We can learn a family while having fun. This is the philosophy in our kids club smilecatch. Activities to be able to develop with your children in the family.
<ul><li> 1. Food comes in all kinds of neat shapes, sizes and colors. That makes it perfect to create art projects! One of the easiest and most fun art projects you can do is to make a collage with food. Warn younger kids to not eat the food used in this project. It will get dirty and covered with glue and some of it is a choking hazard when its not cooked. Gather your materials. Clear off a counter or a flat space thats easy to wipe clean once the project is done. You might have to leave the artwork to dry for a bit once its done, so dont, for example, create your artwork on the dining room table right before youre going to eat a meal. </li></ul>
<p> 2. Kosher salt: a great substitute for glitter. Coarse sugar or other coarsely ground salts work equally well. Fancier salts come in a variety of colors like pink, red, black, brown, and gray, which make them nice for art projects. You can also dye your glitter with a few drops of food coloring. Pasta in different shapes: noodles with flatter sides are easier to glue onto the paper. Dried legumes: they come in neat shapes and colors, too. Try red lentils, green split peas, white navy beans, black beans, speckled pinto beans and more. Bowls: You can use a separate bowl for each food item or mix several types of the same food together whatever makes you happiest. Construction paper: heavy paper will hold the weight of the pasta best. You can also use card stock or poster board. Keep in mind that if you use a large canvas, youll need a bigger space to display it. (You know your kids will want to hang their artwork for everyone to see!) Markers: crayons or colored pencils work just fine, but I prefer markers because of the vibrant colors. Glue: glue sticks are convenient, but liquid glue is stronger. If your kids have the patience to wait for liquid glue to dry we recommend using that. We have listed some foods below, but feel free to use your imagination as to what foods could work for your collage. Just make sure theyre dry foods. Foods with a lot of moisture can cause the paper to rip. They may also make your artwork smell funny and eventually rot. 3. 1. Give your kids a theme make a picture of our familya create your ideal vacation land 2. To make the collages Draw a picture on the paper and give it color, texture and shape by gluing on food. 3. Let the glue dry If you forget this step, the food will slip off of the paper. 4. Have an art show Hang your artwork. Admire your wonderful creations. You can even invite friends or family members to come view your masterpieces and maybe make some food art of their own! 4. It will give them something fun to do. They are a great way for you to get more involved with your kids and learn about their interests. Treasure hunts are fun, interactive and creative and you can tailor them for kids of various ages. You can have a treasure hunt right at home, in your yard or just about anywhere. And the different themes and styles to choose from are endless. Treasure hunts are inexpensive. You dont have to buy anything at all for a treasure huntall you really need are some slips of paper and something to search for. If you want to make things a little more fun or play with the theme you choose, you can buy your treasures. You can also use old Halloween costumes and other items from around the house for themed treasure hunts. . 5. Some prizes for your treasure Computer and printer or paper and pencil Costumes (optional for a themed treasure hunt) Preparation time: 15-20 minutes Activity time: 15-30 minutes (longer if you add more clues) Location: your backyard, house, apartment or local park/playground It is optional. You dont need one to do a treasure hunt, but it does add a role-playing element that makes the activity a bit more fun. Use the interests of your kids to help choose your theme. Some good ideas are: Archeology/Indiana Jones African/jungle Carnival If you have a large group, plan your treasure hunt outdoors where theres plenty of space for them to run between locations and stand around reading the clue. Help younger kids read the clues out loud. Go along to cheer and encourage them and to help if they get stuck. Encourage kids to work together and help their teammates so everyone will have fun. If they need help with a clue, give them small hints until they figure it out. You can also play Hot and cold if your kids are struggling to find a clue. Resist the urge to point to the clues, solve the riddles or tell the children where to go. Let them the challenge of figuring it out themselves. 6. They will guide your players from one spot to the next, building anticipation for the big treasure theyll find at the end. Use them based on the ages and abilities of the children who will be playing. Use more difficult clues for older kids and simple for for younger children. If you have very young children, you can use picture clues instead of written clues. Want to sneak something educational into their fun? Ask the kids to say the clues out loud to help develop their reading skills. Go somewhere private and prepare a surprise treasure for your players to find at the end of their quest: chocolate, toys, books, You can use any type of box or chest that you already have. You can also use plastic bins and decorate them for your theme. You could even use a cardboard box and construction paper to decorate. If you design your own box, I suggest that you let the kids help decorate it but then fill the box when they are not looking so the treasure will be a surprise. Alternatively, you can skip the box idea altogether and use goody bags for individual treasures. 7. Once the treasure is ready, its time to place your clues, but make sure the kids cant see. If your kids are in school, place the clues just before they get home for an after-school hunt. For younger kids, you can place all of your clues without any prying eyes sneaking a peek (you know how curious kids can be). Always keep the age of the kids in mind when placing your clues. Some of the locations more challenging so the hunt takes longer, but not so hard they cannot figure it out on their own. You should also try to plant clues far apart and in places that are not too similarto ensure they dont accidentally find the wrong clue. When the clues are in place, its time to gather the children, get them in their costumes (if necessary) and explain the rules and boundaries. Treasure hunts work best with five or fewer kids. Have fun! </p>