Crafts: “A spring twig”

Crafts is very exciting and useful exercise for both two-year-old kids, and for older children. Children love tinkering, decorating and doing crafts with their hands. Modern materials offer tremendous opportunities for creativity.

While walking in the park with the children watch and discuss the changes that occur in spring.

 

The sun shines brighter, the air is getting warmer. Buds swell on the trees, soon the trees will get the new green leaves. Some trees are already blooming.

 

 

 

Crafts: “A spring twig”   Cut spring twigs while walking.

You need the following things:

1. A twig with swollen buds.

2. Shapes of flowers and leaves.

3. Beads, stickers, stones to decorate flowers.

4. Glue

 

Prepare shapes of flowers and leaves in advance. Fold the sheet of colored paper so, that you can cut a flower and then open it.

Open cut flowers again and let the kids decorate them as they wish. Add and glue some beads, stones, stickers on the front side of each flower or leave. Paint with crayons or markers. Encourage your child to work all alone, help if necessary.

 

 

After decorating the flowers, open each flower again. Glue the inner side of the flower and fix on a twig together with your child.

When the twig is ready, put it in water. You can make a few twigs, and you will get a whole bunch. Watch the twig in a few days. It gets new leaves become even more beautiful!

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A handmade gift for Christmas “White dove”

Children at any age usually have a great creative interest. For children in kindergarten age creativity and learning with an adult are very important.
Crafts help promote motor skills, endurance, creativity, imagination and cover a broad range of skills and interests. Manipulating with small objects, such as stones, seeds, beads or buttons, holding and picking them up, and planning out the further action, helps to encourage the development of fine motor skills.
The development of fine motor skills is very important for children at the age of 2-3 years. This is closely connected with the development of speech. The human brain centers responsible for speech and movement of the fingers are very close to each other. While sculpting the appropriate parts of brain are activated and they stimulate the nearest areas responsible for speech.

As a Christmas gift you can make a handmade souvenir of dove. White doves have symbolized celebration, love, happiness and prosperity. It is a perfect gift for the ones you love.

Such a gift you can do even with a two-year-old child.

 

 

Let us see how to make a beautiful handmade gift for Christmas White Christmas Dove.

You need:

1. an apple

2. a napkin

3. a glue stick

4. decorations, stickers, wiggle eyes

5. a white ribbon or hair tie

6. a template of dove, scissors and crayons

Let your child color the template with paints or crayons.

Then cut out the template.

 

 

Decorate the shapes as you wish.
Glue on some stickers, seeds, beads, buttons and a pair of wiggle eyes.

 

 

To make the body of a dove, you need an apple, or hair tie  or a white ribbon. Put an apple in the middle of a napkin and fold the corners.

 

 

 

Hold the corners with a ribbon or hair tie.

 

 

 

Glue on the head and the wings of a dove.
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A photo frame made from waste material

Children at any age usually have a great creative interest. For children in kindergarten age creativity and learning with an adult are very important.

Crafts help promote motor skills, endurance, creativity, imagination and cover a broad range of skills and interests. Manipulating with small objects, such as stones, seeds, beads or buttons, holding and picking them up, and planning out the further action, helps to encourage the development of fine motor skills.

 

Waste material is a wonderful stuff for many kinds of craft projects for children. Kids have fun decorating their photo frames with large and colorful materials such as buttons or beads.

 

 

 

Let us see how to make a beautiful photo frame from waste material.

Such a photo frame can be made by kids at any age.

Let your child color the basic with paints or crayons. When the paint has dried, your child can decorate his photo frame as he pleases. Glue on some stones, seeds, beads, buttons or shells.


While walking with your child, pick up stones, shells or seeds for using them later.

Read more:

Sculpting with Kids: Homemade play dough

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A natural insect homemade repellent

You can make a natural insect repellent by yourself. It is safe and repeals mosquitoes, flies, ticks and fleas very well. You will need essential oil of clove, eucalyptus, rosemary, citronella, cedar, catnip, lavender, mint or tea tree oil.

To make a natural insect homemade repellent you need:

6 tablespoons of a plant oil, baby cosmetic oil or alcohol
5-10 drops of any essential oil

  • Mix 5-10 drops of essential oil with 6 tablespoons of any vegetable or baby cosmetic oil. Rub the natural insect repellent onto skin. If you use alcohol as a carrier you can spray the solution. Such natural insect repellent may be stored in a closed bottle in the fridge for two months.
  •  Add 10 drops of essential oil on a wet cloth and wipe the window frames and doors. The smell of essential oil repeals insects.
  • While you’re jogging through the park or walking, place cotton balls soaked in essential cloves, lavender, rosemary, or citronella oil a pocket or a pram.

 

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How to test the freshness of an egg by using cold water

To be sure if an egg is still good to consume, make a test.

How to test the freshness of an egg by using cold water. Pour some cold water in a bowl, place eggs into it and wait a few seconds.

  • If eggs sink to the bottom of the bowl, they are fresh and can be consumed.
  • Eggs sink but stand up. Such eggs should be used immediately.
  • If eggs float at the surface, they are bad.

How to store fresh eggs?

By storing eggs with the fat end pointed downward, the eggs stay fresh longer. Store eggs in the original carton container in the fridge.

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Crafts from fruit and vegetables: Tomatoes for darling

Want to surprise your family members? Use fruits and vegetables to create exciting compositions and crafts. Here are simple and easy tomatoes for darling.

You need: Cherry tomatoes, a knife and tooth picks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cut tomatoes as shown.

 

 

 

 

 

Make a heart and stick them together with a tooth pick.

 

 

 

 

 

Read more:

Portional fruits baskets for a picnic or a birthday party

Create your own ideas and send them here. We publish the best ones.

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Walking barefoot improves health

Children should go barefoot as much as possible. This exercise strengthens and trains the muscles of the feet.

Many American children suffer from various forms of flatfoot. Walking barefoot prevents flatfoot.

Foot sole has a large number of receptors, which stimulate the related organs. Walking  barefoot improves the work of many internal organs and strengthens immunity.

Going shoeless helps to relax not only the feet, but the whole body. It is very pleasant to feel the fresh and cool grass or warm sand under your feet. Walking barefoot is a great way to feel young, healthy and relaxed.

Try to go barefoot on any occasion!

Read more:

How to get rid of foot odors

 

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Crushed Eggs Shell Craft: Snowman

Children at the age of 3 and older usually have a great creative interest. For children in this age creativity and learning with an adult are very important. Crafts cover a broad range of skills and interests. Crafts help to promote motor skills, endurance, creativity and communication skills.

Crushed Eggs Shell Craft “Snowman” develops fine motor skills, and the following discussion develops the child’s speech. Before making a snowman you can talk with a child.

“What can you put on his head? – A bucket, a hat, a scarf, a basket.”
“How can we keep our hands warm in winter? – We need to wear mittens.”

Supplies for Crushed Eggs Shell Craft:

  • Crushed Eggs Shell
  • Modelling clay
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Cut form of a snowman

 

 

Let’s start with modelling. Make  mittens and a bucket and draw an image with your pencil. Stick the mittens and the bucket on the right place and spread the rest of the form with glue.

Sprinkle the egg shells over the glue and put the extra shells away.

 

 

After you can work on your child’s speech development.
As a dialogue.

“What is the snowman’s name? – His name is Frosty.”
“How many mittens or buttons has your snowman got? – Let’s count, one, two…”
“What color are the mittens? – Orange, red, blue.”

As a describing story.

“My snowman’s name is Frosty. He is wearing an orange bucket and orange mittens. He has got an orange carrot as a nose and four orange buttons. The snowman is very kind and cheerful, he can tell a lot of stories about winter and and he likes to go skiing a lot.”

Works by Anastasia Zhukova

 

 

 

 

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Crafts: Making a rose from maple leaves

Children at the age of 3 and older usually have a great creative interest. For children in this age creativity and learning with an adult are very important. Crafts cover a broad range of skills and interests. Crafts help promote motor skills, endurance, creativity and communication skills. Colorful fall leaves are a wonderful stuff for many kinds of autumn craft projects. In this slideshow you will see how to make a rose from maple leaves.

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Parents are an example for their children

All parents sometimes lose their patience. Always remember: Parents are an example for their children – in good as well as in bad situations.Try to keep your cool, when you discipline your children.

  • If you feel frustrated or angry, it’s better to leave the room for a moment, calm down and drink a glass of water.
  • Take three slow, deep breaths. The frustration disappears with each breath.
  • Act with love instead of yelling. When you are calm you can resolve conflicts rationally.
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