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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 December 9, 2019

                  5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                  5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                  Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                  Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                  Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                  1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                  Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                  This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                  In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                  The result: no more mental stress.

                  2. Unplug

                  Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                  How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                  It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                  Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                  3. Easy on the Caffeine

                  Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                  Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                  4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                  That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                  How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                  While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                  5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                  This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                  The result: mental stress will be gone!

                  So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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