Easter Egg Glow Bugs

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Another craft to do with leftover Easter Eggs! These are also pretty simple to put together. Once completed, they can be used for decoration of even a night light!

Materials:
Easter Eggs
Sticky Back Foam
Sticky Back Felt
Pipe Cleaners
Peel N’ Stick Wiggly Eyes
Permanent Marker
Faux Tea Lights

With some similar tutorials they will start you off with piercing holes in the eggs to put the pipe cleaners through, this is not very kid friendly, so we wouldn’t recommend it! Begin with giving your glow bug a face using a permanent marker and wiggly eyes. To make things easier, use Peel N’ Stick Wiggly Eyes, and then you won’t have to deal with messy glue!

Create the legs by cutting two strips of Sticky Back Foam about a centimeter thick. Make two folds towards the end of the strips and then stick them on to bottom of the egg. Cut out wings from any type of paper you prefer and then cut and curl a pipe cleaner for the antenna. Fold both wings and antenna at the center and hold in place using a small strip of Sticky Back Felt (or foam).  Now just turn on a Faux Tea Light and place inside egg and your glow bug is complete!

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Easter Egg Snake

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What are you supposed to do each year with all of your left over plastic Easter Eggs? Don’t throw them away, make Easter Egg Snakes! These little guys were so simple to make.

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Materials:
Plastic Easter Eggs
Extra Thin Elastic Cord
Peel N’ Stick Wiggly
X-Acto Knife
Construction Paper

Start by sorting out all of the long sides of the eggs – I used about 40. Save one short end for the snakes face. Next, feed Extra Thin Elastic Cord through the egg halves (if the eggs you have do not come with with a hole, you can use a thumbtack to create one on your own). Continue reading



Project ACES

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Project ACES (All Children Exercise Simultaneously) is a program of the Youth Fitness Coalition, Inc. This program was created by physical education teacher Len Saunders in the 1900’s to motivate children to exercise. Project ACES takes place on the first Wednesday in May. This lines up perfectly with National Physical Fitness and Sports Month and SHAPE America’s National Physical Education Week. Schools around the world use this program to encourage their students to get active and learn some different fitness aspects. One of the goals of Project ACES is to address the issue of childhood obesity and raise awareness.

On May 6th, 2015 at 10 AM, all the children will either exercise, walk, jog, bike, dance, do aerobics, or a combination or all the above. Each school organizes its own participation assembly for the 15-45 minutes the program runs. There is no specific routine to follow, just have the children do some form of exercise at 10 AM. Feel free to be as creative as you would like. Many schools choose to invite local celebrities to the event and play music to accompany the activities. Organizers of local events can choose to get the whole school involved, or just selected classes. The majority of schools will get the entire school population outside on to a play field, put on music, and have everyone in the school have some fun by moving and exercising together.  If you cannot do it at 10 AM, no worries.  Project ACES is flexible, as there are many schools that may participate in the afternoon on May 6th, or even on a different day.

If it rains, have a backup plan. Some schools have the student body go to the gym and do aerobics and calisthenics. Another option if it rains is to pump music over the PA system, and have the classes exercise in their classrooms. Invite the local media to cover the event. The children will love to see themselves in the newspapers or on TV. Proclamations from the Mayor’s and/or Governor’s office may also be read.  Project ACES is a great way to highlight your Physical Education program.  This May will mark the 27th anniversary of this historic event.

 

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Learn more by visiting the Project ACES web site!

 





Easy Paper Hyacinth Flowers

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It may now be Spring, but here in New England it is STILL cold and there is STILL snow on the ground. Where are the days when you can go outside and find some wild flowers to put in a vase on your kitchen counter? After this dreary Winter, I felt that I could use some color in my life. Hyacinths are Spring-flowering perennials and since I can not go outside and pick them, why not make make them myself? There are only three materials needed for this whole craft and it doesn’t take too long to put together either!

Materials:
Construction paper
Scissors
Glue

Start by picking out which color flowers you want and the color you’d like for the stems. I chose purple, pink, and white (typical hyacinth colors). To create 3 flowers, we used a total of 4 pieces of construction paper. Next start putting the stems together. Cut 1 inch thick strips of green construction paper (long side). Roll each strip up into a tube, gluing into place. Set aside to dry. You may need to use clothes pins to hold the tubes together until the glue dries.

Now you can start creating the flowers. Cut your pieces of paper into four strips (short side). Take each strip and fold in half (long side). Cut slices starting from the folded edge, leaving about a centimeter of space on the other end. Width of slices can vary, I did thinner slices for the top of the flower and gradually made them thicker.

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Beginning at the top of the stem, glue an end of the strip into place and continue to roll and glue into place around until you reach the end of the strip. Repeat with next three strips.

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Voila, a handmade Hyacinth bouquet!

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