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    Make your own Wrapping


    Go the extra mile and personalize your wrapping paper!

    Metallic paints add a Christmas feel...

    • Using a white wax crayon draw some snow flakes, stars etc... all over a large piece of paper. Then get some watered down craft paint and paint the whole page.

    • Paint your whole page a plain colour, then using potato stamp (cut designs out of pota- toes) and a different colour paint stamp de- signs all over the page.

    • Paint your whole page a base coat of me- tallic colour. Then randomly paint a second colour of regular craft paint over the metal- lic paint. While the top coat is still wet, using a fork or comb or anything else have some fun drawing patterns into the paint.

    Use your wrapping paper with a nice ribbon to cover a present making it very special.

    ...Add an extra-special

    touch with matching Gift


    Compliment this wrapping paper with match- ing Gift Tags!

    Glue a piece of home made gift wrap onto folded cardboard.

    Decorate the card using any small embellishments or you could make your own using a paper clip shaped into a star or circle.

    Project compliments of: Crafting Kids

    Christmas Cards that the

    Kids can make

    With Christmas around the corner, decided to look at some of the absolutely gorgeous home made Christmas cards - to inspire you to make your own this year. Save money and have a great time too!

    Encourage the whole family to get in on the fun this Christmas by designing several home- made Christmas Cards for every member of your family and friends.

    You may like to purchase prepared craft ac- cessories, or get the kids involved with a pair of scissors, some old magazines and the ‘stuff’ lying around the house!

    Literally anything can be used... As well as pictures, you can use some craft materials to add a 3D effect. Look for fleece, cotton, rib- bons, even faux fur!

    Or tear up different coloured tissue paper and roll them into balls. Glue the balls onto pre- printed pictures or make your own picture.

    Bring Out the Artist

    Using an old paint brush and some craft glue let your child paint a picture with the glue. Then, using coloured sand, coloured mielie meal or glitter... sprinkle over the picture for a funky effect.

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    Reindeer Cupcakes

    Make some rein- deer cupcakes using a cupcake ready mix and some fun extras.

    Make your cup- cakes according to the instructions on the ready mix pack (or buy some un-iced queen cakes).

    Now all you need is some:

    • Chocolate butter icing

    • Silver balls/ small sweets for eyes.

    • Small cherries/ Astros for nose.

    • Plain pretzels for antlers.

    Ice the cupcakes with the chocolate but- ter icing and decorate as in the image above. Use the silver balls as eyes just above centre. Put small cherry/red Astro for a nose, and the pretzels are pushed into the cake just above the eyes as antlers.

    Rudolph Craft

    You will need:

    • Empty toilet roll • Pair googlie eyes • Small red pompom • 2 Gold pipe clean- ers

    • Green ribbon • Brown koki

    What to do:

    Shape the pipe cleaners into antlers

    Cut 4 “door way” shapes for Rudolph’s legs.

    Glue the eyes and nose in place then use the koki to make a mouth, hooves and eye- brows.

    Finally using cellotape, stick the antlers into the inside of the toilet roll on the top.

    Santa’s Reindeer Word Search

    North Pole is the hub of Santa’s activi- ties! Send Santa a letter and he’ll write you back, read stories about Santa, the elves, and reindeer, Print stories & color the pages and countdown to Christmas with more fun activities.

    Elf Yourself will help you create a fun Christmas clip this year. Watch the magic as you are transformed into Dancing Elves!

    Personal Video Message will let your loved ones receive a personal message from Santa Claus, sent directly from his village in the North Pole.

    Visit Santa’s Village will take you around Santa’s vil- lage, full of fun things for both kids and parents, including lots of new things this year.

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    Color Wheel

    Pour 1 cup milk into a bowl.

    Add three drops of red food coloring at the edge of the bowl at the “12 o’clock” position; add 3 drops of blue food coloring 1/3 of the way away at the “4 o’clock” position; and add 3 drops of yellow food coloring 1/3 of the way away at the “8 o’clock” position.

    Be careful not to move the bowl at this stage!

    Squeeze a drop of dish washing liquid (such as Sunlight) into the centre of the bowl.

    Watch as the soap, which won’t mix with the milk, floats on top of the bowl and spreads across the surface. As it moves it grabs the food coloring, and as it moves it forms new col- ors!

    Change the Colour of Celery

    Put 8-10 drops of red food coloring in water in a large glass.

    Cut the end off the bottom of a celery stalk, leaving the leaves at the top, and place the celery in the jar of red water.

    In about 12 hours, you’ll be able to see the red water has been absorbed into the veins of the stalk and the leaves!

    Egg in a Bottle

    How can a boiled egg fit into a bot- tle with a narrow top? You will need:

    • peeled hard-boiled egg (or soft-

    boiled, if a yolk mess interests


    • bottle or jar with opening slightly smaller

    than the diameter of the egg.

    • very hot water (adult supervision please!)

    Sit the boiled (and peeled) egg on the bottle. Run the bottle under very hot tap water and place on the counter.

    Warmed air will escape around the egg, then as it cools, the softened egg will be sucked into

    the opening!

    Creating Crystals

    Fill a jar with boiling water. Mix in borax 1 tablespoon at a time, for a total of 3 table- spoons per 1 cup of water, until it settles on the bottom of the jar and won’t dissolve. Add bright food coloring.

    Bend a pipe cleaner into a star shape, tie it to a pencil with a piece of string, and sus- pend it over the jar so that the star pipe cleaner is in the borax solution but not touching the bottom or sides of the jar.

    Watch as crystals form on the star. Let set overnight. In the morning, remove the star and allow it to drip dry.

    Twisted Bones

    Take some thin chicken bones and drop them in vinegar for a day. Take them out and they'll be soft!

    Now you can tie them in a knot, just like a piece of string. Or leave them sitting out on the table and they'll get hard again!

    Make A Lava Lamp

    Mix some water and baby oil with a few drops of food coloring in a plastic bottle and watch a lava lamp in action!

    • Water • Baby Oil or Vegetable Oil • Food Colouring • Clear Plastic Bottle with Lid (Small)

    Fill a bottle 3/4 of the way with vegetable oil. Then fill the rest of the bottle with col- oured water, and close the lid tightly.

    Turn the bottle on its side – watch as the colour moves through the oil in funny shapes and blobs.

    The water and the oil do not mix because the water has more density than the oil.


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