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MAKE A BIRDFEEDER

Punch holes on either side of a plastic pop bottle, stick a twig all the way through with its ends sticking out for perches and poking more holes nearby for the birds to pull the seeds out. Then hang the bottle by tying a string around its neck. (Finches really like these!)

 

 

FLOWER PENS
What you will need

  • silk flowers
  • ball point pens
  • florist tape - green or brown
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun

clip the flowers so that there is about 1-2 inches of stem

put a dot of hot glue on one side of the pen, near the top

press the flower's stem into the hot glue and hold in place for about 5 seconds, or until set

set aside to dry for about 1 minute (work on other pens during this time)

      starting at the top of the pen, wrap the pen with florist tape about half way down

      place the 'flowers' in a little vase or container to display

 

 

 

 

SPRING BUTTERFLIES

Need:

  Coffee Filters

  food coloring

  water

  cups

  pipe cleaners or ribbon and old towels on work space (optional-string and popsicle sticks)

Add water and food color together into cups, fold coffee filter into forths and dip the coffee filter into the food coloring, or use an eyedropper and drop colors onto coffee filter. Use different colors and dip until coffee filter is covered in color. Unfold coffee filter to 1/2 fold and lay flat to dry. When dry pinch the coffee filter that is still half folded in the middle add pipe cleaner or ribbon. Twist so that you leave two antennas at the top. You then have a butterfly to hang up and decorate a room with!

 

 

 

EGG CARTON CHICKS

To make these adorable Easter chicks, you need one egg cup (cut from a styrofoam egg carton) and two cotton balls for each person, powdered tempera paint, a large Zip-Loc bag, a hole punch, scraps of blue and orange construction paper, blue, scissors and markers.

  1. Cut individual egg cups from an egg carton. Make V-shaped notches the top of each to resemble half of a cracked eggshell.
  2. With markers, have resident write their names on the bottom of the cup and an Easter message on the front if you so choose.
  3. Put 2 teaspoons of powdered paint in a Zip-Loc bag with two cotton balls. Seal carefully and shake vigorously. Shake off any excess paint. (You can substitute Yellow Cotton Balls)
  4. Cover the inside bottom of the cup with glue.
  5. Place 1 cotton ball in the cup for the chicks body. Place a drop of glue on top and add another cotton ball for the head.
  6. Punch out two blue dots and glue on for eyes.
  7. Cut a small diamond shape from orange paper and fold in half. Glue on for beak.

 

WATERCOLORS

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon white vinegar, 1 1/2 tablespoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, 1/2 teaspoon glycerin, Food coloring

Instructions: Mix vinegar & baking soda in small bowl & allow to foam. After foaming stops add cornstarch & glycerin and stir very well....up to a couple of minutes. Portion the mixture into a paint palette, muffin tin or similar container and add food coloring. Make the colors dark because drying and use will lighten them. Allow watercolors to dry in a warm place for several hours or overnight Makes 1 set of Watercolors

 

 

 

Indoor Green House

Ingredients: 2 clear 2-liter bottles (soda), sand, dirt, seeds

Instructions: Cut the bottles so that the bottom of one is appox 4" high (this creates the bottom of your house) this is the base. Then cut the other one so it's about 9" high this will be the "lid" or top for you house. Place a small amount of sand in the bottom of the 4" base. Add soil and seeds. Water then slip the top over it to create your own greenhouse. Put in sunny place and plants will appear in 2-5 days (depending on the seeds you use).

 

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