October 28, 2016

Halloween Craft Idea

Painted Monster Rocks
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You can create so many different Halloween monsters and fun Halloween word art on your painted rocks. Paint the rocks however you like. Create silly monster faces or fun Halloween words. A tip for drawing: Write or draw slowly so you get nice clean lines on the bumpy rock surfaces.
·         Small rocks – about 2-3″ in diameter
·         Kwik Stix
·         Thin Stix
·         Googly eyes
·         Craft glue

1.    Paint the rocks with a layer of whatever Kwik Stix color you’d like. Make sure to cover the rock thoroughly. If you paint too thick, it will take longer to dry. Allow to dry completely – about 90 seconds!
2.    Use the white Thin Stix to draw any white designs – allow to dry about a minute.
3.    Use the Black thin Stix to draw in details
4.    Add googly eyes with the glue or draw some of your own!

Happy Halloween!!

October 12, 2016

Gluten-Free Banana Split Cupcakes Recipe

Gluten-Free Banana Split Cupcake Recipe

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1.   1/2 cup coconut flour
2.   1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
3.   1/4 teaspoon sea salt
4.   1/2 teaspoon baking soda
5.   4 large eggs
6.   1/2 cup agave nectar
7.   1 tablespoon vanilla extract
8.   1/2 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries
9.   One batch of gluten-free chocolate ganache
10.                One batch of gluten-free whipped cream frosting
11.                Gluten-free chocolate sprinkles
12.                1 banana, cut into 16 slices
13.                8 cherries (fresh or frozen)

1.   Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line 8 muffin cups with paper liners
2.   To make the batter, in a large bowl, combine the coconut flour, arrowroot powder, salt and baking soda. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, agave nectar and vanilla extract. Blend the wet ingredients into the coconut flour mixture with a handheld mixer until thoroughly combined, then fold in the strawberries.
3.   Scoop 1/4 cup of batter into each prepared muffin cup.
4.   Bake the cupcakes for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached. Let the cupcakes cool in the pan for 1 hour.
5.   To decorate the cupcakes, frost the tops with a layer of Chocolate Ganache. Pipe or add a big dollop of Whipped Cream Frosting (equivalent to 2 heaping tablespoons) on top of each cupcake, then cover with chocolate sprinkles. Place 2 banana slices in the whipped cream on each cupcake. Top with a cherry and serve immediately.
6.   Grab your set of Gripables and dive on in!

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October 5, 2016

Paper Plate Pumpkin Craft

Paper Plate Pumpkin

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Get ready for the holiday season by making some paper plate pumpkins that can be hung around the house! These are a great way to have fun with you kids and to create cute decorations for the holidays!

1.   Paper Plates (any size)
2.   Kwik Stix to decorate your pumpkin
3.   Green construction paper
4.   Glue

1.   Paint the paper plate and decorate your pumpkin.
2.   Cut out a small rectangle shape using the green construction paper to be the stem of the pumpkin.
3.   Glue the stem onto the paper plate.
4.   The final step is totally up to you! You can either glue a magnet on the back of the plate to hang on the fridge or make a hole at the top of the pumpkin and use string to hang up your new decoration!

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

September 28, 2016

Paper Bag Owl Puppet Craft

Puppet Paper Bag Owl

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Another fun craft to do with your kids to get in the spirit of the Fall season!
The paper bag owl craft is something the kids can have fun with over and over again!

1.   Paper bag
2.   Construction Paper
3.   Kwik Stix
4.   Glue
5.   Scissors

1.   Flip your bag over so that the flap is on the top, facing you. Cut out two circles from construction paper about the size of a silver dollar and glue them on to the center of flap.
2.   In the center of each construction paper circle, use Kwik Stix to paint on the owl’s eyes and beak.
3.   Cut out two small triangles for the owl "ears." Glue the ears to the back of the top of the flap.
4.   Cut out two large wings from construction paper and glue them to the back of the paper bag about halfway down.
5.   Once everything is dry, slip your hand inside and you can flap the beak up and down to make your owl hoot and take flight!

September 21, 2016

Clothespin Airplane Craft

Clothespin Airplane

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1.   Craft sticks
2.   Large clothespins
3.   Kwik Stix
4.   Glue dots
5.   White craft clue
6.   Scissors

1.   Use Kwik Stix to begin painting your craft sticks.
2.   Cut a craft stick in half, then cut off the rounded end. Cut one side of the rounded end off to use for the vertical tail. You can get two tail wings from one craft stick.
3.   Place the surface that you want the glue dot to stick to (in this case, the craft stick for the wing) onto the dot that’s still on the plastic backing. Press then lift. The glue dot will peel off the plastic backing and stay on your surface.
4.   Now press the craft stick, glue dot side down, onto the top of the clothespin. Repeat this for a second wing on the bottom of the clothespin. You can use 4 sticks total if you like, or just 2.
5.   Use a glue dot to attach the horizontal tail wing to the back of the clothespin.
6.   Press the flat edge of the vertical tail wing into the glue dot and pull it off the plastic backing, then press it onto the horizontal tail wing.
7.    If you need to you can add white glue to any or all of the craft sticks to make them last longer.

You are now ready for take-off!

September 14, 2016

Fish Plate Craft

Fish Plate
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·         Paper plates (2 per fish)
·         Kwik Stix
·         Scissors
·         Round adhesive labels
·         Googly eyes or buttons
·         Pencil
·         Glue

1.       First, decorate one paper plates as body of fish. This is where the Kwik Stix will come in handy!
2.      Next, cut round labels in half to make scales and stick them on the plate.
3.      Next step is to paint on an eye, or glue on a googly eye or button.
4.      Finally, use the Kwik Stix to paint on a mouth.

Have Fun!

August 29, 2016

Popsicle Stick Apple Craft

Popsicle Stick Apples


Let’s honor your kid's teachers with these cute popsicle stick crafts! They are fun and easy to make!


What You’ll Need:

1.    Popsicle Sticks (9 Per Apple)
2.    School Glue
3.    Kwik Stix
4.    Green and Brown Construction Paper
5.    Scissors


1.    First, put together the base of your apples. For each, simply glue your popsicle sticks together to look like a fence (seven next to each other and two across) Set aside to let them dry completely.
2.    Next, using the Kwik Stix, paint the front of the popsicle stick fence completely red.
3.      Now cut out a stem and small leaf out of the brown & green construction paper.
4.      To finish off, glue on the paper pieces to the front and let it all dry completely, before displaying proudly. You can also add other cut outs to really make it your own! (ex. a worm peeking through)

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.