Category Archives: 7-10 Year Olds

Back to School Countdown Calendar!

Back to School Countdown Calendar!
Back to School Countdown Calendar!

The first day of school is one of the most memorable events in a kid’s life and counting down to the day will make it so much more fun! I have had the wonderful privilege to make this awesome Back to School countdown calendar with Bostik smart adhesives. Although this is a sponsored post, Bostik has been my favorite choice of adhesives since I was a child so you can just imagine how excited I was to work on this project.

In South Africa, the new school year starts on the 13th of January 2016 so I filled 10 boxes with back to school stationery that will each be opened in turn from 10 days before school starts.

On the day before school the last one, which is the school building, is opened where they will find the last of the stationery needed for school. This is an exciting way to help first graders know when school starts and that way every new piece of stationery will be received with joy!

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You will need:

Step1:

Gather all the school stationery and supplies and find boxes and holders around the house that the items will fit into. Common boxes like toothpaste boxes, cookie boxes and Bostik Crazy Clay boxes are ideal. The Crazy clay box works well for a homework book and notebook for instance, which is bigger but thinner and don’t fit anything you usually find in a food cupboard.

Step 2:

Arrange the boxes on a project board to resemble a school building. You can even just do a big school bus containing all the boxes, or something else school related… be creative!

Step 3:

Bostik, glue, crazy clay, back to school

Bostik, glue, crazy clay, back to school

Place the stationary into the boxes and tape it with Bostik Super Clear Tape so that the opened box tabs wont make the box towers tumble.

Step 3:

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Cover the boxes with colorful project boards. Bostik Glue Stick works well for the smaller parts like windows and wheels. It leaves no bubbles and dries quickly.

Bostik, glue, crazy clay, back to school

Bostik Art and Craft Sprayable Adhesive works amazing on the larger surfaces. Simply cut the project board to size, spray the surface and stick. I am amazed at how well this glue works and how quick it sticks even though the instructions are to wait a few minutes before you stick it. Definitely one of my new favorite adhesives!

Bostik, glue, crazy clay, back to school

For the round roofs I cut out a circle, made a cut to the centre of the circle and twisted it into a cone before I stuck the edges together. Bostik Clear Adhesive has always been my ultimate favourite… it works great for quickly sticking ends together without having to hold it while waiting for it to dry.

Step 4:

Bostik Clear Adhesive

This was the most fun of this whole project! I made numbers for the boxes, with the Bostik Crazy Clay, to count down from ten days to school to the last day (I used Bostik Blits Stik Super Glue Gel to stick them to the boxes) and then I was going to make school children for the school grounds but ended up making minions to match the lunch box and juice bottle set. Crazy Clay turned out to be absolutely crazy to work with!

Moulding and smoothing out bumps is child’s play compared to other clays and if you like what you made, you only have to leave it out to dry and you end up with a soft, yet firm spongy figurine that can also bounce! How’s that!!

The left overs can easily be stored in tact by keeping it in the airtight containers it comes in. I really, really like this clay a lot and I think we will be having loads more Crazy clay fun from now on.

Step 5:

This step is all about the finishing touches.

Bostik, glue, crazy clay, back to school

I used Bostik Colour ‘n Paint Twisters to add detail to the windows, pathway and grass like the picture above.

Bostik, glue, crazy clay, back to school

Bostik Rainbow Glitter Glue rounded off the edges of the grass well and made beautiful shiny apples on the tree and lit up the school bus in the picture above by using silver glitter glue for the details on the wheels.

Step 6:

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Lastly I used Bostik Prestik to stick the roofs to the cylinder containers and also to secure all the boxes to the A3 Project board. You don’t want to stick everything with a glue that won’t allow you to disassemble the boxes in order to get the stationery out as your kids will probably want to put the boxes back together after opening them to keep the display in tact for a keepsake.

Well that’s it folks, have fun! This will be a first day of school to remember….

Bostik, glue, crazy clay, back to school

 


 

This post is sponsored by Bostik smart adhesives.

Bostik, glue, crazy clay, back to school

 

DIY Christmas #5: Christmas tree ornament

DIY Christmas #5: Christmas tree ornament
DIY Christmas #5: Christmas tree ornament

 

This fun project is easy to do with toddlers if you are not too focused on having it perfect.

What you’ll need:

  • Paper plates (preferably 2 small and two large ones)
  • Green Paint
  • 2 x Toilet paper rolls
  • Glue
  • Glitter, pipe cleaners, pom-poms, sequence etc. to decorate your tree with.

 

Step 1:

Let your toddler paint the back of the paper plates. This is what mine looked like after they were done. I kept their original lines and just finished the unfinished open spaces.

DIY Christmas, Christmas Tree ornament

Step 2:

Cut about 1/6 piece out of your plates and glue the sides together to form a cone.

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Step 3:

Put a little glue in a container and give your your toddler a little glue brush (I just used popsicle sticks) to decorate the cones as they wish. Glue blobs and stripes with glitter sprinkled over works well.

DIY Christmas, Christmas Tree ornament

Remember, just take out the amounts you allow them to use or they will use everything you give them or at least get all of it full of glitter. This is a messy project so make sure to use newspaper underneath and make peace with the fact that it WILL be messy!

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This also works well without the decorating if you want to do more formal ones!

DIY Christmas, Christmas Tree ornament

Step 4:

Cut one toilet paper roll in four quarters and glue them on the tops of the cones and to the bottoms of the ones that go on them. You may have to cut a little here or there to make it look even. Use the second toilet paper roll as the trunk of the tree.
DIY Christmas, Christmas Tree ornament

If you didn’t interfere too much, it will look something like this: Enjoy!

DIY Christmas, Christmas Tree ornament


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DIY Christmas #4: Button Bulbs

DIY Christmas #4: Button Bulbs
DIY Christmas #4: Button Bulbs

 

Oh how I love these bulbs… Buttons, buttons and more buttons! This one is more for older kids if you want to do it neatly with a glue gun as the buttons are too heavy for glues that don’t dry as quick but younger kids can probably do something similar with craft glue and something other than buttons.

You will need:

  • Polystyrene balls (purchased at CNA, PNA and Crazy Store in South Africa)
  • Glue Gun
  • Lots of buttons (Also purchased at Craft stores. I bought mine at CNA)
  • Scissors
  • Rope, ribbon or lace

DIY Christmas, Button Bulbs

Step 1:

Now before you get all excited about all the buttons and start glueing like me, take a scissor and make a hole for the rope. I added the photos from a previous post cause with this one I accidentally got ahead of myself.

DIY Christmas, Button Bulbs

Step 2:

Squirt a little glue inside and quickly insert the rope.

DIY Christmas, Button Bulbs

Make sure there’s enough glue to hold, squirt a little on top if neccessary.

DIY Christmas, Button Bulbs

Step 3:

Now you can glue your heart out… its best to glue the button instead of the polystyrene ball as the glue can melt the ball and its better for exact placing of the buttons. 

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When done, it will look something like this… the best of all is that each ball will look different!

DIY Christmas, Button Bulbs
DIY Christmas, Button Bulbs


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DIY Christmas #2: Advent Calendar

DIY Christmas #2: Advent Calendar
DIY Christmas #2: Advent Calendar

 

Christmas is such a special time and I think its a great idea to have a countdown from the first to 24’th of December for kids to know when Christmas comes. That way they won’t have to ask every day and on the 25’th they get their presents.

Every day from the first of December, a number gets poked to see the gifts inside. I suggest adding bible verses for older kids or maybe the story of Jesus (or Santa if you prefer) so every other day they can get an additional paragraph until the story is complete.

The kids had so much fun making this advent calendar. This seems like a lot of steps but its fairly easy!

You will need:

  • Brown Paper
  • 24 Toilet paper rolls
  • Glue gun or strong fast-drying glue
  • Pencil and red, green or black marker
  • Numbers stencil (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Strong piece of card board like from boxes or curtain packaging
  • Small stickers, sweets and gifts that fits into a toilet paper roll. If you are planning to make one house for multiple kids, remember to buy gifts that you can fit more into one toilet paper rolls. I have two kids so everything had to be small enough to fit two into one toilet paper roll
  • Short piece of string or ribbon

 

Step 1

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Trace the toilet paper roll with a pencil to make 24 circles, leaving enough space in between for adhesion tabs.

Step 2

Advent calendar, christmas calendar, diy

Stencil the numbers 1-24 in the middle of the circles

Step 3

Advent calendar, christmas calendar, diy

Cut the circle out, about half an inch or less away from the pencil line and cut small little tabs so the paper can go around the circular toilet roll smoothly.

Step4

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Glue and paste.

Step 5

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Glue all the pieces neatly together with a glue gun. Its important to use fast drying glue otherwise it will fall apart before it dries. Remember to do all the numbers backwards from right to left, otherwise you may get your numbers mixed up.

Step 6

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Cut out two identical rectangles for the roof (optional to make it stick over the front edge to give it more depth. The back edge needs to be flush with the wall.) Place them and trace the triangles for the triangular space in between to give strength to the structure.

Step 7

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Now this is a tricky part and you may need an extra set of hands… Once again its much easier with a glue gun (hint hint… glue guns aren’t optional in a crafty house) Hold the two roof sections 90 degrees and glue them together. Glue the back triangle flush and place a toilet roll to measure the distance for the front triangle. Glue baby glue!

Step8

Glue the roof to the toilet paper rolls. This is very tricky and needs strong glue that dries properly to hold.

Step 9

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Paste a little strip of glue to the back of your roof and stick a loop that you can hang it on.

Step 10

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Now you’re ready to insert all the gifts in the rolls. As I said in the “You will need” above, if you are planning to make one house for multiple kids, remember to buy gifts that you can fit more into one toilet paper rolls. I have two kids so everything had to be small enough to fit two into one toilet paper roll.

I bought all my gifts at a dollar store and some of the items include finger lasers, stickers, ink stamps, mini bath ducks, candy watches, candy dummies and other sweets.

Step 11

 If you are planning to make one house for multiple kids, remember to buy gifts that you can fit more into one toilet paper rolls. I have two kids so everything had to be small enough to fit two into one toilet paper roll  If you are planning to make one house for multiple kids, remember to buy gifts that you can fit more into one toilet paper rolls. I have two kids so everything had to be small enough to fit two into one toilet paper roll

Lastly, cut a piece of cardboard big enough for the back of the house to cover all the openings and glue it tightly to the back.

 

 If you are planning to make one house for multiple kids, remember to buy gifts that you can fit more into one toilet paper rolls. I have two kids so everything had to be small enough to fit two into one toilet paper roll

Viola, your advent calendar is done!  I can suggest sticking it with additional prestik to make sure the weight holds all the gifts.

Remember not to be too worried about how it looks. Another one we made did not come out so perfect (you can see it in the pictures with the gifts above) but I actually loved it.

Enjoy!


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Bouncy Frozen Glitter Slime!

Bouncy Frozen Glitter Slime!
Bouncy Frozen Glitter Slime!

 

This is such a fun project to do with toddlers and its super easy!

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What you’ll need:

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  • 2 bowls and a cup measure
  • Access to warm and cold water
  • Teaspoon and mixing spoon
  • Craft/ office glue (Elmers glue) 
  • Borax
  • Gel food coloring (or any form of coloring) 
  • Glitter (optional)

 

Step 1:

Mix 1/2 cup glue with 1/2 cup water

Add coloring and glitter

Mix well

Step 2:

Mix 1/2 cup cold water with 1/4 cup boiled or warm water

Add 2 tspoons borax 

Mix well

Step: 3

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Pour glue mix into borax

Frozen, Glitter Slime, Crafts

Start taking all the glue out with your fingers and the glue will magically transform into bouncy frozen glitter slime! You can break it and press it back together again and bounce it around when its settled enough. 

Make sure to store it in a glass container to ensure it doesn’t dry out. It happens within a day if not in a sealed container!

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TIP!

Sell it as an Entrepreneurs project or make it for Christmas gifts!

Frozen, Glitter Slime, Crafts

Paper Plate Crafts

Paper Plate Crafts
Paper Plate Crafts

 

We had so much fun creating something out of nothing with mainly paper plates, glue, paint and an extra crafts material here and there. Paper plate crafts are so easy and it’s a cheap way to create and explore.

The porcupine above was made by 6 year old Corrie. We made this one from an example off Pinterest in a few easy steps:

  • Fold a paper plate in half and draw and cut out the nose
  • Paint a cardboard dark brown… Cut roundabout 8 strips out of it for the pens
  • Paint the porcupine light brown
  • Glue the pens in between the open sides of the plate with craft glue (I prefer Bostik as it doesn’t clot easily and it is thick enough to manipulate and is strong once dry.)bostik glue, paper plate crafts
  • Staple the pens and plate together (you can also just glue the pens to the back if you have already stapled it, the glue will hold once dry.)
  • Glue the eye and pom-pom for nose

Remember not to try and “correct” everything. Its OK to help but try not to even out those brush strokes or move that nose or eye to the “perfect” place!!

The other kids made their own creations… 12 year old Ilané made this happy funny face:

paper plate crafts

The hair is made from pipe cleaners, the bow from felt, the cheeks are painted egg carton nests and the tongue a craft stick. She cut out the mouth so the tongue can stick out and go in and out… what a great idea!

She also had another clever idea and made this cute little chick out of pom pom’s, feathers and pipe cleaners. The nest is made of an egg carton. She cut a hole in the bottom, glued a pipe cleaner to the chick and stuck it through the hole so the chick can bounce in and out of the nest.

9 year old Elzanne made this interesting lamp:

paper plate crafts, tin can, found objects

First she cut a hole in the paper plate and painted it with these wonderful Dala colors! She added pompoms and googley eyes to give it some character.  She also painted a toilet paper roll white, and a tin can purple and painted blue dolphins on it.

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Then she glued two pieces of egg carton together and painted it yellow to look like a light bulb.

Light bulb, dala paint, egg carton

Finally she traced the toilet paper rolls circumference on a piece of card stock and glued it to the toilet paper roll to give surface to the glue to stick to the tin can. She placed the light bulb in the toilet roll and made holes for the pipe cleaners to attach to the paper plate and there you go! What a clever model of a beautifully designed lamp… maybe she will make the real one, one day!

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Crafty Kids Competition!

Crafty Kids Competition!
Crafty Kids Competition!

 

Hey Moms of Crafty Kids, here’s a great competition for 4-13 year olds to show their Craftiness! One awesome Kid from each category will win a R250 voucher from takealot.com. If a US reader wins, they will win a $20 voucher from Amazon.com.

The two categories are:

  • 4-8 Years
  • 9-13 Years

The instructions:

Kids, make a creation of your own with found objects like recycled materials and whatever Crafty stuff you can find at home, like paper plates, toilet rolls, yoghurt containers, tin foil… use your imagination but REMEMBER… Read the rest of this entry

Epsom Salts Art

Epsom Salts Art
Epsom Salts Art

 

Ive been wanting to do the Art project printed on the side of the Robertsons Epsom Salts box for a while now and finally did it today!  Its very easy and lots of fun.

You will need:

 

  • Robertsons Epsom Salts
  • Crayons
  • Card Stock (or normal paper but it may get soggy)
  • Wide paintbrush
  • Kettle close by to boil water with

I recently started giving my home-schooled nieces and nephew Crafts classes as part of their education so I decided I’ll try this project on their Crafts workbooks’ covers.

Step 1

Draw a picture with wax crayons

Step 2

Mix equal amounts (I used a tablespoon) Epsom Salts with Boiled water and paint it over the whole canvas.

Step3

Leave it to dry. It’s difficult to photograph but when its dry the Epsom Salts will leave a wonderful sparkly crystal residue on the surface. Enjoy!

 

Great Father’s Day Gift and Card Ideas for Toddlers

Great Father’s Day Gift and Card Ideas for Toddlers
Great Father’s Day Gift and Card Ideas for Toddlers

I got some awesome Father’s Day card ideas on this page but I liked too much of them so I decided to make a special keepsakes box big enough to fit a lot of pages with lots of different messages. The kids had already made Dad special match boxes at a play group we attend so I thought I’d make it big enough to fit different kinds of objects. This project was so much fun and the kids loved it too!   Read the rest of this entry

DIY Sewing Kit

DIY Sewing Kit
DIY Sewing Kit

This is so easy to make even for kids though not cheap at R150 for all the accessories but so worth it as a gift for anyone who loves sewing and will appreciate expensive (or even cheap dollar store) new threads and accessories.

What you will need: Just a glass bottle (I re-used a jam jar and stuck a spindle of pins on the lid to make it look new) and whatever you want to put in it. Read the rest of this entry

DIY Book Page Utensil Holder

DIY Book Page Utensil Holder
DIY Book Page Utensil Holder
I saw these cans in a restaurant once. They used small soda cans for cutlery that was covered with rolled up book pages and I thought they were beautiful and that it would make a great DIY gift. I made mine a little bigger and used it for a Teacher’s Survival Kit. Its not really cheap to make this, my total cost was R190 but it can be free depending on what you put in the can as Read the rest of this entry