1. Finger Puppets: Invite friends and
family over for a puppet theater performance!
Cut two small holes
(big enough to fit your index and middle fingers) near the edge
of a plastic lid; this is how your puppet will move. Create a face
for your puppet with googly eyes, a felt mustache, a pair of glasses
made from a chenille stem and lots of yarn, felt or straw hair.
To attach the hair without glue, slice a thin opening into the top
edge of the plastic rim and insert the hair.
2. Sun Catchers: Capture rays of
sunshine with fun and easy-to-make sun catchers.
Embellish any size
clear plastic lid with plastic gems, glitter stickers, flat marbles
and other shiny bits and pieces. When the decorations are complete,
poke a tiny hole near the top edge of the lid and thread a piece
of yarn through the hole for hanging. Display your new sun catcher
near a window for a beautiful light show.
3. Party Garland: Make your next party
a colorful success with homemade garland! Decorate several small
plastic lids (use clear and colored lids for variety) with glitter,
stickers, buttons and special party messages written with markers.
Make a tiny hole near the top of each lid and connect them with
a long piece of yarn or streamer. Hang your new garland across a
wall or from your front porch to let everyone know where the party
4. Mobiles: Dress up your room with a one-of-a-kind
mobile! Use a large margarine or coffee can lid as the base. Poke
several small holes in the lid, around the edge, to hang the other
lids and also to hang the entire mobile once it's finished.
several small plastic lids with stickers, markers, or washable paints.
Poke a small hole near the top of each lid and thread a piece of
string or yarn through the hole and tie off. Tie each lid to the
larger lid, at varying lengths. Tie the main hanging strings to
the large lid and hang your new mobile for the world to enjoy.
5. Wacky Eyeglasses: With a couple
of small plastic lids and chenille stems, you'll be the coolest
family on the block with your new wacky glasses!
First, use a screwdriver
to make a hole in the center of each lid. Make two more small holes,
one on each side of the lid, to thread the chenille stems through.
Using washable paints or markers, decorate the lids with large
eyes complete with big eyelashes. (The center hole should be the
center of the eye you make.)
When you're finished decorating, thread
a small piece of chenille stem through the inner side holes of the
lids to connect them (this makes the piece that goes over the bridge
of your nose). Attach two longer chenille stems to the outside holes,
and bend the ends to fit over your ears.
Make paper mask wacky eyeglasses with free printable pattern.
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About the Author: Deborah
Shelton is a mother, a freelance writer, and author of the book, "The Five Minute Parent: Fun & Fast Activities for You and Your Little Ones," available online at Amazon.
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