Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Project Paper Cup: Animal Cups

Most kids have a natural affinity for animals. Unfortunately, keeping pets is not always allowed in homes. Sometimes, keeping pets can also be hazardous for a child’s health. However, this should not keep your young ones from being able to appreciate animals. There are a myriad other ways to express appreciation for our furry friends. In this edition of Project Paper Cup, we are going to explore one of those ways. Ladies, gentlemen, and especially kids, Project Paper Cup presents Animal Cups!

For this project, we shall be using yogurt paper cups. Yogurt paper cups have a wider rim and a wider base than your regular paper cup, so this should give us more creative opportunities. Aside from used yogurt paper cups (make sure you’ve cleaned them off!), you will also need your art supplies, scissors, some yarn, and glue. As always, adult supervision is strongly advised.

We will be working on two animals, a mouse and a jellyfish. For the mouse cup, first decorate the outside of your yogurt paper cup. Use paint or colored pens to make a colorful mouse body. Next, bring out some crumpled paper and glue it onto the inside lip. Using some art paper, add eyes, a nose, and whiskers to your mouse. If you have some felt paper, cut out some mouse ears and attach them onto the sides of the cup. Finally, use a pipe cleaner to create the mouse’s tail.

Now, if your kids are fond of sea creatures, you can use your recycled yogurt paper cup to create a paper cup jellyfish. With some adult assistance, poke two holes on the bottom of the paper cup. This is where you will run some yarn or a piece of string so you hang your yogurt paper cup jellyfish. Make paper streamers about six inches long and glue them to the inside of the rim of the paper cup. Continue to do this until the entire mouth of the cup is lined with paper streamers. Now hang the paper cup upside down and watch the paper streamers fall down from the cup, just like jellyfish tentacles. You can also color the cup to make the jellyfish body whatever colors you like. This is a great and eco-friendly decor idea for under-the-sea-themed parties or just simply as a room decor.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Project Paper Cup: Kiddie Paperweights

It’s project paper cup time again! Time to bring out your art supplies, your used paper cups, and your creativity! For this edition, we will be using used yogurt paper cups. Yogurt paper cups are wider than regular drinking paper cups. Sometimes they come with a transparent plastic lid. Using yogurt paper cups is an eco-friendly way to enjoy the sweet, sour, tangy, and healthy taste of yogurt.

For this week’s Project Paper Cup, we will transform used yogurt paper cups into paperweights. Paperweights are items used to hold down stacks of paper to keep individual pages from flying off. For this activity, you will need your coloring materials and art supplies, depending on the design that you want for your paper cup. You will also need used yogurt paper cups. Make sure you have cleaned them off before doing any actual decorating.

Now, there are several ways to go about this and it is all up to how you want your paperweight to look like. One idea is to make a potted flower paperweight. Crumple some used tissue paper or some art paper and stuff them inside your yogurt paper cup. You can put in some pebbles or small stones to give it more weight. You may opt to cover it with the yogurt paper cup’s matching lid or you can leave it as is. Get a drinking straw and stick it through your “soil”. Now, cut out some petals and leaves using art paper and glue it on to your “stem.” Aside from potted flowers, you can also make pop-up animal paperweights. Use your imagination. The creative possibilities are endless.

The next time you enjoy a healthy serving of yogurt, make sure not to throw away your yogurt paper cup because here at Project Paper Cup, we’ll always find creative ways to reuse them.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Project Paper Cup: Fun with Yogurt Paper Cups

Dessert time is always fun, especially for children. But it can be made even more fun if you add a little art into it. For this edition of project paper cup, we will take a look at yogurt paper cups. Yogurt is one of the healthier desserts out there. Its taste may not be popular with some kids and can take some getting used to at first, but its health benefits make it worth the effort. Yogurt is good for digestion and it is also rich in protein, calcium, and riboflavin, as well as vitamins B6 and B12.

Yogurt paper cups are special paper cups made especially for enjoying – you guessed it, yogurt. For this project, we will be using a little art to brighten up what would otherwise be just a white, generic paper cup. This project is super easy, super fun and super educational too. Aside from enhancing creativity by using our imagination, it also reminds us about the value of being eco-friendly.

Before dessert time, gather your kids and have them bring out their preferred art supplies. Bring out your unused yogurt paper cups. Using a clean strip of plastic, cover the opening to make sure whatever art supplies you use don’t get inside the yogurt paper cup. If you are using the lid, just cover the opening on the lid. Now, here comes the easy part. Hand the covered yogurt paper cups to your kids and let the creativity run wild! If you use some paint to decorate the cups, make sure you let the yogurt paper cup dry first before putting in the yogurt. This activity is a great way to encourage your kids to try a healthy dessert like yogurt. Of course, it’s also a great way to bond! The next time you’re eating yogurt with the kids, make sure it is served on eco-friendly yogurt paper cups and make sure you take time out to have fun with it.