No reason to stop creating and learning once school lets out. Our back-to-school projects are fun, and kids will get a kick out of mastering some time-honored crafting techniques such as origami and diorama. So, roll up your sleeves and join in!
Paper napkins are used to create a menagerie of origami animals: bunnies, a dog, and a bear that can be made after school.
Reading lists can be daunting even for avid readers, but turning the list into a game will make this task more enjoyable. For each book your child reads, she earns a segment of the bookworm; every fourth or fifth segment hides the promise of a prize, such as an ice cream cone or stickers. Glue construction-paper segments onto paper or poster board (cut a worm pattern from plain paper first); for prize segments, cut segments from folded paper, glue down the back, then open and draw a picture of the prize inside. Tack down flap with a sticker.
With sequins, seashells, or confetti hand-punched from colorful paper, kids can make the movie-star sunglasses they've always dreamed about. All they need to do is apply craft glue to the object and press it onto the frame. For heavier items, an adult should use craft cement. Once glue is completely dry, kids can start posing for the camera.
Children will love making and wearing this chic pin. Using crepe paper, a feather, stars, and ribbon, kids can layer items on a triangle precut from card stock. Once they add a self-adhesive pin backing (available at crafts stores), they'll be ready for the fanciest of events.
It only takes paper-towel tubes, buttons, feathers, and ribbon to create these glitzy bangles, ideal for young girls. Slice the tubes into rings with a utility knife and give to kids to decorate. After they're done, snip the rings open for wearing and glue while they're still intact.
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