Making finger paints
Even when there are a lot of nontoxic and enjoyable finger paints at the market available for children who belong in different age groups, fun and safe finger paints can also be made at home. Prior to the discussion of this project, one should first select a location to be painted. It is best to choose an open space far from carpeting, furniture or walls since finger paints are capable of creating a mess. Children should wear old clothes or old, adult shirts (e.g. button-down long sleeves) that are to be put on backwards to be used as protection against paint. Newspapers or drop cloths should be used to protect the area where they are painting. After that, one can start making finger paints. Almost certainly, the needed ingredients can be found in the kitchen. Be sure that a lot of glossy papers are available since finger paints work best on this kind of paper. Butcher and shelf papers do just fine. In a pan, combine 2 cups water and ¼ cup cornstarch. Let it boil until it becomes thick. Let the mixture cool, after that transfer into storage containers such as jars. Every jar should have an added food coloring that is different from the other. For finger paints to dry faster and to avoid them from wrinkling, they should be hung on clothesline using clothespins. Once dried, you will be able to help the kids in decorating their own rooms with their latest finger paint designs or put the artworks at the refrigerator to be admired by everyone.
Creating musical instruments
Creating musical instruments is one simple and entertaining craft project kids can take pleasure in at home. Aside from being convenient, these instruments can be kept as toys that children can enjoy for the coming years. Certain projects might need adult supervision. The materials needed in making finger cymbals are: 2 jar lids, hammer, a nail and ¼ to ½ inch wide elastic. Two pieces of elastic measured in four inches should be cut. With adult supervision, the middle of every jar lid should have a hole made using the nail and hammer. Both ends of an elastic piece should be pushed through every hole. A knot should be made as the elastic’s ends are fixed. Finger cymbals are slipped on both pointer finger and thumb; one can start making music after that. A humming flute can be made using the following materials: a pencil, rubber band, wax paper and a cardboard roll from paper towels or toilet paper. Using a pencil, 3 to 4 holes are made straight into the roll of cardboard approximately an inch apart. The wax paper should be cut in a square which measures four inches. Use rubber band to fasten one wax paper above one cardboard roll end. The flute is ready to be used. A kazoo is made by using the following: scissors, crayons, paper punch, wax paper, tube of toilet paper and rubber bands. Wax crayons are used in decorating the tube. Halfway through the tube, a hole is made using paper punch. After placing the square-shaped wax paper around the tube’s end, it should be held in place using a rubber band. Placing your mouth on the kazoo’s open end, you can now start to practice humming. Different sizes of kazoos can be made using tubes of Christmas paper or aluminum foil. Sounds may vary depending on how large the tubes are.
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