Day 18: Crafts Your Kids can Make and Give

Saturday, December 06, 2008 Aimee Larsen 5 Comments

definition: mixture of corn starch and water used to demonstrate the dilatant property of non-Newtonian fluids.
Materials Needed
1 1/2 C. Corn Starch
1 C. Water
Food Color (optional)
Mix the ingredients and allow children to play with the mixture. When”pushed” together, the mixture will appear dry and solid; as children let go of the mixture, it flows like a smooth liquid.
Now, pour a little bit into a bunch of small containers and give as gifts to kids in your child's class!
They'll all LOVE your kid and the moms will probalby "hate" you.  Who Cares!

Treasure Stones
1 cup flour
1 cup used coffee grinds
1/2 cup salt
1/4 cup sand
1 cup water

Instructions: Mix all dry ingrediants together.  Slowly add the water to make a stiff dough.  Knead on a floured surface until smooth.  Seperate the dough into desired rock sizes.  Hide toys and surprises in the center of a ball of dough.  You can dry for 3-4 days or bake on 175 for 1 1/2 hours.  Wouldn't it be funny to find a stocking full of  coal for christmas only to have each one broken with a cool surprise inside. 

Pocket Tissue Covers
Download this Pattern and Tutorial (here)
This is PERFECT for beginners learning to sew or for anyone that wants to teach their littles to sew.
An experiences seamstress should be able to make a handful an hour.
I did 22 in one hour, I mass cut with a rotary blade and sewed fast.

Paper TOPS!
In minutes, you can make tiny tops that are durable and compulsively twirlable. Since they're made of paper strips wound around a toothpick, you can shape them to the silhouette you like.
SUPER Sidewalk Paint
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup coldwater
Food Coloring
Instructions: In thirty minutes or less you'll be able to do this!  In a small bowl, mix together the cornstarch and cold water.  Stir in as many drops of food coloring as you need to get your desired color.  Repeat this process for each paint color.  Can be used in spray bottles to color Sand Castles and Snow Sculptures.  So, go get some really cheap canning jars and make some for the kids on your list!
Paper Toys
I found this website called "The Toy Maker"
Head over there and click and print to make stuff like this.
Grass Heads
Ha! Ha!
I think this one is better given in a "homemade" kit for your kids to do sometime when they are ready.
So sack up these ideas and include these instructions.
2 tbls grass seed
Nylon stocking foot
1 cup of potting soil
plastic yogurd container
2 googly eyes
permant marker
double side tape
card stock for clothing
Instructions: Spoon grass see into the stocking foot (ooo, raid the shoe store) and the potting soil on the top of the seed.  Tie a knot into the stock, leaving excess hangin.  Fill a decorated yogurt cup halfway with water and place the stocking head on top with the nylon tail in the water to serve as a wick.  Attach googly eyes to the head and draw amouth with a permanent marker.  Chekc your water level daily to keep it 1/2 full.
Crafty Paper PlaceMats
These would make cute gifts from kid to kid.
Wrap these up in a pretty shirt box.  They are designed to keep the kids busy while you cook dinner and then use them as placemats.  The great thing, you can either recycle the paper or throw it way when done.  Some nights, it just stinks to wash and dry those plastic placemats.  Below are the PDF files.

Homemade Finger Paint
1 cup of cold water
1/4 cup of cornstarch
1 tablespoon of light corn syrup
washable, nontoxic tempera paint
finger paint paper or freezer paper
masking tape
Instructions:  In a small saucepan, stir together cold water and cornstarch.  Whisk the mixture over low heat for about 5 minutes until it thickens and clears, happens all at once.  Whisk 1 tablesppon of light corn syrup, then divide the mixture into containers and stir a squirt of tempera paint into each one.  Seal and store in air tight containers.
Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments
4 cups flour (plain)
1 cup salt
1 1/2 cup of hot water
Stire water and salt together for one minute.  Mix in flour until absorbed.  Knead for 2 minutes.  Roll out on a lightly floured board to 1/4".  Form into shapes with cookie cutters and mold as desired.  Use a straw to cut out a small hole in the cookies for hanging.  Place on foiled cookie sheet.  Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour until firm.  Larger ornaments will take longer.  Let cool.  Decorate with acrylic paints.  Varnish after paint dries and cover both sides with varnish to preserve and add a glossy shine.  Once dry string ribbon through your holes and hang.  Don't forget to write the year on with a permenant marker.  Courtesy of my preachers wife: Shannon Smith
Well, that about sums up the ones I love.
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Now, I've got to go make some of this stuff


  1. The goo, (yuck) what a mess. (lol)
    I could only image what my kids would say about coal.. in there stockings.
    Now the last idea of the Salt Dough Ornaments, that would be a good idea to let the kids do one for there friends. make it special...

  2. I love the goo, the Kleenex holder and the finger paint! I should try that one...

  3. I love this stuff!!! Anything I can make with my hands is fab!

  4. the goo is on of my son's favorite things to play with!! and the sidewalk chalk looks like a lot of fun! we have a patio in the back we let him do whatever he wants too, but too bad it just snowed a few inches!


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