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  1. 1. Kids' Crafts<br /><ul><li>Shell CreaturesSea creatures are notoriously shy, but the ones you see here came out of their shells (so to speak) to tell you their stories. These koalas find the climate in the northern hemisphere too clammy for their taste. A eucalyptus tree of two long razor clams decorated with ring-topped cowries helps them feel at home. The baby rabbit's mini-mussel ears perked right up when his mom served him this shell-carrot dinner on a sea-biscuit plate. To make these and other shell creatures, follow our how-to below.Tools and MaterialsShells of many colors and sizesSeed beadsPolymer clayCraft gluePaint brushShell Animal How-ToCollect shells -- ordinary or unusual -- at the seashore or from gift shops.Experiment with different combinations to come up with a shape before gluing everything in place. Use small cushions of polymer clay to test out various arrangements.Build heads and bodies separately, gluing on small features such as noses, eyes, ears, or paws before joining larger parts. Bivalve shells, such as clams or scallops, are hinged; glue the edges together to form stout bodies. Seed beads make bright eyes.For small parts, apply glue with a brush. Use polymer clay to support the creatures while the glue is drying.Magical Beans MosaicThis magical bean mosaic is a wonderful activity for kids and adults to do together.Tools and MaterialsPencilCanvas boardsSmall paintbrushCraft glueDried beansRulerMagical Beans Mosaic How-ToStart by drawing a pattern in pencil on your canvas board. You can create geometric designs, a still life, or even a portrait in dried beans -- think of it as a color-by-numbers painting."Paint" a thin layer of glue in one area of your pattern, and sprinkle the area with colorful beans. Use a single color in each area.Use the ruler to tidy up the edges of the beans before moving on to the next area.Repeat steps 1 through 3 until the board is covered. Let dry for 1 hour.Nature Walk BraceletWith treasures picked up during outdoor walks and hikes, your child can make a fashionable bracelet. As she finds interesting objects, she attaches them to tape (the sticky side is on the outside) that's been tied around her wrist. Afterward, plastic wrap will protect her new finery, which doubles as a summer keepsake.Bracelet How-ToCut a piece of wide masking or colorful electrical tape to fit around the wrist, plus 1/2 inch more. Wrap tape around child's wrist, tacky side up, overlapping ends to secure. Press collected items onto tape. Later, with sticky side up, fold both ends under a few times. Lay plastic wrap over sticky part of bracelet, and trim excess. With a small hole punch or needle, make a hole through ends; tie a 5-inch piece of string through each hole.</li></ul>Rock FrogThese frogs are up to no good. They're trying to look nonchalant, but as anyone can see, their heavy-lidded eyes are ready to pop open at the prospect of a fly lunch. Help kids create these frogs and other favorite animals using our technique.Rock Frog How-ToGlue rocks together before painting them, attaching small stone features such as eyes, feet, or beaks to body parts before joining larger parts; attach whiskers and tails after painting. Cement glue makes the strongest bond but should be used only by parents working in a well-ventilated area. (Kid-friendly glues are less durable and are best for rock crafts that will sit on shelves.)Kids can design a project by arranging rocks until the figure looks right. Use little cushions of nondrying clay to support parts while the glue sets; bread clay works especially well.You can use either tempera or acrylic paint, but remember that before painting, kids should sketch out their plan: It's easier to envision what the finished project will look like if they draw it first with pencil on paper.<br />Fancy ShadesEmbellish plain sunglasses with sequins, seashells, or confetti hand-punched from colorful paper. Just apply craft glue to the object, then press it onto the frame. (For heavier items, an adult should use craft cement.) Let dry completely before striking that movie-star pose.<br /><ul><li>No-Sew, Fancy Kids' PocketbookTools and MaterialsPocketbook templateWool feltFabri-Tac glueHand punchBoa, necklace, or scarf (for handle)Plastic rhinestones, butterflies, and flowers (optional)No-Sew, Fancy Kids' Pocketbook How-ToDownload and print pocketbook template.Cut out wool felt shape using template.Glue seams with Fabri-Tac.Punch two holes through both layers. To add a handle, use a boa, necklace, or scarf.Glue on embellishments to the pocketbook, such as plastic rhinestones, butterflies, and flowersPainted SneakersGive sneakers a one-of-a-kind look with this charming craft.Tools and MaterialsNewspaperClean canvas sneakersFabric or acrylic craft paintArtist paintbrushesFabric paint pensPainted Sneakers How-ToCover a work surface with newspaper.Using fabric paints and paint pens, decorate sneakers.Let paint dry for 24 hours before painting another shade on top of the original color.Easy Napkin CraftsPaper napkins can be cut out with regular, pinking, or scalloping scissors to create a variety of fun shapes for kids. Print and cut out our templates, then place shape on a napkin. The dotted lines of the template should align with folded edges of napkin. Stack up to three napkins, and cut.Clockwise from top left: Hearts are pretty in pink. These leaves have creases just like real ones (fold after cutting). The fish's eye is made with a hole punch. Sunny flowers are in two shades.</li></ul>Button BraceletAt long last, the sun is shining, the wind is warm, and newly bared arms are sprouting bracelets in spring colors.Collect pretty buttons and string them on elasticized cords for stretchy bracelets to be worn or swapped. Shank buttons (with smooth faces) overlap jauntily, while standard buttons, strung through the holes in their centers, lie flat against the wrist. Create some to match every outfit.Bracelet How-ToCut elasticized cord long enough to wrap around the wrist twice. To make a standard-button bracelet, thread elastic through from back to front and then to the back again. For four-hole buttons, thread elastic diagonally through two holes on opposite corners.For a shank-button bracelet, thread elastic through shanks, turning every other button upside down to overlap. Once you've strung on enough buttons to reach around the wrist, thread both ends of elastic through a metal crimp tube, available in beading shops, and squeeze tightly with pliers. Trim excess elastic.<br />Bottle BankThis little piggy (bank) started off at the market as a bleach bottle. To make one, rinse an empty bottle with hot soapy water; let dry. Cut features such as eyes, ears, and nostrils from construction paper (ears should have tabs). Attach with double-sided tape, as shown. Tape patterned paper around body. Hot-glue empty thread spools on for legs. Cut a slot at the top for coins, and a hole in back to insert a pipe-cleaner tail.<br />