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Michael's Arts Crafts
(650) 377-0115
1750 South Delaware Street
San Mateo, CA
 
Michael's Arts Crafts
(510) 793-9845
39277 Fremont Hub
Fremont, CA
 
Ambiance Antiques
550 15th St.
San Francisco, CA
 
Asia Galleries
(415) 392-9127
1534 Grant Ave
San Francisco, CA
 
Live Worms Gallery
(415) 307-1222
345 Grant Ave
San Francisco, CA
 
Michael's Arts Crafts
(510) 278-5400
15100 Hesperian Boulevard Suite 126
San Leandro, CA
 
Michael's Arts Crafts
(510) 658-4830
3991 Hollis Street
Emeryville, CA
 
The Enchanted House
(415) 981-5870
1411 Grant Ave
San Francisco, CA
 
mixedUSE
(415) 956-1909
463 Union Street
San Francisco, CA
 
Aaron Brothers Art & Framing
(650) 366-4266
1680 El Camino Real
Redwood City, CA
 

Easy Holiday Crafts Kids (and Grown-ups) Will Love

by E'Louise Ondash

(FeatureSource) "When it comes to arts and crafts projects for kids, keep it simple!" says Trish Kuffner, author of "The Arts and Crafts Busy Book: 365 Art and Craft Activities to Keep Toddlers and Preschoolers Busy" (Meadowbrook Press, $9.95; www.meadowbrookpress.com).

During the holidays, families with kids don't have a lot of time to do elaborate projects. "I favor simple activities like painting or modeling with play dough over those requiring several supplies to make elaborate objects," explains the mother of five. "To me, if an arts and crafts book has glossy photos or diagrams and detailed instructions, the projects are way too complicated to do with kids."

The holidays, of course, provide a perfect excuse and opportunity to have some fun with your preschoolers at the craft table. Here are a few simple ideas that your kids can try this holiday season:

Spice Turkey

Materials:
White glue
Shallow container
Construction paper, small paper plate or small aluminum pie pan
Pumpkin pie spice, allspice, ground cinnamon or ground nutmeg
Black and red markers

Directions:
Pour the glue into the container. Dip your child's hand into the glue and press it, fingers spread, onto the paper, plate or pie pan to make a handprint turkey. Have the child sprinkle the spiced onto the turkey. When the glue is dry, use the black marker to draw an eye and beak on the thumb, and turkey feet at the bottom of the print. Use the red marker to draw a wattle around the beak.

Gingerbread Critters

Ingredients:
1 cup shortening
¾ cup honey
1 egg
1 cup molasses
1 ½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
5 cups flour
Animal-shaped cookie cutters
Raisins, nuts, licorice and small candies for decorating

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix shortening, honey, egg and molasses in a small bowl. Sift the flour together into a large bowl. Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate the dough until it is chilled. Roll out the dough on a floured surface until it is ¼ inch thick. Cut out shapes using animal-shaped cookie cutters and place shapes on an ungreased baking sheet.

Let the children decorate each shape with the raisins, nuts and candies. Bake the gingerbread critters for 10 minutes and let them cool before eating. (You also can bake the gingerbread critters ahead of time and let the children decorate with frosting and candies.)

Ice Crystal Picture

Materials:
Spoon
¼ cup water
½ cup Epsom salts, table salt or rock salt
Small bowl
Crayons
Black, purple or blue construction paper
Paint brush
Clear contact paper (optional)
White chalk or tempera paint (optional)

Directions:
Mix water and salt in a small bowl. Stir to dissolve as much of the salt as possible. Have you child use the crayons to draw a nighttime forest scene on the paper. Brush the drawing with the salt solution. Stir the...

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Gifts Kids Can Make

Gifts Kids Can Make
By Donna Beadle

(FeatureSource) You can help your friends and family avoid long return lines at the department store this year by helping your child create thoughtful, homemade gifts.

"Crafting as a family is a wonderful way to slow down the pace of the hectic holiday season," says Sue Hannah, author of "Crafty Concoctions" (Meadowbrook Press.) "Your children will love creating, wrapping and presenting gifts of their own."

Trish Kuffner, author of "The Arts and Crafts Busy Book" (Meadowbrook Press), agrees that a crafty gift can display love and care for your family. "Gifts from your children are gifts worth keeping," she says.

"Crafty Concoctions" offers step-by-step instructions for more than 100 cool concoctions kids can make with minimal adult supervision. The book offers a variety of the concoctions such as the "Jewels & Gemstones" recipe to make gift necklaces or "Tasty Glue" to stick pieces of a gingerbread house together.

"The Arts and Crafts Busy Book" is the fourth book of the highly successful "Busy Book" series. Parents of toddlers and preschoolers can find an array of gift ideas their children can create in the "Holiday Arts and Crafts" section of the book. Gift ideas include "Sand Art Brownie Gift Mix," "Kwanzaa Cutouts" and directions to make a Menorah.

The instructions for all these wonderful gift ideas are found below.

Crafty Jewels and Gemstones
From "Crafty Concoctions"
Add sparkle to any craft project with these beautiful imitation jewels and gemstones. They are perfect for making all sorts of crafts sparkle and shine. Tasty Glue
From "Crafty Concoctions"
This tasty, edible glue is perfect when you need to glue pieces onto gingerbread houses or other edible crafts. It also works well for gluing paper.

Menorah
From "The Arts and Crafts Busy Book"
A menorah consists of nine candles, one for each day of Hanukkah and one, called the shammes, to light the other candles.

10 empty thread spools
Strip of heavy cardboard
Glue
Aluminum foil (optional)
9 birthday candles
Play dough
10 large marshmallows
Ornamental Frosting
Pretzel sticks
Shoebox
Sand
Drill and tree branch or piece of driftwood

Help your child make a menorah in one or more of the following ways:

1. Line 9 thread spools in a row on the cardboard and glue them into place. Glue the last spool on top of the center one for the shammes. (If you like, cover the outsides of the spools with aluminum foil first.) Insert the candles into the spools. If they're a little loose, pack play dough around them to make them fit snugly.
2. Line 9 marshmallows in a row on the cardboard and glue them into place. Glue the last marshmallow onto the one in the center for the shammes. Insert the candles into the marshmallows.
3. Make an edible menorah by using Ornamental Frosting to stick the marshmallows onto the cardboard. Use pretzel sticks instead of candles.
4. Shape play dough into 9 Hanukkah designs or interes...

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