Monthly Archives: February 2010

Ice Cream!

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I decided to have interactive snacks for my crafts on Fridays.  I thought, “What could be better for a snow theme than ice cream!” Therefore, I searched the web and found the following recipe at http://crafts.kaboose.com/ice-cream-in-a-bag.html.

Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag

by: the contributors of Kaboose.com

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon sugar

-1/2 cup milk or half & half

-1/4 teaspoon vanilla

-6 tablespoons rock salt

-1 pint-size plastic food storage bag (e.g., Ziploc) 

-1 gallon-size plastic food storage bag

-Ice cubes

Directions:

1. Fill the large bag half full of ice, and add the rock salt. Seal the bag.

2. Put milk, vanilla, and sugar into the small bag, and seal it.

3. Place the small bag inside the large one, and seal it again carefully.

4. Shake until the mixture is ice cream, which takes about 5 minutes.

5. Wipe off the top of the small bag, then open it carefully. Enjoy!

Tips:  A 1/2 cup milk will make about 1 scoop of ice cream, so double the recipe if you want more. But don’t increase the proportions more than that — a large amount might be too big for kids to pick-up because the ice itself is heavy.

Notes:  Eat fast!  It melts pretty quickly.

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Hand-y Snow Angel

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Looks like the snow globes yesterday worked to ward off the snow for today!  Haven’t seen a flake yet and the sun is even out!  Therefore the next two days will bring our last of the snow crafts.  Since I take care of two infants I decided to bring the concept of snow angels inside.  I created a craft that will not only be a hand print keepsake craft but it will allow my little ones to get a little “snowy” without getting cold :).

Hand-y Snow Angels

created by: J. Davis

Materials

-blue construction paper

-white non-toxic paint

-paintbrush

Directions

1.  Place blue construction paper on a flat surface.  Use paintbrush to put white paint on child’s palm.  Press palm on bottom of paper to create the angel’s body.

2.  Use paintbrush to paint the child’s left hand (palm and fingers) and place on paper to create first wing.  Repeat with right hand.

3.  Paint a circle (head) above the body and between the wings to complete the Snow Angel!

4.  Feel free to write this little poem I made up on the top or side of the paper to complete this piece of artwork:

Looking out on winter white,

Snowflakes sparkling in the light.

See the children all around,

Making angels on the ground.

written by J. Davis 2010

Notes:  While completing this project I found that the angel shows up better on darker paper, so I suggest finding a dark blue construction paper.  I also found that my non-toxic craft paint did not make very good prints of the childrens’ hands so I decided to use white acrylic craft paint.  It produced a much clearer print.  I used baby wipes to clean off the paint right away before a big mess could be made!

New Twist on Classic Snow Globe

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I heard that more snow might be heading our way so I’m hoping that by sticking with my current snow theme the snow might not show up outside on my doorstep!  For today’s craft I decided to use some of the abundance of baby food jars I have in the recycling bin on our back deck.  My family and friends also made a magnificent family (pets included!) of snowmen during our last batch of snow and I wanted to showcase their handiwork, so I came up with a fresh idea on a classic snow globe.  Try it!

Decoupaged Snow Globe

created by: J. Davis

Materials

-small baby food jar (label removed, washed and dried)

-water

-silver glitter

-small snowman picture

-Decoupage glue

-paintbrush

-Super Glue

Directions

1.  Cut out snowman picture.  Make sure it is small enough to fit on the back of the baby food jar.

2.  Flip baby food jar upside down and place on the table.  Paint Decoupage glue on the backside of the jar and affix snowman picture (I recommend putting the picture over the glue remains from the baby food jar label). 

3.  Put another layer of the Decoupage glue over the snowman picture (after it is placed where you want on the baby food jar) and allow to dry.

4.  Flip jar right side up and add one teaspoon of glitter (or more!).

5.  Slowly fill jar with water.  Once it is filled to may put the lid back on the jar.  If you want to make sure the Snow Globe stays filled put Super Glue around the inside edge of the jar lid before putting it back on.  Allow a few minutes to dry.

Notes:  If you have a choice of baby food jars, I found that the label glue cleans fairly easily off of the Gerber baby food jars (as opposed to Beech Nut).   Next time I might try using the larger Stage 3 baby food jars for a bit larger globe!  I found my glitter was clumping a bit but would come apart when shaken vigorously.  I might have to research snow globes to see if there is a way to keep this from happening.  When doing this craft with younger children you may be doing most of the work BUT they will love looking into the finished product!  ***Always make sure to monitor children with all craft supplies and finished crafts.***

Snowball Fight!

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So I decided to start crafting today despite not having a plan of what to make or where to start.  We have had so much snow here  lately and even though I could go the rest of the winter without wanting to see another flake I decided that if I didn’t start with some snow related crafts I might miss my chance until next winter!  So here’s what I came up with. 

Snowball Fight!

created by: J. Davis

Materials

-1 piece blue construction paper

-1 piece white construction paper

-white non-toxic paint

-glue stick

-scissors

-mini marshmallows

-pictures of family members or friends!

Directions

1.  Rip a strip of the white construction paper off lengthwise and glue on top of blue paper to make a snowy foreground.

2.  Cut out picture of family/friends and glue on opposite sides of snow scene.

3.  Dip mini marshmallows in white paint and stamp snowballs between, on, and around pictures.

Tada!  Instant indoor snowball fight! 

Notes:  This is a great activity for a cold snowy day when you don’t want to go outside and have an actual snowball fight.  I did this activity with a child just over a year old and the mini marshmallows were a little hard for her to hold.  I had to move her hand and hold the marshmallow with her.  For younger children I would recommend letting them use the tips of their fingers (covered with paint of course!) to make dots (snowballs) on their paper.

Crafting Through the Calendar!

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I doubt I am the only one who feels like they are endlessly searching online or through books to find age appropriate, fun, simple, and hopefully educational crafts for young children!   As a child care provider and mother I want to create a place where anyone can come for craft ideas, inspiration, and advice that will hopefully keep their children entertained and offer opportunities for learning.

I hope to find craft ideas (online or in books) or create original crafts to make for every weekday!  Working off of the calendar my plan is to make crafts that are inspired by holidays and seasonally appropriate themes.  This will give me (and anyone else who is reading) a great starting point to provide informal educational opportunities to their young children at home!

Every day will bring something new!  A little warning though 😉  I may switch things up and occasionally post picture directions or a video (once I figure out how to!).