Friday, January 31, 2014

Perfect Wintertime Projects

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With the weather being so cold in Minnesota during the winter, we know that it can sometimes be hard to find fun activities to do with your Little. A great way to connect with your Little is through doing DIY, or do it yourself, projects in the comfort and warmth of the indoors. Not sure where to start? Here are five fun and simple projects that you and your Little can try:

1. Play Dough This is a simple activity that requires only a few ingredients. It only takes a few minutes to make, and it can turn into hours of fun once it’s prepared!

What You’ll Need
● 1 cup flour
● 1 cup water
● 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
● ⅓ cup salt
● 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
● food coloring

To make the play dough, combine the flour, cream of tartar, and salt in a 2-quart
saucepan. Once combined, add the water and vegetable oil. From there, place the
saucepan a medium-low burner and stir the ingredients together. Continue to stir until
the contents start to turn into a solid. At that point, it is time to add the food coloring.
Once the food coloring is stirred in, take the play dough out of the saucepan and place
it on some wax paper to cool. To prevent the play dough from getting hard, store it in a Ziploc bag or an airtight container.

2. Kid Friendly Slime This is similar to play dough; it is inexpensive and quick to make, but can lead to hours of fun!

What You’ll Need
● Clear glue
● Liquid starch
● Glitter
● Food coloring

Making slime is a very easy process and does not take much thought to do it properly. To begin, stir together a ½ cup of glue and a ½ cup of liquid starch, and then mix in however much glitter and food coloring you would like. Keep mixing for a good slime consistency, and you will be ready to enjoy! Store the slime in the refrigerator to last longer.

3. Finger Paints What’s more fun than painting with your fingers? Making the paint before you use it!

What You’ll Need
● 3 tbls. sugar
● ½ tsp. salt
● ½ cup cornstarch
● 2 cups water
● Food coloring

This is another easy craft to do and only requires a small amount of time to make. Start
by combining all the ingredients in a small saucepan. Heat the mixture until it begins to
become thick. Once it has thickened, you should then pour the mixture into containers
and add food coloring to make whatever colors you would like.

4. Floating Paint Chip Calendar This project is great for older Littles. Again, with just a few supplies, you and your Little can make something that they can use every day!

What You’ll Need
● 35 paint chip samples
● Floating image picture frame
● Scratch paper
● Scissors
● Tape

To start, you will want to measure your frame and determine the size each paint chip should be. Remember that you must fit 35 squares in the frame and each should have an equal amount of space between them. If your frame is 11x15.75” then your squares will be about 1.75”. You will make seven columns of 5 samples each. Once you have your samples laid out, put a piece of tape on the back of each one. This will keep the samples in place when you add the other sheet of glass and BAM – you’re done! Now you can draw and write all over the calendar with a dry erase marker!

5. Mosaic Picture Frame This project is great for a Little of any age!

What You’ll Need
●Various Dollar store picture frames
● Small mosaic glass tiles
● Larger broken tile pieces
●Sea shells
●Rhinestones
●Glue Dots (regular and mini)

This might be the simplest project yet – simply lay out the materials and go! You and
your Little can make one frame together, or you make two frames and give them to each
other when you’re finished. This is fun to see just how creative each of you can get!

Whether you decide to make one, two, or all five of these projects, we’re certain you and your Little will have a ton of fun! For more DIY activities, check out our “Big / Little Craft Ideas” board on Pinterest!