Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Family Fun - Arts and Craft for the Kids...and You!

Family Fun - Children's Activities - Arts and Crafts

by TK Healey

Family Fun - Children's Activities - Arts and Crafts

What are some fun ways to spend time together when the weather
outside is dreary? There are all kinds of inexpensive ways to
spend time with your kids. Reading a story to your young child
is a wonderful experience. Listening to music and dancing
together is also fun. Another fun activity is building forts
with blankets and moving furniture together. Then bring in a
flashlight and read a book to your child.

Play dough is also a nice creative way to spend time together.
Roll it, mold it and create great works of art. It's safe and
can be used over and over again. You can make your own play
dough and make different colors. Here is a great play dough
recipe I have used many times with my own kids.

4 cups flour

1 cup salt

4 cups water

4 tablespoons oil

1/2 cup cream of tartar food coloring (use this to create the
colors of your choice)

Mix all ingredients in a sauce pan. Cook and stir over
low/medium heat until play dough is completely formed and no
longer sticky. Allow to cool slightly before storing in an air
tight container or zip lock bag.

Shaving cream art is also fun and easy. Using a vinyl table
cloth or plastic placemats just spray some shaving cream on and
let them use like finger paint. I would recommend using the
sensitive skin brand of shaving cream. Another great favorite is
collages. You just need construction paper, some magazines,
elmer's glue and safety scissors. Have the children cut out
pictures of interest to them and glue them all over the
construction paper. Once their project dries hang proudly on
your fridge.

Make a dreary day into a fun and exciting day with your child.


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