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Add Color To Your Home: 15 Cool Projects For Kids

Add Color To Your Home: 15 Cool Projects For Kids

Why do we all love “do it yourself” projects? There’s just something about creating something on your own. The artistic expression and sense of accomplishment motivates us to keep exploring. If you’ve got kids at home, it can also be an excellent way of spending some quality family bonding time with them while also encouraging them to explore their creative side.

Here are a few fun projects to keep the kids (and parents) entertained.

1. There’s A Galaxy In My Room

1. Glow in the dark

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    These funky looking and fun to make jars add a lot of color to your house during the day. Their party trick is how fabulous they look at night. Your children will love these natural night-lights. You will undoubtedly spark their interests in the sky above them.

    To make your galaxy jar, all you will need to do is:

    1. Wash a transparent glass jar and allow it to dry.
    2. Buy some glow in the dark fabric paint. For best results, use light fluorescent colors of contrasting shades.
    3. Next, grab a paintbrush and let the kids dot the inside of the jars with as many colors as they like. You can even paint miniature versions of the planets from our solar system.
    4. Allow it to dry in sunlight for a few hours.
    5. Your galaxy jars are ready. Use them as colorful mantel displays or in the dark corners of your child’s room.

    2. Psychedelic Suncatcher

    2. Sun Catcher

      Image Source And Idea: babbledabbledo.com

      Have your kids create a little abstract art with these fun to make suncatchers. They will add color to any room. They will also have your kids buzzing about the colors and the crazy designs they created.

      To make these fantastic suncatchers:

      1. Grab a few plastic lids from jars of medium to large sizes.
      2. You will need to coat the lids with large quantities of glue. Make sure you do this yourself to avoid any accidents from the children.
      3. Have your kids select two of their favorite watercolors and add a few drops of the glue.
      4. Using a toothpick, ask them to swirl the colors around. Make sure to mix the colors only until a pattern develops. This will prevent the colors from mixing and forming an unpleasant shade.
      5. Allow the glue to dry. This will require patience from both you and the children since it could take between 2 to 3 days to dry completely.
      6. Once it dries, peel the glue off the lid, punch a hole in the top, and hang it from a window frame.

      3. Homemade Snow In A Jar – Lego Style

      3. Snow Jar

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        Most people love snow, and just about everyone loves Lego. Combining the blocks and some snow is the way to go. Make sure the jar is large enough to fit your Lego figure plus the added height of the base.

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        All you need to do is:

        1. Glue any Lego figure you like to a Lego base and let it dry.
        2. Stick the figure with its base to the inside of a jar’s lid and allow it to dry.
        3. Buy some glitter and have your kids sprinkle it into the jar. Then have them fill the jar almost to the brim with water.
        4. Add the lid and screw it on tight to allow for no air pockets to develop. Your snow jar is ready. Shake it to create a snowstorm!
        5. You can be as creative as you like. If your children love space or astronauts, simply print out a coloring page with a spaceship (on waterproof paper). Have your children color it and stick it to the inside of the jar.

        4. Stylish Bead Necklaces

        4. Bead Necklace

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          If you’re looking for a fun project that is simple and will allow your children to get creative, this is the perfect art piece for you. These necklaces are great for women of all ages.

          To make your bead necklaces:

          1. Buy large sheets of colored corrugated paper. Cut them into long triangular and rectangular shapes.
          2. Add glue to the inside of the paper and. Have your children roll the paper into circles around a straw or pencil. Once they’ve sufficiently dried, get rid of the straw.
          3. Run a string through the center of the beads and string together various combinations of colors and shapes

          5. Messy Ice Paintings

          5.Ice Painting

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            Which kid doesn’t love making a mess? How about letting them play with colored ice cubes? It will make their day! For obvious reasons, this activity is best for the summer.

            To let your children get started with their ice paintings:

            1. Make colorful ice cubes by simply filling ice trays with water and adding a few drops of watercolor to each tray.
            2. Every artist needs a canvas. For your child’s painting, use a plain sheet (preferably thick) to soak up the colored water. Place it on the ground.
            3. Then step back and watch as your kid’s imagination runs wild. They can use the ice cubes like a paint brush or arrange the ice cubes in a pattern on the sheet and wait for it to melt.
            4. The results are stunning and wouldn’t look out of place in a modern art gallery.

            6. Stained Glass Pasta

            6. Pasta Stained Glass

              Image Source And Idea: babbledabbledo.com

              Pasta can be used for more than just making dinner. Since children love eating pasta, why not show them how to create fancy art with it as well. It looks great and doesn’t require a lot of fancy supplies.

              To make your stained glass pasta:

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              1. Use a few sheets of raw lasagna pasta sheets. Cut them into varying shapes and sizes.
              2. Color batches of pasta separately. Once they’ve been colored, allow them to dry.
              3. Cut two sheets of contact paper of the same size. Remove the backing paper and leave the sticky side of the contact paper facing up.
              4. Let your children place the colored pieces of pasta on the sheet. Make sure to leave a gap of at least one-fourth of an inch between each piece.
              5. Place the second contact paper over the top of the pasta sheets. Using a black marker, fill in the gaps between each piece. Your masterpiece is ready.

              7. Fancy Artificial Flowers

              7. Flowers

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                If you’ve got girls in the house that love flowers, this idea is perfect for you. Show them how to create these lovely crystal flowers that are unique. They will add color to any room.

                To make your flowers:

                1. Pick up a few artificial flowers from the local shop.
                2. Tie the stems of these flowers to a pencil.
                3. Boil water and pour it into an empty container. Add spoonfuls of borax into the container. When the borax no longer dissolves, you’ll know you’ve added enough.
                4. Place the flowers into the borax diluted water and allow it to sit for a few hours.
                5. After a few hours, pull out your flowers and display your creation proudly in a vase in the living room.

                8. Rainbow Salt Jars

                8. Rainbow jar

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                  These colorful rainbow jars will add a dash of color to any room in the house. You could use them as a centerpiece for that grand dinner or a simple addition to your child’s nightstand.

                  To make your rainbow jars:

                  1. Have your children pour some salt onto a piece of paper. The amount of salt will depend on the size of the jars and how many layers you wish to add.
                  2. Let them choose their favorite color of chalk and rub it in the salt until the salt takes on the color of the chalk.
                  3. Repeat the process with a contrasting color. Pour the layers of salt into the jar and add different colors until the jar is full. Your rainbow jar is ready for display.

                  9. Simple to Make Clay Pots

                  9. Clay Pots

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                    Clay pots are an easy way to have your children create something unique and let their creative juices flow. To make these attractive clay pots:

                    1. Take a handful of air dry clay and roll it into a large ball. Give these to the children.
                    2. With their thumbs, have them poke a hole in the center of the ball and rotate the clay, creating a wider hole with each rotation.
                    3. Flatten the center of the hole to form a small pot. Use water to smoothen out the clay.
                    4. Take another ball of clay and flatten it to create the lid. Measure it into the pot for the right size. Add a small ball of clay to the lid to act as the handle.
                    5. Let the kids add beads, sequins, and other creative touches to personalize each pot. Wait for each pot to dry. This will take between 3 to 5 days, depending on the size.
                    6. Let the kids paint each pot to their liking.

                    10. Skittles Art Work

                    10.Glossy-Skittles-Paint-Mama.Papa_.Bubba_.

                      Image Source And Idea: mamapapabubba.com

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                      Skittles are popular with both adults and children because they’re colorful and taste great. However, did you know you can use them to create paint?

                      All you need to do is:

                      1. Grab a big bag of Skittles and have your child divide them by color. Then get them to place groups of the same color into small containers. Each container will need at least 25 Skittles.
                      2. Then instruct your children to pour corn syrup into the containers of Skittles. Seal it up and leave it to rest for a few hours.
                      3. Once the Skittles have completely dissolved, give your kids a paintbrush and a blank canvas. Let them paint to their heart’s content.

                      11. Rainbow Rock Candy

                      11. rockcandy5

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                        Making homemade rock candy will be a trip down memory lane for the parents, and will give the kids a new favorite snack. To make colorful rock candy:

                        1. In a large saucepan, add 2 cups of granulated sugar, half a cup of light corn syrup, and half a cup of water.
                        2. Heat it until the mixture has reached 300 degrees. Remove from the heat, then add a few drops of food coloring and half a teaspoon of flavored oil. Stir vigorously.
                        3. Pour the hot mixture into a baking tray lined with baking paper and cooking spray.
                        4. Let it cool for half an hour, then have the kids dust it with powdered sugar. Your colorful rock candy is now ready.

                        12. Pony Bead Earrings

                        12. Pony earrings

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                          If your little girls are always searching for the latest earrings at the local mall, why not teach them how to improvise their own at home. Since they’re customizable, they are sure to suit every girl’s taste.

                          To make them:

                          1. Using a baking tray, have your child place an individual bead in each slot. Use beads of different colors.
                          2. Set the oven to 250 degrees and wait until each bead has melted.
                          3. Once they’ve cooled, get your child to glue them to an earring post. Your home made earrings are ready.

                          13. Cardboard Dreamcatchers

                          13. Weave

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                            Cardboard looms are a great way for your kids to get started with handicrafts. Even though they look complicated, they are simple to make.

                            To create great looking cardboard hand looms:

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                            1. Trace out circles of different diameters on a sheet of cardboard, and cut them out.
                            2. Mark spokes on your circle and cut a small portion along each spoke.
                            3. Tape some colorful yarn to the center of the circle and have your child run it through the cut portion. Get them to do this with the adjacent cut. Repeat the process with each cut until the circle is covered with yarn. Tape the end of the yarn to the back of the circle.
                            4. Add a different colored yarn to the center. Weave it into a circle, add buttons and other layers of yarn or anything else they like.

                            14. Cement Castles

                            14. Cement Castle

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                              Yes, you read that right. You can make castles out of cement that will last a lot longer than your ordinary sand castles. They’re also easy to make, and your kids will love them.

                              Here’s how to make them:

                              1. Mix easy-to-make cement according to the instructions on the bag.
                              2. Get a sand castle mold and have your child spray the insides with nonstick cooking spray.
                              3. Pour the cement into the mold and allow it to set. Once it’s dry, turn it upside down and watch the castle easily slip out.
                              4. Since they are heavy, place it where your kids like, then let them go mad with their new cement castle.

                              15. Balloon Dart Art

                              15. Balloon Dart Art

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                                Do you want to do something fun with the kids that will be both creative and fun for the whole family? Balloon dart art is the activity for you.

                                To get started:

                                1. Buy washable paint, with lots of contrasting colors. Get a few small balloons and pour a little paint in each of them.
                                2. Blow a little air into each balloon and tie the mouth of the balloon into a small knot.
                                3. Get a large foam board and cover it with white canvas. Nail it to a post or any convenient object. Spread a sheet to mop up the paint from the ground.
                                4. Pin the balloons to the board with thumb-tacks.
                                5. Hand your kids some darts and watch as each balloon explosion splashes a range of colors on the canvas.

                                Conclusion

                                Wow! These activities will keep the family busy for some time to come.

                                We hope you enjoyed our list of 15 cool projects. Have fun doing these activities with your kids. After you try some out, let us know about your experience. We’d love to hear from your family.

                                Featured photo credit: beautiful locale for art via flickr.com

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                                Last Updated on January 17, 2019

                                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                Listen carefully:

                                We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                1. Pray Daily

                                You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                3. Smile Often

                                Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                8. Go Exercise

                                Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                The Bottom Line

                                It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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                                Featured photo credit: Lesly Juarez via unsplash.com

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