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Hamantaschen Box

I could feel the “Haman” part when I made it >_<
Template was made from 4 even sided (more or less) triangles, and "flaps were added to the outer sides. Then I cut out triangular "windows", taped some cellophane to the inside, and outlined a hamantaschen shape on the outside.
All lines to be folded were scored on the inside, with the duller side of the scissors' tip.
One side (2 flaps) was taped with a permanent double-sided tape.
As for the closing of the box, it can be taped (after filling, of course), or the box can be tied with the flaps on the inside or outside. A ribbon can be added to the rectangle at the top, or the sides of the box, to carry it.
The outside was later painted with scented paint- drink powder with a bit of water.

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Lessons learned:
1) It’s not so simple to find a stencil or draw an even-sided triangle.
2) Cellophane won’t stick to the shiny side of a poster board with school glue.
3) A permanent marker, double-sided tape, and an x-acto knife are very useful inventions.

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Chanukah Lollipop Candle Favors

The lollipop is peeking through a cut out in a shape of a flame. I used very thin foam for that. It’s from the dollar store, so it’s indeed very thin. I didn’t intend on using foam originally, but I think it turned out nice this way.

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5 Little Kittens Jumping on the Bed

Do you know the 5 little kittens that were jumping on the bed, one fell off, etc.?

Yes, I know, I know, most people know the 5 little monkeys. However, in our little urban place, kittens are more likely to be jumping on the bed.

I pasted on the back of a cereal box, cut outs from a beautiful sticker book that was already used up, and I just had to find some use to the stickers. Then I pasted the whole thing on a coloured popsicle stick. The picture of the bed was glued to a box I folded. Nothing fancy. I didn’t have 3 boxes in a good size, and folding a simple box was the solution I came up with.

5 Little Kittens

Well, actually, we don’t have kittens or cats in the house.

Umm… And I was looking for pictures of monkeys, but couldn’t find enough of them.

And since I’m already confessing- The beds come from a catalogue of a certain place that insists on sending us their catalogue though we never shop there. Not that I’m complaining- as you can see, I put it to good use.

And… One last thing… The kids liked the idea. It was a lot of fun for the few minutes they found interest in it… -_-

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Clouds & Rain

Monday was a rainy day. It’s a good thing it was, because I wanted to make this craft for few weeks now.
I cut shapes of clouds from a box (use a cereal box or something similar), and punched holes almost in a row on the bottom.
I gave the kids shopping bags to roll, and then cut to strips (not too thin).
Next, they put a strip halfway through a hole in the cloud, and knotted it.
Ta-Da! A cloud with rain*.
It sounds a bit like rain when you shake the rain (hold the top).
Not that I needed that to hear rain on a rainy day. But the kids had a lot of fun, used the scissors, practiced tying knots, and were very happy with the results.

*The rain is more like a stream of water, but the cloud is not very real either, so it’s OK.

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Drawing With Oil

Another Chanukah activity for kids- draw a bottle of oil (greek style) on heavy paper, and let the kids paint the area surrounding the bottle with crayons or markers. Then, give them a Q-tip dipped in oil, and let them paint the bottle with it (”fill” it with oil). Hang the painting on a window.
You can also draw some greek patterns on the bottle before painting it with oil.

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Mystery Pictures Revealed

For Chanukah, I drew* some pictures of Chanukah related items with a candle on cardboard**. Then, I let the kids paint the cardboard with foam brushes and watercolors. The pictures I drew were revealed to everybody’s delight***.

The wax from the candle acts like crayons to resist the water colors, but since it goes almost clear on the paper, the cardboard/paper has to be painted to reveal the pictures. As an added bonus- using a candle makes it more of a Chanukah craft. Right? ^_^

Oh, the thin candles break easily. It’s much easier to work with a thick candlestick.

Notes:

*I didn’t let them draw themselves to make it faster, and easier for everyone. It’s very hard to see what’s drawn on the paper, and I wanted to focus on revealing the pictures.

**I use cereal boxes and other lightweight boxes for different crafts, as they hold better than paper and cost nothing.

***It was mostly my delight, I suspect, but they were tired, it was early afternoon, they came back from preschool not long before that, so I should be satisfied with the cooperation I got. I’ll see how it goes when they are not so tired. I need to also try different types of paint.

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Homemade Finger Paint

Not much to it. I put some conditioner (white) in a foam egg carton, and added a bit of food coloring. I didn’t add too much coloring, so the color is somewhat faint, but I actually like the end result. The kids like the feel of it, and I like that it’s washable. And that they can play with conditioner under supervision. (I also like finding a use for a conditioner that I didn’t like on my hair…)

You  can add spices instead of food coloring. However, FYI, cocoa is messier, and paprika or cinnamon can cause some irritation.

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