Easy Back to School Crafts

August 19, 2014 in Crafts

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It’s almost here! That exciting Back-to School time! Your children may be getting restless these days, ready to run off to school. Here are a few crafts you can make with them to help passing the time before the exciting new school year starts. These crafts are easy to make and you can have your children make extras for their friends or as a gift to their teachers!

Easy Back to School Crafts

Foam Pencil Toppers


Making these cute pencil toppers will allow your children to use their imagination without limit! You will be surprise at their creativity as they make their favourite topper. Suggest that they make unique toppers for their friends and as a gift for their teacher as well!

You will need:

  • Foam sheets or shapes
  • White craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Wiggle eyes
  • Pom-poms
  • Pencils

Directions:

  1. Start with 2 identical shapes – for example circles or hearts.
  2. Put glue around the edges of one shape, leaving about ¾” without glue – that is where you will insert the pencil.
  3. Press second shape onto the first one
  4. The glue will need to dry for couple of hours, but you can start decorating the outside at this point
  5. Decorate using wiggly eyes, pom-poms, glitter glue – whatever  the imagination calls for.
  6. You can also make flowers using several pom-poms
  7. Once the glue dried completely, carefully insert the eraser end of a pencil into the opening.

Tie-Dye Book Cover


Letting your child create this book cover will make it his or her own – reflecting individual tastes.

You will need:

  • Large brown paper bag or brown craft paper
  • Fabric pieces
  • White craft glue
  • Small bowl
  • Water
  • Paintbrush
  • Wax paper
  • Scissors
  • Textbook

Directions:

  1. Make a shell for the book cover. After it is made, remove it and start doing the decorating.
  2. Start by cutting the paper bag open – cut from the top of the bag to the bottom at one of the corner creases. Cut the bottom off the bag – you should have a long rectangle when you are done this step.
  3. Lay the textbook in centre of the rectangle and fold top and bottom up so that the height is equal to the height of the textbook. Crease the folds using your fingers. Next – bring the left side of the paper over the book and line up ends with the right side of the paper cover. Then open the book and left side of the paper around the cover of the book. Repeat this process on the other side of the book as well.
  4. Open the cover and trim the paper to about half the width of the actual book’s cover. Use pencil to make the paper inside cover where you will trim it and repeat on the other side of the book as well.
  5. Remove the cover from the book and trim off excess paper with scissors.
  6. Carefully slide the front and back cover of the textbook into the temporary paper cover to make sure it fits well – you can adjust the height if the cover feels too snug or too loose. When youa re satisfied, remove the cover and put the textbook aside.
  7. Line surface with was paper
  8. Then mix together 2/3 of glue and 1/3 of water in a bowl with your paintbrush.
  9. Cut fabric pieces into shapes – best to work with are 2” x 2” pieces.
  10. Open paper book cover and place it good side up onto the wax paper.
  11. Start by painting a 2” section in a top corner with glue mixture. Place fabric piece onto the glue painted part. Add more glue mixture to your paintbrush and paint over the top of fabric – smoothing with the paintbrush as you are working on it. The fabric piece should be saturated but not dripping.
  12. Repeat these steps, until paper is covered completely and make sure you overlap fabric pieces to create a tie-dye effect.
  13. When paper is totally covered with fabric, open the book cover and carefully place textbook inside. Close the book carefully and place a piece of wax paper in between the front cover and front page, as well as the back cover and back page. This will keep the wet covers from sticking to the actually textbook as the cover dries. Let dry overnight.

Apple Core Magnet

This cute magnet can be used to hold pieces of special artwork, schedules, school projects or even the grocery list.

What you will need:

  • Red craft foam
  • White craft foam
  • Green craft foam
  • Brown chenille stick
  • Brown marker
  • Round magnet
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

Directions:

  1. Trace the pattern onto red foam and cut pieces out, then repeat with white foam.
  2. Glue red foam to the white with the red on top
  3. Cut out two leaves from the green foam and use white glue to attached the leaves to the top os the apple – behind the red foam.
  4. Let dry.
  5. Cut a two inch piece off the chenille stick and hot glue it to the back of the apple, leaving about one inch showing. Bend the stem slightly.
  6. Then use brown marker to draw a few seeds.
  7. Use hot glue to attach the magnet to the back of the apple and you are done!

Hope you have enjoyed these crafts – please send in your comments, suggestions and experiences, your imput is always welcomed and very much appreciated

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Back To School Tips for Parents

August 14, 2014 in Parenting

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It’s the time of the year to start thinking about school days again. Here are a few tips for parents to make those first days of school easier – especially for the little ones, who are just starting their educational journey!

First day of school can be quite stressful – for the child and for parents. Especially if we are talking about a younger child changing schools. Here are a few simple tips that are easy to follow and will for sure help to avoid uncomfortable and stressful situations:

  1. If the school is new to your child, make arrangements to take a tour before the school starts
  2. Meet the child’s teacher – if you can’t do it in person, schedule at least a telephone conversation
  3. If your child has any medical conditions – and that includes allergies, finalize them with the school nurse
  4. The night before first day of school pack your child’s backpack with his help – then there are no questions locating important items
  5. Put your child to bed early the day before school – if he or she has a tendency to be anxious and stress, fatigue will aggravate the situation
  6. On the first day of school make sure your child wakes up early enough to allow plenty of time to get ready and have a good breakfast
  7. Pack a nutritious lunch and sneak in a little love note – especially for the younger child
  8. You may want to consider driving your child to school for the first day – even if plan is to use alternative transportation later
  9. Walk into the classroom with the younger child, gtreet the teacher and introduce your child and yourself
  10. Remind your child what time you will be back to pick him or her up
  11. If there are other parents present, introduce yourself to them
  12. And whatever you do – do not be late!
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How To Prepare Your Child For Kindergarten

August 26, 2010 in Parenting

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Who ever knows how a child will handle separation from the known factors on the first day of kindergarten? Some children will refuse to leave their parent and feel almost terrorized, other will run off without a thought. Either scenario is OK – keep remembering that starting kindergarten is a huge step for children and they will experience different levels of anxiety. You can make the transition easier – here are a few steps that will help:

Talk to Your Child about Kindergarten

Show enthusiasm when telling your child all you can about kindergarten and try your best to get responses. That will help you understand how your child feel about starting school – the main idea here is to make it exciting without fearing the unknown.

Create Time Away From You

That means leaving your child with a relative or a friend, or going to grandma’s for a sleepover. Find out how your child reacts to being away from you in a safe and supervised environment.

Organize Playdates

Check with the school your child is about to enter if they have a list of children who will also be starting kindergarten. Contact the parents and suggest playdates before the school starts.That will be a great help since your child will walk into the class and see familiar faces.

Take a Piece of Home to School

Check with your child if he or she would like to take something to school from home for the first day. Suggest something small – even a favourite little toy. Having a familiar items adds to your child’s sense of security.

Bridge the Orientation

Plan to spend little time in your child’s classroom on the first day. You can introduce your child to the teacher and other children, show him or her where things are in the school – like bathroom, lunchroom or where to put the coats. If teacher agrees, you can plan to get involved in some of the planned activities as well.

Respond To Anxiety

If you see that your child is quite distressed and very anxious, do not ridicule or scold him. And for sure – don’t try to bribe him. Stay cheerful and keep reminding him that you will be back to pick him up after school. Remind him of what you have talked about at home, about having fun, having new friends, etc. And do your best not to pick up some of the anxiety – remember that it is not an unusual behaviour.

Know When to Say Goodbye

Make it cheerful and brief and do not come back after you have already said goodbye. And don’t leave the room without saying goodbye either – that can cause your child to panic. So – say a quick goodbye and remind your child that you will be back – and plan not to be late for the pick up!

Hope this information was helpful to you – please send in your comments, suggestions and experiences, your input is always very much welcomed and appreciated


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