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Picture this: the front door is blocked with snow, the kids are running around in their pajamas displaying their excitement for a snow day, and immediately plop down in front of the TV.

Or maybe you’ve spent your Saturday morning in 95-degree weather, watching herds of uncoordinated 6-year-olds following a soccer ball around a field. The second you bring the kids home, you find a trail of Gatorade bottles and kicked off soccer cleats, socks, and shin guards leading towards the PlayStation. You want to turn the TV off, but you dread the “are you kidding me?” looks that you know you’re going to receive the minute you step within a foot of the remote. Luckily, creative minds all over the world have come up with a few alternatives that are sure to keep the kids happy and excited to have artwork to display around the house.

This craft blog aims to give you step-by-step tutorials on how to keep the kids entertained and the creativity flowing. And who knows? Maybe the kid inside you will find some joy in these crafts as well.

If you have a great craft idea that you'd like to share with other parents, feel free to EMAIL US! We would love to share your ideas!

Duct Tape & Paint Craft

June 25, 2012 | 01:21 PM


What you'll need

- White poster board

- Paint

- Paint brushes

- Duct tape

What to do

1. Gather your supplies! A cup of water might be handy for cleaning off the paint brush every once in a while.

2. Decide on a name and write it out with the duct tape. Keep in mind that long names might be difficult, but if you're creative enough, you can make most things fit!

3. After having taped the name down, grab some paint brushes and paint away. You can use as many colors as you'd like. The great part about the tape is you don't need to worry about making sure the kids are painting carefully. It's no problem at all if paint gets on the tape because you'll just be peeling it off later.

4. Let the paint dry before peeling off the tape. If impatience wins over, it won't be a tragedy, but you just want to make sure wet paint doesn't get on the white spots too much!

5. Peel off the tape slowly, making sure not to rip the poster board. Once the tape is off, you're all done!

This nifty craft can be hung on bedroom doors as name plates, bedroom walls, playroom walls, etc. You could always make one as a gift! The grandparents will surely be proud to have this handmade artwork hanging up to show off to all of their friends. To keep it safer from everyday accidents, consider buying a frame to put it in, but that's by no means necessary. Let the kids think of creative ways to paint with either patterns, a certain color scheme, or splatter paint, just to name a few options. However you and the kids decide to make and use it, this project will be enjoyed for a long while!

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