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Veggie Prints


Veggie prints are easy, even for toddlers. We all remember potato printing, but there are lots of

other vegetables that work well too::halved pears, oranges, celery hearts (with an elastic band

securing the bottom), apples and corn. You’ll need an assortment of vegetables, some acrylic

paper made a little thinner with water, some large format paper (we used newsprint) and a tray or

palette to contain the paint. Mix up a few colors and show kids how to dip the vegetable into the

paint and press it onto the paper. After they dry, you can cut them up and try to make a

composition out of them, seeing what narrative the shapes suggest. We made these little boats

with celery heart waves and added the toiler roll sails with a bit of white glue. Happy printing!

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Coffee Filter Flowers


Kids love it when there is some transformative element in their craft and this easy, pretty Summer

craft definately fits the bill. You’ll need some white coffee filters cut up into flower shapes or

circles, some felt pens, some string, glue, a spray bottle and a branch. First color the entire

surface of the filter paper with your felt pens , making it as colorful as you can. When this is

complete, place your drawing on a towel and spray it until the ink runs together (but not so much

that the ink runs off-you’ll get the hang of it. Kids love this part) Once the colors have run, place

the paper over top of something that might give it a flower shape-we used toilet rolls with a string

tied on onto it to keep the edges down but anything to give some depth will do-you can also skip

this part if you have nothing handy. Make about 4-5 flowers and leave them to dry-it takes about 2

hours. A good time to head outside and find a branch you like to glue the flowers onto. We also

glued on some green paper leaves. A glue gun works best to glue the flowers and leaves on, but

strong white glue does the trick as well. Some kids with siblings pooled their resources and made

a “family branch” with tons of flowers, others wanted to string the flowers up and let them

cascade down. Either way, kids 4-10 loved this craft.

Recycled Robot

Recycled Robots

This activity stirs the imagination of kids of all ages. Before starting I found it helpful to have a talk about what powers your robot-this inspired kids to create all kinds of interesting devices to make their robot “work”-whether it was plant energy or bubble jets under the sea. Let this guide you in putting out materials to use. Some of the things we put out were small boxes (mini cereal or match boxes for the interior of the robot), old keys, clogs, straws, small plastic toys, beads, metal pot scrubbers for the hair, google eyes and all kinds cardboard scraps. We painted our cardboard first and then I had the kids design their robot on that first before I glued everything down with the glue gun. The basics for what you need are: 

A small panel of recycled cardboard to glue your robot on, small boxes for the body and head for the robot, robot-y bits and pieces (aforementioned)and a glue gun.

Posted on February 26, 2018 .