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Paper Plate Swimming Fish

This craft is an ode to our pet betta fish Luna. It was not her birthday or anything, but my daughter insisted over weekend that we needed to make something to celebrate our Luna. So here it is!! This cute and interactive paper plate swimming fish craft is dedicated to her. A free printable template is available for your convenience.


Paper Plate Swimming Fish with free printable - Interactive arts & crafts project for kids. fish bowl

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Tin Foil Embossing

Tin Aluminum Foil Embossing - Painted embossed hearts. Pretty kid's arts &crafts projects for kids.

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My favorite crafting tool is my glue gun. I love my glue gun. There is nothing that it can’t do. I bought my daughter her first low temperature glue gun a few months ago & like her mother, she loves hers too. Obviously, it is great for gluing things together quickly, but it is also a wonderful tool for art projects. This weekend we used ours to emboss tin foil.

We cut shapes out of cardboard. My daughter wanted to make hearts, so we started with embossed hearts. We both used our glue guns to squeeze designs out onto the cardboard. The low temp guns are still hot at the tip & can burn, so use caution when operating & use your best judgment as to whether you think your child should operate one. Glue a piece of tin foil over the heart and smooth out over your design. Paint the foil around the embossing & let dry.

Tin Aluminum Foil Embossing - Painted embossed hearts. Pretty kid's arts &crafts projects for kids.,

Next we made fish. I drew & cut out two fish shapes & drew in scales with the glue. We repeated the same steps as above.

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My daughter had fun with this project & our embossings came out great. You may also try this technique using regular glue and then letting it dry overnight or by using yarn to make your designs.

Painterd tin foil embossed fish arts & craft for kids. Great summer craft using aluminum foil, cardboard & glue for embossing

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Painterd tin foil embossed fish arts & craft for kids. Great summer craft using aluminum foil, cardboard & glue for embossing.

 

 

Footprints Animal Crafts X, Y & Z

Footprint Animals Crafts From A -Z featuring X, Y & Z

We did it! We finished our footprint crafts from A – Z with our final 3 letters X, Y & Z. Here they are, the last in our collection.

X is for X-Ray Fish

Paint your child’s foot with silver paint & press onto a piece of paper.

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Dab on a little white for the eye & paint in the fins.

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Paint in the bones & add a little color to the fins. Add an eyeball & fish lips to finish off your craft.

Footprint Animal Crafts A-Z X is for X-ray fish.

Y is for Yak

Paint the foot in brown & press onto a piece of paper.

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Paint in the ears, horns & the head fur.

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Use a lighter shade to paint the bottom of the face & paint in more fur on the bottom, under the chin & on the sides.

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Add the eyeballs, nostrils & mouth. Also add lines to the horns.

Footprint Yak - Footprint crafts A - Z - Y is for Yak

Z is for Zebra

Paint the heel of the foot in black & then the rest in white. Press onto a piece of paper.

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Paint in hair on the top as shown. Add ears & then nostrils to the black portion.

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Paint in eyes by dabbing a bit of black & then white & then black again. Add the stripes to finish off your zebra head.

Footprint Zebra - animal footprints A - Z - Z is for zebra

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Plastic Easter Egg Floating Fish

PLastic Easter Egg Floating Fish

 

It has been 2 months since Easter & I still have a pile of plastic Easter eggs filling up my craft drawers. We have used them many times in water play in the past. I thought we could dress them up a bit and make colorful fish out of them.

 

Plastic Egg Fish

 

What you will need:

Plastic Easter eggs

Foam sheets

Glue gun – As always use caution when operating. Adults should operate.

Googly eyes

 

Directions: Glue the plastic eggs together. Be careful when using hot glue on plastic as it can melt easily. Do not let the gun get too hot.

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Cut pieces out of the foam for the different fins.

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Squeeze a bead of glue onto the end of the back fin. Let the glue cool for a few seconds & add to the fatter part of the egg.

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Add the top fin & googly eyes.

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Add the side fins to each side of the egg.

Mai took these into the bath this evening & loved them.

“Mama, can I take a bath with them again tomorrow?”

“Of course!”

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Pasta Shell Fish Craft

Pasta Shell Fish Crafts - cute summer arts & crafts project for kids.

 

I am beginning to think that there is nothing that cannot be made out of pasta shells. Because my daughter loves working with them just as much as I do, we are back with another round of pasta crafts. Tonight, our craft of choice is fish.

What you will need:

Jumbo pasta shells

Medium pasta shells

Bowtie pasta

Chick peas

Acrylic paint

Glue gun (use caution when operating a glue gun. Not recommended for small children.)

 

Directions:

To assemble your fish, glue a medium pasta shell into the end of the jumbo shell.IMG_0595

Glue 2 more medium shells to the side of the jumbo shell to form fins.

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Glue a piece of bowtie pasta to the other end of the jumbo shell to form the back fin.IMG_0599

Paint your fish with acrylic paints.

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Paint a chick pea in white for each fish that you are creating.

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Add a black dot in the center for the eye ball.

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Glue the eyes to the painted fish to finish off the craft.

Pasta Shell Fish Crafts - cute summer arts & crafts project for kids.

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Tissue Layering & Paper Plate Crafts

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There are many reasons that I love craft projects with my toddler. One of the big ones is that it keeps her mind & hands occupied. I do many crafts side by side with her, but sometimes it is great to have her work independently while I cook supper or get chores done. Arts & crafts are a far better alternative to sitting in front of the television. This is why I love tissue paper crafting. It can keep her content for long periods of time.

Tearing the tissue into pieces is fun for her destructive little hands. Layering the tissue in different colors & patterns is a great creative outlet for my little artist.

What you will need:

Different colored sheets of tissue paper

Paper plates

Vinegar

Elmer’s glue

Paint brush

Mix 3 parts vinegar with 1 part glue & stir. The vinegar will cause the colors to bleed together & the glue will adhere the tissue to the plate.

Cut or rip the tissue paper into several pieces & colors. Layer the tissue pieces & paint on the vinegar/glue mixture. Do a few pieces at a time. Let dry & then trim the excess that hangs over the edges.

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Mai said that she wanted to make a fish. We picked two colors & layered the bottom of a paper plate. Let it dry & trim around the edges. Cut out a triangle for the mouth & set the triangle aside. Cut out a triangle using a piece of construction paper. Glue the triangle mouth cutout to the inside of the construction paper cutout & glue to the opposite end of the fish’s mouth. Glue a small black circle inside of a larger black circle & glue above the mouth to make an eye.

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Mai wanted to make more animals. She asked for us to make animals that live on a farm. Since Thanksgiving is coming, I suggested a turkey.

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Layer & brush one color of tissue to the center of a paper plate.
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Form another layer around the yellow in orange & then add another layer in red. Let dry. Cut the excess paper around the edges.
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Cut out a shape for the turkey body & glue to the bottom center. Cut a piece for the turkey waddle & glue into place.
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Add a beak & some googly eyes. Finish off your turkey by adding pipe cleaner legs & feet to the bottom.

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