May 24, 2016

Jack and the Bean Stalk Storybook Craft

Storybook Craft
Jack and the Beanstalk

Storybooks come alive with this colorful craft. This is a great class or group project that lets kids put their own take on the classic tale Jack and the Bean Stalk. In our tale Jack makes it to the top of the beanstalk while a frantic goose frets over the golden egg. Cows in the pasture look on in disbelief! Re-tell the story as you like, using Kwik Stix fast drying solid tempera paint sticks.

Using Kwik Stix made putting together this colorful craft as easy as color, cut and paste. Kwik Stix dries in 90 seconds and makes what looks like a difficult project, fast and easy.  

Here’s how we put our tale together. 

1.        The Beanstalk  
Using one or two cardboard tubes, such as the one’s on paper towels, color and decorate the beanstalk.

  • Color the bean stalk by putting stripes of color 

  • Draw leaves and flowers on paper and cut them out one by one

  • Attach the leaves and flowers to the beanstalk
  • Cut strips of paper to use as the goose’s nest and place them inside the top of the tube
  • Color an egg gold and put it on top of the shredded paper. We used a Styrofoam egg. You can just draw a golden egg.

2.     The Giant & Storybook Characters
Using a white sheet of cardboard or a box you have at home, create the storyboard. We drew our giant freehand and improvised his arms. Our giant comes out of the clouds and peers at Jack. You can draw your giant, as you see him.
Adding the Giant & Other Characters

  • Draw giant freehand and cut out the face
  • Attach it to the top of the cardboard sheet or box

  • Cut slots for the giant’s arms
  • Draw hands on plain white paper and cut them out

  • Attach hands to the cardboard arms and you have a fearsome, frantic giant.

3.   Complete the Story    

  • Find coloring pages and color your favorite characters. We used a boy for Jack, a goose and two curious cows.
  •  After you have colored the characters, paste them to the cardboard. Place the storyboard behind the beanstalk.

And that’s all there is to it!

Here’s what you’ll need:

ü Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paints
ü White Cardboard
ü Cardboard Tube
ü 10 or more sheets of paper
ü Scissors
ü Scotch tape
ü Glue stick

Time: 1 hour (if worked on all at once)

The total time to do this complete craft will depend on how many people work on the craft and how much time you have to devote to the craft. It is a great classroom or family craft. Because Kwik Stix dry in 90 seconds, you don’t have to wait or allot drying time to complete your story.

Tips for a Successful Project: 

·         Use a glue stick to paste down and connect flowers to avoid curling if you’ll be working over several days.
·         If you will be working on this project over several days, paint both sides of leaves and tips of flowers so that you still see color if they curl. This will keep the 3D effect of the leaves and flowers on the beanstalk.
·         Use a Styrofoam egg or draw one to avoid it falling through the beanstalk. A hard boiled egg will be too heavy.
·        Be creative and have fun!

May 5, 2016

Personalized Mother’s Day Balloons & Cards

Personalized Mother’s Day
Balloons & Cards

How To: Personalizing Balloon.     - Using an inflated balloon and Kwik Stix no-mess tempera paints. They dry in 90 seconds. Write your personalized message. Use phrases, names and draw pictures.

     - Wait 90 seconds for the balloon to dry.

     - After it has dried, decorate the back of the balloon with the same design or something different.

Add A Card

     - Pair your balloons with a hand painted card.

     - The easiest way to make a card is to fold a piece of 8 ½” x 11” paper and decorate it. You can match the card to the balloons for an original gift for mom. 

Kwik Stix are available on in a variety of colors. These balloons were made using a combination of assorted, neon and metalix colors.

Here’s what you’ll need:

ü    Kwik Stix

ü    White Mylar inflated balloons

Time: 15 – 30 minutes
The total time to do this complete craft will depend on how many balloons you make and the intricacy of the design.

Tips for a Successful Project:

Ø  Press lightly on the Kwik Stix when painting. It will give you more paint and richer color in one application. Depending on the material of the balloon, you may need to apply multiple coats. But remember, the trick is not to press hard.

Ø  Allow each side of the balloon to dry before continuing to paint.

Ø  Don’t write too far over to the edge. Keep your words centered so they are easily read after the balloon is inflated.

Ø  You can also paint on  uninflated balloons and inflate them later. This is great for party prep or a special group occasion. The paint will not spot or look any less colorful when the balloons are inflated.


Happy Mothers Day!