Star Mobile

As I mentioned in my cocktail umbrella wreath post, we had a rainbow themed party for my son.  One of the decorations that we did for the dining room, was to spice up our light fixture with a star mobile.  This is basically the same craft that I did in my Butterfly Mobile tutorial, but I made it a little more pro this time because it wasn’t just a whim.

Here’s what I used:

  • Craft foam in various colours
  • scissors
  • elmer’s glitter glue
  • crayola glitter glue
  • vinyl thread
  • needle

I cut out craft foam stars in 6 different colours and had my kids decorate them using glitter glue.  I then used clear vinyl thread to attach them to the light fixture.  I used a needle to get the thread through the foam and tied a double knot so the thread wouldn’t pull all the way through.  I then tied the other end to the light fixture.  This gave the illusion that the stars were just hanging in mid air, which definitely impressed the 5 and under crowd 🙂

Chinese Paper Lanterns

Chinese paper lanterns are a really great craft for cutting, measuring and ruler practice.  I think my son got the idea from the Treehouse website, but I’m not 100% sure.  I just know that he came and asked me if we could make paper lanterns after playing some games on treehouse.com.  I didn’t know exactly what he was talking about, so I googled something about paper lanterns and found this site.

What you need:

  • construction paper
  • marker
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • scotch tape

How we made them:

  1. Cut a 1 ” strip from a long side of your piece of construction paper.  This will be used for the handle.
  2. Fold your paper in half, long sides together.
  3. Draw a line about 1.5 inches from the long sides that you have just folded together.
  4. Draw lines about 1 inch apart from the folded edge of the paper down to the line that you drew in step 3 (see picture above for visual).
  5. Cut along the vertical lines that you just drew being sure to stop at the line drawn in step 3.
  6. Unfold your paper.*
  7. Tape the two short ends together and tape the handle to the top.

*At this point, for a more finished look, you can refold the paper the other way so that the marker lines are on the inside.

 

Home Made Play Dough

My kids are play dough lovers, but not always so good at remembering to put it away before it dries out.  That’s where home made play dough comes in 🙂  Much less expensive than the store bought stuff and I like to make it nice and soft so my kids can use the noodle making tools on their own.  The recipe I use is a combination from the Feed Me I’m Yours book by Vicki Lansky and a recipe that I picked up at the Early Year’s Centre in Olreans.  Here it is:

Mix in a medium bowl:

  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1/4-1/2 cup salt ( I found in Ottawa 1/4 cup was enough, but out here on the coast I need closer to the 1/2 mark)
  • 2 Tbsp cream of tartar

Add:

  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1 cup boiling water

Mix with a wooden spoon until it is cool enough to knead with your hands.  At this point I usually have to add a little more flour.  Again, I didn’t when I was in Ottawa, but the maritime environment is just too humid!  I always have to use the max or extra flour in bread recipes too.

Now add the food colouring.  When the kids were little I used to just make it all one colour, but now that Danny is older, he likes to mix colours.  I take the opportunity to divide the play dough to give him the chance to try out a few colour combinations. Today we used Club House Neon liquid food colouring for a fun change.

Thanks to Crayola’s creative colour naming, Danny decided to give them all names.  The blue one is Blue Wave Swirl, the pink one is Pink One’s Kitchen, and the orange one is Orange Trombone Blast.