Spring Paper Craft

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As I’m posting this, it happens to be snowing here! Needless to say, it doesn’t resemble spring at our house at this moment. I am crediting this craft project to my son’s online teacher as it was an assignment for his history class, tying in with his agricultural revolution studies. She called it nature paper. She has a blog called Puddle Wonderful Learning, which hasn’t been updated since the end of last summer, but still contains some fun ideas for children that you might want to check out.

For this craft your child will need the following supplies-

*White tissue paper  *Elmer’s glue *Water *String *Hole punch *Sponge brush *Construction paper (any color- 2 sheets) *Wax paper *Scissors *Flat leaves, blades of grass, flower petals, etc. collected from your yard. (All nature items must be able to lay flat.)

Start by folding a sheet of white tissue paper in half and cutting it to the size of an 8 & 1/2 x 11″ paper, or to the size of the construction paper if so desired. We used a regular sheet of printing paper as our template. Remember to keep the fold intact.

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Lay out some wax paper as your working surface. Open up the tissue paper (over the wax paper) and on one side of the fold only, lay out the leaves, grasses, flower petals, etc. Leave the other half of the tissue paper alone so that you can fold it over to cover the nature items.

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In a small plastic bowl, mix equal amounts of Elmer’s glue and water. Using the sponge brush, lightly dab the glue mixture all over the folded tissue paper. This will seal the nature items to the paper. If your child accidentally tears the tissue paper, just patch it with left over tissue paper. Tell your child not to brush the paper with the glue, but to sponge it on. There will be wrinkles.

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I’m not sure if I can recommend what we did next, but I’ll tell you anyway. We covered our wet paper with a layer of wax paper, and pressed on it to completely fuse the nature items to the tissue paper. Although our paper turned out ok, it was tricky to peel it off from the top layer of wax paper (the bottom layer was easy to peel off).

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Whatever you do, make sure the nature items are completely sealed into your folded tissue paper by the glue-mixture and that the whole thing is as flat as possible. Then let your paper sit somewhere safe and allow the glue to dry naturally. This may take a day or two.

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Once your textured paper is completely dry, carefully peel it away from the wax paper. If you want, turn it into a nature journal cover by hole punching it, and 2 pieces of construction paper (one for the cover, to go underneath the textured paper, and the other for the back), with blank or lined paper layered in between, tied off with string.

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We’ll have to try this again in the fall. Then it can be fall paper.

Magic Box Poetry

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The poem, The Magic Box, by Kit Wright, has inspired school children for years to create their own version. I couldn’t find a link to the poem that I liked, so here is a copy of the original poem, followed by my son’s imaginative rendition-

The Magic Box   by Kit Wright

I will put in the box

the swish of a silk sari on a summer night,
fire from the nostrils of a Chinese dragon,
the tip of a tongue touching a tooth.

I will put in the box

a snowman with a rumbling belly,
a sip of the bluest water from Lake Lucerene,
a leaping spark from an electric fish.

I will put into the box

three violet wishes spoken in Gujarati,
the last joke of an ancient uncle,
and the first smile of a baby.

I will put into the box

a fifth season and a black sun,
a cowboy on a broomstick
and a witch on a white horse.

My box is fashioned from ice and gold and steel,
with stars on the lid and secrets in the corners.
Its hinges are the toe joints of dinosaurs.

I shall surf in my box
on the great high-rolling breakers of the wild Atlantic,
then wash ashore on a yellow beach,
the colour of the sun.  

 ♥♥♥

My Magic Box   by Marcus Madsen

I will put in my box

a view from the top of Machu Picchu,
a hug from the softest teddy bear,
an x-ray of a flying griffin’s wings.

I will put in my box

a slash of an ancient warrior,
the last breath of a dying dragon,
the ashes of a phoenix.

I will put in my box

the first bark of a newborn puppy,
the footsteps of a cat marching on a fence,
a rotating tire of a speeding car.

I will put in my box

a seventh dimension,
a sixth sense,
the flutter of the wings of a butterfly.

My box is fashioned from an element unknown to man, called Creatanium, vapor, and solid cloud,
with a view of the heavens on the lid and portals in the corners.
Its bottom is made from space itself.

I shall create an answer for every problem in the world, in my box.
The secret to every sickness,
the solution to every war,
and I shall answer the mystery that is much greater than us.

Have you used The Magic Box poem in your homeschool? What other poets inspire your children to write their own poems? My daughter really likes Shel Silverstein.

My First Visit to Europe

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To celebrate our twenty-third wedding anniversary, my husband took me to Italy, Greece and Turkey. This was my first visit to Europe. It was a dream come true for me.

Rome in the Rain

Rome in the Rain

I fell in love with Italy. We visited Rome, Naples, and Venice.

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Pompeii

Did I mention how I fell in love with Italy?

Venice

Venice

Greece was fun because of all the Greek mythology portrayed.

Greece

Greece

Turkey was very interesting.

Ephesus and Istanbul

Ephesus and Istanbul

It was an amazing trip.