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    Card Paper Castles!

    Castles! It’s totally independent of our recent reading about medieval history, but I’ve started to get interested in making cardpaper castles. It started with a simple cardpaper cut-out card, which I made and painted. (The trees and grass were separately painted and then glued on, and this card got a little bent up before I was able to photograph it.) Doing one card just made me curious about what variations I could do. My second card was given to one of my sons to decorate. It was the same simple cut out design, done using an art-knife of a cutting board, and glued against a second piece of card-paper, this…

  • crafts,  homeschooling

    Easy Homemade Paper Box Instructions

    My five year old wanted lots of little paper boxes for a pretend store and I wanted a way in which he could make some by himself. So I devised this method: Take a standard sheet of printer paper. Make a hamburger fold. (A hamburger fold is a fold that divides the long-side of the sheet in two, making the resulting piece short and fat. The opposite of a hamburger fold is a hotdog fold, which divides the short side of a sheet in two and leaves you with a paper that looks long and thin like a hotdog.) Now make a second fold the same direction. This fold is…

  • crafts,  homeschooling

    Origami Stars

    It’s almost time to start making some homemade Christmas Tree Ornaments, and last night I finally figured out how to make an origami star. You need to start with a hexagonal piece of paper. There are two easy ways to make a hexagonal piece of paper and I’d like to share both of them with you. The first way if to fold a square in half, so it is a triangle, and then to fold the two tips up across each other at about about a thirty degree angle. Think of it as a triangle giving itself a hug. Now you have six layers of paper all folded together and all…

  • crafts,  homeschooling

    Halloween Witches Play Brew & Monsters in Boxes

    Halloween is coming and the children are begging for a Halloween party. I don’t think we’re up to having one this year, but we’ve been revisiting some of the games and activities we did last year. Last year I dug out my old cauldron (really a painted flowerpot a friend made for me at a ceramics class years and years ago), and I let the kids at the party make a play witches brew. Inspiration had come from reading Shakespeare and the children’s favorite verses from MacBeth. I can’t remember what all ingredients we used, but here are my suggestions for anyone interested in trying it:   – mix cream of…

  • crafts,  homeschooling

    Secret Picture Spinner

    I remember having as a child a picture book where each page contained a wheel of sorts with lots of slits, so that when you spun the wheel a different set of flaps came through the slits and replaced the first picture with a second one. I have been attempting these past few days to figure out how to make something similar. My first attempt went okay. The kids and I decorated it as a birthday card for their father. It has a geometric pattern on the front but if you turn the wheel a birthday message is revealed. It is fairly simple to make and I did up a computer copy…