Flashlight Constellations Craft
Materials: Black paper or card stock Scissors Flashlight Awl or needle Pencil Black spray paint (optional) Directions: First off, to make sure the discs work, you’ll need to remove or paint over (with the spray paint) the silver shiny part on the inside of the flashlight. While you are waiting for the paint to dry, if you painted it that is, take the top part of the flashlight and trace the part you want the discs to fit on top ...Continue Reading
Reusable T-Shirt Bag Craft
Materials A plain t-shirt, preferably white or a light color Iron-on printer transfer paper (available in craft stores), 2 sheets Transfer art for front and back graphics (click on the links on the website below) Color printer Iron Scissors Large safety pin Directions Print the images for the front and back of the shirt onto the transfer paper, according to the instructions on the package. Iron the transfer images onto the front and back of the shirt, according to the ...Continue Reading
Miniature Compost Jar Craft
Materials: A wide-mouth glass jar for each child Organic yard debris (such as fallen leaves, grass clippings, and dirt) Old newspaper Fruit and vegetable peels, cores, and scraps from the kitchen 1 cup rainwater A permanent marker Directions: To get started, have kids toss a handful of soil into their respective jars. Next, let them put in a bit of newspaper and then add kitchen scraps. Finally, add a layer of dead leaves and grass clippings. Repeat these deposits until ...Continue Reading
Bird Finder Binoculars Craft
Materials: TP rolls Yarn Colored washi tape Small kid scissors Elmer’s glue Masking tape Hole punch (1/8″) Directions: Start by taping down one end of the yarn. Then wrap the yarn around the TP roll and tape the other end. Some kids wanted to only wrap one piece, other kids wanted to wrap three or four. It was completely their choice. When they are finished wrapping and taping, hand them the glue and let them squeeze one line down the ...Continue Reading
Toilet Paper Roll Campfire Craft
Materials: 5 or 6 toilet paper rolls, brown paint, paper plate, yellow, red and/or orange tissue paper, glue Optional:  round circle of cardboard or large plastic lid to substitute for the paper plate Optional:  grey or black paint for the paper plate Optional:  small rocks. Directions: Paint the toilet paper rolls brown and let dry. Arrange the toilet paper rolls as if they were logs on the paper plate. Use glue to attach them to the plate, stacking them slightly ...Continue Reading
Paper Mache Globe Craft
              Creating and decorating a paper mache globe is a fun and educational way to teach kids about the planet we live on. This project takes a few days and is great for kids ages six and up. You can modify as needed to suit other ages and devote more or less time to your creation. Learning happens when kids are having fun! Materials Round balloon Newspaper Paper mache paste Green and Blue Acrylic paint ...Continue Reading
Maple Syrup Lip Balm
            Take advantage of maple syrup season this year and utilize the fresh maple syrup in your own chapstick. DIY chapstick offers you the opportunity to be creative, while making a functional cosmetic! Ingredients: 5g | 0.17oz beeswax 4g | 0.14oz cocoa butter 3g | 0.1oz virgin coconut oil 4g | 0.14oz sweet almond oil 2g | 0.07oz soy lecithin 4g | 0.14oz dark (grade B or C, or “grade A dark”) maple syrup Directions: ...Continue Reading
Animal Tracks Plaster Casts
Here's a great craft activity for animal and nature lovers of all ages. Materials: Plaster of Paris (Found at Crafts Stores) Bottle of Water Plastic Spoons Paper Towels Plastic Container or Paper Cups Small Trowel or Something to Dig With Paint Backpack to Carry Everything In Directions: 1. Find a good animal track in soft mud that has dried enough to keep it's shape when you press on it lightly. 2. Lay out all your supplies. Depending on how big ...Continue Reading
Binocular Craft
Binoculars are a vital tool for properly exploring natural surroundings. They can help you find even the most camouflaged creatures in their natural environments. Younger children may not be ready for an actual pair of binoculars of their own, so making some of their own will encourage imaginary play. To make these binoculars, you will transform a pair of toilet paper rolls by using a little duct tape and some imagination! Then venture outdoors and pretend you are exploring the most ...Continue Reading
Bird Feeder Craft
The cooler half of the year is right around the corner (though most of us don’t want to admit it!), and all over the northern hemisphere, little feathered friends will be looking for food to help them survive the winter. You can help to supplement their diet of dried berries and seed heads by creating a simple feeder from materials you probably already have lying around the house. If you have an empty plastic jar, juice jug, or soda bottle, ...Continue Reading