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Monthly Archives: January 2017

  • Friday the 13th

    Today is Friday the 13th, and last night was a full moon (the Wolf Moon). If you are a superstitious person, that's a double whammy! Here are some interesting facts about both events.

    paraskavedekatriaphobia

    Do you have paraskavedekatriaphobia? That means a fear of Friday the thirteenth. If you do, you're not alone. Here are some interesting facts about Friday the 13:

    -There were said to be 13 people at The Last Supper, and President Theodore Roosevelt reportedly refused to ever have 13 people at a meal, or to travel on Friday the 13th.

    -Plane tickets often cost less if you want to fly on Friday the 13th. That's because lots of people refuse to fly on this day!

    -Next time you get on the elevator of a tall building, take a look at the numbers. Is there a floor 13? Many buildings don't have one, because it's considered unlucky.

    selenophobia

    Do you have selenophobia? That means a fear of a full moon. Full moons are said to bring about bad luck and strange behavior, which is where the legend of the werewolf comes from. (If werewolves come out on full moons and last night's full moon was a Wolf Moon, we wonder what that means!)

    -In a 2005 study, almost 70% of nurses interviewed said they believed that a full moon resulted in more patients in the ER.

    -Some police officers think that a full moon makes people act with less regard to the law.

    -And of course, those who believe in werewolves believe that the full moon causes them to turn into these hairy beasts.

    Do you believe in bad luck? We don't. But it's fun to learn more about these events. Have a lucky day, okay?

     

  • Snow Fun Crafts for Winter Days

    Winter is here, and no matter where you live, that means Snow Fun is here too. You may live in an area where there's lots and lots (and lots!) of snow, or you may only get a little, or you may never have actually seen real snow before. No worry. Here are some fun snow-related activities that can be done anywhere. All you need is your imagination!

    Snow in a bag

    This project is just one of many we found at a fun website with a science focus for kids. To make snow in a bag, you need a large zipper plastic bag, snow, and an Alka-Seltzer tablet. Don't have snow? Crush ice really, really fine in a blender. Fill the bag with ice, drop in the Alka-Zeltzer, and watch it expand. And expand!

    Snow Dough

    This one is pretty amazing because it's so incredibly simple! Just combine corn starch and lotion until it's in a clay-like consistency. You can add some peppermint extract for a nice scent or glitter for a glistening snow effect. Now use this just like clay and make a (tiny) snowman!

    Baby Snowmen

    These little guys are so cute we can't stop making them! All you need is white pom-poms of differing sizes, glue, and black felt. The rest is pretty explanatory; just build them, glue them, and decorate! Make a whole family or a whole classroom full.

    Be sure to take a look at our snow art, too--we love the snow as much as you do!

  • New Years Eve Noisemakers

    New Year's Eve is all about making some noise to ring in 2017. Here are a few of our favorite, kid-friendly, New Years Eve Noisemakers. Each of these is simple to make and a fun project for the kids while the grown-ups sing Auld Lang Syne.

    Easter-Egg Maracas

    These Easter Egg Maracas are a definite case of "why didn't I think of that?" All you need are 2 plastic spoons, a plastic Easter egg, beads or rice or pennies for inside, and tape (electrical tape or duct tape works best, but masking tape will do!). Fill the egg with the noise makers, hold it between the spoon heads, and wrap in tape. That's it! Then decorate and shake, shake, shake.

    Noise Maker Cups

    You just might have some of these clear plastic cups out for the party anyway--turn them into Noise Maker Cups. Fill one with beads or pebbles, and add some tinsel or confetti. Tape the two sides together. Decorate with stickers or magic markers.

    Jingle Bell Noise Makers

    We love these jingle bell noise makers because they incorporate sleigh bells! Paint a craft stick and hot-glue three jingle bells to it. Decorate with ribbon. That's it! Jingle all the way into the new year.

    Happy New Year from all of us at Oopsy Daisy, Fine Art for Kids!

     

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