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Old 02-10-2004, 08:34 PM
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chuckle Love Bugs

Love Bugs

This project is easy and can be used by 2 years and up. We give these to parents, teachers and grandparents -- they love them.
This project is rated VERY EASY to do.

What You Need

Plastic spoons
Plaster of paris
Wiggle eyes
Paint (assorted colors, use non-toxic with children)
Jewelry pin backings or magnets
Cotton swabs or paint brushes
Clear acrylic spray
Butter knife
Silk flowers or small potted plant

How To Make It

Lay out plastic spoons on newspaper. Your child can do this while you are mixing the plaster of paris.

Place plaster in the well of the spoons and level with butter knife.

Let stand a minute or two and then press on pin backings (for pins to wear) or magnets (for the fridge). Let dry completely.

Pop out plaster from spoons by pressing the outer edges of the spoon. With butter knife smooth edges of bug easily. Place on the newspaper you used to dry on for painting.

Paint bugs with any color paints, it doesn't even have to be the same color the weirder the better. I let small children paint with cotton swabs and the older with brushes.

While the paint is still wet and the kids are done painting place two wiggle eyes on (you can place them on later but you will have to use glue). When all done, spray with acrylic and let dry.

When all dry, place pinned backed ones on a silk flower (we use real flowers and pin them to the floral paper). Place magnet ones in potted plant and give to someone special.

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