Macaroni Jewelry

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.

Women’s Day

Clara Zetkin 1910International Women’s Day has been observed since in the early 1900’s. The first National Woman’s Day (NWD) was observed across the United States on 28 February. Women continued to celebrate NWD on the last Sunday of February until 1913.
In 1910 a second International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. A woman named a Clara Zetkin  tabled the idea of an International Women’s Day. She proposed that every year in every country there should be a celebration on the same day – a Women’s Day.
The conference of over 100 women from 17 countries greeted Zetkin’s suggestion with unanimous approval and thus International Women’s Day was the result.
Following the decision agreed at Copenhagen in 1911, International Women’s Day (IWD) was honored the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on 19 March. More than one million women and men attended IWD rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination. However less than a week later on 25 March, the tragic ‘Triangle Fire’ in New York City took the lives of more than 140 working women, most of them Italian and Jewish immigrants. This disastrous event drew significant attention to working conditions and labor legislation in the United States that became a focus of subsequent International Women’s Day events. 1911 also saw women’s ‘Bread and Roses’ campaign.
On the eve of World War I campaigning for peace, Russian women observed their first International Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February 1913. In 1913 following discussions, International Women’s Day was transferred to 8 March and this day has remained the global date for International Women’s Day ever since.
International Women’s Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across developed and developing countries alike. For decades, IWD has grown from strength to strength annually. For many years the United Nations has held an annual IWD conference to coordinate international efforts for women’s rights and participation in social, political and economic processes. 1975 was designated as ‘International Women’s Year‘ by the United Nations. Women’s organizations and governments around the world have also observed IWD annually on 8 March by holding large-scale events that honor women’s advancement and while diligently reminding of the continued vigilance and action required to ensure that women’s equality is gained and maintained in all aspects of life.
IWD is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia. The tradition sees men honoring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc with flowers and small gifts. In some countries IWD has the equivalent status of Mother’s Day where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.
Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women’s craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more.


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Paper Flowers

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

Instructions:
•  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.