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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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Jump and Jam with Dana!

This Friday, April 14th, you and your little ones can jump and jam with Dana! Dana’s Best Jump & Jam Tunes will be available from Music Playground, as well as a series of music videos and a concert in Bellingham, WA. This collection is perfect for the family living room dance parties, pre-school circle time, and just jammin’ in the car on summer vacation. Thank you to Sugar Mountain PR for our complimentary copy in exchange for this review.

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More from Sugar Mountain PR:

“Blaine, WA,  March 15, 2017 – Dana, a singer, songwriter and educator whose music has earned 17 national awards and acclaim from critics and families alike, leaps back into the scene with a brand-new collection of action songs for kids:Dana’s Best Jump & Jam Tunes. The album will be available from Music Playground, Amazon  and iTunes on April 15. Dana will celebrate the release with a series of music videos and a “Movin’ Musical Party” at the historic Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, WA, also on Saturday, April 15.

 

Through her five critically lauded albums and national tours, Dana has built a reputation for inviting youngsters to get off their screens and up dancing, jumping, playing and singing. Dana’s Best Jump & Jam Tunes is her sixth highly interactive album release featuring 12 songs designed to get kids ages 1 to 7 up and moving, grooving and laughing. Wordplay, catchy melodies, and top-notch musicianship make this an engaging album for the whole family to enjoy https://buyphentermineonlinetoday.com/.

 

Produced at Beaird Music Group Studios in Nashville with top session players,Dana’s Best Jump & Jam Tunes offers a “musical party” of sound, featuring various genres, from rock to bluegrass, jazz, country and pop. Inspired by her 20-plus years of working with children and her own experiences as a mom, Dana Cohenour wrote these songs with preschoolers in mind while respecting adult ears in production and musical styles.

 

The album includes counting songs ( “Legs” and a bluegrass spin of “Five Green and Speckled Frogs”), a Latin music inspired freeze dance (“Jumping Beans”), a rock & roll “Wiggle Workout,” an egg shake (“Shakin’ Things Up”), and a jazzy jumping jive dance (“Jump & Jive”). Humor is the hallmark of Dana’s story songs (“Barnyard Hoedown” and “Fish Tale”), and she asks listeners to help make the planet smile with her inspirational “Do My Part.” Listeners are invited to clang on pots and pans with “Grandma’s Kitchen Band,” and to move like the animals in “Follow the Leader.” The album wind downs with the gentle musical hug that is “I Love Mommy.” 

 

After taking a break from recording to raise her son, Jack, Dana is pleased to be creating music for children once again. Dana tested these songs at her Music Playground classes at the Opus Performing Arts School in Bellingham, WA. From square-dancing barnyard animals to Mexican jumping beans, Dana’s tunes instantly activate her young students toward movement and imaginative play.”

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Orange You Glad it’s Fundanoodle Friday?

Orange (Level One) Fundanoodle products are designed for children starting as early as age 2.5. It is a collection of activity books using numbers, letters, patterns, mazes, matching, coloring and many other aspects of young learning. You’ve already learned about I Can Cut! and I Can Do Fun Activities.

Now, let’s introduce I Can Do Math and Max and Alphie’s Adventures! Activities Book. All Fundanoodle books are top spiral bound. This allows the book to lay flat and is easy for either a righty or a lefty to use!

 

I Can Do Math! Level 1
9″ x 12″
Essential math concepts in support of Common Core State Standards are included in this Level 1 book. Children have fun learning numbers (1-10), number words, shapes and other preschool math skills. Includes a colorful sticker reward system. 40 pages
Price: $9.99

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Max & Alphie’s Adventures! Level 1
9″ x 12″
Full of fun exercises, this activity book improves hand control and endurance, builds confidence and develops fine motor skills. Children learn and have fun as they connect the dots, navigate mazes, find hidden objects and color within the visual boundaries. Includes a colorful sticker reward system. 40 pages.
Price: $9.99

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Max & Alphie’s Adventures! Activity Book

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Safety Scissors for Fundanoodle Friday

Fundanoodle has created the very best scissors for little hands! They are all plastic, not sharp, and best of all, ONLY cut paper. Yep. You read that right. These will NOT cut hair or skin.

They come in a three-pack or with the I Can Cut! Activity Book. My daughter is only four and has been using these scissors and the book for about a year. I can let her work independently without worrying about her safety.

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Busy Bags and Marvelous Moms

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What fun we had today! I hosted a ‘Busy Bags’ event at my house and as much as I procrastinated and cussed at myself for not really putting my best foot forward, I am so thankful to have been a part of this.

For those of you not in the mommy, play date, toddler phase of life, here’s what we did. We each found an 
activity, most likely from Pinterest or a mommy blog. We created and assembled the parts for said activity in 10 sets. We announced our choice of activity to avoid duplicates. Then we came together with our kids and shared our creations. These activities are designed to keep the child ‘busy’ learning about colors, numbers, etc. and using fine motor skills. BRILLIANT!

My immediate thought after receiving nine awesome busy bags: If we kept this up on a regular basis, we might never have to go to a toy store again! The problem with that is the time consumption. It does take time to decide on your activity, buy the materials, assemble the materials, and make 10 sets.

But my overall feeling about this type of event brings to mind the African proverb, ‘It takes a village to raise a child.’ How cool is it that we all took the time, money, energy, and creative thinking to do this for each other’s kids? I, for one, feel honored and proud.

I think these pictures of my daughter after the ‘party’ say it all. She had to be so patient to wait until all the kids left to try her new games. But she was amazing. I loved watching her discover, learn, play, and celebrate.

Thanks village mamas! Let’s do it again sometime.