February 12th, 2013 posted by Amanda Formaro
Children love to display their artwork on the refrigerator. Dad is always hanging up phone numbers and slips of paper. And Mom, of course, has her own little notes, lists, and reminders. With the help of the kids, why not personalize a magnet clip for everyone in the family?
You will need
wooden or plastic clothespins, buttons, google eyes, small silk flowers, etc hot glue with parent’s help) magnet strips posterboard (white is best)
If you make this project
What you do
Begin by drawing the first letter in each family member’s name on a piece of posterboard. Cutout theletters, they should be approximately 3 inches in height. // Next, glue together two clothespins in cross cross fashion so that both open at the same end (bottom). Position your letters onto the crisscrossed clothespin to make sure it will fit comfortably. Lay the posterboard letter onto the aflat work surface. Have the children choose what they would like to use to decorate each letter with. One child may be very fond of the color purple and may choose a variety of buttons, pom poms, flowers, and beads, all in purple. Another child may have aliking for google eyes as one of ours did! Use whatever beads, baubles and items you like, as long as they aren’t too heavy. Have the children arrange their “finds” on the letters (atop the work surface) the way they would like them to be on their magnets. An adult will need to operate the glue gun. Apply glue to the items and affix them, one at a time, to the posterboard letter. Set aside to dry completely. On the back of the crisscrossedclothespin, attach a long magnet strip (these are self adhesive and available at discount and craft stores). You can also recycle old business card and flat magnets that you have lying around by cutting them to fit and gluing to the back. When finished, glue the letter to the clothespin and hang on the refrigerator!
Kuffner gives us an enormous number of ideas for fun things to do with our children. This is an arts and crafts type of book, and she does something I haven’t seen in other activity books. She spends a chapter telling you how to organize for a toddler. She also provides a list of items to buy and old household items to save (dried magic markers, for example). The rest of the book is laid out equally well. There are chapters on rainy day play, water play, kitchen activities, outdoor adventures, how to entertain the kids when you’re on errands or travel, nursery rhymes, learning activities, music, arts & crafts, and even birthday/holiday activities. The appendix lists craft recipes, “crazy can” activities, and best toys/books for toddlers. Very comprehensive and varied. (courtesy: Amazon)