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Kazoos! 🎼

Toilet Paper Kazoos

What’s a great way to repurpose toilet paper rolls after all the binge buying? Homemade Kazoos! Here at Corwin, we have a bin for recycling our paper towel and toilet paper rolls so nothing goes to waste. Ready to make some music? 🎼


Kazoo Supplies

You will need:

  • Toilet Paper Rolls
  • Rubber Bands
  • Wax Paper
  • Toothpicks (or something sharp)
  • Markers or Paint (We also colored some Corwin coloring sheets, that you can find for free here, and taped it onto the roll for decoration.)


Kazoo Beginning

To Begin:

Kazoos
Final craft!
  1. Gather your rubber band, wax paper, markers or paint and toilet paper roll for some kazoo fun.
  2. Decorate your roll how you wish. Some of us colored a coloring sheet and wrapped it around the roll instead of free painting.
  3. Next, cut the wax paper small enough to fit over the opening of one end of the roll.
  4. Fold the wax paper over and secure with the rubber band. (Shown in the image to the right.)
  5. Finally, poke holes in the paper with toothpicks so you can have that classic kazoo sound! 🎤

We recorded ourselves playing a cannon rendition of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” for your viewing pleasure. We hope the video sparks creativity with you and your community! 😂


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Tissue Paper Flowers

Learn to make these tissue paper flowers with your residents!

You Will Need:

  • Tissue Paper (Assorted Colors)
  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Skewers
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Vase

To Begin:

  1. Start with a single sheet of tissue paper. Cut this sheet of paper into at least 4 sections of equal length and width.
  2. Neatly stack your small sheets of tissue paper one on top of the other.
  3. Fold the shortest side about an inch to two inches in. Accordion fold the tissue paper.
  4. Depending on how large you want your flower you can either cut the paper in half (as shown in the video), leave it as-is, or trim it to make it the perfect size.
  5. Once your accordion paper is the perfect length, you’ll want to staple it in the middle.
  6. Using your scissors, round the edges of the paper, make them pointy, or even shred the ends. (example below)

7. Begin separating the sheets of tissue paper and ruffling up the petals of your flower.

8. Next, grab a skewer. Using your hot glue gun, add a dab of glue to the sharp end. Stick this end at the bottom of your flower. (I also recommend using green plant tape to wrap around the skewer to make it look like an actual stem.)

9. With your vase handy, fill with flowers! If your vase is transparent try adding rocks, marbles, or even a brown paper bag to hide the stems.

10. You’re Finished! Decorate your countertops with vases of flowers from your residents!

Tissue Paper Flowers
Tissue Paper Flowers

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Make Slime!

Playing with slime is a sensory play activity allowing adults and children to utilize and understand all five senses. 👁👃👂👅🖐

So when several senses are stimulated at once, creativity and learning are built through this exploration. Also, sensory play also encourages development of coordination and fine motor skills. Making your own slime is easy – we recommend making some with all of your residents! 😊

You Will Need:

  • Elmer’s Slime Kit (available at Walmart)
    • This will include Glitter Glue and “Magic Solution”
  • Extra Glitter ✨
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Stirring Stick

To Begin:

  1. Begin by dumping the entire bottle of glitter glue into your mixing bowl.
  2. Next, add extra glitter if you wish (who doesn’t want extra glitter though.) ✨ Stir your concoction throughly.
  3. Now add the “Magic Solution.” If you can’t find the slime kit with the included “magic solution”, contact cleaning solution works just the same!
  4. Mix it well again.
  5. Know that it will need 5-10 minutes to set – it’ll be extremely sticky and hard to manipulate if you try to play with it right away.
  6. Store your slime in a small Ziploc container or bag to enjoy at any moment!

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Sharpie Coasters

Sharpie coasters are a fun and colorful way to brighten up any space. 🎨

Sharpie Coasters
Sharpie Coasters

You will need:

To Begin:

  1. Start by prepping your area: Lay down napkins to lay your tile on and clean your tile of any debris.
Lay down paper towels and clean tile.
Lay down paper towels and clean tile.

2. Using an array of colors or a select few, freely and randomly color your tile with Sharpie.

Color your tile canvas
Color your tile canvas

3. By carefully using your straw, dip the end into the 91% Isopropyl Alcohol. Allow the alcohol drips to randomly drip onto your colorful tile canvas. But careful — too much and all of your color will run together and off the tile! I like to take my time with this process and allow the spots to dry before adding more. Get creative with it! Use your straw to even blow the color around before it dries!

Sharpie Coasters
Sharpie Coasters

4. If you’re like me and only have regular Sharpies to experiment with, a can of Krylon Clear Glaze (available at Wal-mart) will seal your tiles without a problem! Allow a few hours for the Sharpie to dry then spray your tile with the clear glaze finish. Your Sharpie Coasters will be ready to use in no time!

Krylon Clear Glaze
Krylon Clear Glaze

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It’s a Good Friday for Puzzle Play!

Whether alone or with family, we want you to have a great Good Friday and wonderful Easter weekend ahead. Our team created a few puzzles and activities for you to do in your downtime, or with your residents! So, below are some FREE DOWNLOADS from MyCorwin to print out for your community.

HOW TO DOWNLOAD:

To begin, right-click on the image, select “Save Image As”. Then, open up the image on your computer and select “Print”. Lastly, in your print settings, choose “Fit to Page” for a whole page (8.5×11) handout. And, ENJOY!

Which one is your favorite? Send us pictures of your residents enjoying these activities on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/mycorwin), or email us directly. We’d love to see them!

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DIY Heart Stamps

You Will Need:

  • Toilet Paper Rolls
  • Paint
  • Construction Paper

To Begin:

  1. Making heart-shaped stamps is easy! First, grab a toilet paper roll and flatten it.
  2. You should be left with a flattened, creased paper roll. Push one of the creases inside out to form a heart-shape.
  3. Pinch and shape accordingly to get the perfect heart shape.
  4. Dip your toilet paper roll into paint the press firmly down on a sheet of construction paper.
  5. Repeat as many times as you’d like – make multiple hearts for multiple colors!
  6. Stamp your heart out!

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Button Wire Wreath Ornaments

Supplies
Supplies

You Will Need:

  • Assorted Buttons (we used green buttons but any color(s) will work)
  • Wire
  • Wire Cutters
  • Ribbon
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors

To Begin:

  1. Start by measuring your wire – there’s no set size. Shape out the size you would like your wreath, then add a few inches to later create the loop to hang your ornament.
  2. Using wire cutters, cut your wire where you think it should end.
  3. Next, gather your buttons. We used monochrome green buttons, but any color(s) will work.
  4. Start by inserting the wire into one of the button’s holes. This button should end up in the middle of your wire strand.
  5. Next, decide whether you would like your ornament to lay flat or three-dimensional.
  6. If you would like your ornament to be three-dimensional, leave your button as-is in the middle of your wire and continue piling more buttons onto either side of your original button. We recommend alternating button sizes and/or colors. This version uses a lot of buttons.
  7. If you would like your ornament to lay flat, weave one end of your wire through the second hole. You may have to manipulate the wire to lay flat. Continue stringing on buttons on either end of the original button.
  8. Continue filling your wire with buttons until it’s full enough to make a circular wreath. Make sure you’ve left enough wire on either end to make the hanging loop!
  9. When you’ve finished stringing on your buttons, take one end of the wire and cross it with the other end right where the buttons meet. Begin twisting the two ends together until they are nice and snug.
  10. You should have a wreath with two wire ends sticking out. Take the very ends of the wires, and carefully twist them together to make a loop.
  11. Next, cut off a piece of your favorite ribbon, tie it into a small bow and hot glue your bow to the top of your wreath!
  12. Ta-da! You’ve created your very own handmade ornament for the holidays!
Button Wire Wreath Ornaments
Button Wire Wreath Ornaments

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Sock Snowmen

Sock Snowmen
Sock Snowmen

Happy DIY-Day!! I can’t wait to show you how to make these adorably cute snowmen for this upcoming winter – they’re made from just socks and rice!

Supplies
Supplies

You Will Need:

  • Socks (One white, one colored)
  • A Cup
  • 1 lb bag of rice
  • 2-3 Buttons
  • Ribbon
  • Pom Pom
  • Black and Orange Marker
  • 2, 6-inch strands of twine
  • Scissors

To Begin:

  1. Begin by placing your white sock in your cup – wrap the opening of the sock around the lip of the cup to hold your sock open for you.
  2. Pour enough rice into your sock to make the body of your sock snowman – check your sock to make sure you have not too much nor too little.
  3. Using your twine, tie off the snowman’s body as close to the rice as possible. I usually triple-knot to make sure it doesn’t come undone.
  4. Next, with the help of a friend, hold open the opening of your sock and allow your friend to pour rice into your snowman to make the head.
  5. Like the body, we’ll use a strand of twine to tie off the head. Trim the hanging strands of twine.
  6. You should be left with a sock in the shape of a snowman – he’ll have a small tuft of fabric at the top of his head – you can either trim this or leave it as is. It will soon be covered with a hat!
  7. Next, we’ll grab our colorful sock and cut it in half – right at the arch of the sock.
  8. Using the toe-half of the sock, we’ll place this on top of our snowman’s head. Roll the bottom up to see his face.
  9. Using your black marker, mark two dots for his eyes, and a dotted half-crescent for the mouth.
  10. With the orange marker, draw a sideways triangle for the nose.
    (You can also use a small orange pompom if you have one – attach with hot glue)
  11. Next, we’ll add the scarf – you can either use the fabric from what’s leftover of your colorful scarf or use a pretty ribbon. The choice is yours!
  12. For this last step, we’ll heat up our hot glue gun and grab a couple of buttons. Then we’ll glue them to the front of our snowman.
  13. And finally, you have a cute and cuddly snowman!
Sock Snowmen
Sock Snowmen