Thursday, February 11, 2010

Corn Husk Dolls

I know that this is not the season for this anymore, but i thought i would post it anyway. First we just made corn husk dolls, then as christmas came closer, we became more creative. We worked with the neighbors a few different afternoons and finally had a cut little nativity. i may just have to repost this later in the year, but oh well.

1st get about 4 nice (soaked for about 15 minutes before starting) strips of corn husks, and lay T Them on top of each other. Then you fold them over and tie the fold to make a head ( we used some juke kind of stuff that looked earthy, but anything really works). then take a few more pieces. Fold them and tie both ends, these are for the arms, and clip the folded one. trim them to make them look nice. After this is done, open the body of the doll and place the arms. You will tie underneath to keep the arms in place, so make sure they are all of the way to the first tie. After you tie the arms in, take some more pieces (if using indian corn we used the purple/red pieces to make the skirt) and place around the lower part. Like i said, this will be the skirt, so you can add more pieces to make a fuller skirt or if you'd like you can skip this step altogether (remember to tie them). We wanted more shoulder so we took some pieces and put them on the doll like a scarf and tie. Here is your doll. You can probably find better instructions with pictures or drawings of each step, but either way have fun doing it.

Homemade Volcano

Okay, so everyone's seen this one before, but sierra had to make a volcano for school so we documented it.
1 pop bottle (ours was a 3 liter)
depending on the size of your bottle you will need 1 to 2 cups of vinegar
also depending on the size of your bottle, you will need about 1/4 cup of baking soda.
a few drops of red food coloring (unless you want a unique volcano with some green or blue)
(use more or less if needed)

We started with the baking soda in our bottle and in a cup mixed the food coloring and vinegar. Then we quickly poured them into the bottle (already full of baking soda) and stood back.
It was so fun that we did it a few times. This is especially fun with younger kids who have never seen this before. the end result, a bubbly volcano. when i was younger we put toy dinosaurs around the bottom of the bottle and pretended it was a prehistoric eruption. Be creative and have fun with it.