existing planet.

 

We hope your planet creations are out of this world!