Paper pinwheels

What you need:
• 10 sheets of 8.5 x 11 paper
• All purpose glue
• Used cereal box
• Scissors
• Ruler
• Hot glue gun
• Double sided tape

What you do:
• Take the paper portrait and glue it together creating one long strip of paper.
• Accordion fold the paper, making the folds about 1 inch wide.
• Cut a round edge on one of the sides.
• Fan out the strip in a round shape creating a circle and close it up using double sided tape.
• Cut out a circle of cardboard from a used cereal box and hot glue to the back of your pinwheel. This will give it stability and then you can punch a hole and hang it or press a thumb tack in to  stick it on the wall.
• You are done!

Macaroni Sheep

Macaroni sheep cover final

What you need:
• 4″ x 6″ piece of cardboard
• 2 large spring type clothespins
• Elbow macaroni
• 2 wiggle eyes
• White felt
• Paint (black, white and pink)
• White glue
• paintbrush
What you do
• From the cardboard cut one 3-inch circle for the body and one 1 1/2-inch circle for the head.
• Paint the body circle white on both sides.
•  Paint the head circle black on both sides. Let dry.
• Paint top 1/3 of the head white.
• Take the clothespins apart and paint the wooden pieces black. Allow to dry completely and then put back together.
• Attach the clothespins with glue to the body circle.
• Glue elbow macaroni to the front of the body circle and to the top 1/3 of the head circle where it was painted white.
• Paint the macaroni on both pieces white.
• Cut two ears from the white felt and glue to the back of the head.
• Glue two goggle eyes to the front of the head.
• Paint a nose on the face with pink paint.
• Glue head to body. Let dry.

Mother’s Day

Mother's Day cover

It is claimed by the Historians that the holiday of Mother’s Day has emerged from the ancient festivals dedicated to mother goddess. In the ancient Greek empire, Rhea, the wife of Cronus, and mother of Gods and Goddesses, was worshipped.
In Rome, Cybele, a mother Goddesses, was worshipped, as early as 250 BC. It was known as Hilaria, and it lasted for three days, called the Ides of March, that is from March 15 to March 18.However, neither of them meant for the honoring of our immediate mothers, as is done in our Mother’s Day.
“Mothering Sunday” is the more closely aligned to our Mother’s Day, England observed “Mothering Sunday”, or the “Mid-Lent-Sunday, on the fourth Sunday in Lent..During this time many of the England’s poor worked as servants for the wealthy. On Mothering Sunday the servants would have the day off and were encouraged to return home and spend the day with their mothers. A special cake, called the mothering cake, was often brought along to provide a festive touch.
With time, as Christianity spread throughout Europe the celebration changed to honor the “Mother Church” – the spiritual power that gave them life and protected them from harm and eventually the church festival blended with the Mothering Sunday celebration .
In the United States, Anna M. Jarvis (1864-1948) is credited with bringing in the celebration of Mother’s day. In the United States Mother’s Day was first suggested in 1872 by Julia Ward Howe (who wrote the words to the Battle hymn of the Republic) as a day dedicated to peace.
In 1907 Ana Jarvis, from Philadelphia, began a campaign to establish a national Mother’s Day. Ms. Jarvis persuaded her mother’s church in Grafton, West Virginia to celebrate Mother’s Day on the second anniversary of her mother’s death, the 2nd Sunday of May. By the next year Mother’s Day was also celebrated in Philadelphia.
Ms. Jarvis and her supporters began to write to ministers, businessman, and politicians in their quest to establish a national Mother’s Day. It was successful as by 1911 Mother’s Day was celebrated in almost every state. President Woodrow Wilson, in 1914, made the official announcement proclaiming Mother’s Day as a national holiday that was to be held each year on the 2nd Sunday of May.
While many countries of the world celebrate their own Mother’s Day at different times throughout the year, there are some countries such as Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, and Belgium which also celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May.
Mothers day in many languages:

Albanian   Dita e Nns
Arabic   Eid Al-Omm
Armenian   Mayrutyan or
Bengali   Shubo Matri Dibosh
Bosnian   dan majki
Chinese   mu qin ji
Czech   Den Matek
Danish   Mors dag
Dutch   Moederdag
German   Muttertag
Estonian   Emadepev
Dari   Ruz-e Madar
Finnish   itienpiv
French   Fte des mres
Hebrew   Yom ha-em
Hindi   Matru din
Croatian   Majcin dan
Hungarian   Anyk napja
Irish   L na Mhithair
Icelandic   Mradagur
Indonesian   Hari Ibu
Lithuanian   Festa della mamma
Japanese   Haha no Hi
Korean   Oboi Nal
Latvian   Mates diena
Malay   Hari Ibu
Maltese   Jum l-Omm
Montenegrin   Dan majki
Norwegian   Morsdag
Persian   Rouz-e Maadar
Polish   Dzien Matki
Portuguese   Dia da Me
Romanian   Ziua mamei
Spanish   Da de la Madre
Slovak   Den matiek
Slovenian   Materinski dan
Swedish   Mors dag
Swahili   Liepstacoq Bua
Tagalog   Araw ng mga Ina/Nanay
Tamil   Annaiyar Dhinam
Turkish   Anneler gn
Welsh   Sul y Mamau

Sunflower Frame

Sunflower Frame

What you need:
• paper
• something to color with
• scissors
• glue
• favorite picture
• yellow tissue paper
• green tissue paper

What you do:
• Print out the template.
  •Cut out the template pieces.
  • Glue the flower and leaves onto the stem.  You can glue both onto a piece of     white paper if that makes it easier to hang up later.
  • Glue picture into center of the sunflower.
  • Glue balled up pieces of yellow tissue paper onto the petals.
  • Glue balled up pieces of green tissue paper onto the leaves.

Sunflower Template

May Day Basket

May Day Basket cover

What you need:
• Construction Paper
• Cellophane Tape
• Home-Made Flowers
• Scissors

What you do:
• Cut a triangle shape out of bright colored construction paper. Make the point flat. Roll the triangle into a cone shape and tape the 2 sides together. Trim off any extra paper around the top of the cone to make it even.
• Cut a strip of construction paper that is approximately 12-inches long by 2-inches wide. Tape this strip onto the top of your cone to make a handle.
• Now you can fill the basket with flowers and/or treats. You can make home-made flowers to fill your basket.
• Once your May Day cone basket is done, try to hang it on your neighbor’s doorknob without getting caught!

Macaroni Jewelry

macaroni jewelry cover

Macaroni crafts are great activities for children.  On a rainy day or during “down time,” kids can work on a number of different projects.  Making jewelry out of macaroni can be a really fun activity for kids and their parents. 
Macaroni bead necklace can be given to friends or relatives as a cute little gift.


What you need:
• Tape
• Food Colouring
• String
• Scissors
• Rubbing alcohol
• Measuring cups
• Spoon

What you do:
1. Pour ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol into a 12 to 16 oz cup and add anywhere from 5 to 15 drops of food colouring.
2. Add macaroni into the cup. Stir until all the colour is absorbed.
3. Spoon the macaroni onto a paper towel and let it dry.
4. Once the macaroni is dry, the jewellery making is ready to begin.
5. Cut the string at the desired length. Wrap one end of the string with tape so that sliding macaroni onto the string will be a little easier.
6. Slide a piece of macaroni all the way to the end of the string and tie a knot around it. This will help prevent other macaroni from sliding off the end.
7.  Continue to add macaroni until the string is full.
8.  Tie each end of the string together to complete the necklace.

Paper Flowers

Paper flowers front

Making FlowersMaterials:
• coffee filter
• washable markers
• squirt bottle or small glass of water
 • green pipecleaner

•  Flatten out a coffee filter on a plate.
• Scribble the filter with washable markers.  We drew circles around with the markers, but you can just scribble blocks of color  instead if you prefer.Making flowers
•  Use a squirt bottle to spray the coffee filter 2 or 3 times. 
 • Let dry (this takes about 1/2 an hour, but will take longer if the filter has been soaked.
• Cut 2 or 3 inches off your pipecleaner and set this short piece aside.
• Poke the end of the pipecleaner through the center of the coffee filter (it does not have to be exactly the center).
• Roll about an inch of the pipecleaner end into a tight ball so the coffee filter won’t fall off the pipecleaner.
• Scrunch the coffee filter around the end of the pipecleaner.
• Wrap the short piece of pipecleaner you cut off earlier around the coffee filter/pipecleaner to hold them together.

Optional:  fold the stem of the pipecleaner to make a leaf shape.
‘Plant’ your flower in a small vase, terra cotta pot or paper cup (a little plasticine in the bottom of a small pot or cup will hold the flower upright..add a bit of green tissue paper or easter basket grass to fill the pot or cup) Or… attach your flower to the front of a card or gift to decorate it.  You can even make a big bouquet of them and give to your mother for Women’s Day.