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Christmas Tree Napkin Fold. Paper Toys: Flextangles. Today’s paper toys, Flextangles, are the fourth project in our collaborative series STEAM POWER: Empowering kids to explore the world through creative projects.

Paper Toys: Flextangles

Today’s topic is COMPUTE! Since I recently answered this question wrong, I decided it might be good idea for me to limit my math based project to something I’m good at: geometry. I’ve been itching to try making a flexagon ever since my friend Erica mentioned them, so I decided it was high time we made one. If you aren’t familiar with flexagons scroll down to find out more.

I also decided to incorporate drawing into the project to add a level of “computation.” See our complete PAPER TOYS PLAY PACK here This post contains affiliate links to products I love and recommend to my readers. Materials Cardstock This is the BEST DEAL you will find on CARDSTOCK! Instructions Step One Download and print the templateStep Two Draw different designs in each row of triangular sides. iLoveToCreate Blog: DIY Glow In The Dark Pumpkins. It's almost Halloween and you know what that means!!!

iLoveToCreate Blog: DIY Glow In The Dark Pumpkins

TIME FOR PUMPKINS! Every year I look forward to buying tons of plastic pumpkins and create new designs. I like the artificial pumpkins for the simple fact that they will last forever, well not really but you get the point. Tulip created an amazing glow in the dark paint and it worked perfect for this project. Button Worm Apple Fall Name Activity. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Kids Craft. Make a moveable Very Hungry Caterpillar from TP rolls!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Kids Craft

Fun spring craft activity for kids. contains affiliate links Have you read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle? Surely everyone has, haven’t they? Here’s a fun way to make your very own moveable little caterpillar to go along with the story. You’ll need: Cardboard rolls (I used toilet paper rolls, but you could also the cardboard tubes from the inside of paper towel or gift wrap).ScissorsPaint & brushesPipecleanersStapler & tapeMarker Begin by cutting the cardboard rolls into lots of small sections for the body, and a slightly bigger section for the head.

Then attach the pipecleaners to the insides of the tubes with tape, staples (or both). And lastly draw on antennae and some feet with a black permanent marker. Free Printable Shapes for Travel Kit. Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Astrobrights Papers.

Free Printable Shapes for Travel Kit

I was very excited to work with them because of their gorgeous paper. And because rainbows. I was not swayed by compensation. We are always looking for screen-free ways to entertain our kiddos on the go. Whether it's a long car trip, a plane flight, a wait in the doctor's office, or waiting for our food when we're eating out at a restaurant - little kits that are small and portable are a total lifesaver.

Science for Kids: Overnight Crystal Garden. Growing a Crystal Garden has ranked pretty high up there on my list of fun science experiments for kids for quite some time now.

Science for Kids: Overnight Crystal Garden

I’ve also been itching to do a “wintery” science project and crystals remind me of all things cold, especially for those of us who don’t ever get snow, the downside of living in LA! The only reason we haven’t tried growing crystals sooner is because of the time involved. Funnels, Tubes, and Salt - Oh My! I've wanted to make something similar to this for quite awhile now, and when my friends tipped me off about a great store (sadly in its last week of business) that sold recycled materials and medical and scientific surplus supplies, I finally had some inexpensive materials!

Funnels, Tubes, and Salt - Oh My!

This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. To create this awesome masterpiece, you'll need: Funnels (the Dollar Store has a great set of three - these are pictured below) Flexible tubing (The Dollar Tree sound tubes would work as well, I think) Suction cups Fishing line. 6 Ways to Make a Calm Down Jar - Preschool Inspirations. Calm down jars are a must-have when there are children around, so I’m sharing six ways or recipes on how to make them.

6 Ways to Make a Calm Down Jar - Preschool Inspirations

I want to give you six recipes here so that you can choose which one works best for you, or you can try them all. They provide healthy and effective ways for little ones to help soothe themselves, calm down, take deep breaths, and work through their emotions. I also use them as an addition in our play kitchen or in our quiet area or library area. Overall, they are just beautiful. We call them “sparkle bottles” in my preschool. Since some locations have different or limited ingredients, I’m hoping that everyone can find one of these ways useful. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Though. You’ll need the following ingredients for all of these bottles. Using glitter glue instead of fine glitter or Make it Glitter can cause the glitter to float longer, so keep that in mind when making your bottle. If you use the Colorations Make It Glitter. Hyper Colorful Painted Paper Plate Flowers! Lately I've been enamored with paper plate crafts.

Hyper Colorful Painted Paper Plate Flowers!

We always have a ton of cheap, white paper plates lying around and they're the perfect canvas. A couple of days ago my son was sick and we stayed home all day. Fortunately, we kept ourselves busy with Lego, lots of book reading, and two paper plate crafts. Baking Soda and Vinegar Science: Dancing Rice. Our names in watercolor. A child’s name is very special and this simple watercolor activity turned out to be a fun and colorful way for our students to focus on the letters in their name… To prepare for this activity, I printed each child’s name on a large piece of white paper with hot glue.

Our names in watercolor

The table was set up with liquid watercolor, small paint brushes, and the children’s names… We spent a few minutes talking about our names and then feeling our names on the paper. Then each child was invited to find their own name in the stack of papers and then explore the watercolor painting process on their own… In my mind, I thought the children would paint around the lines or fill in the white spaces of the paper but most of the children chose to paint directly on their names – almost as if they were tracing their names… The liquid watercolor tends to roll right off of the hot glue and drip down into the paper leaving the children’s names standing out in the middle of all those beautiful paint colors…