Shiny, Neon, Sparkle Crafts

8. Heart Mobile: Cut neon construction paper into 2″ x 8″ strips. Tape two pieces together to make a long paper strip. Have children decorate their mobile strip with stickers and sequins. On the back side, glue 6-8 strips of surveyor’s tape in various lengths. Encourage children to be creative in decorating the surveyor’s tape. They can use markers, stickers or add paper hearts at the end. When the decorating is complete, staple the paper strip into a circle. Punch two holes in the top and use surveyor’s tape for hanging.

9. Firecracker Picture: Here’s any easy project for young children. Pass out pieces of dark blue or black construction paper. Cut an old Mylar balloon in strips and glue to the paper, representing fireworks. Add star stickers for a great holiday picture.

10. Sturdy Shakers: Cover a 4″–5″ cardboard tube with neon paper. Staple one end shut. Add 1 tablespoon uncooked rice or popcorn. Here’s the tricky part… Twist the open end in the opposite directions as the stapled end. This gives you a firm basis for your shaker. Cut several 8″ pieces of surveyor’s tape. Stick the ends inside the twisted tube and staple shut. Let children decorate the shaker with stickers and bright-colored paper scraps. Use the shakers for a variety of music and movement activities.

11. Bright Gumballs: Draw an outline of a gumball machine on a piece of neon paper. Let children use markers to decorate the base and top. Cut a small rectangle and glue to make the flap where gumballs come out. Use bright-colored round stickers to fill up the gumball machine (available in office supply stores).

Ordinary craft projects take on a new dimension simply by using neon paper and some extra shiny glitter, foil and stickers!

Silvana Clark has over 20 years experience helping thousands of children create arts and crafts projects and presents keynotes and workshops on a variety of recreation related subjects. Silvana can be reached at (615) 662-7432 or Silvanac@msn.com.

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