CreativeChild RSS Feed http://creativechild.com/ DIY STEAM project: Illuminate Art With LED Lights <p class="p1">Light up your child&rsquo;s artwork by circuiting LED lights using conductive materials. This innovative project will have your child wearing her artistic and engineering hat all at once. The brainchild of Galileo, the STEM camp that encourages innovation, this DIY project is simple enough to do right on your dining room table and doesn&rsquo;t require a ton of materials. If done right, it might illuminate more than your child&rsquo;s art. It might spark a light bulb in your child&rsquo;s head.</p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1">What You Need:</p> <p class="p1">- 1 piece of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock</p> <p class="p1">- Markers or colored pencils</p> <p class="p1">- Scissors</p> <p class="p1">- 1 small binder clip</p> <p class="p1">- Copper tape</p> <p class="p1">- 3 volt&nbsp;coin-cell battery</p> <p class="p1">- LEDs</p> <p class="p1">- Conductive thread</p> <p class="p1">- Clear tape</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><br /> </span>* The red, green, orange or yellow LEDs will utilize less battery than the blue and white LEDs, which requrire a higher voltage battery.</p> <p class="p1">##adbig##</p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1"><strong>Create the artwork</strong>. Using color pencils, crayons, markers or even paint, have your child draw and color her artwork. Deciding what to draw is one thing but asking your child to imagine what part of the art she wants lit up requires more imagination.</li> </ul> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://d3mw6k1m1fi1qr.cloudfront.net/5e18f583db8edNMpyOx28em5SpX_m7YC9RXnSBnRLkk2k43QpZ_100.jpg" alt="craft" width="100" height="133" /></p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1"><strong>Make a negative battery plate.</strong> Flip the drawing over and measure a piece of copper tape a little more than halfway along the edge of the back of your card. Cut the tape, peel off the backing and stick it down.</li> </ul> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1"><strong>Add a battery.</strong> Place your coin-cell battery on top of the copper plate, in the center of the paper. Place the battery right side up so the bottom negative side is touching the strip of the copper tape. Draw a ( &ndash; ) sign below the tape to indicate which side is negative.</li> </ul> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://d3mw6k1m1fi1qr.cloudfront.net/5e18f5819d9512fTZfNL2GWOXbq6NT9d4jkYdmpH36QNcB7p-F_100.jpg" alt="plate" width="100" height="79" /></p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1"><strong>Make a positive battery plate.</strong> Measure another piece of copper tape from the other side of your card, long enough to overlap the top of the coin battery, but short enough not to touch the negative side of the tape. Cut the tape, peel off the backing and carefully stick it down on the paper first, then overlap on tope of the coin battery. Draw a ( + ) sign to indicate which side is positive.</li> </ul> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://d3mw6k1m1fi1qr.cloudfront.net/5e18f586bc75edzHEjk65bZm7Z8_276RXkmtgeMmXXSjEFz5Nk_100.jpg" alt="positiveplate" width="100" height="72" /></p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1"><strong>Test your plates</strong>. &nbsp;Each LED light will have two wire leads sticking out. The longer lead is positive, and the shorter lead negative. Spread the leads out and make sure the positive longer lead is touching the positive strip of copper tape and the negative shorter lead is touching the negative lead. The LED should light up.</li> </ul> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://d3mw6k1m1fi1qr.cloudfront.net/5e18f5895cc24j5fK1ybNp4gkt3LY_acwCGT5wRzXyLCb5NQ9n_100.jpg" alt="platetest" width="100" height="75" /></p> <p class="p4">(If it doesn&rsquo;t light up the first try, don&rsquo;t fret! Testing your plate and redesigning them as needed to make your LED light up is an essential part of becoming an innovator. Check to make sure both sides of the battery are touching the shiny, conductive side of the copper tape, and make sure the negative and positive strips aren&rsquo;t touching each other. Shift the LED leads around.)</p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1"><strong>Punch a hole for your LED</strong>. Decide where the LED light should go and choose the LED color. Insert the LED through the punctured hole. Flip the drawing over and spread the LED leads to hold the LED in place.</li> </ul> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://d3mw6k1m1fi1qr.cloudfront.net/5e18f58c270bbdGYhtEdEmQzDDM5qeqR9OzhqCxgtmeFhtx73a_100.jpg" alt="holepunch" width="100" height="73" /></p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1"><strong>Connect the LED leads to your plates</strong>. Measure out two pieces of conductive thread, long enough to wrap the thread around the LED lead multiple times. One piece of thread will be used as the &ldquo;positive&rdquo; thread to connect the positive plate to the positive LED lead, and the other piece will be the &ldquo;negative&rdquo; thread for connecting the negative plate to the negative LED lead.</li> </ul> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://d3mw6k1m1fi1qr.cloudfront.net/5e18f58edabbag_HXxHK_ka52xO3mc-m-dZ87Z5Onhfkcz2R1R_100.jpg" alt="connect" width="100" height="123" /></p> <p class="p4">To ensure good connection, wrap the thread around the LEAD lead a few times for both the positive and negative side. Then tape the thread and lead down on the paper. Do this for both the positive and negative side.</p> <p class="p4">Hold each thread to its corresponding battery plate and make sure the lights turn on. Once you&rsquo;ve confirmed your LED lights up, use scotch tape to secure the threads to each plate. Completely cover each thread separately with tape if you plan to use more than one LED light so that even if the threads criss-cross, they won&rsquo;t touch teach other.</p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1"><strong>Add more LEDs</strong>. If you would like to have more than one LED displayed on your artwork, repeat steps 6 and 7.</li> </ul> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1"><strong>Display artwork.</strong> The lit artwork can be hung and even used as a nightlight. These also make great cards and gifts that will be sure to illuminate a special person&rsquo;s day.</li> </ul> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1810 Fri, 10 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 Why Goals Help Kids Create a Life they Love <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Every parent wants their child to live a fulfilling and accomplished life. But unlike a Christmas present, this isn&rsquo;t something we can gift them; they have to create it for themselves. So how do we help our children believe in themselves and pursue something they want to accomplish? It all begins with goal-setting. </span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Inside each child is a passion waiting to be discovered and supported. If your child seems unmotivated, it could be because your goals for her are supercedeing their own. If a child is being pushed to play soccer, for instance, but her heart is more into art, it&rsquo;s unlikely that child will seem motivated. I am stealing this for instance from my very own life. </span></p> <p class="p2">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">My child showed no interest in sports. I wanted her to stay active and play baseball, soccer or volleyball. I offered to sign her up for dance lessons, gymnastics even. Tennis anyone? Though I championed the sports I thought might give her a shot at free college tuition (truth be told), she wasn&rsquo;t interested in any of them. While most kids might acquiesce at that young age, her strong-willed nature showed no bending or compromise. She whined through soccer practice. She whined after practice. She whined enough to exhaust me from signing her up again, not just from soccer, but from anything she didn&rsquo;t show interest in. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Then I asked her to create goals of her own and it opened up a window into her soul. In so doing, I discovered what she truly loved: art. She even came up with her own goals on how to become a better artist: complete at least one drawing or painting a day, take up art lessons, stop asking her older sister to draw for her, stop comparing her drawings with her older sister&rsquo;s drawings, say only positive things about her drawings and never say, &lsquo;I can&rsquo;t do it.&rsquo;&nbsp;</span></p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1809 Thu, 09 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 These Parenting Styles are Best and Worst for Raising Creative Kids, According to Study <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>In the 21st century, creativity is of increasing value, and the seed for creativity is sewn early in childhood. As such, researchers have been looking at the correlation between parenting styles and creativity, and what they&rsquo;ve found is quite interesting. Across these studies, results have shown a significant positive relationship between the authoritative parenting style and creativity and a significant negative relationship between the authoritarian style and creativity.</p> <p>##ad##</p> <p>Let&rsquo;s begin with a quick overview of the three main parenting styles looked at in these studies. Authoritarian parents are demanding and strict. This style is high in control and low on warmth. Authoritarian parents rule with an iron fist and a &ldquo;my way or the highway&rdquo; attitude. The focus is always on obedience, and therefore negotiation is never allowed. They make and enforce their rules with little regard to the child&rsquo;s feelings or opinions.</p> <p>Authoritative parenting is characterized by high standards and emotional responsiveness. Authoritative parents set appropriate limits and explain their rules while giving their children the resources and support needed for them to succeed. They take their children&rsquo;s feelings and opinions into account while remaining in the leadership role. They are measured and fair in their discipline and employ positive discipline tools to teach their children better behavior and self-control.</p> <p>##adbig##</p> <p>Permissive parents are low in standards and high in warmth. They may set rules but do not often enforce them. They are lax in teaching better behavior and have a &ldquo;kids will be kids&rdquo; attitude. They may place too much emphasis on the child&rsquo;s feelings and opinions, letting the child take the lead all too often.</p> <p>In a study coming out of the Department of Psychology and Education Sciences at Alzahra University, authoritative parents are shown to raise the most creative children while authoritarian parenting actually decreases or stunts creativity. In this study, creativity was defined as &ldquo;the ability to think in new ways in which unique solutions are found to face present problems.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1807 Wed, 08 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 5 Ways to Get Creative in the Kitchen <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Cooking can be a dreaded task that must be done every day regardless of how we feel but getting the kids involved in meal prep can bring fun to this chore for both parent and child. While it may take a little extra time and patience to involve kids in kitchen tasks, cooking at a young age can boost healthy eating, reduce the likelihood of picky eaters, and teach responsibility. Here are some creative ways to get your kids cooking.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##ad##</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Build your own</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> One easy way to get kids involved in the cooking is to give them the opportunity to make their own choices. Try having a taco or potato bar for dinner and offer a variety of toppings where kids build their own meal. This works especially well for toddlers who are not quite old enough to do a lot of cooking but still want to help in the kitchen. Other ideas may be building your own pizza, making your own omelette, or pancakes. These meals give kids the opportunity to sample fruit or vegetables they may not otherwise try and use a little creativity as well.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Grow your own</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> What better way to get kids to understand the process involved in growing and harvesting food than to plant a garden in your own backyard. Allow the kids to use their creativity to decide what foods your family would like to grow, plant them, care for them, and harvest them. You may need to make a trip to a local nursery to get a good idea of what will grow in your climate. Once they have their crop they can help plan meals where they will use the produce they have and sample it themselves. This is a great way to get kids to try vegetables.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>If you are short on yard space, look into container gardening for things that you can grow on decks or patios.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##adbig##</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> A science experiment</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Cooking is a great way to teach kids about science. Baking ingredients need to be measured exactly for the recipe to come out as expected where soups, casseroles, salads, and many other savory dishes are more forgiving when the ingredients are adjusted slightly. Allow kids to get creative with ingredients. Does this dish need more salt? More onion? More cheese? Older kids, with supervision, can be given the opportunity to experiment with tastes and ingredients and express their creativity. You can also teach kids about science by explaining what would happen if you forgot a baking ingredient like flour, baking powder, or salt. </span></p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1808 Wed, 08 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 Raising A Confident Child: A Resolution Worth Sticking To <div> <div style="text-align: center;">This New Year&rsquo;s Resolution is brought you by</div> <div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://d3mw6k1m1fi1qr.cloudfront.net/5e1502ea3a934FtdFXeC5aKgfZ1Apzc-TTE6kcWhk8MrNzRO8n_100.jpg" alt="StarryLogo" width="100" height="98" /></div> </div> <div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;">Four practical and effective strategies to build a child&rsquo;s confidence:</div> <div style="text-align: center;">1. Make time to play</div> <div style="text-align: center;">2. Provide them with chores</div> <div style="text-align: center;">3. Give them your attention</div> <div style="text-align: center;">4. Acknowledge their feelings&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;">The interactive responsibility game (and chore chart) for kids.</div> <div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 16pt;"><strong>This is not your average chore chart.</strong></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>Child Development Expert Approved</strong></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong><img src="https://d3mw6k1m1fi1qr.cloudfront.net/5e150423d4d94Mf3htnAAbGL_pzHL7DY-KEFG8--1PFq2aM2js_200.jpg" alt="expert" width="200" height="199" /></strong></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Child development and parenting expert Caron Irwin of Roo Parenting loves the playfulness of this chore chart to positively motivate children.</div> <div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>Multi-educational Design</strong></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong><img src="https://d3mw6k1m1fi1qr.cloudfront.net/5e15041b9a47adctOD4_XrGY1L-sd1yDd--5ThfWQ6CG2_djKN_200.jpg" alt="educational" width="200" height="133" /></strong></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Teaches children life skills with over 50 chores to choose from PLUS they learn about goal setting, math, the calendar year and more.</div> <div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>Multi-functional Calendar</strong></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong><img src="https://d3mw6k1m1fi1qr.cloudfront.net/5e150411d65d3DFqfyaDEkmbesfxP5kS7ZFeDTtCTEMqq9746-_200.jpg" alt="functional" width="200" height="133" /></strong></div> <div style="text-align: center;">This chore chart is a kit that comes complete with reusable stickers designed to improve fine motor skills with sparkly fun!</div> <div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><em>My Starry Chart is the game that&rsquo;s changing the parenting game.</em></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #0000ff; font-size: 16pt;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="http://bit.ly/39AVt01" target="_blank">BUY NOW!</a></strong></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;">Follow My Starry Chart on Instagram @mystarrychart</div> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1806 Sun, 05 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 The best doctor recommended anti-colic baby bottle <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Our mission has been to design and reinvent the baby bottle. We&rsquo;ve patented the first and only rechargeable, battery-operated, anti-colic portable baby bottle blender that mixes powdered baby formula, rice and oatmeal cereals in seconds. The powerful in-bottle blender helps reduce foaming and air bubbles in the milk. This helps prevent your baby from swallowing air. In addition, Blendy has an anti-colic air vent system at the bottom of the bottle that allows the milk to pass through the nipple smoother, separating air from the milk to help prevent post feeding discomfort to your baby. This bottle is also great for mixing breast milk. When breast milk is stored, the milk separates into layers, fats will rise to the top. Our bottle will help mix the breast milk thoroughly. Also, Baby Blendy completely mixes the formula, leaving no big chunks of powder or stored fats from the breast milk that will clog the bottle&rsquo;s nipple. Finally, a quality blend makes a big difference in taste. Baby Blendy is the only baby bottle that can provide you the best blend for baby&rsquo;s formula and breast milk. Helping preserve vitamins, nutrients. This baby bottle is ideal for use when on the go or at home to fix your baby a bottle of milk with the solution being thoroughly blended effortlessly.&nbsp;<br /></span><span class="s1"><br /> Baby Blendy LLC<br /> 8004 NW 154th St. Suite #130<br /> Miami Lakes, FL 33016. USA<br /> <br /><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://babyblendybottles.com/ " target="_blank"> www.BabyBlendy.com</a></strong></span><br /> <br /> info@BabyBlendy.com | 1-844-4Blendy (253639)</span></p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1805 Tue, 31 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 285-piece colorful Harry Potter 3D puzzle <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Imagine building your own 3D replica of one of the most emblematic shops found in Diagon Alley, Weasley&rsquo;s Wizard Wheezes and the headquarters of Britain&rsquo;s wizarding newspaper, the Daily Prophet. This 285-piece <strong>Wrebbit 3D</strong> puzzle is an integral part of the Diagon Alley Collection which all <strong>Harry Potter</strong> fans 14 years old and up will want to collect to create their own alleyway, two shops at a time. Once your project is finished, your stunning accomplishment will be proudly displayed in your home.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##ad##</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Take puzzles to new heights and go 3D! Build your own Weasley&rsquo;s Wizard Wheezes and Daily Prophet <strong>Wrebbit 3D</strong> puzzle in 3 easy steps: <em>SORT</em> the pieces by shapes and colors, <em>ASSEMBLE</em> all the flat sections and <em>GO 3D</em> following the illustrated assembly booklet included in English, French and Spanish. Includes 280 puzzle pieces, each backed with &frac14; inch of foam for a sturdy, impressive 3D model. &ldquo;How to&rdquo; videos and additional color instructions available through <strong>Wrebbit 3D&rsquo;s</strong> website.</span> <span class="s1">Free replacement of missing or lost pieces also offered through Wrebbit 3D&rsquo;s state of the art online customer service. With assembled dimensions of 8 x 6.25 x 10.25 inches and stunning graphics and illustrations, it will make quite an impression with friends and family members.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">All <strong>Wrebbit 3D</strong> puzzles are <strong>made in Canada</strong> using a unique foam backing technology providing snug and tight-fitting pieces that are easy to handle. Wrebbit 3D puzzles are real 3D jigsaw puzzles, not to be confused with construction kits or model kits. They do not require any glue for their assembly. They are the sturdiest <strong>3D puzzles</strong> on the market with the highest quality of design and illustration.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span style="color: #0000ff; font-size: 12pt;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="http://www.wrebbit3dpuzzle.com" target="_blank">BUY NOW!</a></strong></span></p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1804 Mon, 30 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 A Bear Finds His Purpose Children’s Book and Teddy Bear Set <p><span class="s1">A Bear Finds His Purpose is a true story of how a family travels to different children&rsquo;s hospitals helping their &ldquo;Caden&rdquo; teddy bears find their purpose&hellip;to bring comfort to a sick child. </span></p> <p><span class="s1">The Caden Project is the first outreach of Compassionate Hearts For Kids, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to showing compassion and love to sick and hurting kids. Through our BUY ONE GIVE ONE program, every purchase of our book/bear combo set will provide a &ldquo;Caden&rdquo; teddy bear to a sick child in the hospital.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span style="color: #0000ff; font-size: 12pt;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="http://www.abearfindshispurpose.com" target="_blank">BUY NOW!</a></strong></span></p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1803 Tue, 24 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Children’s CDs by Tracy Newman <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Songs for Kids (and more!) by Tracy Newman &ndash; RUN ALONG HOME celebrates the unhurried childhood and shares the joys of not growing up too fast!</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##ad##</span></p> <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Tracy writes and records age-appropriate songs for kids with the desire to create a soundtrack woven into the memories of their early childhood. And in true Tracy fashion, the songs are infectious and fun, educational and entertaining, and served up in an uncomplicated manner that young people can understand. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">The musical arrangements are fresh and whimsical with vocal harmonies that are candy to the ears! The whole family will want to sing and dance to these time-honored songs.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span style="color: #0000ff; font-size: 12pt;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="http://www.RunAlongHome.com" target="_blank">LEARN MORE!</a></strong></span></p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1802 Thu, 19 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 10 DIY Christmas Gifts Kids Can Make <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Handmade gifts are great for so many reasons! Having your kid sit down and make gifts for others teaches kindness, thoughtfulness, and instills a giving spirit. It also lets kids get creative and feel pride in what they&rsquo;ve created! They are also great for the recipient because they get a thoughtful and unique gift from an important person in their life! It&rsquo;s really a win-win, so I&rsquo;ve collected 10 fun and simple DIY gifts your kids can make for Christmas. Enjoy!</span></p> <p>##ad##<br /><br /></p> <ol> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">LEGO pen holder. Your child will love building this photo pen holder by </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://lalymom.com/lego-gifts-kid-made-lego-photo-pen-holder/">LalyMom</a></strong></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. This is going to look great on a loved one&rsquo;s desk or end table. It&rsquo;s a fairly simple build so that even toddlers and preschoolers can build it. Find instructions </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://lalymom.com/lego-gifts-kid-made-lego-photo-pen-holder/">here</a></strong></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.&nbsp;</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Handprint jewelry dish. If you&rsquo;re looking for a unique and useful gift, look no further! These clay jewelry dishes are a great present for anyone on your list. Head over to </span><strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://rhythmsofplay.com/marbled-clay-jewelry-dish-keepsake-craft-and-gift/">Rhythms of Play</a></span></strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> for a supply list with instructions.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">&ldquo;I love you&rdquo; pillowcase. These make precious gifts for family member or friend on your list, and it&rsquo;s one they can actually use! Your child can write anything at all on the pillowcase with a pencil or even draw something unique, and then simply trace over it with fabric markers. This is such a cute idea! Find the full instructions </span><strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.cbc.ca/parents/play/view/i-love-you-daddy-pillowcase-simple-fathers-day-gift">here</a></span></strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">.&nbsp;</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Christmas lights fingerprint photo frame. This is such a cute frame for the holidays, and it&rsquo;s simple and frugal to make. You&rsquo;ll need wooden frames from the craft store and acrylic paints in your favorite colors. Head over to </span><strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://fun-a-day.com/christmas-gifts-kids-make-fingerprint-frames/">Fun-a-Day</a></span></strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> for instructions!</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Jar gifts are perfect for your child to create for teachers, friends, and family! There are loads of options, such as hot cocoa in a jar, cookie mix in a jar, manicure in a jar, etc. Let your child fill and decorate the jars for that personalized, homemade touch!</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hot cocoa mix ornaments. </span><strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://sprinklesomefun.com/hot-cocoa-mix-ornaments/">Here</a></span></strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is another universal gift. Who doesn&rsquo;t like hot cocoa? These won&rsquo;t break the bank either. Purchase some clear plastic ornaments from the craft store (they&rsquo;re cheap!) and just pour in pouches of hot cocoa mix using a funnel. Mix it up with mini marshmallows, dark chocolate chips, or sprinkles and voila! Your child can add stickers or dip in glitter for a more personalized gift.&nbsp;</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Origami bookmarks. Is there an avid reader on your list? These origami bookmarks from It&rsquo;s Always Autumn are perfect! </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.itsalwaysautumn.com/printable-christmas-origami-bookmarks.html">Click here</a></strong></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> to choose from 5 free templates.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hand-painted </span><strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.motherhoodonadime.com/kids/snowman-votive-holder/">snowman votive holders</a></span></strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">. These are so easy. You just need a glass votive holder, paint, markers, and a tealight candle. Dip your child&rsquo;s finger in the white paint and use prints to create a snowman. Allow this to dry, and then paint on the details. Pop in a candle and there you have it, a cute and festive gift!&nbsp;</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fingerprint keychain. </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.agirlandagluegun.com/2011/05/i-havent-completely-forgotten-about.html">Here</a></strong></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is a clay craft that will be a sweet gift for grandparents! Simply roll out white clay, cut out small hearts with a cookie cutter, and press your child&rsquo;s thumb into the clay. Poke a little hole in the top for the ring and bake.&nbsp;</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Perler bead bowls. For this project, you&rsquo;ll just need a glass bowl, a few handfuls of perler beads, and nonstick spray. Spray the bowl and dump the beads into it. Press the beads down until you have a single layer of beads. As&nbsp; you do this, they&rsquo;ll begin to creep up the side of the bowl. Bake at 375 until the beads start to melt together - probably between 10-15 minutes. </span><strong><a href="https://meaningfulmama.com/day-202-plastic-perler-bead-bowls.html"><span style="color: #0000ff;">Here&rsquo;s an example</span> </a></strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">of how beautiful they look!</span></li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1801 Wed, 18 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800