Travel Tips & Tricks
Whether it is your 1st or 100th family adventure, here are some tips and tricks to help make travel easier. Picking a destination, packing or navigating the airport, we hope these tips and tricks get you going!
3 Craft Ideas for Kids on Beach Vacations
When you come back from your beach vacations, you’re probably going to bring a ton of mementoes. One thing that you may not have thought of bringing, however, is the sand. After all, what are you going to do with sand? It’s not like you’re going to turn your home into a beach. And there are cleanliness issues to think about too. If you have sand in your home, aren’t your kids going to start playing with it and make a mess? All these objections notwithstanding, you can make some wonderful arts and crafts with sand and bring them home with you. These are projects you and your kids will both enjoy.
Sticky Sand. One project that your kids will love is creating artwork with sand. Start with a picture where the outlines are clearly visible. Then divide the sand into several small piles, depending on how many colors you’ll need to use and color each one with food coloring. Allow the sand to dry before you start using. Then apply some glue to one section of the picture, within a set of lines. After the glue’s in place, sprinkle some sand over it until the glue is completely covered. Then gently lift the picture and let the excess sand slide off. Repeat this process for each section of the picture until you’re done.
Artificial Flower Arrangements. You can use sand to create decorative pieces for your home, especially artificial flower arrangements. You can either buy dried or artificial flowers from a store or make them yourself. Put the sand in a tall or flat vase and then play around with the arrangement of flowers until you’re satisfied. You can also use smooth stones, shells, pebbles and other items from around your home to add to the beauty of the arrangement. If you use a clear vase, then you’ll be able to see the sand from outside.
Layered Sand in Bottles. Another great idea is to color the sand in several different colors with food coloring and then start putting it into a clear bottle with a funnel. Put the sand in slowly and create layers. For example, you can start with a very dark green layer and then put in successively lighter layers until the sand at the top is very light. Or you can create rainbow-colored layers. Fill the sand up to the very top; don’t leave any room for air. Then insert the cork. This will ensure that the sand doesn’t move around if the jar is turned in one direction or the other.
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