Category Archives: children’s crafts (recycled materials)

Mossy Landscape Terrariums

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Make your own beautiful mossy landscape terrariums. The fun is truly in the making.

Spend some time outside. Ethically harvest some moss and other small plants. Stones, shells and even small pieces of bark can look very nice in your landscape. To start, mound some potting soil or garden soil on a dish or tray of your choosing. Arrange moss to the desired effect. Add embellishments like a stone or an acorn. Cover with a glass cloche.

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This one has a stone path.

I love this tree-clubmoss (Dendrolycopodium obscurum) that grows on my property!

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This one has an empty snail shell that I found in my garden.

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I made these cloches from glass juice jugs that I cut the bottoms off. I will give instructions on that another time.

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Remember to lift the glass and mist your mini landscape from time to time. Place in indirect sunlight.

Partridge berry Michella repens plant

I also like to use a little plant with red berries called partridge berry (Mitchella repens) and it can be found locally and grows nicely in terrariums like these. Here is what the plant looks like.

Have Fun Making Your Own Time Traveler Gadgets: Dr. Who Inspired

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Have a blast making your own time traveler devices. These were inspired by the show Dr. Who on PBS. Children will love creating their own gadgets: all they need is junk parts and imagination!

My clever daughter made these gadgets and she started by raiding my robot making box. This box is a box filled with parts of broken items that I thought could look good as part of a robot. She used a hot glue gun but younger children will likely need you to do the gluing to their specifications.

I hope this will help get your creative juices flowing.

Make your own Dr Who Gadgets

Here you see: A Super Sonic Detector and its on/ off button

a Surveillance Bot147 and an Electronic Spyglass.

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Here you see a portable Detector Device 3B and a Medical Scanner 919 (can detect disease)

an Electronic Lighter (extinguishes light or illuminates the immediate vicinity) and a Sonic Toothbrush (picks up particles and analyses them).

Not only do you get to invent gadgets, you also get to work out their capabilities.

Crazy Eyes: An Amusement Using Bottle Caps

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Make your own Crazy Eyes! Make your friends laugh!

All you need are some matching bottle caps and some permanent markers. and a sense of humor.

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She used candle votives.Crazy Eyes, creative black n red

Even better if children can embellish the photographs of themselves!

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Repurpose Foil Seal Tops into Quick Gift Tags and Ornaments

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These flashy round foil pull off seals are perfect for making into a quick gift tag or Christmas ornament. Do you recognize this otherwise discarded product? Some food items contain a foil seal like this under the screw on top. Children can easily make these into ornaments. They can even add their own message too by “carving” onto the soft aluminum material. A ball point pen works well. Or use anything with a firm but rounded tip. You could also write on them with a permanent marker.MYO Foil Gift Tag

I like that the silver of the foil gives it a bling look.

MYO Foil Gift Tag Carved Aluminum

The aluminum Chipotle bowl cover is perfect for this purpose too. It is thicker than regular aluminum foil but still soft enough to scratch/ carve into if desired.

These pictures should get you started. Be creative!

Homemade Dr Who Tardis for Imaginative Play

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This Tardis was made out of a large box by my clever daughter and I during the summer break. Any Dr. Who fans out there? FYI, I used a photo from this site as the background of this picture: http://hubblesite.org/the_telescope/.

Girl Emerges From Tardis

I used a box cutter to cut the panels out of the front doors and then we worked together to glue another piece of cardboard onto each door (on the inside). Basically the doors are twice as thick. This detail looks cool but isn’t necessary. My daughter painted the Tardis and cut the “window panes” from paper and glued them on the box. She also did all the clever workings inside. (Lots of knobs and levers!)

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I love the way it sparks imaginative play.

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Here are a few things that might help you with your project:

Tardis In The Making

The window panes on this Tardis measure 5.5 inches x 3.75 inches. (You will need 12.)

The sign on the door I was able to find on the web and print out.

Here is The Police Public Call Box sign that we used on our Tardis. I made it/ sized it to print out easily on a standard piece of paper. Print out, cut out, glue on.