Posts Tagged ‘creative’

Puppet Show

November 28, 2009
Our Thanksgiving craft evolved into the creation of a full-blown puppet show.  The kids stuck wooden skewers into the cones and balls and created a cast of  “pixies” and “aliens” named with names like Rainbow, Star and Tippie.  Soon, they were making up stories and doing puppet shows.  I loved the creative storylines they came up with. Check out my last post for more details, but all you need are styrofoam balls and cones, pipe cleaners, markers, ribbons, sequins, buttons, pins, or anything you can find in your craft bin and around the house.  Skewers work well as handles, but your kids could use chopsticks or sticks from outside if you don’t have any.   Watch their imaginations run wild!

Marshmallow Monsters

October 21, 2009

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This project  is very easy and so much fun.  The kids absolutely loved it and the results were cute and creative.

All you need are marshmallows, pretzel rods, a can of white frosting, food coloring (optional) and candy to decorate with.  We used sprinkles, candy corn and M&Ms, but it would also be fun to cut up licorice. to use as hair or whiskers.  Regular and mini chocolate chips would be great too.  The Pillsbury magazine suggested making capes from fruit rolls.

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First, carefully push the pretzel rods into the flat side of the marshmallows so they won’t fall off.  Then, melt the frosting until soft in the microwave (20 or 30 seconds should do it.)  Divide the frosting into two or three cups and help your child color it green or orange or purple with a few drops of food coloring.  Kids love to stir.  Now, have your child dip each marshmallow into the frosting and help them smooth it with a knife.   Let them decorate the marshmallows to create cats and witches and aliens.  It’s fun to see what great things they can come up with on their own.

Stand the completed “monsters” up in water glasses or jars to display. 

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Friday I’ll post how to make “Yummy Hot Dog Mummies” and the feast will be complete!