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Rainbow Crayons

This is a great way to reuse and recycle that box of old crayons that the kids just don’t want to play with anymore.  It’s also lots of fun to break up crayons and then watch them melt together!

What you’ll need:

-old crayons

-old muffin tins , empty tuna cans OR I do like those disposable muffin cups for this project

aluminum foil (to line the muffin tins or cans-see why I like the disposable cups for this!)

Remove all the paper wrappers from the crayons.  Go for the bright colored ones!  Fill each can/tin with bits of different colored crayons (let the kids break up any larger pieces)  Try to keep pieces less than 1/2″.  Fill about half way.  Bake the crayons in a preheated 300 f. oven for about 5-7 minutes.  Watch them closely!  They’ll melt quickly.  Don’t let them melt completely though, or it blends into one color.

Let them cool about 30 minutes before trying to remove them from their cans or tins.  Usually they can be tapped out or you just have to peel the tin foil off.

You can make solid colors or the rainbow colored crayons.  Great way to make BIG crayons for little hands.

Halloween Craft Projects For Children

Fall means more inside time for the little ones. Naturally, they’re going to need something fun and creative to keep them busy. Help your kids prepare for Halloween by constructing these adorable craft projects! They’re easy and fun to make and the kiddos will love displaying them for the holiday.

Egg Carton Spiders

What you will need:
Cardboard egg carton
Pipe cleaners
Poster paint
Elastic thread
Something to poke small holes

Instructions:
Cut the egg cups out of a cardboard egg carton. Cut pipe cleaners into 3 inch sections. To make each spider, poke four pipe cleaners through each cup sideways. Bend the ends to look like eight spider legs. Paint the spiders black or in any wildly creative way you want! After the paint has dried, attach a length of elastic thread to the middle of each spider. Have fun holding your thread and bouncing your scary spider up and down as you take it for a walk!

Plastic Bag Ghost

What you’ll need:
White plastic trash bags
Black marker
Balloons
Some string
Scissors
Masking tape

Instructions:
Blow up/inflate the balloons and cover each one with a trash bag. With the string, gather and tie each bag under the balloon to make a head. Using your markers, draw a spooky face on the trash bag. Be as creative as you can-make a scary face or a funny face. Whatever you want! Attach a piece of string to the
top of your ghosts and display them all around your house and yard.

By Nicole Dean

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Summer Fun With Fancy Paper Plate Hats

bigail Beal

Creative Crafts Teachers Ezine
Are you looking for a good craft for your toddlers? This is a simple craft that is fun to do and provides them with entertainment afterwards. Create a variety of fancy paper plate hats with your toddler – Daisy, Sunflower, The Sun and a Ladybug. Your child will have fun making the hats and then fun running around wearing them!

Your child can do most of this project – at a toddler’s age they will more than likely need help with cutting of flower petals and you will need to staple on the ribbon that ties their mask on. But they can complete all of the coloring or painting and gluing.

This is a fun project to do if you are going on a family picnic or if you are planning to go to a parade – why not let the kids have fun dressing up too?

Daisy Paper Plate Hat

You will need: one regular sized paper plate, white construction paper (at least four sheets), either yellow tempura paint or a yellow marker, scissors, a stapler and yellow ribbon.

Begin by either drawing with the yellow marker or painting with your yellow paint in the center of the plate. Paint or draw the entire plate yellow.

Then cut out flower petals. You want the petals to be small enough that they hang straight, so that they do not droop down the sides of your child’s face. A good length would be 3″. Cut petals for the plate, using one petal as your template. Give these petals to your child to glue onto the plate.

On the inside of the plate on opposing sides you will staple ribbon so that your child can wear this as a hat. Use a half a yard of ribbon and cut this in half. Staple one half of the ribbon onto the plate and then the other half directly opposite to it. Tie onto your child’s head to see if you like the way it fits. Cut the ribbon down if necessary. It is always easier to begin with more ribbon than less.

Sunflower Paper Plate Hat

You will need: one regular sized paper plate, yellow and orange construction paper (at least four sheets), either black tempura paint or a black marker, scissors, a stapler and yellow ribbon.

Begin by either drawing with the black marker or painting with your black paint in the center of the plate. Paint or draw the entire plate black.

Then cut out flower petals. You want the petals to be small enough that they hang straight, so that they do not droop down the sides of your child’s face. A good length would be 3″. Cut petals for the plate, using one petal as your template. Give these petals to your child to glue onto the plate. Use both the yellow and orange paper to cut petals.

On the inside of the plate on opposing sides you will staple ribbon so that your child can wear this as a hat. Use a half a yard of ribbon and cut this in half. Staple one half of the ribbon onto the plate and then the other half directly opposite to it. Tie onto your child’s head to see if you like the way it fits. Cut the ribbon down if necessary. It is always easier to begin with more ribbon than less.

The Sun Paper Plate Hat

You will need: one regular sized paper plate, yellow and orange construction paper (at least four sheets), either yellow tempura paint or a yellow marker, scissors, a stapler and yellow ribbon.

Begin by either drawing with the yellow marker or painting with your yellow paint in the center of the plate. Paint or draw the entire plate black.

Then cut out sun rays. You want the sun rays to be small enough that they hang straight, so that they do not droop down the sides of your child’s face. A good length would be 3″. Cut sun rays at different lengths – making some 1″ and others 3″ for the plate, using one petal as your template. Give these sun rays to your child to glue onto the plate. Use both the yellow and orange paper to cut petals.

On the inside of the plate on opposing sides you will staple ribbon so that your child can wear this as a hat. Use a half a yard of ribbon and cut this in half. Staple one half of the ribbon onto the plate and then the other half directly opposite to it. Tie onto your child’s head to see if you like the way it fits. Cut the ribbon down if necessary. It is always easier to begin with more ribbon than less.

Ladybug Paper Plate Hat

You will need: one regular sized paper plate, black construction paper (at least four sheets), either red tempura paint or a red marker, scissors, a stapler and red ribbon.

Begin by either drawing with the red marker or painting with your red paint in the center of the plate. Paint or draw the entire plate red.

Then cut out the head of the ladybug. This should be about 1/3 of the size of the paper plate. Also cut out the stripe that goes down the ladybug’s back. Then cut out several dots for the ladybugs back. Give these to your child to glue on.

On the inside of the plate on opposing sides you will staple ribbon so that your child can wear this as a hat. Use a half a yard of ribbon and cut this in half. Staple one half of the ribbon onto the plate and then the other half directly opposite to it. Tie onto your child’s head to see if you like the way it fits. Cut the ribbon down if necessary. It is always easier to begin with more ribbon than less.

Abigail Beal © 2004 Abigail Beal a.k.a. “the Gift-wrap Goddess” teaches gift wrap in suburban New York. She is the author of 2 ezines: GiftWrapGoddessWraps and CreativeCraftsTeachers.