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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?

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!

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!

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Find Fun Activities on Education.com!

Even in Florida, the winter weather keeps us inside some days and we love to find new ways to entertain ourselves. This fun crossword puzzle from Education.com is perfect for my six year old girl. She sees me and her Copah doing crossword puzzles and often wants to help. She is also really excited about reading, vocabulary, and spelling. This will be perfect!

Warm up inside with this fun winter cross word puzzle! Find more reading games and activities at Education.com!

From Education.com:

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Proven learning approaches

Teaching is one of the most challenging and complex jobs on the planet. Our digital resources, tools, and learning materials are developed by educational experts to incorporate leading pedagogical practices. They are useful in any type of teaching moment and many can be used to support national education standards.

Empowered educators

From school teachers and tutors to home schoolers and parents, engaged adults are the key to unlocking each child’s potential and drive to learn. We empower all kinds of educators to teach kids by providing the best educational resources in any form or device to be used at home, at school, and everywhere in-between.

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There is no such thing as “one size fits all” in education; each educator and child has unique challenges and goals. We celebrate the diversity of our users by offering differentiated resources that can meet a wide range of educational needs – and raise kids’ confidence in learning.

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Holiday Cards from Purple Trail Bring Joy

It’s that time again, when we start to think about sending Holiday cards out to our loved ones and friends. I am one of those  who will never resort to sending e-cards, posting on Facebook, or dropping this tradition all together. People love getting mail. And I love sending it.

After a few minutes on PurpleTrail.com, there are already a few characteristics that stand out over other sites like this:

  • innovative designs and shapes
  • unique color themes
  • large selection
  • affordable prices
  • and since my favorite color is purple, they had me at their name 😉

The process looks simple and fun. You can narrow down your choices with categories like Family, Pet, Vintage, Accordion, and Trifold. You can create your own design from scratch or use one of theirs. I predict that my online card design company will change this year.

Here are some of my favorite holiday cards designs:

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