Matunuck Fun Corner!

A big Thank You to Danielle Ritorto for coming up with these fun activities!

 

Valentine's Day Craft Projects 

Week 3 - 3d Hearts

 

Supplies Needed:

A box (see step 1 notes)

glue stick

colored paper

pencil

scissors and string.

 

Also helpful is a hole punch but it’s not necessary.

 

Step 1: Look for an empty food box in your recycling bin.  Something like a Cereal box or cracker box works great!  I used a cracker box.  Make the box into a flat piece of cardboard by cutting along one of the seams and opening up both the top and bottom of the box.

 

Step 2: Trace hearts on the cardboard.  You will need 2 hearts for each decoration.  Trace as many as you would like to make and cut them all out. 

 

Step 3: Take two hearts and cut a slit on one from the bottom to the middle.  Then cut a slit on another one from the Top to the middle. Fit the two Pieces together to form a 3d heart. 

 

Step 4: Using the same heart template trace 4 hearts on colored paper.  Fold the hearts in half as shown.

 

Step 5: Glue the hearts onto the 4 sections of your 3d cardboard heart.  If you would like to hang your decoration just attach a piece of string,  I used a hole punch to add two holes for easy hanging.

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 Week 2 - Heart Garland
 

Supplies:

-Ruler

-Stapler

-Pencil

-Cardstock

-Scissors

-String or Yarn

 

 

Step 1: Make paper strips with the card stock.  I did this by using the width of my ruler and marking them with a pencil.  After the pencil lines are made with the ruler just cut along the lines with your scissors.  To make the size heart shown here your Strips should be about 11 inches long.  They can be any size 11 inches or even a bit smaller.  The most important thing is that all your paper strips should be exactly the same.  Cardstock paper is the only paper that really holds the heart shape when it’s hung up.

 

Step 2: Fold all the strips in half.

 

Step 3: Take one strip that’s folded in half and place a staple on the folded end. (See Picture)

 

Step 4: Fold down the ends of the stapled strip to make a heart as shown.  Then insert the bottom of the heart into a second strip.  Once the first heart is on the inside part of the second strip (in the bottom point of the v) place a staple to connect the two hearts.  Keep repeating this process until you get a chain. 

 

Step 5: Use some string to hang your creation up.

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Week 1: Triple Heart

Supplies needed:

-Ruler

-Glue Stick

-Pencil

-Stapler

-Paper

-String for hanging

-Scissors

Step 1: Cut Paper the long way in strips about 1 inch in width.

Depending on what paper you use they should be 11-12 inches long

and 1 inch wide.

Step 2: Fold all the strips in half. Each color is going to have a different

length so here is where your ruler comes in. Whatever color is going to

be your outside color (largest heart) we don’t need to trim the strips.

Set them aside. The middle heart color we need to trim 1.5 inches from

the non-folded ends. The smallest heart we need to trim off 3 inches

from the unfolded side of the strip. See pictures for details.

Step 3: Take one of each length of the strips and stack them as shown.

Step 4: Staple them together in the middle as shown. The shortest strip

should now be on the outside.

Step 5: Starting with the two shorter strips gently bend them down to

the bottom to form a point. Carefully gather the ends together and

staple.

Step 6: Hang them up with some string or even fishing line for a super

cool decoration!

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Week 5:  Delicious Treats!

This week we have an assortment of delicious treats!  We hope you enjoy!

Click here to download a printable version!
 

There are many treat to choose from, that families can cook together.

  • Jam Thumbprint Cookies

  • Crabbies Appetizer

  • Spinach & Artichoke Dip

 

The instructions are outlined in a way for kids to follow and prompt them when an adult is needed.  ENJOY!

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Week 4:  Holiday Activities!

This week we have an assortment of holiday activities!  We hope you enjoy!

Click here to download a printable version!
 

Handmade Gift

Here is an example of a handmade gift you can give that costs nothing but a tiny bit of your time.  

 

  • Pick a person that would really appreciate a helping hand.  

  • Simply write down some things that would be helpful for you to do for that person.  They can turn them in when they need a hand just like a gift certificate.

  • This would also be great for Valentine’s day, Mother’s day, Father’s day or even a Birthday. 

Dry Cleaner Craft Activity

Make a Star- Supplies needed:3 wire hangers, tape, string/yarn/lights, and wire cutters

Tree shape decor- Supplies needed: 4 wire hangers, tape, string/yarn, decoration of choice.
Wreath-Supplies needed: 1 hanger with the top cut off (adult job), your choice of decoration (Fresh cut greens, garland, fabric strips, etc)
Heart-Supplies needed:1 wire hanger, wire cutters (adult job), and decorations

Click here for all the steps to make these cute holiday decor.

 

Handmade Wrapping Paper
Supplies used -Markers, washable paint, brown paper bags or Craft Paper (you can find craft paper at the dollar store), Stamps (Shown is a stamp made with a little potato), pencil, toilet paper tube, and a paintbrush.  There are so many fun options for making your own wrapping paper!  Click here for steps and idea.

Pigs in a Blanket 
Need a snack the kids will love, try pigs in a blanket.  These can be made ahead of time and frozen for when a quick and easy snack (or meal!) is needed.  Ingredients-3 cans Pillsbury Crescent Rolls & 72 cocktail sized smoked sausage or hot dogs (2-14oz packages). Hillshire farm little smokies are pictured.  Click here for the full directions.

Garland

Did you know….Garlands have been a decorating tradition that dates back to as early as Egyptian time!  They were also frequently used in ancient Rome and Greece.  We still use this super fun form of decorating today.  Look around your home to see what items you have on hand to make one of your very own.  Check out some of our cool examples! 

Pinecone trees

Glue on a tree trunk, Paint and decorate. A piece of cork was used here for
a trunk but could be a bottle top or other household item.

Cardboard Box-Frame ornaments
Get those amazon boxes out!  Find something the size you want your ornament to be and trace it with a pencil. A cup is a great circle shape to find. Other shapes can also work!  Click here to see some photo examples of the steps.

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Week 3:  Tea Light Snowmen!

You will need:  Battery operated tea lights, A Black and orange markers, ribbon, pipe cleaners, pom poms, felt, and glue gun.

 

You can get most of the supplies at the dollar store or craft store.  Make cute gifts for kids to give!

 

Here is a link on how to make them!

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Week 2:  Toilet Paper Roll Snowflakes!

You will need:  Paper towel or toilet rolls, scissors, glue and paperclips. 

 

Each of the tubes are flattened and cut into 1 inch segments of different lengths. The different size loops are glued together to make the snowflake shape.

 

Here are some links to see some fun ideas on what you can do:

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

Or google "toilet paper roll snowflakes" there are so many fun options!

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Week 1:  Make your own Butter for Thanksgiving!

All you need are 2 ingredients, heavy cream and a jar with a tight lid. Poor the cream into the jar and... shake, shake, shake, shake, shake and shake some more!  When it forms a solid remove the lid and drain the remaining liquid.  Add a bit of salt to the butter you have just created,  now you are ready to serve with your favorite rolls!

Let's see our Matunuck Manta Rays Shake it Off!

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