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Design-A-Mug


design-a-mugMy daughter got this craft as a birthday party favor. Both she and I loved this concept where kids could design their own mug. The mug itself has two parts - a white inner shell and clear plastic outer cover. Then there are 3 paper inserts with various pictures on them. Kids can color the insert and fit it easily between the shell and plastic cover. While the product comes with only 3 paper inserts, you can create your own. You can have more white papers with colorful pics, or you can have colored or sparkly paper inserts. The possibilities are endless!

The inserts do get soggy if you wash the mug as is. So a better way is to take out the inner shell and wash it separately. Also, the package says that the mug is good for both hot and cold beverages, but personally I don't trust hot beverages in plastic. In our house this is the designated 'Water Cup' for my daughter.

Overall, a great way to get kids to drink more water, especially during the summer.

100th Day Project

In the US, many schools celebrate '100th Day of School'. Recently, my son also had his celebration and I decided to make it a fun event! We worked together on a creative project, rather than just giving him 100 things to take to his class. This year we had lot of snow, so Snowman was our theme.  This was a “Best out of Waste” project. We used styro-foam (packaging material) as the base. Apart from the glittery blue paper & the clear plastic cover, everything else is commonly available household material. My son was very excited to take his project to school.

 

Doing such small things with children makes a BIG difference for them. So my message to all you parents out there...Get involved with your kids' activities/projects & make it more fun for them!

 

How did we co-create this masterpiece?

 

1) I took 5 print outs of a snowman picture (just the structure) & my son cut them out.

 

2) I took a print out of each accessory (hat & scarf) which he cut, colored with crayons and then glued to the main structure. He colored the nose orange. So other than the eyes (dots) everything was made by him.

 

3) We put a big smile on each snowman with 7 grains on Lentils & the body was decorated with M&M's.

 

4) At school he counted & showed 20 things on each snowman. Thus, five 5 snowmen added  up to make 100 things!

Recycled Crayons

Recycled CrayonsBroken crayons with wrappers removed
muffin tin
paper muffin cups


Preheat oven to 300.
Place broken crayons into separate muffin cups. fill each halfway.
Place in oven. Check crayons every 5 minutes until melted. Take out of the oven once completely melted. Let cool. (We fast cycled the cooling by placing the muffin tin in the freezer for 10 minutes.)
Once cooled, remove the muffin paper and start coloring!
Recycled Crayons


Washable finger paint from Crayola

Washable finger paints from CrayolaCreative juices flow better when the kids can get their hands all messy and Crayola has the perfect solution for it in washable finger paint. Available in tubes of 4 bright colors blue, green, yellow and red, these paint offer the perfect solution to fill in an afternoon activity. Use the huge paper floor pads to let the kids dip their hands and feet to draw that perfect bridge or Christmas tree. Try experimenting using cut vegetables and fruits for some lovely patterns. My favorite is the okra or the bhindi (ladies finger). Cut okra provides a beautiful flower like pattern.


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These finger-paints are available online at amazon.com



Pop Up Books from Creativity for Kids

pop up bookFrom the brand “Creativity for Kids” comes a kit called the Pop Up Books for kids. Aimed at kids from 5 through 95, yes you read that right Ninety Five. The kit contains

  • 2 hard-cover blank books 12 pages included front & back covers
  • book one (8.5" x 8.5")
  • book two (6.25" x 6.25")
  • 31 die cut pieces (various sizes)
  • 2 sticker sheets
  • 2 pair of wiggly eyes
  • 8 markers



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