Crayon Art

What you need:
• Paper
• Crayons
• Tape
• Hairdryer
• Newspaper

What you do:
• Pick out the colors you want to use and line them up.
• Using tape attach your crayons to the top of the canvas, facing down.
•Line your floor with newspaper.
• Place the canvas against the wall.
• Get your blow dryin’ on.
• Aim the heat right at the mid to bottom of the crayons (where the tips are).
• Once the wax starts melting, move the dryer around as needed to prevent splattering and get wax to go straight down.
• Take the crayons off the canvas.
• Display.

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Shoebox Aquarium

Fun craft with kids.This fun easy craft for kids has the bonus of being educational as well as decorative.
What you need:
• Shoebox – any size
• String or thread
• Construction paper
•  Sea shells
• Stickers with ocean plants and animals (optional)
• Paint
• Glue
• A thumbtack or other small sharp tool to poke holes with
• Clear plastic sheet
What you do:
1. First paint the inside of the shoebox.
2. Now decorate the ocean with sea plants.
3. You can either cut these plants out of construction or other colored paper, print designs off a computer and cut them out, use stickers of ocean plants, or paint them directly on the inside walls of the shoebox ocean. If you cut them out, glue them inside the box with regular craft glue or a glue stick.
4. With the plants you can put other things that may be in the ocean like a sunken ship or a treasure chest. You can even add in some shells to give the aquarium a more realistic touch.
5. Now it’s time to put sea animals into the aquarium. Draw, print, or use stickers of animals that will live in your aquarium. You can put in fish, sea horses, and any other animals.
6. To add the sea animals, poke a small hole in the top center of the animal and thread some string through the hole.
7. Tie a knot so the animal doesn’t slip off the string. Next poke a hole anywhere through the top of the shoebox. Thread the string up through this hole and tie a knot in the end outside the box.
8. Repeat these steps with as many items as you want and help your child turn this easy craft for kids idea into a whole ocean neighborhood.
9. Tape the plastic sheet from behind the shoebox lid.
10. Enjoy the aquarium


The rain stick is a musical instrument from South America. Traditionally, rain sticks are made from the wood skeleton of a cactus. First, the thorns are pulled off and pushed back through the soft flesh of the cactus. Then the cactus is left in the sun to dry–with the thorns on the inside. Later, the hollow cactus is filled with small pebbles, and the ends are sealed with pieces of wood.
What you need:
• Cardboard tube or a paper towel roll.
• Marker
• About 60 1-inch nails
•Tape (masking or packing tape is good)
• Paper
• Rice and/or small beans (uncooked!)
What you do:
1. Paper tubes have a spiral seam. Use a marker to draw dots about half an inch apart, all the way down the spiral seam of the tube.
2. Poke a nail all the way in at each dot. (Make sure the nails don’t poke through the other side of the tube.) You’ll need about 30 nails for each paper towel tube.
3. Wrap tape around the tube to hold the nails in place.
4. Cut two circles of paper just a little bigger than the ends of the tube. Tape one of the circles over one end of the tube. Cover the circle with tape so the whole end of the tube is sealed shut.
5. Put a handful of rice or beans into the open end of the tube. Cover the open end with your hand, and turn the tube over. Add more rice or beans until you like the sound. (Beans will make a harder sound, and rice will make a softer sound.)
6. Put the second circle of paper over the open end of the tube, and seal that end shut with tape.
7. Your rain stick is complete. Turn it over and listen to the rain.

Goofy Glasses

What you need:
An egg carton
• Pipe cleaners
• Markers, paint, faux jewels, stickers, etc.
• Scissors
• Pen
What you do:
• Have your child cut out two egg cells from an egg carton and separate them from each other.
• Help him use scissors or a pen to poke a hole in the middle of the bottom of each of the cells so he can see out of them.
• Next, have him poke two holes along the top outer edge of the egg cells and two on the inside. (You’re creating holes for the bridge and the earpieces of the glasses, so try to line the holes up across from each other.)
• Trim a pipe cleaner to about three to four inches and then loop it through the inside holes to connect the two egg cells together. This pipe cleaner will be the “bridge” of the glasses.
Next, run one pipe cleaner through each of the outer holes on either side of the egg cells. These will be the eyeglass arms and earpieces. You may need to trim them to fit your kid’s head and then bend them to wrap around the ears.
• Now that the hardware is finished, have your kid decorate the glasses in any way he chooses. He can glue on rhinestones, feathers, pom poms, foam shapes or whatever he pleases.

Crayon Doodlers

How to Make Crayon Doodlers

• Peel the paper off of old broken crayons
• Preheat oven to 300 F
• Help your children separate the broken crayons into fun color combos in muffin trays
• Turn heat off and place muffin tin in the oven
• Bake for about ten minutes
• Place tray in the freezer for about half an hour
• Take out of freezer until doodlers reach room temperature
• Flip tin over and bang out doodlers (onto a soft surface such as your hand or lap-not a counter)
• Get coloring!