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Kids will love making these melty bead magnets – all with a fun summer theme!

Disclosure: I was provided with this craft kit from Horizon Group USA free of charge in exchange for my fair and honest review. Please see my disclosure policy. This post also contains affiliate links, which means that at no extra cost to you I can make a tiny bit of money to help support this blog. Thank you!

Here at Craftulate we’ve loved Perler beads for a long time – you can see all our previous projects HERE (including photo frames, keychains, ornaments and more!). So both my son and I were really excited to try out the Horizon Group’s own version! They sent us two kits to try: the Variety Pack of Melty Beads and the Ultimate Melty Beads Value Pack – both contain 8500 beads each!

We really loved the color combinations that they included – my favorite was the “earth” pack shown bottom right in the above photo. When we first got the beads we did try out some of their suggested designs, but when F finished school for the summer, he decided to make a cool sun design.

He made it on the star-shaped peg board, but is definitely meant to be a sun!

He didn’t complete it all on one go, but kept coming back to it. We talked about other designs we could make, and decided to make a watermelon, beach ball and ice cream. The site I used to use for making bead designs on seems not to be working, so I’m afraid I can’t provide templates this time. So you could either go “freehand” and make it up as you go, or print out some simple clip art pictures for inspiration (which is what we did).

By the end of the day we’d completed both the sun and watermelon.

The next day we make the beach ball and ice cream. The beach ball was rather tricky to get started, so I did the color outlines and F filled it in.

F loved the sprinkles on the top of the ice cream cone!!!!

When the four designs were completed – I carefully ironed them using the special paper provided. Note: This is a task for an adult.

Then I used a hot glue gun to add the magnets onto the back of each melty bead shape.

And the melty bead magnets were finished!

You can buy a wide range of Melty Bead products (and also the magnets!) at Walmart in their craft aisle, or check the Horizon Group USA site for stockists! 

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This handprint flower art is a wonderful activity for kids to try – on their own!

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This handprint flower art activity didn’t happen the way that I intended. Because actually, I didn’t plan it at all. It all originated from my son, who one day started painting his hand – even before he had got any paper.

I managed to halt his enthusiasm, and with his half-painted hand asked what he wanted to make. He said he needed a large piece of paper. I cut one from a paper roll and taped it to the table. I don’t mind confessing, I immediately felt safer – but I removed all chairs from the surrounding area just in case.

Because this is the point. I didn’t plan an art activity, my son did. He launched in with a messy one – and I had to suppress my fear of painty handprints all over my house and turn it into something positive as quickly as I could.

Even with the paper, he had no clear idea of what he wanted to make. He could have made some crazy messy process art, just for the fun of it, but then he recalled a kindergarten art project from last year and decided to make a handprint flower.

He pressed his hand onto the paper, and then rotated it to make different prints, with his fingers acting as petals.

He didn’t always get enough paint on his fingers, so had to go back and redo some.

Naturally his hands were covered in paint by the time he finished, and he wanted to clean them before adding a stem and other details to his picture.  Lava® Soap to the rescue!

If you’re not familiar with it, Lava Soap is so-named because it contains tiny granules of pumice, which act as a mild abrasive when cleaning. Perfect for painty hands!!!

After his hands were clean, he used a foam brush to add the stem and leaves, and after the orange paint had dried, he dipped his finger into some yellow paint to make the stamen detail in the center of the flower.

I’ll be the first to admit, it isn’t a stunning painting for a 7-year-old. BUT. The important part is that I allowed his creativity to flow and this was the result. He’s very proud that it was all his own idea to do this project – and I’m glad we didn’t make a huge mess in the process!

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Celebrate the new season by making some pretty pastel spring slime with the kids!

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Spring. A time for delicate flowers, and tentative green shoots. So how better to celebrate the start of a new season than by making SLIME? (OK, go with me on this one!)

It’s been forEVER since we made slime, which is the real reason behind this week’s play recipe. Usually I make it myself and then hand it over to the kids – but the girls are that much older now (8½ and nearly 10) that I figured they could make it themselves! I made Princess Slime for them years ago and they loved it!

We used my basic slime recipe but with white glue instead of clear. Here’s a how-to video that I made (the method is the same for either kind of glue):

They poured the glue (one regular bottle per child) into a bowl, added just a drop or two of food dye, then slowly added some liquid starch.

These light pastel colors are perfect for spring slime – the girls chose to make slime in green, pink, and blue.

Once the glue had stopped absorbing the liquid starch (and didn’t feel sticky to the tough), they started kneading the slime.

It only take a minute or two, and then the slimey fun can start!

I provided plastic flowers, fake petals, and pastel pom poms to decorate their slime.

I thought they might work the items into the slime, but neither of the girls wanted to do that.

But they LOVED how stretchy it was – and that they had it made it on their own!

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How cute is this cow handprint?!? It’s a fun art project for kids to try – and I have some clean-up tips for you, too!

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If you saw our Paper Plate Cow craft a few weeks ago, you’ll know that F is cow-obsessed right now. And therefore he’s happy – if not keen – to make cow-themed art and crafts projects. And since our last handprint project on the blog was nearly two years ago – I figured it was about time for a new one!

The key to successful (aka less messy) handprint and footprint art is to get everything ready in advance. So I set out the card, pots of acrylic paint (white, black, and light pink), and three paintbrushes. I painted F’s hand white all over, then added some black spots and black hooves.

After he pressed that onto the card, I asked him to curl his hand into a fist, then I painted the little finger end of his fist with white and pink paint. This would make the head!

He pressed his fist onto the card and the main part of the cow’s body and head were done! But even with all my planning – I hadn’t set out any baby wipes to remove the paint! So we headed straight to the kitchen sink (“Don’t touch anything!”).

We used our trusty Lava Soap to remove the paint. It saved us before when we tried Painting on Ice!  Lava Soap contains tiny pieces of rough pumice, (which comes from volcanoes – hence the name!). The pumice is perfect for removing paint from dirty hands – whether it’s mud, oil, or paint!

After F had cleaned up, we added the extra details, like the udders, tail, ears, and nostrils. He wanted to add a patch of black for the eye too – just like in our paper plate craft! When the paint was dry, we added googly eyes and the cow handprint was complete!

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This paper plate cow is a fun craft for kids to make. Perfect for a farm or animal unit for preschoolers!

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For reasons I won’t bore you with (as they’re related to Minecraft), my son LOVES cows these days. Which is funny to me because almost 6 years ago he had a cow-themed party for his 1st birthday! He asked for a craft the other day and I knew he’d like anything with a cow – and so I decided we should make a cute paper plate cow!

To make them we used:

We started by cutting out horns from black card, outer ears from white card, and inner ears from the pink paper (I chose to use pink construction paper because my pink card was REALLY neon, so this gave a more natural look). We glued the inner ears to the outer ones.

Then glued the ears and horns to the BACK of the small paper plate.

We cut out “blobs” of black contact paper to make the spots for the cows. My idea was that this would be quicker than gluing, but actually F struggled so much with removing the backing paper that it wasn’t quicker at all. So feel free to use black card – although the contact paper does go around the curves of the plate better. We attached the blobs to the large plate, and added one to the small plate.

Then we glued the small plate to the lower part of the large plate. We cut out a “nose” from pink paper and glued it on. And finally it was time to add the eyes – we love these large ones, they’re so full of character!

To finish, I slightly creased the ears to make them stand away from the body, and added nostrils with black pen. Here’s F’s paper plate cow:

And here’s mine!

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This feather flower craft is perfect for kids to make for Mother’s Day or as a pretty spring craft!

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This craft is super easy for little kids to make! Just grab a handful of feathers (we received ours from our friends at craftprojectideas.com), some paper, a green pen or pencil, a yellow pom pom, and some glue!

Start with drawing a green stem on the lower half of some construction paper. Then spread glue at the top of the stem. Add a bit extra for two leaves (also made from feathers). Depending on the age of your child, you might like to do this for them, or let them do it for themselves!

Invite them to add the feathers to the glue – preferably green ones for the leaves – but it’s up to them!

Show them how to add the feathers in a ring to form petals, and that the feathers look much better if the “fluffy” end is on the outside of the ring!

Finally, add some extra glue and place a pom pom in the center of the flower.

So pretty!

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Do your kids love glitter crafts? Here are 33 ideas for them to try, including art, play dough, slime, and science activities!

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If you’re reading this post then YAY! You’re considering making glitter crafts! Glitter can often get a bad reputation for being  super messy – because yes – it can be! But here are two simple ways to make things easier:

  • Glitter shaker – make sure your glitter can’t just be poured out. We love these glitter shakers which you can buy from Walmart!
  • Glitter glue – yes, things can get sticky but you won’t find loose glitter EVERYWHERE!

So let’s look at some glitter craft projects!!!

Glitter Art

Glitter Window Clings – brighten up your windows!

Glow-in-the-Dark Fireworks Painting – it sparkles AND glows in the dark!

Glitter Celebration Art – we made this for New Year – but the technique could be applied to any celebration!

Sparkly Ocean Art – recreate an ocean scene!

Glittery Snow Paint – DIY sparkly paint!!!

Personalized Wall Art – Glitter glue can make these pictures really shine!

Melted Snowman Art – a fun project for the winter!

Glitter Sensory Play and Science Activities

Glittery Slime – this slime has a princess theme!

Glitter Play Dough – see the basic recipe here, but also Christmas Play Dough, Silver and Gold Play Dough, and Blue and Silver Play Dough!

Glittery Pasta for Sensory Play – paint dried pasta with different colors – then add sparkle!

Sparkly Rainbow Slime – glittery slime – in amazing rainbow colors!

Sparkle Science Fun – glittery explosions!

Glitter Fireworks – this is a fun science activity with plenty of wow factor!

Discovery Bottles for Toddlers – keep the glitter completely contained with this discovery bottle!

Glitter Crafts

Glittery Craft Stick Flowers – a fun craft to make in the spring!

Sparkly Painted Rocks – because every stone should have the chance to be shiny…

Glitter Egg Craft – Try this craft next Easter!

Spring Blossom “Snow” Globes – a DIY craft for adults!

Craft Stick Photo Frames – keep your favorite pictures in these adorable frames!

Thank You Cards – some glitter glue really livens up these cards!

Glittery Decorated Pumpkins – this technique uses loose glitter and glue dots!

Sparkly Photo Frames – improve a cheap picture frame by adding glitter and sequins!

Glitter Snowflake Ornaments – these are so pretty!

Snowflake Card – this a super frugal way of making cards!

Toddler Christmas Tree Craft – glitter glue forms the sparkly garlands on this tree!

Sparkly Tissue Paper Ornaments – a Christmas tree wouldn’t be complete without sparkly ornaments!

Doily Snowman Craft – a SUPER glittery winter craft!

Fill and Shake Ornaments – spread glue inside these ornaments, fill, then shake!

Snowman Suncatcher – glitter adds a wonderful element to these suncatchers!

33 Glitter Crafts for Kids #kidscrafts #glitter
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Which glitter crafts are YOU going to make first?

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This Heart Op Art is a great technique for kids to try this Valentine’s Day! We used quick drying Kwik Stix to get those vibrant colors – and right now I have a GIVEAWAY on my Facebook page – so keep reading for more information!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kwik Stix. All opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure policy. This post also contains affiliate links, which means that at no extra cost to you I can make a tiny bit of money to help support this blog. Thank you!

If you’re a regular here, you’ll know that we LOVE Kwik Stix! We “introduced” these mess free paint sticks over a year ago, and we’ve also used them for dot art, resist art – and much more!

I’ve added this list before – but I think it’s worth repeating! Here are the essential things to know about Kiwk Stix:

  • Non-toxic
  • Great range of colors
  • Twist up sticks (like a glue stick!)
  • Great for stocking stuffers
  • Solid tempera paint
  • They are gluten free – and also egg, peanut, dairy and soy free!
  • Available in store at Michaels and Walgreens, and online at Amazon.com
  • Works on paper, wood, cardboard and more
  • And the most important fact – they dry in 90 seconds!

And yes, we HAVE tested how quickly they dry! The quick dry makes them perfect for classrooms, crafty playdates, and more!

I decided to use Kwik Stix to make a heart canvas just in time for Valentine’s Day. My son is rather Minecraft obsessed right now, so I just knew he would love this style of Op Art (Optical Art) because of the blocks!

I divided a 10×10″ canvas into squares with a pencil and ruler. Then I used a template to add the heart.

Then I invited F to come and complete some of the squares.

The colors are so vibrant! And although this art project would work fine with paints, you would have to wait for the paint to dry if you wanted to color adjoining squares. With Kwik Stix it’s so much quicker!

My son liked this art project – but even for him this was too many squares to complete in one session. But we worked together over a few days and finally, it was done! (And yes – I did have to fill in a few gaps!)

We were both really happy with how this heart op art canvas turned out. It’s not super cutesy and I think my son appreciated that!

So if you’re looking for a mess-free art material for your own kids, then Kwik Stix is the answer! 

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Cutting hearts is a great activity for kids to try on Valentine’s Day – and it works on some basic scissor skills, too!

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Here’s a super easy cutting activity that kids will love to do this Valentine’s Day! It really doesn’t need much set-up, and there are lots of things you could do with the hearts! We decided to hang ours up – but you could turn them into cards (either on their own or by gluing them onto another piece of card), create a collage or poster, use them to decorate gifts – and more!

We used:

  • Pink and red construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glitter Glue *
  • Hearts and Flowers adhesive acrylic jewels*
  • Friendship Thread*
  • Tape

*Thanks to our friends over at craftprojectideas.com for these items – they really made the hearts sparkle!

I used a whole sheet of construction paper to demonstrate how to make them, but I actually prefer the smaller hearts, made from half a piece of paper. Start by folding the paper in half, and drawing half a heart on it, so that the fold becomes the middle of the heart.

Add two extra lines parallel to the first heart BUT not reaching the edge at the top – this is important otherwise your heart will fall apart.

Cut along each pencil line, then open it out and you have a pretty heart!

My son thought these looked very cool – much more interesting than a regular heart!

When we’d cut out several hearts, we used the glitter glue and jewels to add some decorations.

Our finished designs!

When the glitter glue had dried, I taped some lengths of thread to the back of the hearts to suspend them. So pretty!!!

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Have your kids tried painting on ice? It’s such a fun a winter art project!

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Painting on ice isn’t a new idea – in fact one of my favorite sites Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds went viral with it over five years ago! But most recommend using watercolor paints – which of course is understandable with toddlers. But I really wanted to try it with bold acrylic paints, and as my son is 6 – I thought it was worth a try!

I set up the activity the night before, by pouring water into some baking pans. It’s under zero degrees (F) here right now, so I put them outside to freeze – but of course you could use the freezer instead!

The next day, I turned out the ice blocks onto larger baking pans. I set out some paints and brushes, and invited my son to try it out.

He started by painting the whole block one color. I hadn’t watered the acrylic paints down at all – but I didn’t need to. As they connected with ice, the brush flowed easily across it.

He then mixed in some other colors and created some swirling patterns.

As the ice block melted and started to move around, things started to get a little messy!

By the time he was finished – things had got even messier! Luckily, we had our favorite Lava Soap on hand to remove the paint. Have you tried it before? It’s often used by gardeners and mechanics – but it’s great for removing paint, too! The soap contains tiny bits of rough pumice, which is perfect for eliminating stains from dirty hands!

Once he got all cleaned up – of course he wanted to try it again! So I rinsed off the ice block and the baking sheet (yes, it’s that easy!), and then he could start again!

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