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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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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!

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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Creative Kids Cultural Ideas and Activities

I am happy to share some of my thoughts as a guest blogger on cultural activities ideas for kids and the importance of multicultural games for our children. From learning about different cultures music, various foods, new languages, national sports and loads more. This really is a fun and important activity for the children to learn. Learning something culturally different has never been more important. Learning to appreciate cultural diversity is a gift to your child that they will take with them through life and reap the benefits.

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However, let’s be frank, teaching children about cultural diversity is daunting and it’s not surprising. There are so many different countries to think about, cultural norms to respect and each of those has its own style of expression within each, so yes, it can be hard just to get started, but hopefully by sharing a few easy-to-do cultural games/activities this will be a great place to start with your kids.

Why is it important to teach multicultural activities?

There is growing complexity in the world we live in and the once well-defined boundaries are now coming down, due to the ever-increasing interconnectedness of the world we live in. Therefore, equipping children with the right tools to be able to question racial slurs and national rhetoric, which is all too common all over the world is crucial for us as a whole.

 

Multicultural Games and Activities for Kids

There are fun games and cultural crafts for kids to explore which help make learning a joy. From great books exploring other countries and what makes them special to learning how to meet and greet in a different language. There are some great simple ways to get children learning while exploring creative ways to learn about the world.

Introduce kids to music from another country 

Listening to music is part of most family’s daily routines whether in the car or at home doing some house work, but when is the last time you played some music from Botswana? Or how about the Aborigine didgeridoo? Well, this simple activity is a great way to learn and share about a new sound, talk about the people and some of their cultural norms.

Eat out and get the kids trying new food from another country

We all love to eat out and kids are no different. Take the whole family to a new restaurant and try some new cuisine.

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Books that teach kids about other Countries

There are some amazing books that help children to learn about other countries and contain interesting facts about the spoken language. These explore simple ideas like: what does money look like, facts about the places and what do people from that country typically look like.

Cultural crafts for kids

By exploring racial differences through arts and crafts can be a good way of sharing the concept in a hands-on-approach. Drawing activities and making your own people with cut-out carboard can be an excellent way of showing preschoolers that we are all cut from the same cloth.

Learn the world map

The world is a big place, but with a print out of the word and some colouring pens this can be a great way to ensure they know the difference between each country.

Make a recipe for another country

Show your children how to make food is always a good idea. One fun idea is to make each dish something unique from a different country – Pizza from Italy went down well with my kids!

Listen to YouTube and hear people speaking different languages

This is a really easy activity to do with the kids and something that can be filled with laughs. I would always recommend try to pick a few good videos before go randomly selecting, but with a children filter on it’s fine.

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Conclusion

Whether multicultural activities for preschoolers or cultural crafts for older kids – there is something out there to begin exploring with your children the diversity of the world!

 

Reference:

10 Cultural Diversity Activities For Elementary Students

The Importance of Teaching Multiculturalism & Diversity

https://familymaven.io/kidsactivities/kidsactivities/14-fun-multicultural-education-activities-vzhjYA0r402Q3OsaCcVAUg

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cultural-education

 

About the Author

Matt Morrisey is a former teacher who has travelled all over the world teaching children English, from China to the UK Matt is well known. Matt’s parents are teachers and his only brother works for a children’s charity in UK.

Matt currently is a contributor at STAR WALK KIDS and loves to write about new tech toys, outdoor games for kids, parenting hacks and fun future facts for kids that range from national geographic topics to gaming at home. He loves techy drones and can’t wait until he opens his window to allow a drone to enter with an Amazon package. Not long now.

His work has been read by readers all over the world and features on blogs and websites all over the world. Matt recently decided to go back to university to do his PhD where he looks to continue his career.