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Fun Crafts Projects For Kids

    Sand Castles

    • The creative part of this craft is that the kids get to dig in the sand and make something beautiful with just a little grown-up help. Get a heat-proof bowl and ask your child to fill it ¾ full with damp sand. Have him pack it so it is solid. Ask him to create a mold in the packed sand. He could dig a hole out of the center using a small scoop or his hands.

      While he makes the mold, you'll bend the top of a metal coffee can in a spout-shape. Put your left-over candle wax from previously burned candles, or new paraffin in the can. Place the can in a pot filled part-way with water. Place the pot on a stove and melt the wax over low heat. Cut a wick at least six inches longer than your mold depth. Place an unsharpened pencil, ruler or dowel on the bucket so the wick hangs in the center of the mold. Tie one end of the wick to your dowel and press the other end into the sand at the bottom of your mold. Once the wax is melted, carefully pour it into the mold, stopping about one inch short of the top. Allow the candle to cool and harden. Dig the sand away from the mold and take it out of the bowl. Brush away any loose sand and cut the wick so it is about one inch long.

    Cork Gingerbread Cookies

    • Instead of buying new ornaments for your Christmas tree, let your kids make some. You just need flat cork sheets, holiday themed cookie cutters, scissors, white puffy paint and brown acrylic paint. Have your child trace the cookie cutters onto the cork. Cut out the shapes and ask him to paint one side with the brown paint. Let it dry, and then he should paint the other side.

      After the acrylic paint is dry, he can decorate the cork gingerbread cookies with the white puffy paint to make it look like icing designs. Let the cookies dry overnight. Use a single-hole paper punch to put a hole at the top of each cookie. Loop a piece of twine through the hole and hang the cookie ornament on your tree. Put several without holes on a platter for yummy decorations.

    Button Mirror Frame

    • Your child can turn a plain wooden mirror frame into a unique, one-of-a-kind custom mirror frame. Be sure to use large buttons for younger children. Clean the wooden mirror frame with a gentle dish detergent and warm water, and let dry. Have your child sort the buttons according to size. One-by-one, she can glue them onto the frame. If she wants to cover the entire frame, have her start by gluing the big buttons on first. She can cover any open spaces with smaller buttons. She can overlap them or use them to create a design. Her imagination is the limit on this button mirror frame project.

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