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Winnie the Pooh Party Favor Jars

Winne the Pooh Party Favor JarsWhat you will need: Empty baby food jars, red and yellow/orange fun foam or construction paper, glue, tan, brown and a golden yellow acrylic paint, and a marker, candy

How to make:
1. Paint the bottom 2/3 of the jar with a tan or light brown paint and the top 1/3 with a darker brown paint and let it dry. Use a golden yellow paint to paint on the honey. Let the paint sit out a little bit if it is runny until it gets thicker. Put a lot of paint on your brush and then run it across the rim of the jar like you are trying to clean the paint off the brush. Do this all the way around so that the paint starts to drip a little. Make sure your paint is thick enough so that it doesn’t run all the way down the jar. When the paint is dry print “Hunny“ on the front of the jar.

2. Print out the pattern for Winnie the Pooh (PDF Pattern)

3. Trace the pattern onto fun foam and cut out. Use a black Sharpie to draw in the face and outline the body. Cut out a shirt from red fun foam or felt and glue onto Winnie. Glue Winnie’s belly and legs onto the jar. Fill the jar with candy.

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Sewing with Fun Foam

Sewing with Fun FoamFun Foam is a great medium to use to learn to sew. Young children can use plastic children's needles to sew shapes onto fun foam with a little help from parents and teachers.

What you will need: Fun Foam or Flexi-Foam (not Foamies, they are too thick), Children's plastic needles, scissors, yarn or embroidery floss.

How to make:

1. Cut a shirt shape from Fun Foam. Cut out circles for buttons, pocket shapes, or other decorative shapes.

2. Mark dots on the fun foam around the edge of the coat about a half an inch apart with a black sharpie. Punch tiny holes through the fun foam at the dots using a sharp needle. Turn the coat over and mark dots on the other side of the coat where you can see the holes. Mark the dots farther apart for younger children.

3. Have the children sew from dot to dot using plastic needles and embroidery floss or yarn.

* My 3 1/2 year old child can do this project with some help. I would not recommend doing this project with children under 5 if you have a large group because they will need a lot of help with it. If you want to do this with younger children, cut out a simple shape like a small heart. Put about 10 dots around the edge of the shape and let them practice on that.

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Bathtub Fun

If you have a smooth surfaced bathtub enclosure, cut out all kinds of different shapes from Foamie material (fish, flowers, ABC's, cars, etc). These shapes will stick to the side of the bathtub enclosure when wet and make a great bathtub toy. Your child will want to spend hours in the tub.

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Mouse Foam Mask

©Digital by Design, Inc. - Easy to make and inexpensive. Fun foam is really easy to work with. You can glue it, staple it, and it keeps it shape very well.

Fun foam mouse maskWhat you will need: 1 1/2 tan sheets of 12" x 18" (11 1/2" x 17 1/2" will do) fun foam or flexi-foam, pink fun foam for tongue and ears, black permanent marker, glue gun with low temp. glue, stapler, scissors, 1" black pom pom, 3 black pipe cleaners, and two other pipe cleaners any color.

How to make:

1. Print out the patterns (PDF Pattern) and enlarge the face pattern 200%. (It should be twice as big.)

2. Trace the face and ear pattern (PDF Pattern) onto tan fun foam. Draw in the eyes, mouth and whisker dots with a black permanent marker.

3. Cut along the long lines of the mouth but not the short ones. Cut slits where indicated for the ears. Cut out the eyes.

4. Cut out the inside ears and a tongue from pink fun foam.

5. Cut a piece of foam 1 1/2" by 1/2" and glue each one end, one at a time, to the X's in between the eyes. This should draw the eyes together a little bit.

6. Using a glue gun glue line A to line A with right sides together and then turn the mask right side out.

7. Overlap line B over line C and glue.

8. Glue on a black pom pom at the end of the nose.

9. Punch holes through the fun foam where the whisker dots are marked. Push pipe cleaners through the holes across the face to the matching hole on the other side and back out the matching hole. Use glue to keep the pipe cleaners in place.

10. Staple the darts where indicated on the ears. Glue the pink inside ear to the outside ear. Or use a pink marker to color in the ear. Attach the ears where indicated with glue.
10. Staple darts where indicated on the pattern. Fold at solid lines and fold under to meet the dotted lines.

11. If your child has a small head, you can make a dart at the bottom where the mouse's chin is. Make it the same as the one at the top.

12. Glue or staple two pipe cleaners on the side of the mask for straps to attach to your child's head.

13. Optional: Cut a triangle shape from a yellow sponge for a piece of cheese. Add a fun hat to complete the costume.

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Smiley Face Refrigerator Magnets

fun foam smiley face refrigerato magnetsThese little guys are easy to make and very cheap.

What you will need: Sheets of craft foam (any color), Magnets, scissors, hot melt glue, marker

How to make: Print out the arms and legs patterns (PDF Pattern), cut out and use to trace on to foamie sheets. Trace a 3" circle onto the foamie sheet, cut out, and draw on a face. Glue the legs, arms, and magnet to the back.

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Foamie Watch

Easy to make and fun to play with. Teaches children their numbers. Can be a fun easy and cheap craft for VBS or Sunday School, if you print a bible verse on the back. Less than 25 cents each.


Fun foam watchWhat you will need:
Foamie sheets (found at craft stores for about 44 cents each), paper fastener, ruler, scissors, hole puncher, markers, and stapler.


How to make:
1. Cut one circle about 2" in diameter or less for the watch face and draw numbers around the edge.

2. Cut one strip for the watch band about 1" x 7" or size to fit child, round off one end of the band and decorate it with markers.

3. Cut two more strips about 1/4" x 2 1/2" for the straps to the hold the band together.

4. Punch a hole (just big enough to fit the fasteners in) through the middle of the watch face and through the watch band where you want to attach the face. Push the paper fastener through the back of the band and the watch face to attach. Open up the prongs. You can clip the prongs (the watch hands) shorter for younger children so they don't scratch themselves.

5. Wrap the 1/4" strips around the end of the watch band over lapping the ends around the back of the band. With the watch upside down and the overlapped part of the strips showing, insert the bottom half of the tot stapler underneath the band and through the loop so that the over lapped part of the strips can be stapled together and to the band. (Hope you got that). OR just staple the loops so you can insert the other end of the band. Put the other strips about a half an inch to one inch above the first depending on the size of the child.

This watch can be used as a Christian craft by printing an appropriate Bible verse on the back of the watch. Here are some verses you can use.
Psalm 121:5 "The Lord watches over you . . ." Psalms 118:24 "This is the day that the Lord has made." 1 Chronicles 16:23 "Declare each day that he is the one who saves." Psalms 145:20 "The Lord watches over all who love him . . .

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Funny Foam Hat

Funny Fun Foam hatWhat you will need:

Foamies - 9" x 12" sheets of thin foam sheets found in craft stores. They cost about 50 cents. We found them at Wal-Mart for 44 cents. Scissors
Pen
to trace pattern
Markers to color in eyes and ears

How to make:

Print out the pattern (PDF Pattern). Trace it on to the foam sheet. Use markers to color in the nose eyes and ears. Cut it out. (You may have to cut it a little bigger or smaller depending on the size of your child's head.)

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