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U For Unicorn Slime – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

Getting crafty also means getting hands dirty and if we are getting them dirty then why not include something sensory too. Slime is hated by many adults but loved by every child. The sticky texture gives them a soothing feeling and a great play says my 7- year old.

I’ve bought varieties of slime over the past years and that too of good quality and also from brands but either they spoil within a week, or stink or grow fungus on them. Yup! True story! Also they are so pricey and do not last much. You can even find slime making kits these days but I’ve not tried them so far so can’t say how good they might be.

I wanted to experiment making slime and see if it turns out well. So we made a batch of slime almost 15 days ahead and it has definitely turned out good and still lasted. So let’s check out the supplies and get our hands sticky. I’ve also linked all the supplies as I bought most on them through

Elmer’s glue/transparent glue/slime glue 6oz
Baking soda 1/4th TSP
Water 2 tbsp
Pink and blue liquid food color
Chunky glitter
1.5 – 2 tbsps Contact solution

Let’s get started
1. Make sure to use a bowl a d spoon separately that might not be used much in the kitchen since glue and contact solution will be mixed in it. You can keep it separate in your art supplies.
2. Empty 6oz bottle of glue in the bowl and mix 2 tbsps water in it.
3. Now add 14th tsp baking soda in it and mix well. Make sure no lumps are left.
4. Add drops of food color depending on the shade of color you want. More drops of color will give you deeper shade but since we are trying to achieve colors of unicorn, add only one drop. Mix it well. We made two separate batches of slime, one pink and another blue.

Pink Slime.
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5. Now add the chunky glitter. We chose the chunky one so that it will be more visible through the slime. Eira loved this idea. Try to use glitter of the same shade of food color as it looks much better. Mix it all.well.
6. Now it’s time for contact solution. Make sure to help your child here and do not leave unattended. Add 1.5 tbsps of contact solution to the mic and stir it vigorously. Contact solution is the element which will bind it all together and turn it into slime.
7. Check the slime to make sure the stickiness is not too much and that the slime does come off. If not then add the remaining 0.5 tbsp of contact solution to it andix it again.

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By now you have two batches of slime. One pink and another blue. Mix half a portion of each color slime to get the unicorn color.

Unicorn Slime made with mixing pink and blue slime. This image belongs to and reuse is strictly prohibited.

Your Unicorn slime is ready!
You can even make more colored slime like purple, green, yellow etc and mix it all together to get the desired unicorn colors. I made only two of the colors so that we can save on the supplies and make some more later.

Slime spaceship.
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Eira loved making it and enjoyed playing with it. She even created some slime art.

Slime guitar.
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Slime doll.
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We have created a quick video while Eira was making it.

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S For Skull Art – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

While choosing activity for letter ‘S’, me and Eira were curious to see a skull painted. I wanted to think over for a minute but she was adamant. When we studied of how to go about it, we were excited to see how it is going to work out.

Skulls are symmetrical. That means that if you draw a line between the skull, you will find both parts exactly the same. In Mathematics, it’s called the “Line of symmetry”. We are going to use this math logic while working on this art. It’s called blot painting. Blot as you paint to keep the skull symmetrical and then make it more vibrant with colors.

Black chart paper
White paint
Oil pastels

Let’s get started

1. Fold the black paper in half. This line in the middle is going to be the line of symmetry.

2. Start painting the skull in bits and parts. Make the top of the skull first and immediately fold the paper. The color on one side of the line will blot.on the other side and will make the exact same shape. Do not mix paint with water. The blotting process might not work out properly.

3. Keep making the skull in the next two steps and blot them.

4. Now make the eyes, nose and teeth and blot them too. One thing at a time to make sure the paint doesn’t dry out.

5. It’s time to add some colors. Let your child add some vibrant colors using oil pastels.

Skull art made by Eira.
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Your skull art is ready!
We have created a quick video while Eira was working on this activity.

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Q For Q-Tip Floral Couture – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

Sounds fancy enough? Believe me when I say, this activity is definitely going to please your child above and beyond everything. Especially if it’s a girl. Instead of doing flowers and trees with Q-Tip painting we took it a whole new level while designing a dress.

Paint colors
Rubber bands
Paint brushes
Colored paper
Pencil and eraser

Let’s get started

1. Draw your model for whom you want to design a dress or a gown on a colored paper. You ca. Even chose white or black paper. I’ve usually gone with Eira’s choices.

2. Outline the model drawing.

3. Bundle up 6-8 q-tips and secure them together with rubber bands. We needed 3 such bunches for 3 different colors and then some singles too.

4. Choose the paint colors, dip a bunch of q-tip in the paint and just dab-dab-dab in a circular fashion to make it look floral.

5. Keep designing the gown until it’s full of q-tip florals. Use single Q-Tips to design the top part of the gown.

6. Colors the face and hair of the model.

Q-Tip floral couture by Eira.
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Your Q-Tip couture gown is ready! So chic right!

We have created a quick video while Eira was doing this activity.

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O For Octopus Wobbleheads – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

O for ocean and o for Octopus said my little girl. So here we are, sharing a craft from the deep blues. We wanted to give an extraordinary touch so Eira came up with the idea of creating wobbling heads for the octopus. An add-on that she learnt in her art class at school. I just went along with her idea and it turned out wonderful. This craft is great for some fine motor skills.

Colored craft paper
A4 size white paper
Pencil and eraser

Let’s get started
1. Draw the octopus head on colored paper. We used origami square papers here. Cut them out.
2. We used the leftover paper to make strips for the octopus’ tentacles. This way the leftover paper was also not wasted and also gave the craft a color combination.
3. Start rolling the stripes of paper from one end to midway for tentacles.
4. Draw eyes for the octopus on white paper and cut them out too.
5. Cut some stripes of white paper to make wobbling parts. Place them at 90 degrees angle of each other and stick them. Now start folding in the accordion fashion one over the other until you reach the end and then stick the end together with glue.
6. Stick the eyes on the octopus head and then the rolled strips under the octopus.
7. Draw some seaweed on green paper and cut them out.
8. It’s time to get it altogether. Take an A4 size paper and shade it with light blue crayon. You can choose to draw waves, or color in deep blue or shade it with multiple colors of blue.
9. Stick the seaweed. Stick the wobbling parts and then attach the octopus onto them.

Your Octopus wobbleheads are ready.

Octopus Wobbleheads.
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This is such a fun craft and your kids will love how the octopus are popping right out of the craft and wobbling…

Octopus Wobbleheads.
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We made a quick video while Eira was making this craft.

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N For Nature inspired ghost leaves art – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

Nothing like a walk in the garden early morning to feel right in the middle of nature and let children explore things on their own. Nature has so much instore for all of us that every little thing has so much to see and learn. There are so many things to do when you have ample of things to pick up from the garden but with current scenes, staying home is the best way of staying safe. So we decided to raid our home garden for some leaves and see where we can go ahead from there.

We have all at some point of time traced leaves onto paper with crayons. Those colorful impressions create such a wonderful piece of craft. But we wanted to take it a step ahead.

Some fresh leaves
White crayon
Drawing paper
Flat paint sponge

Let’s get started
1. Place the leaves under the paper and rub the white crayon over it. This will trave the leaf impression but you won’t be able to see it much. Overlapping of leaves is also fine. Dry leaves do not work as they tend to crush while tracing and leave marks on the paper. You can use leaves either from only one plant or a variety of them in the craft.
2. Keep moving the leaves and make sure the crayon impressions are made all over the place.
3. Now we have a white paper with white leaf impressions which gives a subtle look. Let’s move onto the next fun part.
4. Dip your flat sponge brush in the paint color of your choice and start painting over the paper. Your child can one color for the whole paper or mix some colors. As soon as your child will start painting, ghost white leaves will pop right out of the watercolors. You will be able to see the leaves alongwith their veins very clearly.

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5. Do not use too much color or rub onto the paper for long as the paper will soak in the color and tend to rip. Use a very light touch to get the desired results.
6. Once the whole paper is colored, let it dry for a minute or two.

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Your natured inspired ghost leaves art is ready!

We have made a quick video while Eira was working on this project.

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J For Jungle In A Box – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

While trying to find more and more activities for Eira, I also try to find activities that can turn out into toys. Toys that can be stored well and kids can keep going back to them for independent play.
Today, I have one such activity named “Jungle in a box”. We ordered some cookies for Easter and the box was just lying around. I was thinking of ways to use it for storage. While planning this activity, the box came in handy.
This activity is based on magnetic play. You decide on a pretend play scene, plan your characters, and use magnets to move them around and play. Let’s see how to make it.

Cookie box or any box
A4 size paper
Printed dinosaurs
Dot magnets

Let’s get started

1.Use one side of the cookie box and trace the outside edges on A4 size paper. This will make the backdrop. Tracing the lid side will be better. If you do not have a box, you can make it on a piece of cardboard as well.

2. Draw the jungle on paper and color it.

3. Cut the drawing out and the backdrop is ready. Do not stick it but just place it in the lid of the box. Since we have traced from the outside it will fit in just right and will not keep falling off. We avoid sticking so that we can make more such backdrops for more plays and use the same box.

Backdrop for the Jungle.
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4. Now cut out the dinosaurs from the printout. We also printed out a volcano on Eira’s demand. It turned out as an added element and I loved it too.

Dinosaurs printed for play.
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5. Glue up the dot magnets on the back of the dinosaurs and the volcano. Let them dry.

6. Attach the dinosaurs onto the backdrop with one magnet on the outside of the box lid to hold the dinosaur up. Place the others similarly with magnets on the outside to hold up.

Jungle in a box is ready!

See your child enjoy this activity while in play. Eira moved around the dinos. Fed them some greens and even the volcano was rumbling and throwing up lava at one point in time. It kept her busy for an hour and she kept coming back for more.

Remember, to use the box to store the backdrop, dinos, and magnets. Make more of these backdrops and characters involving camping sites, dollhouses, solar system, and racing tracks and store them in the same box. Your child can keep reusing them over and over again choosing which pretend play they want to do.

We have made a quick video while Eira was making this activity.

Hope you like it!

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