Ideas for Entertaining kids

Kids crafts, How to make a stress ball, perfect for tweens or teens summer camp arts and crafts ideas, boy or girl scout craft ideas, low cost craft projects for a family reunion

How To Make A Stress Ball ~ Kid Crafts perfect for boy scouts, summer camp or family reunions!

This is a low cost project that kids of all ages will love.  My daughter made these in her 5th grade class and thinks they are the coolest thing ever. I remember making a version of a balloon stress ball when I was a kid too, but this version is much improved from what I made 20 years ago lol.

Kids crafts, How to make a stress ball, perfect for tweens or teens summer camp arts and crafts ideas, boy or girl scout craft ideas, low cost craft projects for a family reunion

To make this project you will need:

  • 3 balloons
  • 1/3- 1/2 cup of flour
  • empty water bottle (with thin sides that you can squish)
  • funnel and pencil or chop stick
  • scissors
  • wet wash cloth

We bought our supplies at the local dollar store, but you can find balloons at almost any store!

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  1.  Start with putting about 1/3 off a cup into a water bottle with a funnel. Use a pencil or a chop stick  to poke the flour into to bottle.  How much flour you need will vary on how big your balloons are. You want to fill the balloon all the way up, but too much flour will make it hard and not enough will make it to squishy.
  2. Take one balloon and blow it up as big as you can, then let all the air out.  Then blow it up again about half way, and twist it closed (NOT TIED IN A KNOT) just twisted.
  3. Hold the twisted part of your balloon and put the opening of the balloon over the water bottle.  Hold it tight and allow the neck of the balloon to un-twist.  You can now start to squish the flour from the bottle into the balloon.
  4. Once all the flour is in the balloon, hold the neck of the balloon and slowly let out the air. SLOWLY if you do it to fast the flour will fly out as well, making a huge mess.
  5. Take a wet rag and wipe off any flour that make have gotten on the outside of the balloon. You need the balloons to make a seal, and if there is flour on the outside they will not seal together.
  6. Set the balloon on the table and cut the neck of the balloon off.
  7. Take a 2nd balloon and also cut the neck of that balloon off. Put your fingers inside the opening to make the hole larger and wrap it around the balloon you have with flour on it. Careful not  to spill the flour out.
  8. Once again wipe off any flour that may have gotten on the outside,  and do step 7 again with another balloon. For a total of 3 balloon on the outside.

Kids crafts, How to make a stress ball, perfect for tweens or teens summer camp arts and crafts ideas, boy or girl scout craft ideas, low cost craft projects for a family reunion

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Batman Super Hero Paint Night

 

Thanks for everyone who has been joining us for our Mommy and Me Paint Nights, Live on Facebook!  We have really enjoyed teaching you and your kids how to paint and helping you learn as we go.  We hope you will grab your friends, grab your kids and plan to join us again next Friday for another live Paint Night!  Next class will be 4/22 live on our facebook page. 

What you will need for this weeks painting 4/22 :

Paint Brushes  this week you will only need three brushes for this project, a  large wide flat brush to do your background and a stipple brush which is a round brush at set like these Paint Brushes will work just fine.  You will also need a nicer brush to do the fine lines on the bat, so a a  small/ medium flat brush  will work great  like in this  nicer brush set .

BATMAN pattern for this project we use an image as a stencil, you can get the Batman image here. Right click the image, then save it to your computer then print it.

Acrylic Paint   For this weeks class you will need WHITE, GREY, BLACK and YELLOW.

Canvas  a 8X10 canvas is the the best and easiest surface to paint on.  You can buy a 12 pack  and get them for about a dollar each, super cheap and fun project for your kids. BUT if you do not have money for a canvas no worries we show you how to paint on the back of a cereal box too.  Yes we just cut up a cardboard cereal box and used that as our canvas.  This is a great option if you are doing a youth group, girls scout troop or school project and do not have funds to buy a canvas for everyone.

Apron or large shirt, is a good idea to keep your kids clean. Acrylic paint is hard to get out of clothing once it drys.  So have your kids put on an apron to help keep their clothes protected.

Paint Palette is also a nice option, but if you don’t have one you can just use a styrofoam  plate.

Artist Brush Tub ~ or something to hold your water and to clean your brushes that will not tip over easy.


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Don’t Eat Emmet, Free Printable Lego Movie Game

 

We are big Lego Movie fans in this house! My son just had a birthday and for his party he wanted a Lego Movie theme. We also love the game “Don’t Eat Pete!”. It is simple, everyone always gets a turn and it entertains the kids really well at a party. It is pretty much a staple at all of our parties.

All you need for this game is a printed copy of the game, small candy (such as smarties, skittles or m&ms) and kids to play.

If you haven’t played “don’t eat Pete” here is how you play; Begin by placing a small piece of candy on each square. Have the players gather in a circle around the game board. Have the first player turn their back to the game while another player selects any square on the board. Now let the 1st player turn back around.  They will then begin to pick the candy off of one square at a time.  They can eat them or just hold them, it doesn’t matter. Once they get to the square the other player has picked, everyone yells “Don’t eat Emmet!” and the next player gets a turn until all players have a turn to play. This is pretty fun and the kids love to see how many pieces the others are going to get. They think it is extra funny when the player gets out on the first piece of candy!

This really is a great, simple game to play at any party. The kids will go several times if you let them, you just have to decide how much candy you want them having!

Have fun! To print the game, right click the photo below and save it to your computer. You can then print from your computer. I would recommend for this printable to not go above a regular sheet of paper size to keep it from getting blurry.

Candy Blox Blocks 5 Pounds

  • There are approximately 150 pieces per pound
  • 2-pin, 4-pin, 6-pin, and 8-pin = Young candy architects can create a variety of structures
  • Pineapple, Raspberry, Orange, Banana, Cherry, Grape, Lime
  • Build it first, then eat it!
  • Kosher Certified, Circle U Parve

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Easy Science projects for kids, melting crayons with a blow dryer craft project

Fast And Easy Science Fair Experiments For Kids Of All Ages!

 

My daughter did this Science Fair Project last year when she was in first grade. But I just came across the photos today, so I figured I would share this fun idea with you!  She had so much fun making this project, it was easy to make and turned out really pretty!

For her project she was suppose to make a hypothesis (hypothesis: an idea or theory that is not proven but that leads to further study or discussion) about something.  Since we often blow dry her hair, her question or hypothesis was, Can A Blow Dryer Melt Crayons.   She then had 3 questions she had to answer, and 3 conclusions to what happened. .

    1. Do you think they will melt?
    2. How long do you think it will take to melt them?
    3. Do you think they will melt down to the bottom?
    4. How long did it take for the crayons to start melting?
    5. Did they make it to the bottom?
    6. Did you have fun?

Easy Science projects for kids, melting crayons with a blow dryer craft project

Great thing about this project is it only took 2 dollars!  We got the Science Fair Poster Board and the crayons at the Dollar Tree (a local dollar store).  We used a hot glue gun to glue the crayons in place at the top of the poster board.  We then took it outside, tiled it against a wall and started the blow dryer. We then watched the crayons start to melt and roll down the page. It makes a rather pretty color display once you are done.

Hope this helps you come up with a fast and easy, plus low cost science fair project for your kids!
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