July 26, 2017
Fun kids activities for those long days are right here. Fun and creative shapes, sparking your kid's imaginations with hours of fun creative play.
Thank you to the Artful Parent for introducing us to this mind expanding project. Jean Van't Hul put together a wonderful post that we will share with you here:
This is an incredibly educationally creative project for so many wonderful reasons:
Children can explore magnetic properties and engineering with hands on learning and open-ended exploration. Building cool contraptions in an open-ended way helps kids become creative thinkers and problem solvers, which is vital to their future success and even the future of our world.
*Save those boxes! Or stop by a store that’ll let you cart away their boxes. I went to an ABC Store for mine and found that the inserts to the liquor boxes work especially well for making these cardboard shapes as they are plain (no markings), not too thick, and somewhat pre-scored.
Use a utility knife to cut cardboard strips against the grain. (You want the corrugation lines to run across the width of the cardboard strip.) I cut my cardboard pieces about 2 inches by 10-12 inches.
Fold your cardboard strip into your desired shape, such as a triangle, square, rectangle, or trapezoid.
Now that you have your fold marks, run a line of hot glue along one edge of the cardboard strip, then fold the cardboard back into shape, holding the two ends together for 30 seconds or so until the glue hardens.
Repeat with more cardboard strips and shapes. Make as many as you like! You can experiment with different shapes and sizes, too.
Paint the shapes the desired colors.
Now, apply your magnetic tape to the cardboard shapes. To do so, cut a section of the magnetic tape (perhaps 1-2 inches long depending on the size of the cardboard piece you’re applying it to). Bend the magnetic tape against its natural curvature to flatten it out, then remove the paper backing, and press the adhesive side to one side of the cardboard shape. You can add the magnet strips to one or all sides of the cardboard shapes as desired.
Painting before applying the magnetic tape works way better than the other way around.
Once the paint dries you can build with them!
Once again, thank you so much to The Artful Parent for sharing such a fabulous kids creative activity with us!
Your daughter wants to be beautiful. You want her to be safe.
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