Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Kids' birthday parties are not parties without piñatas. You may know what they are, or may not, so here's an account of them. In Argentina, parents usually prepare (or buy already made) piñatas for their children's parties.
Piñatas are usually made of cardboard or paper and they take the shape or an animal, or an object. They usually match the theme on which the party is based. Parents fill in piñatas with candies, little toys and poupurri. The piñata works as follows...
Parents call kids to make a circle on the floor. Someone who is really tall holds the piñata in the air, while another person either tears a parts of it and it opens, or if it is made of a baloon, someone uses a nail to open it. All the candies and toys fall on the floor and the kids have to collect as much as they can. After this, they can share toys or even candies.
Here are some pictures of typical piñatas, but in susequent posts we'll teach how to make one of these!
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Making homemade bubbles has always been fun for both parents and kids. This kind of product can be found on market, but there is a cheapest way of making it. I will give you one easy recipe, which I've tried and it has proved to be successful. Remember to remind kids of being careful with dish soap, not to drink it or touch their eyes.That's very important! Playing safe is one of the most beautiful things in the world. Here goes the recipe...
- 1 1/4 cups water
- 1 1/4 tablespoons dish soap
- 1 1/4 teaspoons glycerin
- Mix and leave overnight before using.Then, pour it into a plastic bottle. You may add coloured ink if you want, or leave it as it is.
Blowers or Wands
- You may use pipe cleaners or straws. Twist them and make the desired shape. It can be an oval, a circle or a star!
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Making experiments with kids is fascinating. And the'd love to make quick sand. Let's see how it works.
You will need...
Half a cup of water
1 cup of maize cornflour
A plastic container
a) First, mix the cornflour and water in the container to make your own instant quick sand. Remember not too solid ok?. Then, stir slowly and drip the quick sand to show it is a liquid. Stirring it quickly will make it hard, so you'd better do it fast. Remember that quick sand is messy, try to play with it outside and don’t forget to stir just before you use it. You just need t stir instant quicksand just before you use it. It's always like that!
The phenomena explanation
If you add just the right amount of water to cornflour it becomes very thick when you stir it quickly. So, Stirring slowly allows more water between the cornflour grains, letting them slide over each other much easier. Moreover, if you poke it slowly it doesn’t mix up the mixture in the same way, leaving it runny. It works in much the same way as real quick sand.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Typically people buy fabric perfumes on market. They are not expensive and some of them smell really good. But there are others, who never buy these things, but they would like to try one of this, at least once. Normally, I prepare this myself, because I never find the smell I like, so I guess this is a good alternative for you too. Let me show you how to produce a homemade fabric scent, with very little money. You can use it either for curtains, kids’ cushions, clothes, carpets and so on.
You’ll need the following…
1) Cereal alcohol
3) Essential oils.
4) One unused spray bottle where to pour our perfume.
a) Choose the scent you like the most (or the one your kids adore). If you want to create a lively atmosphere you can choose lemon, orange, or mint. On the contrary, if you want to generate a relaxing atmosphere you may choose lavender or vanilla. Or if you want to create a fruity perfume, you may combine strawberry, plums, blueberry and apple.
b) Pour 15 drops inside the bottle.
c) Fill in half of the bottle with cereal alcohol, and half with water.
d) Put the bottle lid and shake for some minutes. After this, put the bottle in a dark place, it can be a kitchen drawer or somewhere in the garage. After 2 days, shake it again, and spray over a surface to see whether it needs more scent or not.
If you like it the way it is, start using it around your house. Kids will love it!
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Friday, July 27, 2012
If you happen to have old socks, don't throw them away! Pick them up and make a sock puppet for your kids.
- an old sock. : It can be of any colour. be sure it's long enough to slip your hand and elbow inside
- google eyes: These would make your puppet look more real!
- fabric paint/ fabric markers
- cloth of assorted patterns
- needle, thread and scissors
1) Flatten the heel of the sock and cut out a V shape in the center of the flattened heel. Stitch the cut edges closed; this will form two pointy ears. Then, turn the sock inside out.
2) At the toe end of the sock, push in to form an indented mouth all the way around the toe end. Using double thread, sew running stitch around the folded edge; once you reach the end, pull the thread to gather it. This creates the mouth shape
3) Glue or sew on the eyes at the appropriate spot above the mouth.
4) If you'd like this sock puppet to have whiskers, cut whisker length pieces of string or cord. Sew into place at the top center of the mouth.
5) Cut out a tongue from felt or fabric. Make it tongue-shaped and try to use fabric in a suitable tongue color. Sew or glue the tongue inside the mouth of the sock puppet, so that most of it hangs out.
Flips flops are soft and light shoes for Summer,and kids love them! Thiskind of shoes, come in diferent colours and shapes, but sometimes they turn to be dull or plain. So, here's a solution for personalizing them, and making them look more appealing for kids. They will love them for sure.
1) Get a pair of plain flip-flops. They can be those cheaply bought flips flops, you buy at supermarkets.
2) Get ribbons of different colours and tight them around the sides, making bows. They can even be of sparkling colours.
And there you've got your personalized flip flops! Let's see other examples:
Monday, July 23, 2012
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Making torches is an activity which can both done by children themselves or parents and children together. Placing torches around the house, will make your home look warm and lovely. So, let's get down to brast tasks!
You will need:
Empty and clean marmalade jars
colourful papers of different kinds
1) Cover the jar with a great amount of glue.
2) Then, cut out stripes of paper and cover all the jar. You can make funny and original designs if you want.
3) Once you've finished covering the jar, paint it with glue again.
4) Finally, place a candle inside the jar, and there you've got your torch!!
It's a good activity to make with your 5-year-old kid or even with pre-teens.
Send us pictures of your torches!