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Recycle Your Crayons

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Here’s a fun way to reuse those worn-down stubs of crayons. They really work!

What You Need:

You can get fancy with colors,or just keep it simple.

* Old crayons

* Microwavable cup

* Paper towels

* Cookie cutters

* Pot holders

* Waxed paper

1. Peel the paper off crayons and break crayons into 1 inch pieces.

2. Place three or four pieces of a similar color into a microwaveable cup.

3. Place cup in the microwave on top of a paper towel.

4. Cook on high 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. (Caution: Cup gets hot.)

5. After wax is melted, hold the cup with a pot holder and pour the melted wax into a cookie cutter that has been placed on waxed paper.

6. To create a layered effect, pour wax into a small section of the cookie cutter; allow to cool, then pour another color over the first layer until you have several layers of color.

7. Clean cup with a paper towel before wax hardens.

8. When wax is hardened, push forms out of cookie cutters.

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Eggshell Sidewalk Chalk

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You will need:

The shells of 6 eggs

1 tsp very hot water from the tap

1 tsp flour

Food Coloring

Wash the eggshells well, so they don’t have any egg left in them. Dry them and grind them with a rock on the sidewalk or other concrete surface. Make sure the rock you’re using for grinding is clean so you don’t get dirt ground in with the eggshells. Grind the eggshells into a fine powder. You’ll need one soupspoonful of this powder to make a stick of chalk.

When you have enough powder to make a stick of chalk, sift or pick out any little bits of eggshell that are still not ground up and throw them away. Scoop the powder into a cup or paper towel and bring it into the house for the next part.

Stir the flour and hot water together in a small dish to make a paste. Put the soupspoonful of eggshell powder into the paste and mix well. It may help to mash it with the back of the spoon. Add a few drops of food coloring if you want colored chalk.

Shape this mixture into a chalk stick. Then roll it up in a strip of paper towel and set aside to dry. (Drying takes about three days.) Then just peel the paper off one end and you’re ready for some sidewalk art.

For really big sticks of chalk, try making 3 times this recipe, and stuff the mixture into an old [...]

Summer crafts and Ideas for Kids

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I Love Baseball Box

Give your favorite baseball fan this cute box which makes for a delightful gift. Better yet, help your favorite fan create this box themselves. It is a fun, easy project that children of all ages will enjoy. Smaller or larger round boxes can be used, and a tower of these boxes in assorted sizes makes great storage for your favorite slugger. If you do not have a red paint pen, red acrylic paint and a very fine brush can be used instead.

4 inch round papier mache or wood box

Paint brush

White acrylic paint Red acrylic paint pen

Rub on baseball designs or stickers

Varnish or sealer (optional) Cover your work surface with newspaper. Paint the round box with a coat of the white acrylic paint. Let dry for at least an hour (or as long as the paint directions specify). Apply a second coat and let dry for at least an hour. Once the white paint is dry, add the baseball detail to the top of the box as shown in the photo using the red paint pen. Add the “I Love Baseball” slogan around the rim of the box. Place the top on the box and trace a line on the bottom of box using the edge of the top of the box as a guide. Add assorted rub on designs or stickers if desired to the bottom and inside of the box. Let dry thoroughly. Spray or brush on varnish or sealer [...]

Autumn Activities

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*Preserving Fall Leaves

You will need: Dried leaves floor wax a bowl newspaper waxed paper an old catalog or phone book old or inexpensive paint brushes

Gather some pretty fall leaves once they have fallen. Lay newspapers down on a work surface. Pour some wax into the bowl. Have the kids carefully brush wax onto the leaves. This will make them shiny. To dry, place them between two pieces of wax paper and place between the catalog or phone book pages. Use to make cards or decorate the windows and doors.

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Back to School Fun

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With summer drawing to a close and the dreaded first day of school approaching, kids could use a little something to get them going again. Below you’ll find a few craft projects that will both bring about smiles and come in handy this school year.

Personalized Pencil Carrier

You will need: Potato chip can with cover, such as a Pringles can, glue, decorating supplies Potato Chip Canister with Cover (Pringles)

Instructions: Wash the inside of the can with soap and water, and let dry completely before decorating. The decorating possibilities are endless, some possible items to stick on include wallpaper samples, wrapping paper, stickers, designs drawn on construction paper, comics from the newspaper, ribbons, buttons- anything you want! Then just fill with pencils, pop on the lid, and you’re ready for school! Pencil Pals

You will need: Pencils, pipe cleaners, pom-poms, google eyes, glue

Instructions: Cut a pipe cleaner in half, and wrap one end around the eraser of a pencil in a spiral pattern, leaving about 1 inch extending past the end of the eraser. Put a bit of glue on the end of the pipe cleaner and stick it into a pom-pom. This is the base for your Pencil Pal. Using the google eyes, more pipe cleaners, and any other extras you have, bring your Pal to life by gluing on any features you would like. You can even carry him in your carrier you just made!

Recycled Bookmarks

You will need: Old greeting cards or magazines, [...]

Summertime Arts and Crafts

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This issue of LW is going to give parents some great ideals for summer crafts to kill that boredom of a rainy day or to beat the heat.

WIND SOCKS Materials: markers, paint and brushes, crayons, glitter, construction paper, glue, crepe paper streamers, and string.

Step 1: Use markers, paints, or crayons to decorate a 6 by 18 inch strip of construction paper. Try making stars, flowers, or birthday candles, adding glitter, or giving the wind sock a face by glueing on paper cutouts of eyes, ears , a nose and a mouth. Step 2: Next, cut nine 26 inch long crepe paper streamers and glue them to the back of the bottom edge of the paper. Step 3: Finally, knot a 30 inch piece of string at each end and staple the knots to the tube sides to make a handle. Step 4: Hang the wind sock on a porch or patio where it will be protected from strong winds and watch it ride the gentle breeze.

LIGHTHOUSE IN A BOTTLE Materials: 1.5 liter sport water bottle, craft knife, aluminum foil, red acrylic paint, black tape, play-doh or clay, flashlight, white craft foam, and clear packing tape.

Step 1: Use a craft knife (adults only) to cut the bottle in half. Glue aluminum foil inside the cone-shaped portion of the top half (this creates a reflective dome), then use red acrylic paint to coat the outside of the foil lined section.

Step 2: When the paint is dry, apply [...]