Activities For Children 02
Then fill the jar with water and have children add very fine crayon shavings rather than glitter.
New For Old Crayons:
Take the paper off of the old broken crayons and put them in an old saucepan. Or put the crayons in an empty tin can and place the can in a saucepan filled with water. Melt the wax by turning the stove on low heat. Place some biscuit cutters or other similar shaped items on a sheet of aluminium foil.
Pour the melted wax into assorted biscuit cutters or shapes. You may need to hold the biscuit cutters down to keep the melted crayons from running out. Wait for the wax to set, then cool, and pop your brand new crayons out. Note: Adult supervision is advisable of course.
Wallpaper Envelopes & Stationery:
Go to your local wallpaper store and ask for outdated wallpaper sample books – they are free. Take a small mailing envelope and carefully pull the glued edges apart so you have a pattern. Trace the envelope on a piece of cardboard (cereal boxes work good) so that you have a durable pattern.
Place your cardboard pattern on the wallpaper and trace. Cut out, fold and glue and then you have colourful new envalopes. Use leftover wallpaper scraps that don’t have writing on the back to cut out rectangles that can be folded and made into stationery.
Cut a cereal box so that it is just a plain flat surface that is the same size as a piece of coloured paper. Glue the paper onto the box and let it dry. After drying, use a ruler to make an even amount of equally sized boxes. Then, have the child draw sets of pictures in each box. For example, make two boxes have a star in them, and another two with a heart, etc.
Cut out each individual box and the kids have made their own game of memory. For those who are not familiar with the game of memory, mix the pieces up and turn them over then the child can try to find the matches. Obviously, turn 2 over at a time and if they match, leave them facing upright. But if they don’t match, turn them upside down again.
Eggshell or Egg Carton Tulips:
Cut empty egg carton sections to look like a tulip. Using paint or crayons to decorate tulips, obviously, if using paint, let it dry overnight. When the paint is completely dry, add details to the tulips using markers. Twirl one end of a green pipe cleaner into a spiral shape (you can glue this onto the base of the tulip). Glue the spiral to the tulip (if using white glue, let it set for a few hours).
Trace the shape of a butterfly on pieces of stiff card, indeed a cereal box would do. Then use it to draw round to make as many butterflies as needed. The children can then cut out the shapes and colour them with crayons, glitter or anything that’s handy and colourful.
Then fold it in half with the coloured side in and staple loops for handles on the back. Make the loops about 3 inches long and place them outwards from the folded line so that you place your fingers and thumb into either loop. Then, by opening and closing your hand, you make the butterfly fly. Each butterfly will be unique and beautiful in its own way.
Duck Paper Plate:
Trace your hands on yellow coloured paper, then cut the hand shapes out. If you don’t have yellow coloured paper, use stiff white paper, then paint it yellow or use crayons of course. Fold a paper plate in half then paint it yellow. Let it dry and staple the hands near the fold on one end – these will be the tail feathers.
Using yellow coloured paper cut out a circle about 3 inches across or a little bigger – this will be the duck’s head. Using orange coloured paper, cut out an elongated oval with one end cut off – this will be the duck’s bill. Fold the end of the beak over, making a small tab – this is where you will put the glue.
Glue the bill onto the circle, then put the glue on the small tab which you should fold under the bill. Then draw eyes above the bill. Staple the head to the paper plate near the fold line, opposite the tail feathers. Staple the head to the paper plate near the fold line, opposite the tail feathers.
Using orange coloured paper, cut out the duck’s feet, then connect them with a short strip of paper. To draw each foot, start with an oval, then draw a zigzag on one end. Fold the paper where the feet meet the strip of paper. Staple each foot to the bottom of one side of the paper plate, right inside the fold line of the foot. You now should have a cute duck that will stand up.
There are also 3 other pages of activities for children, see below.