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8 Fun And Easy DIY Crafts To Try With Your Kids

8 Fun And Easy DIY Crafts To Try With Your Kids

Rain or shine, these fun DIY crafts can keep your kids engaged for hours. These hands-on activities are easy to follow and they are a great way for parents to spend time with their children.

1. Rock Monster Magnets

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    Colorful magnets made from pebbles can really brighten up your kitchen appliances. Use moderate-sized river rocks or beach stones — 3 to 5 cm in diameter should be a good size. Any bigger and you’ll need stronger magnets. Select the smoothest stones with light colors as they will be easier to paint on.

    2. Cupcake Paper Flowers

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      Cupcake liners are used for making these pretty and colorful flowers. Preschoolers have lots of fun sprinkling glitter in the midst of flower layers. Do the project on a paper plate and hang the finished project proudly on your fridge door.

      3. Flower Fairy Wooden Peg Dolls

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        These make very cute gifts for kids. Its quite an easy DIY doll project as it does not require any sewing. The beautiful flower fairy dolls are made with wooden pegs covered in felt and embellished with buttons, sequins, etc.

        4. Paper Giraffes

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          Easy to make, but still really pretty, these paper giraffes require very few items to create. All you need are yellow paper, brown paper, scissors, a black pen, and some glue.

          5. Paper Plate Tropical Fish

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            Plain, stripes, polka dots — the possibilities are endless. These cute fish plates are a great way to let your child’s creativity loose. You can hang them on the walls of your child’s bedroom. If you want to hang them from the ceiling, remember to decorate both sides of the plate.

            6. Mini Animals Canvas Project

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              Plastic animals are cut in half and covered in acylic paint for this impressive and playful DIY craft project.

              7. DIY Play Castle

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                Make your own gorgeous play castle with toilet paper rolls and shoe boxes of different sizes.

                8. Spring Flowers Window Art

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                  Window art is a great way to brighten up your child’s day and your house. If you don’t have a large window, try them out on a blank wall or even the refrigerator surface.

                  Featured photo credit: http://www.funathomewithkids.com/ via funathomewithkids.com

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                  Last Updated on June 20, 2019

                  Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

                  Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

                  There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

                  More and more scientific studies have been looking into how people who play the guitar have different brain functions compared to those who don’t. What they found was quite astonishing and backed up what many guitarists may instinctively know deep down.

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                  Guitar Players’ Brains Can Synchronise

                  You didn’t read that wrong! Yes, a 2012 study[1] was conducted in Berlin that looked at the brains of guitar players. The researchers took 12 pairs of players and got them to play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned.

                  During the experiment, they found something extraordinary happening to each pair of participants – their brains were synchronising with each other. So what does this mean? Well, the neural networks found in the areas of the brain associated with social cognition and music production were most activated when the participants were playing their instruments. In other words, their ability to connect with each other while playing music was exceptionally strong.

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                  Guitar Players Have a Higher Intuition

                  Intuition is described as “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning” and this is exactly what’s happening when two people are playing the guitar together.

                  The ability to synchronise their brains with each other, stems from this developed intuitive talent indicating that guitar players have a definite spiritual dexterity to them. Not only do their brains synchronise with another player, but they can also even anticipate what is to come before and after a set of chords without consciously knowing. This explains witnessing a certain ‘chemistry’ between players in a band and why many bands include brothers who may have an even stronger connection.

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                  This phenomenon is actually thought to be down to the way guitarists learn how to play – while many musicians learn through reading sheet music, guitar players learn more from listening to others play and feeling their way through the chords. This also shows guitarists have exceptional improvisational skills[2] and quick thinking.

                  Guitar Players Use More of Their Creative, Unconscious Brain

                  The same study carried out a different experiment, this time while solo guitarists were shredding. They found that experienced guitar players were found to deactivate the conscious part of their brain extremely easily meaning they were able to activate the unconscious, creative and less practical way of thinking more efficiently.

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                  This particular area of the brain – the right temporoparietal junction – typically deactivates with ‘long term goal orientation’ in order to stop distractions to get goals accomplished. This was in contrast to the non-guitarists who were unable to shut off the conscious part of their brain which meant they were consciously thinking more about what they were playing.

                  This isn’t to say that this unconscious way of playing can’t be learnt. Since the brain’s plasticity allows new connections to be made depending on repeated practice, the guitar player’s brain can be developed over time but it’s something about playing the guitar in particular that allows this magic to happen.

                  Conclusion

                  While we all know musicians have very quick and creative brains, it seems guitar players have that extra special something. Call it heightened intuition or even a spiritual element – either way, it’s proven that guitarists are an exceptional breed unto themselves!

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