Fun Kids’ Paper Crafting

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This week I hand a brainstorm about things that I save and have several stockpiles of for my post this week.   After playing around in the craft room and throughout the entire home, it dawned on me just how many toilet paper rolls I still accumulate even when give some to my bird to use as a shredding toy.  That being said, I have several crafts so I will highlight one or two for the next few weeks.  These are fund and most items can be found around the home or in a decent craft supply stash you have already.

The first one is came to me as I hung outside with my parrot enjoying the nice weather on the balcony.   With a temporary (although wishing it was long-term) warm up in temperatures, the birds are back in the area and now looking for food.   So for today, the first item is a bird seed holder.

Supplies:
Paper roll (toilet or paper towel will work but make sure they have very little or preferably no glue on them)
Appropriate bird seed – please be sure to check with animal store for a proper seed for the animals in your area
Peanut butter (I’d recommend creamy for ease)
string

Directions:
Lay a decent amount of seed on a plate or cookie sheet to ensure the roll can completely roll around width and length wise. Cover the paper roll with a thin layer of peanut butter. You don’t need a lot but enough to ensure the seed sticks to the roll. Now, you roll the paper roll around in the seed to ensure that it is completely covered on the exterior of the roll. Once it has set, I left mine for about 4 hours just because I had plenty of things to do around my home and lost track of time, I place a piece of string that was long enough to hang it from a tree near my balcony door.


Be sure wherever you decide to hang it to account for sleeping locations and “pest” factor. Also, please take into consideration any rules or regulations where you live when it comes to feeding birds. Some birds are considered pests and can’t be fed based on regulations. It was an issue where I used to live while my current area of residence is a nature preserve so it helps make sure birds are fed when in our area.

The second craft today, is a fun little one that I had seen when hanging out with my nephew a few years back. He was big into dinosaurs and dragons. His preschool teacher tried to ensure to engage her students throughout the day with fun activities all the time and this craft was a favorite…and required frequent restocking of toilet paper rolls in their house as a result. Luckily, all of his aunts and uncles kept his parents supplied with them so no crazy stuff happened as a result. This craft is a dragon mouth!

Supplies:
Construction paper- whatever color(s) you want the dragon to be
Tissue paper- colors should resemble flames (red, orange, yellow)
Scissors
Glue (I’d recommend some stronger glue than regular stick or kids glue for one portion of this)
pom poms
googgly eyes
Toilet paper rolls (or paper towel roll cut in half)

Directions:
First measure a piece of construction paper to cover the entire exterior of the paper roll. Glue that piece in place. Draw two black spots to be the air holes or glue small pompoms for the nose at one end of the tube. Go ahead and glue pom poms for the eye pop outs at the other end. I used a medium size pompom for this. Then I added the googly eyes on top of them looking out over the other end of the tube. Last, but not least, add streams of tissue paper in different colors to resemble flames. Tape or glue these to the end of the nose end on the inside of the tube. When you blow through the tube, it will look like the flames are shooting out.

As I wrote up these instructions out though, it dawned on me there is an alternate way of doing this. You can do a unicorn as well by adding a cone above the eyes closer to that end of the tube. The flames can then be more rainbow colored and it looks like they are blowing a rainbow for their friends. Just a thought since the unicorns are all the rage. Let your child go nuts and have fun!


Cat Mecha Kitty Condo

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Since cats are clearly the superior pet (see all of the internet), I had to share this adorable bit of engineering Japanese toy Designer, Kuramochi Kyoryu, designed for his fur babies.

Sadly I cannot read the twitter feed to know why he decided to build this adorable play house for his cats, but he went the extra mile when he did, making a to scale design sketch for it. Not to mention the fact that it’s made entirely out of cat product card board boxes. 😀 He also shared a short video of the cats playing with each other as one tried to overtake the current mech driver. ^_^ Really this is all proof that with sound engineering you can build anything for your pets out of cardboard, lol.