Mother's Day is quickly approaching. Most children have a desire to show their mothers just how much they love them. Of course, they are too young to go out and purchase a gift. Fortunately, magnets are easy enough to create that even the smaller children can get in on it. As a mom, I know that we appreciate homemade gifts even more than store-bought ones.
You will need the following items to make your Mother's Day magnet craft:
- Modeling clay
- A picture
- Glue gun
- Hot glue
- Magnet strip
Every time my kids see a Chia Pet in a grocery or department store, they declare their desire for one. Personally, I can't see spending $20 for one, so I decided to see if we could make our very own Chia Pets. Honestly, I think my kids like making their own crafts anyway.
You will need the following items to make your Chia Pet:
- A nylon stocking
- Potting soil
- Grass or herb seeds
Ever since my kids were little, they have had a love of sand art. The trouble was that the sand art booths at our local carnivals and 4th of July festivals charged an arm and a leg to make just a small bottle of sand art. That's when I got the idea to make my own colored sand so that the girls could create endless sand art crafts.
First, you'll need to determine how many different colors of sand you need for your project. For example, if your child is designing a rainbow, he would need seven different colors. Take out one disposable bowl for each color. I use the small dessert bowls instead of the larger styrofoam bowls.
One year we had to create an ocean centerpiece for a church function. My daughter was excellent at helping me put a centerpiece together for each table. With spring already in session and summer on the way, parents may want to spruce up their dining room table with an ocean scene lovingly made by their child.
You will need the following items to make your ocean centerpiece:
- A medium glass jar
- Beach sand
- A candle
My girls and I wanted to get a bit crafty with our eggs this Easter and decided to try and turn them into chickens. That’s what they would be after all, if they had been allowed to hatch.
The first thing we did was hard-boil the eggs. Kids are often not very delicate, and I didn’t want to risk having to clean up raw egg should one of them break open. Once the water in your pot begins to boil, it takes about 12 to 15 minutes to harden.
Next, we dyed the hardboiled eggs yellow. You can add a bit of yellow food coloring to some water, but we used the dye that comes in the $.99 Easter kits. Make sure you give your dyed egg time to dry before decorating it to look like a chick.