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The Fabric Maverick Says... Go Fly A Kite!

March 4, 2008

[Ram-air sled]

[Classic diamond]

In Atlanta, spring is battling with winter to take over. One day it is warm: the next day is cold. March is typically a month when the winds blow heartily over the land. What a perfect month to fly a kite.  Kites can be made from a variety of materials from paper to silk.  This is a great project for the entire family.  I have found a website,The Virtual Kite Zoo, that tells all about making a kite from the simple diamond shape to more complex shapes such as the tumbling star.  Being a quilter, I am drawn to the tumbling star.  Should you want to, you can even teach the principles of aerodynamics to yourself and your children.

Before we can finish celebrating St. Patrick's Day, Easter will be here on March 23rd. Family Circle has some great projects to share with your children and grandchildren.  You will find sock bunnies, mini Easter baskets, pinwheels and more. Children will appreciate the time you spend with them creating these crafts.  Woman's Day magazine has some great projects to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. You can create a Leprechaun hat to a green frog chore holder.

Here is my personal list of craft supplies needed for family projects:

  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Felt
  • Small amounts of fabric
  • Leftover trim pieces for embellishment
  • Polyfil
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Straight pins or small binder clips
  • Construction paper
  • Crayons and markers
  • Rulers

These will make a nice start to the family craft drawer.

Of course, good food cannot be left out.  Sweet Shamrocks from Family Circle are an easy to fix treat that children can help make.

Sweet Shamrocks

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 Give your child the luck of the Irish this St. Patrick's Day.


To make these treats, cut a prebaked pound cake into 1-inch slices. Cut each slice with a shamrock-shaped cookie cutter. Microwave an open container of vanilla frosting just until you can pour it, about 10 seconds, and tint green with food coloring. Place shamrocks on a wire rack over a sheet of wax paper. Pour frosting over shamrock slices. Sprinkle edges with green crystal sugar. Let shamrocks set 5 minutes before transferring to serving plate.

Copyright© 2003 Parents Magazine.

As a final note the next time someone tells you to go fly a kite, take it as a license to go enjoy yourself.

 

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