Posts tagged ‘projects for kids’

March 13, 2012

accordion puppets

The darling originals below are a cinch to make & great entertainment…

Supplies: 2 strips each of two colors of construction paper, 2 popsicle sticks, glue, face decorations

  1. glue the same color strips together
  2. glue the two pieces at one end perpendicular to each other:

Fold the colors over each other in an accordion fashion, back & forth:

Make the face (use crayons, markers, googly eyes, yarn, noodles, paper, etc.) & glue onto facing of one end.  Glue on popsicle sticks one on each end:

Get ready to make a puppet cast & put on a show!

Live in the Kansas City area?  Check out the Paul Mesner Puppet Studio – amazing, creative & inspiring!

January 25, 2012

mini quilt

Looking for an engaging, not too long-term but longer than an hour project?  How about a sweet, cheery quilt for a doll?  Inspired by a full-size pattern but made in miniature:

Find a dozen cutie pie fabrics for squares, a high quality cotton solid white/cream, & purchase extra of one fabric print for finishing edge, pillow & sheet.

Figure out the size of the quilt & work backwards to determine yardage.  Lots of excellent, published or web resources exist.  A favorite site:  Thimble Blossoms by Camille Roskelley

The machine quilting is a combo of straight & waves.

The perimeter binding was machine stitched onto front side of quilt, then folded over to the back & hand stitched.  The final touch was adding thin satin ribbon ties to the center of each square.

Small & interesting quilt projects might be the perfect beginning for budding quilters as well…

January 2, 2012

mini comps

A cute, inexpensive project for kids & adults ~ creating paper covers for composition notebooks.  Three packs of miniatures can be found at dollar stores.

Applique the fronts & backs with a scene, words or use the paper design print as inspiration:


Or, simply cut the paper into different shapes or use strips for design:

The “M” above is an iron-on rhinestone applique.  Typically done on fabric & it works the same on paper (intense attention given during ironing!).

Creative credit for above notebooks goes to the two kiddos who live here!

“Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.”  ~Roger Lewin


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