How To Make Fake Stained Glass with Your Kids

Please welcome Guest Contributor, Patrick Bailey.

You’ve probably seen beautiful buildings with stained glass. It may look fancy and expensive, but did you know that you and your kids can make an inexpensive and fun project that looks like stained glass?

There are a couple of different ways to make fake stained glass with your kids, but here is our favorite.

Supplies

To get started, all you need is painter’s tape, chalk markers, some glass cleaner, and your imagination. You can use any glass surface in the house. You might prefer to use a window or piece of glass that gets a lot of sunlight so you can get the full effect of this project.

Chalk markers are a fun coloring tool that you might not have seen before. They are markers with thick tips that are water soluble. That means that the marks they make dissolve with water, so it’s easy to clean the glass and even create another project. You can buy the markers from different retailers, and we chose Amazon.

Another good tip is to reuse a bottle or other container in your house to store your stained glass kit.

We chose to create this project on our front door so we could always see our creation when we arrived home.

What’s the Goal?

The goal here is to make your window or piece of glass look like stunning stained glass. The kids will have a ton of fun creating the project, and the result will last as long as you want it to last.

You’ll be using painter’s tape to mark off different sections and using chalk markers to paint glass. The result is a gorgeous geometric pattern that takes very little effort or practice.

As an added bonus, creating art can be an excellent way to relieve stress. With less stress in our lives, we could be less likely to turn to alcohol or drugs and need help from an alcohol addiction treatment center. Instead, we’ll be participating in an activity the entire family can enjoy — and creating a stunning work of art in the process!

Getting Started

The first step is to clean the window. You definitely want it to be clean on the side you’ll be coloring, but to achieve the best effect, it’s a good idea to clean both sides.

After cleaning, it’s time to start taping off different areas on the window. It’s very important to use painter’s tape. Other types of tape can damage the glass and might not produce the desired outcome with your work.

We used painter’s tape that was a little thicker, but it doesn’t matter what thickness you use. Remember that wherever you tape will appear as regular (clear) glass when the project is done.

Get creative with the tape. Let the kids make long lines and different shapes. Overlap the tape in different spots to create even cooler results.

When you finish taping, your prep work is done. It’s time for the fun stuff.

Get to Coloring

Now it’s time to start coloring. Chalk markers are really cool doodle tools. They’re easy to hold and easy to use. It’s hard to make a mistake when you use them, so they’re perfect for kids of all ages.

The method for creating your window is to color everywhere that tape isn’t. You can mix the colors you use. Remember to try to stagger where you use the colors. You’ll like how your window looks if every shape has a different colored shape next to it.

Fill your shapes in completely. It doesn’t matter if you color on the tape, because the marker won’t bleed through.

We suggest using the most vibrant chalk marker colors you can find. If this is a window or piece of art that faces the street, the vivid color will draw everyone’s attention and they’ll love it.

Make sure you’re satisfied with the coloring of the shapes before you move to the next step. If the kids make a mistake, don’t worry about it. A little water and a paper towel can clean up the area and they can recolor an area.

When you’re done coloring, it’s time for the grand reveal.

The Grand Reveal

Gather the kids around and start peeling off the tape. It might be easier for the adults to tackle this step because there’s a bit of patience and technique required to pull the tape off without smudging the colored areas.

All of the tape needs to be pulled off so the glass looks good.

Ask everyone to take a step back to take a look at their creation. After the excitement dies down, take everyone outside and look at the window or glass from the other side. It can help them realize that their art will be proudly displayed for everyone to see. It can help brighten a person’s day during tough times.

Conclusion

This brief description illustrates that there’s an easy way to make fake stained glass with your kids. As an added bonus, this craft doesn’t cost a lot of money and you can reuse many of the materials for your next project.

When you want to change the design, just pour some water on a paper towel and use it to scrub the glass. If you use a little glass cleaner on the area, you’ll be ready to make a new creation in no time.

Sources

fabulesslyfrugal.com – 10 Beautiful Stained Glass Art Projects for Kids

jamestdavis.com – How to find the right type of painter’s tape

theworkbuzz.com – Top 12 Best Chalk Markers in 2020

choosemarker.com – How to Remove Chalk Marker from Chalkboard

redfieldpress.com – Adding color to quarantine

sciencing.com – What Are the Benefits of Reuse?

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5 Fun and Productive Kiddie Activities

Please welcome Guest Contributor, Maloy Burman.

Are your kids getting bored just staying in the house all day? Do you want your children to take a break from being on their gadgets every waking moment? Would you like to know what other activities there are that will keep them entertained and learning at the same time?

From taking robotic classes, online mathematics and English language sessions, or seasonal STEM camps, there are plenty of fun yet productive activities that kids can do.

Play and Learn

Learning can be made more compelling when there’s a good dose of fun mixed in. Robotics can be more enjoyable when kids see how it relates to their daily lives. STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – will be so much more exciting when taken with other like-minded kids and presided over by a seasoned STEM instructor.

Other educational subjects can be more pleasurable when kids can see or experience topics discussed in real life. Taking field trips to a bread factory, for example, can show them the value of mathematics, science, or robotics. Going to the park can teach them about Biology or improve their English language and communication skills. You can even make good use of your beach club membership and make swimming in the pool or strolling on the beach a teachable moment.

There are plenty of scientific studies showing the correlation between classroom fun and authentic learning. According to educational psychologists, kids learn and retain more information when learning is associated with strong positive feelings. That is why when you want to ensure that your child absorbs as much information as possible, make sure that he or she is also enjoying the activity.

Here are some examples and suggestions on what activities your child can participate in to have fun and be productive at the same time:

1. Robotics

Robots usually capture children’s imaginations in many ways. They are the stuff that exhilarating movies, pretend play or sweet dreams are made of. What could be better for kids than actually learning how to create robots?

Robotics may sound intimidating to some parents and kids, but with educators and even toy companies have found a way to make it enjoyable and interesting for children today. Not only do they get to learn about programming or design concepts, but they can also get to make their own robots.

2. STEM Classes

Aside from robotics, there are also plenty of STEM classes that your kids might enjoy. These subjects include learning about the basic concepts of coding, programming, and other technology-related topics.

If your child is into games, then why not enroll him or her in a games development class?

Here, kids are taught the complete game development cycle followed by a series of guided projects. There’s also a mobile development course for kids where youngsters are introduced to the core concepts of the mobile app development cycle. They will then be guided to design their own mobile application that can be installed on both Android and iOS programs.

Other kiddie classes that your child can take are about Arduino, scratch coding, and Python levels 1 and 2.

3. Seasonal STEM Camps

STEM subjects can also be experienced through seasonal STEM camps. Whether it is spring, summer, winter, or the midterm break, these camps allow children to continue learning even on school breaks. These gatherings provide more in-depth instruction coupled with intensive hands-on experiences.

Additionally, aside from honing their knowledge about STEM topics, children also develop communication and social skills. Working with other kids can teach them cooperation and teamwork, as well as other positive values that they will need as they grow. These camps not only help sharpen children’s IQ but also their EQ.

4. Field Trip

When kids grow tired of classroom setups, it is also a good idea to let them experience learning out of it.

There are universities, museums, or other private companies that offer field trips and educational jaunts to kids. These are also wonderful opportunities for your child to learn outside school premises. It may also show them how the concepts they learned in school are used in real-life applications.

For example, a trip to the locomotive museum may impart more knowledge about the roles that math or science play in making trains work. A trip to an indoor tropical rainforest, for instance, can also teach kids about ecosystems and botany. Even a trip to the local bakery can teach kids about measurements, volume, and chemical reactions.

5. Visiting Leisure Spots

Leisure spots can also be used as educational venues. There’s a wealth of information that kids can learn while having fun in theme parks, kiddie activity centers, or even at the movies. Going to a beach resort, for example, can be fused with lessons on buoyancy, forces and motion, and the environment.

While this will require you to take a more active part compared to having subject-matter experts or teachers teaching them these topics in school, this activity can also strengthen your relationship with your child.

Balance is Key

Whether children learn inside or outside the classroom, the key is to achieve a balance. All work and no play can lead them to become disinterested  easily. On the other hand, all play and no work might also lead them to a sedentary lifestyle and lost learning opportunities.

Your role as a parent is crucial. It is important that you involve your child in choosing classes or subjects to enroll them in.

Forcing them to learn something that they are not naturally interested in or inclined toward may only lead to resistance. It is best that they enjoy the topics so they absorb and retain the knowledge they learn. You should also try your best to be available and provide the guidance and support they need, especially during the formative years.

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Resources:

The Neuroscience of Joyful Education. https://www.psychologytoday.com/files/attachments/4141/the-neuroscience-joyful-education-judy-willis-md.pdf

Scientific Evidence Confirms learning must be Fun. https://advancemarbella.com/en/scientific-evidence-confirms-learning-must-be-fun/#:~:text=Recent%20research%20supports%20the%20beneficial,associated%20with%20strong%20positive%20emotion.

AUTHOR BIO

Maloy Burman is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Premier Genie FZ LLC. He is responsible for driving Premier Genie into a leadership position in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education space in Asia, Middle East and Africa and building solid brand value. Premier Genie is currently running 5 centers in Dubai and 5 centers in India with a goal to multiply that over the next 5 years.

Fun and FREE Culinary Kids’ Games

Does your child like to cook and bake with you? Mine does. She also loves playing games. That’s why we visited Kids Food Games. This is a sight with more than 35 free games. The games offer fun ways to learn about farming, food, cooking, baking, the restaurant business, kitchen work, and hospitality. The games do NOT include ads or branding. They each open in a new page to allow for distraction-free play. The games are published for mobile and desktop use. To help you choose the best games for your child, each game has a full description with grade level suggestions. But best of all, the games are FREE!

Free games with no ads. Perfect.

We picked out our five favorite games from their collection. They are all appropriate for my second grade daughter. We have included the detailed descriptions from the website. You can also click through and try the game for yourself!

Burger Maker: Stack ingredients according to the order list to make a perfect made-to-order burger in 10 to 15 seconds. When done with the ingredient list you have to click the “serve now” button under the burger to deliver it to the customer. Ingredients must be added from bottom to top to stack them in the correct order. This game is simple enough that second or third graders might like it, but older students may find this game repetitive.

Puzzle Farm is an easy puzzle game consisting of farm animals and other scenes from farm life. This game is quite easy, with each of the half-dozen puzzles consisting of a dozen square pieces that snap into place. The puzzle shows a gray scale outline of where the pieces go until they are filled in, making it ideal for students in second grade or below.

Pancake Pile Up is a simple physics-based game where players see how many pancakes they can add to a stack before it falls over. If the pancake is dropped from the top of the screen it hits the remaining stack harder than if it is dropped from just above the stack. This game is easy to play, but could grow repetitive quickly for older children, making it a great game for students in second through third grade.

Fruit Snake is a snake game where a snake grows longer as it eats fruits like apples, oranges, lemons, kiwis, watermelons, cherries, strawberries, grapes and bananas. If the snake runs into its own tail due to turning too sharply it loses one of three lives. The timer starts off with 30 seconds left and time increases when eating some of the fruits. This game is easy to play though it takes about a minute to load on the first play.

Pizza Party serves guests custom made pizzas using ingredients like tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, ham, mushrooms, basil and pepperoni. This game is easier than many of the other games since the crust is automatic, almost every order (except for the ham and mushroom) starts with tomato sauce, there are few total ingredients to choose from & you can add ingredients in any order. This game is quite easy to play. Second and third grade students should enjoy it, with students in higher grades finding it a bit boring until they advance to higher levels and can choose between making more advanced pizzas like quattro stagioni to go with basic margherita, marinara and pepperoni pizzas.

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Make a pizza just like this with Pizza Party!

After you try the games, check out the comprehensive list of guides at the bottom of their site. Kids Food Games offers guides for recipes, food safety, nutrition, culinary science, and even edible crafts!

We had fun with Kids Food Games and we hope you do too. And if your child knows a food game that is not on the site, let them know. They take suggestions.

Happy Cooking!

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New Skills That Your Child Will Benefit from Learning Online

  • Please welcome Guest Contributor, Jude McLean.

Though the internet tends to get much bad press when it comes to the younger generation, there is a substantial beneficial side that is often forgotten in the midst of such reporting.

In fact, there are a multitude of benefits that nearly all children of all ages can derive when it comes to online learning.

With thousands of adults regularly turning to the internet to update their own skills, gain a new qualification, or simply learn a new hobby, it’s worth looking at how children can do precisely the same here too.

Whether you have a child who already spends a great deal of time online or one who has yet to discover the World Wide Web, here are some fantastic suggestions of where they could excel the most when it comes to learning during their time online.

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Coding/Programming

So popular that it was in fact, brought into some schools and placed on the curriculum, educational establishments certainly believe coding and programming for children is a vital skill!

Many youngsters are encouraged to start their programming and coding journey with Scratch. Not only is this the more exciting of places to start, but it allows children to devise their own games, stories, and animation videos.

All the while they’re having fun and creating a massive amount of digital content, they’re also learning the very basics of how to begin programming alongside what such concepts, terms, and definitions mean.

Once children have begun with Scratch, they can then quickly move onto other programming choices such as Raspberry Pi, JavaScript, and Python.

The skills children learn from coding and programming are thoroughly helpful when it comes to school. Here they will be able to solve problems, work out solutions on their own, while developing greater confidence as they do so.

As well as helping them understand technology better, coding can also work well when furthering math, writing, and all-around creativity.

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Music Lessons

Some people feel that that the number of children learning to play a musical instrument has dropped in recent years. Technology often takes the blame for this belief!

However, never has it been easier to learn how to read music, play an instrument, and create your own songs – and it’s all thanks to the internet.

Many apps exist all over the internet, which allow children to begin playing an instrument step by step, moving in time to the guide.

Also, the hundreds of videos on the internet whereby skilled musicians offer their musical advice and knowledge mean there are multiple hours of free information all aimed at children to help them pick up an instrument and learn how to play it – and all in their own time.

The internet also boasts thousands of sheet music which means there’s no need to spend money finding the music to help your child with their online musical training, and they can access their favorite tunes within seconds!

As well as offering children skills such as enhanced coordination, alongside improved reading skills and learning skills, learning music this way offers your child more creativity. Here they can practice on a range of instruments; such is the exposure to almost every device available when learning online.

A Second Language

Unfortunately, the number of children taking up a second language has dropped drastically over the last few years. This is problematic because it means such children don’t get to experience the sheer benefits that learning a new language can bring.

However, there are plentiful areas online where children as young as just a couple of months can access foreign language learning programs.

With a heavy emphasis on the visual element, including many videos, children can also take part in online games and activities while gaining access to native speakers throughout to help them on their journey. Best of all, there’s no pressure to achieve the next level, and they can go back and instantly pick up on those areas they need more help with.

By taking on a new language online, children will develop enhanced problem-solving skills, and become more confident in many more subjects when at school, including literacy and math.

Best of all, if they can attempt a new language at an early age, they’re more than likely to continue and do well with it as they move up into higher education.

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Cooking/Healthy Eating

Though it may not instantly seem the most obvious of tasks and lessons for children to do online, cooking and eating healthy online sessions capitalize on those hugely popular cooking shows that are proving so popular with the younger generation!

One of the areas of the home whereby safety and care are paramount, when learning about this from the many online videos, and apps, such courses can often emphasize the importance of the kitchen environment, sometimes more so than when adults just reel it all off a list!

Online videos here that show other children in a kitchen environment whereby they’re learning to cook safely while having fun at the same time, encourage a child to follow their lead and work step by step to achieve their success.

From the basics that many of us even as adults haven’t been taught, all the way through to the more elegant methods of cooking, just watching their peers is sometimes all the encouragement children need to get started here.

Discovering how to cook online builds multiple life skills in children, particularly if they’re from a home whereby parents can’t cook – or simply don’t have the time to show them.

Alongside confidence in the kitchen comes creativity, which leads to children being more likely to try the food they’ve made themselves -therefore more inclined to try those healthier options as a result.

Final Thoughts on Children Learning Online

Undoubtedly, all children need to learn how to deal with life online. With technology and applications improving and upgrading every year, the younger generation has little choice but to accept this way of life.

However, the internet can be a most beneficial tool when it comes to learning, as is evident from the various skills they can work on as they attempt coding, programming, music, languages or cooking online!

It’s also worth remembering here that as well as learning new skills and gaining more knowledge and positioning themselves in a more enviable place for later life, leaning online can actually be the most fun way for many children.

Ask a child whether they’d prefer to sit in a school classroom or learn online from the comfort of the internet; it’s more than guaranteed online learning will win hands down every time!

Therefore, as parents if we can capitalize on this enthusiasm, we can ensure the internet becomes a valuable educational tool for many years to come.

Jude is a father of two, new to homeschooling and
navigating fatherhood one step at a time.

Free & Fun Math Games!

Looking for new online games for your kids? You’ve come to the right place. Math and Logic Games: Have Fun Learning Math is an easily navigated site with FREE online games for students. My daughter and I have been trying out their games and have really enjoyed quite a few. It was easy for us to scroll through the choices. Each game has a description and a difficulty rating which both help you choose games that are just right for a specific age range, skill level, and interest.

Basics of the Games:

  • they are FREE!
  • there are over 90 games
  • all games open in a new tab
  • there are no ads
  • there is no branding or navigation
  • you can choose from addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
  • there are additional games beyond math
  • the games are fun!

Additional Games:

  • word searches
  • crossword puzzles
  • jigsaw puzzles
  • physics games
  • coloring
  • quizzes
  • games for pre-schoolers
  • typing games

Just a Few of our Favorites:

(descriptions come directly from the site)

Burn Matches: Add and/or subtract matches as directed to solve equations in this 20-level game.

Math for Kids Game: multiple choice game which helps kids learn visually by showing animals they must count to then perform mathematical operations on. Players have 2 minutes to play and incorrect answers to not end the game nor lower the player’s score, though count against the game’s accuracy rating.

Feed Math: feed a boy sushi by adding 2 numbered dishes. This game is cute, fun and easy. Time is replenished after each round, though after a dozen or so round the numbers start to get larger, making problems progressively harder.

Find the Differences: Find differences between two side-by-side images.

Ball in the Cup Physics Game: Move blocks, wedges, fans and magnets in order to roll a ball into a cup. The artwork for this 20-level game is beautifully hand drawn. Most levels are quite simple.

Quiz Goose Science: Science-based multiplayer quiz game offering a playing board where position movement is based on rolling a die & correctly answering science questions.

So, since many of us are embarking on this new adventure called internet learning or homeschooling, let’s use this fabulous resource that is right at our fingertips! Visit Math and Logic Games: Have Fun Learning Math today and let your kids practice their skills and learn new ones while having fun. And don’t forget…it’s FREE!