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Make a Kite

Steps:14
Perhaps because she's always loved things that fly, Martha recalls vividly the day her brother won a kite flying competition. The darting tails and the bright colors against the blue sky were almost magical.
Materials
  • Tracing paper
  • Ripstop cloth (often called parachute cloth) in red, yellow, and blue
  • Spray adhesive
  • Sewing machine capable of zigzag stitch
  • Scissors
  • Rubber-cement thinner
  • 2-ounce nylon
  • 3/4-inch grosgrain ribbon
  • 50-pound braided-nylon kite line
  • 2 (33-inch-long, 3/16-inch-diameter) graphite spars
  • Heavy needle, for hand-sewing
  • 2 (3 1/2-inch-long, 1/16-inch-diameter) graphite spars
  • Kite reel
  • Fishing swivel and hook
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Canvas Checkerboard

Steps:3
Kids who learn how to play checkers will always have something to do on a rainy day. Making a portable checkerboard ensures they can play almost anywhere. Collect bottle caps in opposing colors (you'll need 12 for each side), or use tempera or acrylic paints to paint the tops of mismatched caps with a color of your choice. Bottle caps stack easily, making for very regal kings.
Materials
  • Pinking shears
  • Canvas
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Knife
  • Plastic art eraser
  • Ink pad
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Natural Beauty Snowman

Steps:2
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Crazy Crayons

Steps:4
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Noisemakers

Steps:4
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Ribbon Headbands

Steps:2
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Colorful Clay

Steps:2
Kids love to play with modeling clay -- whether they're sculpting it, pounding it, or throwing it. Replenish their supply with this colorful clay that's fun to make.
Materials
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon cooking oil
  • Food coloring
  • Saucepan
  • Spoon
  • Airtight container
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Sponge Ball

Steps:3
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Bamboo Fishing Pole

Steps:3
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