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DIY Dinosaur Fossils | Moonfrye. It’s dinosaur week at Moonfrye! Turn your own backyard into a prehistoric playground with our super easy DIY dinosaur fossils craft. We buried our finished fossils around the yard and let the girls have a blast playing archeologists on their very own “dig.” What you will need: Small dinosaur toys 4 cups flour 1 cup salt 2 cups water Large mixing bowl Baking sheet or jelly roll pan Parchment paper Round object for shaping fossils (a small bowl or a drinking glass works fine!) Instructions: Step 1: Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Step 2: Roll dough out until it’s approximately 1/4″ thick. Step 3: Using a small bowl or drinking glass, cut circles out of the dough. Step 4: Press toy dinosaurs firmly into the dough circles to create the “fossil” impression, then remove. Step 5: Transfer fossils to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet or jelly roll pan and bake in the oven for one hour. Step 6: Use your dinosaur fossils to create your own prehistoric adventure!

Probably Crafting...: Ice color Art. Yesterday I had an idea... I put water in the ice cube tray and a couple drops of food coloring. I then set it in the freezer. The idea was to have colorful ice for water. Which we did. They looked so pretty in the bowl. They kinda looked like crystals or gems. The kids got a kick out of the way they looked so we played with them instead of drinking them.

And Painted some more. I just like how they looked in pictures. :) In progress art work. They created art just melting. And our new art work from master painters Carebear and Super Bub: Science & Design for Kids: Recycled Bird Feeder Mobile - Babble Dabble Do. I’ve been obsessing over all things mobile ever since receiving a hand made frog mobile as a baby shower gift.

As a designer I was already predisposed to liking them, after all aren’t Alexander Calder’s mobiles every design snob’s dream art piece? Of course I’d need a proper place to hang one as well, but I digress…. I can’t say that this mobile is even remotely close to a Calder but it’s a great way to combine science and design for kids in one sweet little project: a Recycled Bird Feeder Mobile. I toyed with a number of ideas for how to build this bird feeder before reminding myself that there is no perfect solution to any project, so go down one path and enjoy the exploration. This homemade bird feeder is perfect if you are looking for a kid’s craft focused on nature and recycling with a little physics thrown in for good measure! Side note: FYI I suggest using a stick that has three branches minimum so that a bird can actually land on it and get to the birdseed. Materials Instructions. Milk Jug Decorative Window Crafts. Jun30 by Lindsey Boardman We’re always looking for cheap or– better yet– free materials to craft with here, so we’ve played around with crafting all sorts of things out of those big plastic gallon milk jugs over the last couple of years.

The type of plastic they are made from is pretty versatile as far as crafting goes. You can cut it easily with scissors, use hole punches on it, stick it with hot glue and best of all you can draw on it with permanent markers with great results due to it being semi-opaque and mildly textured on one side. We have two crafts here to show you. Before the kids got to doing these two crafts I had to prepare the plastic for them. Milk Jug Window Art Then I used a sturdy pair of scissors to cut out any flat side panels from the milk jug plastic. If you have really little kids then you could cut them simple shapes to scribble colors on like hearts or flowers or circles etc, or even the letters of their name. Milk Jug Butterflies Here’s the PDF. Sponsored Post: DIY Animal Magnets and Astrobrights Paper Giveaway | { Ambrosia Creative }

This month, I’ve partnered up with Astrobrights paper to bring you a fun kids craft and an awesome giveaway! The lucky winner will receive a generous package of Astrobrights paper in 26 attention-getting shades and also a $50 gift card to Office Depot. I’ve been using Astrobrights papers for years (literally — since my college job at the campus print shop over a decade ago) and is my go-to paper for projects and print jobs that need to pop and stand out.

To enter giveaway, just leave a comment at the end of this post sharing how you would use Astrobrights paper to color your world! Giveaway closes Friday, April 11th at 12 midnight PST. Good luck! Instructions for DIY project below… Materials: Astrobrights paper Self-adhesive magnets (I used a magnet strip that I cut down) Cardboard Photos Glue stick Scissors Pencil Various round objects (such as a glass or spice jar) for tracing Step 1: Cut out photos of your children in the shape of a circle. Step 4: Add ears and whiskers. Spring Activities: Cress Heads. If you're new here, you may want to join us on Facebook or Google +. Thanks for visiting! Cress Heads are such a CLASSIC Spring activity for kids – they are quick, easy and so so fun. Oh and they are quite inexpensive too!!! This is something you can do year in year out and kids will never tire of making their own Cress Head characters.

So… to make cress heads, you will need: a packet of cresssome egg shellscotton woolsome water How to make Cress Heads: 1) We have a birthday in the family at this time of year, so whilst baking birthday cakes, I carefully crack our eggs, so they are as “whole as possible”. 2) Get the kids to decorate their egg shells. 3) Stuff with cotton wool. 4) Sprinkle your seeds and add a little water. 5) Place in a sunny place and watch. We must have some special FAST GROWING cress… as in less than a day, we could see our seeds “cracking open”! This literally took four days… Can you spot that they have been rearranged?! Over to you… give me your best CAPTION!!! Jell-O Building Blocks. Can you really make edible building blocks? Yes! They're pretty, fun, and require no specialized skills (unless you count heating and pouring). They're a great rainy day activity, and they make really fun party favors. The biggest challenge is keeping them uneaten long enough to play with them!

How We Did It You'll want everything handy before you start. Add 1/3 cup water to the nonstick skillet. Grown-up step: Heat the gelatin mixture over low heat until the gelatin is dissolved, about 3-4 minutes. Grown-up step: Pour the gelatin mixture into your mold or ice cube tray. Repeat, if desired, until you have as many colors as you like! Carefully place your mold in the refrigerator. Grown-up step: To unmold, very carefully pry the blocks out with a toothpick or butter knife. If desired, dust the bottoms lightly with cornstarch or powdered sugar so they don't stick together when you stack them. Now you have edible building blocks! And when you're ready to clean up...just eat them! Teaching kids about recycling: upcycled building kit for kids. Have you ever noticed that no matter how many toys your kids have, they are always drawn to things like cardboard boxes and paper towel rolls? It seems that a simple box will usually entertain them longer and promote more creativity than the fanciest of store bought toys.

Rather than fight this phenomenon, just embrace it and marvel and what natural upcyclers your kids are. Furthermore, encourage even more of this open-ended creative play by gathering those materials they like so much and creating an upcycled building box with prompt cards to get their creative juices flowing. To make your own upcycled building box, start digging through your recycling bin for materials. Cereal boxes, egg cartons, toilet paper rolls, berry baskets and packaging materials are some of my favorites. Once you have a nice selection of materials, put them into a box or crate so that they are ready to be used. Next, download the Idea Starter Cards and cut them out.

Now it is time to build! P.S. DIY Cork Drum + Wooden Drumsticks. A while back I saw this cute toy cork drum on Pinterest. The store that was selling them no longer has them available, so I thought I’d give making my own a try. It ended up being a very simple and quick DIY – perfect to whip up as a last minute present! I used cork yoga blocks to make my drums out of (I used 2 – one we cut in half to make it a smaller size drum). (Cork yoga blocks can be found at sporting goods stores, most box stores (like Target), ebay; I got mine off Amazon.) We made two different kinds of drumsticks – one my handy carpenter husband turned on a lathe and the other is a quick diy with supplies easily found at a craft store.

What you need: cork blocks (I used cork yoga blocks – read above for more details) band saw sandpaper paint + paintbrush wooden dowel (found at craft supply stores) small wooden balls with holes in them (found at craft supply stores) wood glue How to do it:For the cork drum: Trace a circle onto your cork block (we used a bowl to trace). Beaded Rainbow. Electric Play Dough . Activities for Kids: Adventures In Learning . PBS Parents. Looking to amp up the fun and have the kids learn something about electricity? Give this electric play dough experiment a try. It’s simple, hands-on and the kids will l-o-v-e it! In this episode of Adventures in Learning, the kids have a blast with a cool project developed by AnneMarie Thomas of the St. Thomas Lab at the University of St. Thomas. Pin It Want to give it a try?

What You’ll Need conductive dough (click here for recipe)insulating dough (click here for recipe)battery packbatterieslight emitting diodes/LEDS You can find the last three items on the list at an electronics store or you can order a kit online at squishycircuitsstore.com. If you’re assembling everything yourself, pick up some spade terminals while you’re at the store and crimp them to the end of the wires. How to Make Circuits Once you have all the materials, let the kids sculpt, play and create! First, have the kids make a very simple series circuit. Have the kids close the circuit again. More Adventures in Learning. Smaller: Smal projects - papier mâché money box. The wonderfully talented Bess Harding recently sent us this great craft. She makes beautiful prints and soft toys under the name Beeb, available from her Etsy shop and also keeps up a great blog of art, recipes and other things. papier mâché money box Here’s a creative way to encourage saving (which let’s face it everyone should try and do a bit more of these days) with a new take on the old piggy bank, using papier mâché.

What you will need: BalloonsNewspaper ripped into strips roughly 2cm wideWallpaper paste (or flour and water mixed to a paste)Craft knifeMasking tapeAcrylic paints & paintbrushesA bit of patience 1. 2. 3. 4. P.s. Contributed by Bess Harding. Sci-Fi Story Stones & Summer Inspiration Link Party. Summer is close enough to touch and you’re probably already trying to figure out activities to do with your kids, right?

I’ve got the perfect project for you! (Scroll down to the bottom of this post to add your own projects to the Summer Inspiration link party!) Have you heard about story stones? They’re pretty popular on Pinterest (follow me for more fun activities!) And are basically stones or discs with images on them to help a kid come up with a story. They usually reach in a bag, pull out a few stones and then create a story out of them. Easy, right? Kids like them because of the surprise factor, parents like them because they can keep a kid pretty entertain while learning the basics of storytelling. Of course, in our geeky house, we couldn’t just have your regular, run of the mill story stones.

Star Wars. We’ve even got a couple Lost In Space ones. Making them was super easy. I’m super excited to be taking part in the Summer Inspiration: Crafts Link Party with Create. Party Rules: DIY Clay Bead and Hardware Necklace. I’ve been meaning to try to make something like this for a while, using clay and metal hardware pieces. I’ve loved the idea of it but haven’t found something that really inspired me to do it. Until I spottted this gorgeous necklace from Leif. It seemed like something I could totally DIY without much difficulty, and there’s nothing more fun to wear than a bold statement necklace (especially one you didn’t pay an arm and a leg for).

I really like how it turned out and if you’re headed to Alt Summit in two weeks you’ll probably see me wearing it! I love it with a simple black or white dress. Keep reading to see how I made it… Supplies:Polymer Clay Hardware pieces (I just sorted through some drawers at my local hardware store to find these ones)Leather Cord Acrylic paint/brush Step 1: Roll out balls of clay and push a skewer through them to make a hole. Make Glow-in-the-Dark Slime.

Learn how to Make Glow-in-the-Dark Slime like we made the other day. My kids ranked this as one of their favorite of our summer projects so far. Even I was enjoying playing with it. It just feels so cool. We added a few drops of glow in the dark craft paint to get the glow-in-the-dark effect. You can roll it into a perfectly round sphere, that slowly flattens when left alone. **Thank you for all of your fun and kind comments as of late. 26Kstumbleupon. Curly Birds: hand-made gifts. This post is sponsored by Disney Story. To find out more about this brand-new story-creation app - and how it puts the power of storytelling in your hands - click here. This Mother's Day, I wanted to do something special and meaningful for my mum. I wanted to find a gift that she would really love and enjoy. My mum is not very materialistic and she does not like a lot of clutter, so finding something I think she'll like can be tough.

Plus, we live several hundred miles away and I am limited in what I can send. This year, I am proud of my gift. It is thoughtful, meaningful, and will last forever. For Mother's Day, I made my mum a story of our lives... as mother and daughter. I made the story using Disney's new Story app. (Thank you very much to Julia, Hannah, and Julie for sharing our family's pictures.) While this story is all about the two of us, the thing I'm most excited about is that with this app, I can create stories for her on a regular basis.

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