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KidsTown is a spot where children under 48" tall can explore their world in a town designed just for them. Fun abounds for even the littlest scientist in this pint-sized town. This miniature town introduces science concepts through whole-body experiences, hands-on interactives and opportunities for imaginative role-playing. Water tables, automotive garage, orange juice processing plant and more invite the joyful hands-on creative play that is so important to the cognitive development of young children.
Take the time to learn about the letter B while making this simple Mardi Gras mask. This will certainly show the little ones in your family that learning can be fun. The letter B is the perfect shape to make a mask so why not take this time to teach them the importance of knowing their letters and sounds. Your family will be ready for Mardi Gras in no time; with great fashion and originality when you are done with this craft.
Construction paper or colored printable card stock
Craft stick or drinking straw
Make alphabet letters on your mask with any of these:
Alphabet stickers/stamps,or draw letters with crayons
Draw the letter "B" on construction paper. Make sure the size is just right for you to wear it as a mask. You may also opt to print out this template on colored card stock instead.
Cut the letter "B". You may need an adult's help in cutting out the eyeholes.
Decorate the front side of the mask with alphabet letters. Stick alphabet stickers, use alphabet stamps or write the letters using crayons.
Tape a craft stick or a drinking straw at the back to make the handle.
Tape feathers and/or curly ribbons at the back as well. Click here on how to make your own curly ribbons.
Make something special for that special somone! Making Valentine’s cards can be fun and easy. Here are directions to make it environmentally friendly as well. This is one way to make this Valentine’s Day unique by using everyday items that can be found around your house.
3-D Recycled Valentine Day Cards
YOU WILL NEED
Heart-shaped cookie cutter
Bowl of water
Old newspaper or leftover tissue paper
Glue wash (equal parts glue and water)
An old greeting card
A clean plate
1. Tear newspaper or tissue paper into small pieces. Place the cookie cutter on the plate. Making sure each piece overlaps, position a few pieces of the paper inside the cookie cutter to create a thin layer. Dip your fingers into the bowl of water and then press it gently on the paper layer, making the paper damp. Continue layering, dipping, and pressing until the cookie cutter is about half full. Let it dry for at least a day.
2. When the paper mold is completely dry, gently press down on the mold and carefully lift off the cookie cutter. Using a clean paintbrush, apply a light coat of glue wash to the mold. As it dries, move on to step three.
3. Cover an old greeting card with things from around the house, such as construction paper, magazines, newspapers, or doilies. Write a poem or message inside the card and then glue the 3-D heart to the front. Now you’re ready to give this Earth-friendly valentine to someone you love!
Who says playing with your food can’t be delicious and fun? Stay active inside all winter with this simple recipe for homemade peanut butter play dough. This is perfect for all ages, especially the little kids in the family. Clean up is sure to be a breeze, play and then enjoy! The kids will certainly help with cleaning up this mess.
3 ½ cups peanut butter
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 ½ cups honey
4 cups dry milk powder
In a large bowl, cream together peanut butter and confectioners’ sugar, then beat in honey and fold in milk powder. Divide into 15 equal portions and refrigerate or freeze until ready to use.
Written by Melanie Turner
09 December 2010 Posted in
Hello everyone! Hope your week is going well. Those who have been to KidsTown this past week have seen the scaffolding that went from KidsTown floor all the way up to the fourth floor. We had a team of people using the scaffolding to place tint on all of our windows. This will help us to keep KidsTown and other places in the building cooler during the warmer parts of the year and will also help us to conserve energy.
As most of you may have experienced, this week has not been one of our warmer parts of the year, it has been quite chilly. Now is a good time to talk about what happens when things cool down or even freeze. What is the freezing point of water? How are snowflakes formed? What conditions are required to have snow fall? Why is it that we do not have usually have snow in Florida?
The Florida Dairy Farmers have sponsored a new display in our KidsTown area, which provides fascinating facts on how milk moooves from the farm to our fridge. Check out the giant interactive milk glass just inside KidsTown.
Answer questions correctly about milk's journey from cow to cup and watch the giant drinking straw at the top of the display fill up with white liquid. But watch out - a wrong answer drains the milk from the straw. While kids enjoy the tasty trivia, parents can relax and learn about Florida's dairy industry from an engaging video presentation (available in both English and Spanish).
The new milk display is located in the former home of the Super Service Center, but don't despair car lovers...we're just giving the beloved display a complete overhaul. It will be back soon, and better than ever, in its new home inside the All Aboard exhibit on Level 2.