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November 22, 2011 14:08 by Barbara Shelby

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WREATH COOKIES
Ingredients:
Round Butter cookies with hole in the middle
White frosting
Green food coloring
Cinnamon candies, M&M's or pieces of gum drops

Directions: Mix food coloring with frosting spread on cookie
Place decorations on cookies (Image by KidActivities.net)

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BAGEL WREATHS
Ingredients:

Bagels
Cream cheese -tinted green
Dried cranberries or dried cherries

Spread half a bagel with green cream cheese to look like the base of a wreath. Decorate the wreath with dried fruit.
(Nice for your program but also nice at home for Christmas brunch!)

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CHEERIOS CHRISTMAS TREE

Ingredients:
6 cups Honey Nut Cheerios cereal
6 tablespoons butter or margarine
4 1/2cups miniature marshmallows
Green food color
Red cinnamon candies or sliced gumdrops

1. Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper
 
2. Pour the cereal into a 4-quart bowl. Set the bowl aside.
 
3. Place the butter and marshmallows in a 3-quart saucepan. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is smooth. Remove the saucepan from the heat.
 
4. Stir in the food color until the mixture is evenly colored.
 
5. Pour the marshmallow mixture over the cereal and stir until the cereal is evenly coated.
 
6. Lightly spray your hands with cooking spray. For each tree, shape about 1/4 cup of the cereal mixture into a Christmas tree shape on the cookie sheet.
 
7. Press the candies into the trees to look like ornaments.

8. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Store the trees in a loosely covered container. (Photo courtesty of mommyblogspot)

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HOT APPLE DIP   (Great for Winter Holidays!) From Apple Snacking Category
2 cups or 16 servings
Ingredients:
1 tub (8 oz.)Philadelphia cream cheese
2 Tbsp.  brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
1  apple, chopped and divided in half
1/4 cup KRAFT Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 Tbsp.  finely chopped Pecan Pieces
Wheat Thin Original Crackers or Cinnamon snack crackers

1. Heat oven to 375°F.
2. Mix cream cheese, sugar and cinnamon or spice in medium bowl until well blended. Stir in half of the apples.
3. Spread into pie plate or small casserole dish. Top with remaining apples, cheddar cheese and nuts.
4. Bake 10 to 12 min. or until heated through.
    Serve with crackers.

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'SANTA FACE' NUTTER BUTTER COOKIES (See 'Reindeer Nutter Butter' at page bottom)

Ingredients for one cookie: 
Nutter Butter Cookies, White Frosting/Icing, Red Sprinkles,  Coconut, 2 Chocolate Chips, 1 Red Hot
 
1. Put frosting on each end of the cookie. 
2. On one end dip the iced cookie into coconut to make Santa's beard. 
3.On the other end of the iced cookie, sprinkle the red sprinkles on for the hat.
4. Place the chips on with icing for the eyes and the red hot for the nose

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REINDEER CHOW
FOR SANTA TO GIVE TO THE REINDEER ON CHRISTMAS EVE... (But of course 'Santa' eats it himself!)
Recipe calls for handfuls-which would be the handful size of a child--be sure to give children plastic gloves if this is the method you will use--or measure what an actual child's handful is and use that amount in a measuring cup. (This activity is for a child care center-but it can be made at home minus the note.)

1 handful Frosted Shredded Wheat (It's hay frosted with the snow of the North Pole)
1 handful pretzel sticks (Tender twigs)
1 handful of raisins (Dried berries)
1 handful of red candy such as M&M's (Fresh berries)
The original recipe call for 1 baby carrot (It's up to you. I don't know if I'd want to mix it in the baggies with the above...)  Be sure to have extra ingredients for kids to munch on while making!

Place ingredients in a zip lock baggie. Shake up and enclose a note that says...

Even Santa's Reindeer need a snack now and then, especially on Christmas Eve, please leave me out with the cookies and milk for Santa!

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SANTA CUPCAKES

Start with 2 cups (or one 16-ounce can) vanilla frosting. Place 2/3 cup in a bowl; tint with red food coloring. Frost part of the cupcake top with white frosting for the face and the other part with red frosting for the hat. If desired, pipe white frosting to create the fur band of the hat. Press a miniature marshmallow on one side of the hat for pom-pom.

Add chocolate chips for the eyes and a red-hot candy for the nose. Gently press flaked coconut below the nose for the bear

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SUGAR CONE CHRISTMAS TREES

Ingredients: Sugar cones, Green frosting, small candies, plastic knives

Give each child a sugar cone and plastic knife. Have the children frost their 'tree base'. You can get green frosting by mixing food coloring with white frosting.
After the tree is frosted, decorate with small candies. Keep, make a scene with the trees, or eat!

Note: Raven and Laney (both age 12) decided to mix it up a bit-by adding spice drops and shredded coconut. 

Also made by 'R and L' is the  above tray of 'mixed winter goodies'.  Directions for each treat are found on this page... as well as 'Winter Snack pages' of  Snowmen and Reindeer. (Images by KidActivities.net)

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GIFT WRAPPED SNACKS (For a festive holiday touch)

1. In a large bowl, mix together such foods as dry cereal pieces, sunflower seeds, M & M's, raisins, nuts, and mini marshmallows.
2. For each child put a serving of the snack mix in the center of a holiday napkin.
3. Bring the sides of the napkin together and tie with ribbon.

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SANDWICH YULE LOG... Looking for a fun but substantial snack? Try this...good for all ages!

1. Remove the crust from a slice of bread--any kind your kids like...
2. Flatten the bread with a rolling pin and spread the bread slice with your children's favorite filling
3. Roll into a log--eat!

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APPLE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS

Ingredients:
Apples, Marshmallows, Pretzels

Cut and apple in half---into as many slices as you want for your ornament. 
Use halved marshmallows and anything else you'd like) in between the slices.
Break a piece off of a pretzel for the hanger. (Stretch a marshmallow to cover the base of the pretzel piece and 'glue' it to the top of the apple.) Image source littlenummies

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JOLLY S'MORES

Ingredients for one: 2 graham crackers, 1 Tablespoon peanut butter, 1 Tablespoon marshmallow creme, 1/2 chocolate bar

Spread peanut butter with knife on 1 graham cracker square. Top the peanut butter with the chocolate bar. Spread the marshmallow creme on the remaining graham cracker square; place the other cracker--marshmallow side down-- on the chocolate bar.

To make with your children...you may also be interested in the many no-bake cookie and bar recipes in the NO-BAKE CATEGORY...

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TOFFEE CRUNCH GRAHAMS 

Ingredients: 12 whole graham crackers (about 5" x 2.5 "), 1.5 cups butter  (3 sticks) use only butter-no substitutes, 1 cup packaged brown sugar, 2 cups sliced almonds

Line a 13" x 1" baking pan with heavy-duty tin foil. Place graham crackers in the pan. (They fit perfectly!

 In a saucepan, combine butter and brown sugar. Bring to a boil--stirring constantly. Carefully pour mixture over the graham crackers.  Sprinkle on the sliced almonds.  Bake at 400 for 6 to 8 minutes. Cool in pan for 4 minutes. Cut each cracker into four sections; transfer to wire racks to cool completely. (Image of candy-cooling on the rack-by KidActivities.net)

This recipe seemed so easy that I had to try it! IT IS EASY...and now sitting all wrapped in my freezer and waiting for the Holidays! Don't let the brown sugar and butter mixture scare you as you stir it in the pot. It comes together wonderfully as it begins to boil. Really nice for the Holidays! Barb

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PEANUTBUTTER AND COCONUT SNOWFLAKES
Ingredients:
Peanut butter, hexagon shaped crackers,  coconut

Spread peanut butter on the crackers.
Sprinkle coconut over them...

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HOLIDAY FRUIT CANDLE

Place a pineapple ring on each child's plate. Cut bananas in half and let each child peel his banana and place standing up in pineapple ring. Give each child a maraschino cherry and a toothpick to put on top of banana. You can put a raisin on top too. Now everyone has a Christmas candle.

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 NO COOK PUMPKIN PIE (Individual Servings)

Give each child a cup.
Into their cup put a big scoop of canned pumpkin, marshmallow creme, cool whip, and pumpkin pie spices.
Have children mix and then spread on graham crackers and eat.

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NO BAKE PUMPKIN PIE

Individual recipe:
Small custard-sized ready to eat--pie crusts
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
1 tablespoon marshmallow creme
1 tablespoon prepared whipped topping
Sprinkle of cinnamon

Mix all ingredients together and pour into the crust. The recipe is then ready to eat; it may be refrigerated or frozen.

Get other ideas in the PUMPKIN SNACKS CATEGORY!

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MICROWAVE FUDGE #1

1 pound powdered sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1/4 cup milk
1/4 pound margarine (or butter)
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Blend powdered sugar and cocoa in mixing bowl then add milk and butter, cook in Microwave Oven for 2 minutes. ( do not mix these ingredients, merely place in the bowl)
Remove bowl from microwave and stir  to mix ingredients.
Add vanilla and nuts and stir until blended.
Pour in greased container and place in freezer for 20 minutes or refrigerator for 1 hour.
Cut and serve. Yield: 60 pieces.

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MINUTE MICROWAVE FUDGE #2
From the kitchen of Erica Wilson on Mrs. Clauses' website

 Ingredients:
1 pound of powdered sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 pound butter/margarine
1 cup chopped nuts

• Mix all dry ingredients together.
Put in a 8"x8" inch microwave safe pan (important to use this size pan).
Add milk and vanilla extract.
Place chunk of butter/margarine in center ( leave butter as whole do not chop up).
Microwave on high for 2 minutes until bottom of dish feels warm.
Stir vigorously and blend in chopped nuts.
Put in mold or whatever and chill for 1 hour.
*Use real butter for best results.

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NO BAKE PEANUTTY CLUSTERS

A super-easy sweet treat!
Makes: About 3 dozen goodies

1 bag (about 12 oz) semisweet chocolate, milk chocolate or butterscotch chips (2 cups)
2 cups chow mein noodles or any ready-to-eat cereal
1 cup peanuts
 
1. In large microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips uncovered on High 1 minute.
Stir after 30 seconds- until softened. Keep stirring until smooth.
If not completely softened, continue microwaving 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each microwave time, until smooth.
 
2. Stir noodles and peanuts into chocolate until well coated.

3.Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until firm. Store covered in refrigerator.

For other EASY CANDY RECIPES...click here!  Many are wonderful for the Holidays!

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FOR HOLIDAY SNACKS...Don't forget  fun and easy...

• Cookie-cutter sandwiches of Holiday shapes 

Star shaped cheese and Holiday crackers

Red and Green Christmas Chips and Salsa

Red and Green Apples

"Little Debbie" Tree shaped individual snack cakes 

Red and Green Grapes

Tomato Soup with Green Goldfish Crackers

Ice Cream with Strawberry Syrup and Green Sprinkles

Decorated cupcakes

Pepperoni and Green Olive Pizza (Christmas Colors)

Rice Crispy Treat Present: Take a treat and tie with Licorice String

Purchased or Homemade Christmas cookies

Hot Cocoa/Chocolate (Check out all the fun recipes!)

Peppermint ice cream

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If your looking for GOODIES THAT MAKE GREAT GIFTS click here!  You'll find such things as Tea mix, Cocoa Mixes, Gourmet Apples, Colored Sugar, Tea Stirrers and Chocolate Covered Spoons!

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REINDEER CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZEL RODS (Pretzel rods with antlers)

Ingredients:
4 ounces chocolate vanilla or butterscotch-flavored almond bark--chopped
12 large pretzel twists
12 pretzel rods
24 miniature semisweet chocolate chips
12 red candy-coated chocolate candies
1 roll Betty Crocker Fruit by the Foot
Cherry or other flavor chewy fruit snack rolls
12 miniature green M & M's

 1. Place candy coating (Almond Bark) in 1-cup microwavable measuring cup. Microwave uncovered on High 30 to 60 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds, until melted.
 
2. Dip pretzel twists into melted candy coating. Place on waxed paper. Let stand until coating is set.
 
3. If necessary, re-warm coating. Dip top 2 inches of pretzel rod into melted candy coating; attach pretzel rod to bottom of pretzel twist. Place on waxed paper.
 
4. To make reindeer...
Press on chocolate chips for eyes and red M & M for nose-- using melted candy coating.

  • Cut scarf from fruit roll; attach to reindeer using candy coating.
  • Press on green M & M for button using candy coating. Place on waxed paper. Let stand until coating is set.
  • Store coated pretzel rods loosely covered at room temperature no longer than 2 weeks. Really cute!

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HUGS AND KISSES HOLIDAY PRETZELS

Ingredients: checkerboard, windowpane, square, or round shaped pretzels
M&Ms plain chocolate candies (Use red and green for the Christmas Holiday Season)
Hershey's Hugs chocolates 
Hershey's chocolate kisses (The amoubt of each depends on how many you are making) 

Preheat oven to 170 degrees

Open the bags of pretzels and place them on a parchment or waxed paper-lined cookie sheets in a single layer. DO ONLY ONE TYPE OF CANDY PER SHEET because the Hugs melt faster than the kisses.

Unwrap Hugs or Kisses, place one on each pretzel, repeat for an entire cookie sheet.

Place cookie sheets in the preheated oven, bake 4 MINUTES FOR THE SHEET OF pretzels and HUGS, 5-6 minutes for the pretzels and KISSES. Remove from oven and immediately put a M&M on top of each pretzel/chocolate, pressing down gently. Place cookie sheet in freezer or refrigerator until the chocolate is reset. 

If this is a gift, wrap either in cellophane bags or a candy box. Photo courtesy of cutesassy  (I've actually made these several times and they're wonderful! A picture of some that KidActivities has made is at the top of the page of the 'Dipped Pretzel Recipes' Category...In my experience, they should be eaten within a few days--after that the 'chocolate kiss' candy begins to whiten a bit. Barb)

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M& M PURCHASE TIP...

When the Christmas Holidays are over--buy all the red and green  M&M candies you can. Often they are on sale at 50-75% off and you can use the red for Valentine's Day and save the green for St. Patrick's Day!

#2 PURCHASE TIP: Be sure to buy lots of RITZ SNOWFLAKE CRACKERS during the winter Holidays...You'll then have them to pull out for dips and spreads for other Winter Food Fun! (They're only in stores for the Holidays)

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FROM OUR REINDEER THEME COME THESE GOODIES!

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REINDEER FACE SANDWICH (1 slice bread)
Peanut butter
4 mini pretzels
4 raisins or m&m's
2 mini marshmallows
Maraschino cherries or red-hot cinnamon candies
Plates and knife

 

1. Cut bread in half from corner to corner, making two equal triangles.
2. Spread peanut butter over bread.
3. Decorate as follows:

Place it in front of you, with the point facing you and the long side of triangle facing away from you. Place one mini pretzel on each upper corner for the antlers; two raisins in the center of each slice (the eyes) and one mini marshmallow for the nose...if you are making Rudolf, use a maraschino cherry or cinnamon candy -- on the tip of each short point nearest you for the nose). You now have two reindeer faces...

REINDEER SANDWICHES in general...
Just put  variety of bread slices, cheese, meat or peanut butter. Add and a good selection of veggies and fruit...Raisins, carrot strips, celery, olives, slices of red pepper,etc. This sample idea  from
hamptonroads

 

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REINDEER NUTTER BUTTER COOKIE

Ingredients: Nutter Butter Cookies, Peanut Butter, Raisins, Small Pretzel Twists, Red M & M Candies

Directions:
1. Place a small amount of peanut butter on the top of a Nutter Butter cookie.
2. Put a small pretzel twist on the peanut butter, letting it stick beyond the cookie for antlers.
3. Put two more dots of peanut butter and add raisins for eyes.
4. Finally put a dot of peanut butter on the bottom part of the cookie and add a red M&M for a nose

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REINDEER POOP (These are NO-BAKE COOKIES)...Enjoy with the kids... or  give out for gifts!  Put some in a zip-lock baggie and attach one of the  "Reindeer Poop" poems from the "Reindeer Theme" page.

Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons cocoa
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 cups oatmeal -- not instant
1/2 cup chopped nuts -- optional

1. In a large saucepan, mix butter, sugar, milk and cocoa together.
2. Bring the mixture to a boil while stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute.
3. Remove from heat and stir in the remaining ingredients.
4. Drop by the teaspoon-full onto wax paper and allow to harden.
5. They will set up in approximately 30-60 minutes.
6. This will keep for several days without refrigerating, up to 2 weeks refrigerated and 2-3 months frozen. Make 72...

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REINDEER CUPCAKES

Ingredients:
24 large pretzel twists,
24 miniature marshmallows or M&M's for eyes
24 red cinnamon candies for nose 
Optional: 24 small red gumdrops for mouth 
Make 24 cupcakes (or double or triple batch as box directs)
Can also purchase plain frosted cupcakes. 
  

1. Frost cupcakes with frosting. (Chocolate would most likely resemble deer)
2. For each cupcake, cut pretzel twist in half; arrange it on cupcake for reindeer antlers.
3. Cut miniature marshmallow in half; arrange on cupcake for eyes. 4. Center a gumdrop below marshmallow halves for nose.
5. Optional: Place red cinnamon candy below gumdrop for mouth. Store loosely covered.

Also check out these other decorating ideas...Reindeer with straight 'pretzel antlers' courtesy of ziggityzoom  and reindeer with 'candy cane antlers' from carpercupcakes

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 REINDEER CHOW... MAKE 'PUPPY CHOW' AND CALL IT 'REINDEER CHOW'! 

1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine
12 ounces chocolate chips
1 large box Crispix
2 to 2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
 
1. Melt peanut butter, margarine and chocolate chips. ( I melt it in the microwave-checking frequently)
2. Pour mixture over large box Crispix; coat well.
3. In a paper bag put 2 1/2 cups confectioner sugar.
4. Add coated cereal. Shake well and pour onto wax paper.

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 MARSHMALLOW REINDEER...A snack and craft in one!
Ingredients:
Large Marshmallows and a dab of white frosting to hold on eyes and nose 
Stick Pretzels
Red Licorice strings (optional) 
Gummy candies, mini-chocolate chips or mini M&M's for eyes/tail

1. Assemble Reindeer bodies by sliding a pretzel stick through two marshmallows, one from either end.
2. Use 4 whole pretzel sticks for legs and a half of a pretzel stick for each antler.
3. Fold a 1 inch piece of licorice string in half and insert into face of reindeer for a red nose. 
4. Attach head with half of a pretzel stick and then tie a piece of red licorice around neck for decoration. (Sample and image by KidActivities.net)

NOTE: These should be eaten rather quickly. As our two 12 year old  crafty cooks learned-- the reindeer have a mind of their own and want to sit or lean after a bit...

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 FOR OTHER WINTER HOLIDAY & GOOD ALL-WINTER TIME SNACKS visit...

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Trash to Treasure Page 2

October 10, 2009 02:28 by Barbara Shelby

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RECYCLE FOR ART       

 ODDS AND ENDS WRAPPING PAPER COLLAGE
Wondering what to do with all those odds and end of wrapping paper?  Make a collage with them.  Use craft or scrapbooking glue to adhere the pieces together and let dry completely.  You can really get creative and mix and match patterns.

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MAKE A COLLAGE BOX and fill it with recycled materials!

COLLAGE BOXES are containers for storing all those odds and ends that are perfect for creating collages. As you find scraps of lace, buttons, even pieces of foil or drinking straws, place them in your collage box. Also put in lids or extremely clean Styrofoam meat trays suitable for being the base of the collage.

  • Leave it in your art center or occasionally place glue, scissors, and the collage box on a table.
  • You'll see your children's imaginations at work, as they combine the various contents into a one-of-kind masterpiece.
    Tip: Before you place the art supplies on the work table, spread a few layers of newspaper, a plastic table cloth, wax paper or tray on its surface. This will make messy glue spills a breeze to clean...

TEN THINGS TO COLLECT for Making Collage Art...

1. Torn up bits of old paintings and drawings you don't want to keep.
2. Labels from boxes, cans, candy bars and bottles (soak them off then dry them).
3. Used postage stamps, especially from all over the world.
4. Shiny Mylar foil balloons that have gone flat.
5. Short pieces of string, yarn, thread, twine, ribbon and lace (short pieces...don't keep too much).
6. Words cut out of magazine headlines and ads.
7. Maps.
8. Broken jewelry.
9. Seeds from flowers, kitchen spices, leftover garden.
10. Used tickets from shows and sports events.

...AND #11. Things you can glue collected from Trips and Vacations! As the above sample photo shows, some will come out so nice --that you'll want to frame them! (Made by Jenny Nance, Keego Harbor, Michigan)

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Do you have a lot of magazines?! MAKE A MAGAZINE HOUSE!

  • Using an old catalog or magazine, cut out pictures of chairs, tables, curtains, bathroom fixtures and other furnishings.
  • Spread out a large sheet of drawing paper. Sketch an "open sided" house.
  • Have children place the pictures of the furnishings in the rooms of their choice. They can cut out more pictures to redecorate their house, cut out pictures of people, toys, pets, and anything they like!

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MAKE MOBILES...

Do you have lots of wire hangers? You've got the first ingredient for a mobile. Using photos, homemade pictures, or any other paper items, punch a hole in them and tie a string or piece of yarn in the hole. (Paper will be more stable if forst glued/mounted to card stock)

Tie the other end of the string on the wire hanger, spacing three across the bottom of the hanger. If you really want to get creative, hook two other wire hangers on the bottom corners of the first hanger for an even bigger, more inventive mobile.

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OLD TO NEW CRAYONS

1. Take the paper off old crayons
2.  Break them into pieces.
3.  Spray muffin/cupcake tins with nonstick spray or lightly coat with oil----OR---Line the cups of a miniature muffin tin with aluminum foil cupcake liners of regular liners 3 each deep.
4.  Put crayon pieces into muffin tins and melt in an oven at 250 degrees until just melted ...you can mix the crayons in the tins but you may want to have separate colors as well.
Let tins cool.
5. Turn over and rap back of tins hard.
You can use a toothpick to make a swirl effect in the wax before it cools. Just be careful, the wax is very HOT!

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SUN CRAYONS

This is another way to recycle old crayons! Peel the paper from the crayons. Put bit of crayons in individual disposable cups or empty egg carton sections. Place this outisde on a very hot and sunny day where the crayons will melt. After melting, let the crayons cool overnight and 'pop' them out the next day. You'll have mew 'cool-shaped' crayons!

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MAKE PLAY DOUGH COLLAGE/SCULPTURES
Materials:
Small paper plates
Play dough
Feathers
Pipe cleaners
Pony beads
Cereal with a hole in center

First of all make play dough instead of buying it! (Click here for more than 40 play dough recipes!) When your play dough has begun to outgrow its usefulness---remember this idea! 

  • Give each child with a small paper plate containing a ball of play dough about the size of a golf ball. Have the children flatten the ball out just a bit.
  • Provide the children with a variety of colored feathers, pipe cleaners, pony beads, cereal, etc.
    Some things they can do:
    Wrap pipe cleaners around pencils or their fingers to make spirals; thread the beads onto the pipe cleaners and stick the feathers and pipe cleaners into the play dough. Now, step back and watch them create some of the most interesting sculptures!! (I just did this with two children ages 3 and 5--make sure the dough is more rounded than flat or when dry it will crack.  It took several days for the sculptures to harden. It went quickly once they were placed on a raised wire cookie tray. Air was able to then circulate underneath.)

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RECYCLE OLD SHOES AND MAKE... FUN SHOES - WACKY SHOES - DECORATED SHOES!

 

Put out a variety of decorating items such as pom-poms, beads, jewels, pipe cleaners, etc. Have kids bring OLD SHOES and watch creativity explode! Depending on the material of the shoes-use either a good white glue or hot glue. (Hot glue will dry faster) Photo from Carleton Place Public Library summer project.

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ART FROM PACKING MATERIAL

The biodegradable packing peanuts MADE FROM CORNSTARCH can be assembled into fascinating sculptures simply by moistening one end of each piece with a damp cotton swab (the moisture melts them and makes them stick together.) Use these and other (bottle caps, twist ties, rubber bands) and stay busy for hours.

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PAINT WITH BUBBLE WRAP

Assuming you can stop the kids from popping it all, paint a section and use it to make polka-dot snake skin-like prints.

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ART FRAMES

Using the TOP of tissue paper boxes, cut pieces to frame small pieces of art! You can also cut out the tops from a variety of gift boxes. Cut out the center so that it is slightly smaller than the art to be displayed.

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***MISCELLEANEOUS IDEAS Also check the Frugal and Program Money Saving Tips Category-- Some really wonderful Recyled Ideas are also in there!

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HAMMER AND NAILS
Children love to pretend they are building. Hammers, nails, and a handy block of Styrofoam or soft block of wood can be wonderful tools for fine motor skills. This is an activity that should be closely supervised. It would be fun to create a wood working area in your program.

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TAKE THINGS APART!
When children ask, "How does this work?"
help them to find out. Provide non-working toasters, clocks, VCR’s, tape recorders, radios and other appliances to disassemble. You can put these items on your wish list to parents.

Remove electrical cords and establish guidelines for taking things apart (only with adult supervision, at this table, no more than 2 children at a time, etc.) Caregivers can teach safe use of tools at disassembly stations where screwdrivers, pliers, and bins for sorting screws and small parts are stored.

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JUNK MAIL JEWELRY (For older school age to adult)
Letters, fliers, and brochures sent by direct marketers are often very colorful. We can help the environment and save landfill space by making paper beads from it. Many of the mail pieces you receive are varnished, making this type of paper expensive to recycle. Because of their coated surface, however, beads made from junk mail are very strong and fairly waterproof.

You will need: Junk mail with a coated, shiny surface, Newspapers to keep area clean, Broken jewelry to string with paper beads (optional), Ruler, pencil, and scissors, White glue, Round tooth picks, Strong, thin string, such as kite string, Needle for threading beads

1.  Cut the paper into small strips approximately 3/4" wide by 41/2" long. Roll each bead by wrapping it tightly around a toothpick. Complete the bead by gluing the last 1/2" of the strip. Remove the toothpick and repeat until all the beads are made.

 2. Beads of different sizes may be made by varying the dimensions given. To make the beads bigger, use longer strips of paper. Change the width of the strips to make wider or narrower beads. (Chunky beads are from longer triangles while narrow long beads are from short triangles.)

 

3.  When stringing beads, alternate handmade paper beads with beads rescued from broken necklaces and bracelets, or make your own with pulp paper Mache mixture. Tie a knot in the string to complete the necklace, or use a professional clasp which may be purchased at a craft store.

You can also use magazine covers and other slick papers to make beads. Even materials with some printing will do, since only the last inch or so of the bead is visible.
Adapted from:kid-at-art.com

Someone actually made me the above necklace about 15 years ago! (Angie Dockter at Brooklands School- K-Club)-and it's beautiful! As you can see in the photo-they look like real beads! Thank you Angie! (Barb) Image by KidActivities.net
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IDEA #2
Source: "Schoolage note of the day 5/20/08

  • Gather used wrapping paper/old magazines, scissors, glue sticks, one drinking straw per child and yarn.
  • Cut triangles from the paper that are approximately 2 inches across the bottom and 10 inches tall. Each triangle makes one bead.
  • Place the triangle wrong side up on the table. Lay the straw along the wide end of the triangle. Tightly roll the strip around the straw twice.
  • Put glue on the remainder of the triangular strip and continue to roll the paper evenly.
  • Finish the bead by gluing down the narrow end and holding in place until the glue sets.
  • Slip bead off of the straw and repeat this procedure until the desired number of beads are created.
  • String the beads on the desired length of yarn and tie the ends together

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 MAKE JEWELRY OUT OF PUZZLE PIECES

Take a piece of a jigsaw puzzle, or several pieces glued together, paint it and decorate it with beads, glitter, sequins, etc., Glue a jewelry pin on the back.

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WAX PAPER AND TUBE KALEIDOSCOPE
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aterials Needed:
Toilet tissue tubes
Wax paper
Crayons (Paper removed)
Potato peeler
Iron
Rubber bands

 
1. Cut wax paper into rectangular pieces that when folded, will fit over the end of the toilet tissue roll.
2. Have children cut tiny pieces of tissue and place on wax paper. They can tear it if they can't control scissors. Another variation is to have the child grate peeled crayons with a potato peeler onto the waxed paper.
3. Fold the waxed paper in half and press with a warm iron until the paper sticks together. Child can do this carefully.
4. Fasten the waxed paper to the end of the toilet tissue roll with a rubber band.
5. Hold up to light and see the various colors.

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MAKE A CLOWN BANK
Materials: Paper towel tube, cardboard, construction paper, yarn, poster board

1. Tape or glue a round piece of cardboard to each end of a paper towel tube.
2. Cut a slot for the clown's mouth, Make it large enough for coins to go through.
3. Paint the tube white, Glue on yarn hair and features cut from the paper.

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 TALKING APPLE PUPPET

(Uses "OLD" tennis balls)
    •Materials: Old tennis balls (If no one in your program plays tennis, put them on your wish list! Red paint and a paintbrush (You can skip this part if you're able to find red tennis balls--look at pet-toys)
    •Brown pipe cleaner
    •Scrap of green felt
    •Two large wiggle eyes
    •Masking tape
    •Tiny red pom-pom
    •Black marker
    •Scissors
    •White glue or thick blue glue gel
    •Newspaper to work on
    •Plastic-foam egg carton (for drying the tennis ball on)

1. Have an adult use a sharp knife to cut a slit across the lower half of the ball for the mouth and to poke a small slit in the top of the ball for the stem. If you have a shop vise, you can use it to hold the ball steady while you make the cuts. The deeper the mouth cut, the easier it will be to squeeze the mouth to open it.

2. Paint the ball red. Let it dry on the plastic-foam egg carton.

3. Stick a piece of masking tape on the back of each wiggle eye to create a better gluing surface. Glue the eyes on the ball above the mouth.

4. Glue on the red pom-pom for the nose.
 
5. Cut a 2-inch piece of brown pipe cleaner for the stem. Push the end of the stem through the hole in the top of the apple.
 
6. Cut a leaf shape from the green felt scrap. Cut a tiny slit at the base of the leaf. Slide the leaf down over the stem through the slit so that it sits on the top of the apple.

7. Use the black marker to make a line over the cut mouth to accentuate it.

8. To make the mouth of the apple open and close, squeeze the ball on each side of the mouth.

This little apple puppet can pick things up with the mouth and swallow them. You might want to make a game of seeing how many things the puppet can pick up and swallow in a set amount of time. Try picking up small pom-poms or popcorn kernels, bits of cereal and raisins. The kids especially liked to play the 'apple eats your nose game'." More than one group reported apple puppets nibbling at other kids with much giggling--- a part of the game.
Source: realfamiliesrealfun.com

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RECYCLE AND DECORATE OLD TENNIS BALLS!
Cover the table with newspaper. Put out poster paints and brushes. The kids can decorate the balls to look like faces, animals, or designs of their imagination. Be sure to use old tennis balls and let them dry before using them... This project gives triple use to the balls- you first recycle the ball as an art project, and then recycle it again as a tennis ball!

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Need tennis balls and tennis ball containers to play or make projects?
Go to local tennis courts (clubs) and ask them to save the containers from the balls. Kids can decorate them with permanent magic markers then go outside and collect bugs. They are adorable and FREE. Also, I didn't realize people only use the balls one time. The balls can be used outside and for crafts. From Mrs. Z in Michigan /Florida

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TENNIS BALL MASSAGER...

Materials:
2
Old Tennins Balls
Sport Sock (We all have the loan mate of the one the washing machine ate!)

You won't believe how great this feels! It really does get out all thee knots in your back! Take a sports sock and place two tennis balls into the sock and tie the top of the sock up with either a elastic bandor a knot. Lay on top of it on the floor and roll yourself back and forth. You could also have someone rub it over your back, legs, etc.

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TWO OLD CD IDEAS....

Decorate old CDs to hang from the ceiling…

Cover the printed side of the discs, using construction paper and a glue gun. Use markers, crayons, paint, glitter pens and stickers to turn the discs into works of art. This CD is painted with acrylics.

  • Punch holes in the tops of the CDs and hang them with fishing wire or string.
  • They could also be used as coasters if you don't wish to hang them!

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CD SUN
Materials:
2 old CD's
Tacky glue
Yellow construction paper
String or yarn
Yellow sharpie marker

  • Cut triangles with about a 1 ½ inch base out of yellow paper.
  • Spread tacky glue onto printed side of CD. Place triangles onto the outer rim of the CD (where the base of the triangle is at the edge, but into the glue).
  • Place the end of the string/yarn onto the glue about 3/4 of the way into the glue, let the rest hang out.
  • Spread a little glue onto the printed side of the other CD. Now sandwich the CD's together (printed side/glue sides together).
  • Write child's name on the CD with the yellow sharpie marker. You have a sparkling sun to hang in a sunny window!

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Does anyone still use film? If so – save those film canisters!
FILM CANISTER FINGER PUPPETS
When you're ready to load your camera, don't toss out the film canister. The plastic container makes a lively finger puppet that's easy and fun to make. All the dressing material can be used from previous craft projects.

If you don't have canisters, put them on your wish list- or ask a local photo store if they have discarded canisters to donate.

 
Materials:
Film canisters,
Colored plastic tape (electrician's tape),
Tacky glue,
Collage materials (yarn bits, ribbon, buttons, sequins and wiggle eyes).

  • Wrap the tape around the canister's top or bottom to distinguish the body from the head of the puppet.
  • Add hair and a face, and decorate the body using whatever collage materials you like.
  • Turn each canister over to fill it with a small amount of fiberfill to give the puppet a snug fit on a little finger.
  • Use the canister lids (slide them on the closed end) to make delightful hats for the puppets.
    One child used yellow pipe cleaners for a sporty flipped-up 'do,' wiggle eyes, and sequin leaves for a stunning gown. The film canister top looked really cute on top like a beret!
    From: Cassie/Mi.

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SMELLING CONTAINERS (Guessing game)

Materials:
Empty film containers or salt shakers with holes punched in tops.
A variety of scents such as: lemon garlic, vanilla, peppermint, cinnamon, coffee, etc.

Put a different scent in individual containers. Have children smell the containers and guess what each contains. You can also use a variety of essential oils on cotton balls and place them in the containers

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  DECORATING YOUR ROOM FOR A PARTY?

Put up decorations made from recycled or reused materials. Instead of using crepe paper, cut strips of used notebook paper or construction paper and glue them together to form colorful chains to hang from the ceiling. Be creative!

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 PAPER TUBE BUTTERFLIES

Materials:
TP tube or paper towel tube cut to desired height (Paint the tubes before decorating)
Paper heart doilies or construction paper heart shapes
Google eyes (for butterfly #2 )- black marker for simple version)
Pipe Cleaner
Pom-poms
Decorations as desired

Kid Activities believes that children's projects are best when they are open-ended. For this activity a variety of supplies were put out. (Crafters had a visual sample-but were told to create their own version.) Two samples are shown here...

1. Both 'Butterflies' are similar but 'R' added a head and double wings. The wings have been cut out from the center of heart-shaped Doilies-however-construction paper hearts can also be used. The wings are glued over each other onto the back of the paper tube.
3. The pom-pom head sits on top of the tube and a full length 'pipe cleaner antenna' fold into the tube. (It's size and thickness holds it in place) The mouth and nose are made from t 'bits' cut out of foam.
Small 'stick on' foam hearts decorate the wings.

The more simple version for a 'younger child' uses one set of wings. In place of a pom-pom head--eyes and mouth are drawn on with a black permanent marker. (Images by KidActivities.net)

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Make Musical Instruments with Recycled Materials!

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