Fun Activities for Your Children

by admin on June 23, 2009

Making crayon rubbings
Making crayon rubbings can be a fun way of letting your children show their artistic side without necessarily creating too much mess. One project you can make your child do is the nature rubbings collage. The first thing to do is to provide the child with any kind of white paper and crayons. Put the paper over a rough surface like a leaf or a big rock. So that the child can use his both hands, lay a weighty object or use a tape in holding the paper in its place. After that, take off the crayon’s paper wrapping, then using the crayon’s side, let the child rub the crayon over the paper to and fro. By doing so, you print the rock’s texture or the leaf’s veins and outline over the paper. You can also find other nature rubbings ideas outside your house so it’s a good idea to go out with your child so he or she can look for other objects which have a texture which he or she can use for this activity. Examples of which are the sidewalk, the fence’s wood and a tree’s bark. Other objects which you can use are household items such as floor tiles which have patterns, bottle caps, keys and coins. If your child wants to have a big and a colourful collage, give him a bigger paper like a butcher block type. By using like materials for this activity, you can turn this project into an educational one. For example, by creating coin rubbings, your child can learn about currencies.

Making sponge gardens
Creating sponge gardens is also a fun at the same time educational craft for children of whatever age. This project can teach children regarding germination and the necessary conditions like moisture, sunlight and warmth that seeds need to have for survival. To start creating your sponge garden, you need to have a sponge, mustard or radish seeds, a string, water, a glass, a clothesline indoors where you can hang the sponges, a string, markers or crayons, posterboard and drawing papers. The first thing to do it to put the seeds inside a glass of water, let them remain there overnight and place the glass in room with warm temperature. The day after, soak the sponges in a sink or a bucket of water. Make sure that the sponge is still saturated while you squeeze off the extra water. Tie a string round the sponges then tie them on a hanger or a clothesline. Hang those sponges near the sunlight, but do not dry the sponges out by not putting them in direct light. Remove the water of the cups which have the seeds. Get the seeds then place them inside the sponge’s holes. Tada! You now have a sponge garden! After 3- 5 days, you can already observe the germination of the seeds. Roots will already start growing, little leaves and stems will start appearing and reaching toward the sun. Water the plants if the soil is already dry. Make your child record the daily growth of the plants through growth charts which you can do using markers or crayons and posterboard. Place the plants into the soil once they have already sprouted and grown for them to be able to manufacture food on their own.

How to make modeling clay
A fun and easy way to keep children entertained for hours is to make modeling clay at home. In fact, making the clay can be just as fun as playing with it. The ingredients you’ll need are very basic baking ingredients that can be found at most any grocery store. The recipe only takes about 15 minutes to make. You’ll need a mixing bowl, a cooking pot, and several spoons. Ingredients include three-fourths of a cup of flour, one-half of a cup of salt, one and one-half teaspoons of powdered alum, one and one-half teaspoons of vegetable oil, and the food coloring of your choice. Make sure that you don’t use self-rising flour. First, combine the flour, salt, and alum in a mixing bowl. Add vegetable oil and some boiling water as needed. Stir vigorously with a spoon until well blended. You’ll know the clay is ready when it no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl and is cool enough to handle. Add food coloring and knead the clay until the color is well blended and the clay is the desired tint. For different colors of clay, you’ll need to make several batches and add a different color every time. Avoid mixing colors into one clay mix. You may wind up with a very uncommon or unattractive color. This recipe makes about one cup of clay. You may double the recipe for larger projects. Now, you’re ready to make creative clay projects with your own homemade modeling clay. Store the clay in a jar with a tight lid. It should keep for several months without refrigeration. If you expose the clay to air overnight, it will most likely dry to a hard finish.

Making play dough
If you’re children don’t have play dough anymore which you bought on a store or maybe they just feel like doing some fun activity, what you can do is help them create play dough of their own. You would need some common kitchen ingredients to do this. Mix together flour (1 cup), salt (1/2 cup), water (1 cup), tartar cream (2 teaspoons), salad oil (1 teaspoon), and any choice of food coloring. Cook them together for 3 minutes but just in low heat temperature. Stir well then add the food coloring. You can also make scented play dough by adding powdered drink to it. Not only will this add color to your play dough, this can also give it a scent of the drink’s flavour like cherry, grape or orange. In between uses, place the play dough inside a container. You can also help your child do play dough which is edible thus they can eat it while they cook and play with it. Mix peanut butter (2 cups), rolled oats (2 cups), dried milk (2 cups) and honey (2/3 cup). You can also add tasty extras like red hots, chocolate chips, coconut sprinkles, or rice cereal. Mix the ingredients until they are thoroughly combined. You can cover the countertop or cover the table using wax paper so you can work there as you create your play dough. In between uses, put the play dough inside a container which is airtight.

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