Cannot come up with ideas for cool crafts? Don’t fret. Here is a list of downloadable crafts via parenting.com that can be used as a curative measure for boredom. For good measure, you could try Crayola for some free coloring pages or visit our archives for step-by-step guide through the crafts features.
Here is a sample craft to use when the sun is out on a nice clear day.
Butterfly Sun Catcher
- With a pencil, trace a butterfly stencil onto two 8 1/2 by 11-inch pieces of blue card stock.
- Using scissors, cut out the butterfly shape from both pieces of card stock. (Save the second cutout for the end.)
- Cut a piece of yellow cellophane (found at crafts stores) into an 8 by 10-inch rectangle; it will need to cover both wings. Use a glue stick to attach the cellophane to the back of one of the butterfly cutouts.
- Cut out two 3 by 7-inch ovals of orange cellophane. Place one on the outside half of each wing, and glue into place.
- Cut sixteen 2 3/4 by 1/4-inch strips of red cellophane (eight for each butterfly wing) and two circles (2 inches in diameter). Layer the strips on the circles in a spoke-wheel shape, and glue onto the yellow cellophane.
- Cut twenty 1/2-inch squares in two shades of green.
- Now turn the sun catcher over and work on the front. Decorate the upper wings by layering the green squares; glue into place.
- Using the butterfly stencil, cut out the body shape from purple cellophane and glue onto center of the butterfly so it overlaps both the paper and the wings.
- Place the second butterfly cutout on the back of the first. Glue together, making sure the two cutouts align.
- Tape the sun catcher to a window.
Personalized Door Tag
This is one way to make your stay in Beijing more personalized for the kids with making nametags for the kids’ rooms. Downloadable template
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