August 6, 2016

Back-to-School Book Cover Craft

 Back-to-School Book Covers
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These colorful book covers take only a few minutes to make and can be made using items around your home. Using ordinary shopping bags, each book cover can be personalized with freehand drawing, writing, or your favorite back-to-school themed pictures. They are fun and easy to make!

What you need:

  • Kwik Stix  (assorted colors)
  • Glue sticks
  • Clear Tape
  • Brown paper bag or bag in color of your choice
  • Coloring page of your choice
  • Scissors            

How to:

  • Print your favorite back to school themed coloring page (ie: smiling pencil, school bus, stack of books)
  • Use Kwik Stix to color the page and cut the picture out
  • Cut the sides of the bag along the side crease of each bag. Then cut across the middle of the bottom of the paper bag. Fold the bag in half
  • Place the coloring page cut out, on the front of the cover. Remember: Leave enough room at the top and bottom for when you cover a book.
  • Attach the picture to the front of the book cover with a glue stick.
  • Permanently attach it with several strips of clear tape. This will make your book cover durable.

Total Time: 5 minutes each

Have a Great School Year!
 The Pencil Grip, Inc.

July 25, 2016

Christmas in July

Christmas in July
Christmas Ornament
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Christmas in July has become a big event and we are taking part by creating Homemade Christmas crafts. This simple Christmas ornament only takes minutes to make and will last year after year. 

What you need:
ü  Kwik Stix  (assorted colors)
ü  Unpainted Ornament


How to:
1.     Use Kwik Stix to paint directly onto the ornament.
2.    Wait 90 seconds and paint a second coat is desired.
3.    Place your ornament on the tree.
4.    Total time:  10 minutes

Happy Holidays from The Pencil Grip!

June 29, 2016

Fourth of July treat (Red, White, and Blue finger Jell-O)

a.      Ingredients
                                                              i.      2 (3-ounce) boxes strawberry Jello
                                                            ii.      2 (3-ounce) boxes berry blue Jello

                                                          iii.      1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

                                                           iv.      4 (0.25-ounce) envelopes unflavored gelatin (i.e. Knox)

                                                             v.      Boiling water
b.      Directions
                                                              i.      Spray an 8-inch or 9-inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
                                                            ii.       In a small bowl, stir together 1 box of the strawberry Jello, ½ an envelope of the Knox gelatin and 1 cup of the boiling water, ensuring everything has dissolved. Pour into the prepared pan and place in the refrigerator to set, about 15 minutes.
                                                          iii.      Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir together the sweetened condensed milk and 1 cup boiling water. In a separate small bowl, sprinkle 2 envelopes of the unflavored gelatin over ½ cup cold water. Allow to sit for 5 minutes. Add ½ cup boiling water to the unflavored gelatin mixture and stir to dissolve. Pour into the sweetened condensed milk mixture and stir to combine.
                                                           iv.      Once the red layer is set, pour 1 cup of the milk mixture over the red layer. Place in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes.
                                                             v.      Repeat the layers, alternating the red and blue between the white layers, with blue being your last layer. Ensure that the colored Jello mixtures cool to room temperature before pouring over the previous set layer.
                                                           vi.      Once all of the layers have been poured, refrigerate for at least 4 hours. When ready to serve, run a thin knife around the edges of the pan and turn the Jello out onto a cutting board. Cut into squares and serve, refrigerating any leftovers.

June 22, 2016

Summer fun!

Summer is here and the kids are out of school! Instead of the kids watching tv or playing video games all day, let’s get them out and about! There are so many great activities that you can do as a family that the kids will enjoy!

                   i.      Making cookies for ice cream sandwiches
1.      It’s starting to get really hot out there and what sounds better than a yummy ice cream sandwich!?  Make some cookies, put some ice cream between two cookies, and you’ve got yourself a perfect summer treat! This works with both store bought and homemade cookie dough.
                   ii.      Visit a museum you have never been to
1.      Museums can be a fun way for kids to continue learning even when they are out of school! Find a local museum that sounds fun and interesting for the whole family. It’ll be fun learning new things together!
                   iii.      Have a water balloon fight
1.      This is something that the kids will especially love and it is a perfect way to keep cool during the hot summer! Make teams and let the fun, competitive side in all of you come out!


June 17, 2016

Kwik Stix Ice Cream Cone

Kwik Stix Ice Cream Cones & Sundaes
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What you need:
ü  Kwik Stix  (assorted colors)
ü  5 sheets of blank white paper
ü  3 white paper plates


How to:

1.    Use Kwik Stix to paint a crisscross pattern on both sides of a paper plate.
2.    Roll the paper plate into a cone or cup and fasten it with scotch tape.
3.    For your ice cream with sprinkles, paint a white piece of paper with dots of color. Once you are done, crumple these pieces of paper into a ball.
4.    Attach the scoops of ice cream to the cone or cup.

5.    Add ribbon and a red circle for whipped cream and a cherry. (optional)