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Sunday, January 10, 2021

Kids Krafts Wednesday December 23, 2020

 New Year's Noisemakers

Supplies & Instructions

    1. Partially fill a clean, dry plastic container (or tin) with beans, rice, small pebbles or plastic beads. Do not overfill.
    2. Use heavy duty tape (like Duck™ brand) to seal any holes and secure the top permanently. 
    3. Cover entire container with same tape, and/or decorative stickers.
    4. Add labels, paint marker decorations, etc.
    5. Shake, shake, shake to bring in the New Year or anytime your dance party needs some extra noise!
    ©BYOMyoga in cooperation with Mindful Behavior, LLC. All rights reserved. 

    Wednesday, December 16, 2020

    Kids Krafts Wednesday December 16, 2020

     Paint Splatter Snow Prints


    • Old toothbrushes
    • Tempera or Watercolor paint
    • Water
    • Medium to Large Cardboard box
    • Art or Construction Paper
    • Apron & Paper towels


    1. Put on apron.
    2. Put a piece of paper in the open box. Feel free to cut off the flaps so it's easier to access the inside.
    3. Dip a toothbrush in water
    4. For tempera paint, dip brush bristles lightly in the paint. For watercolor, rub the wet bristle around the paint pad for a bit to transfer color to them.
    5. Hold the brush close to the head, place the thumb on the bristles, and with the brush close to the paper, rub the thumb across the bristles a few times.
    6. Rinse off the brush, gently dry it on a paper towel, and try another color. 
    7. Repeat! Change colors and paper as desired.
    8. Experiment with different brush types, moving the thumb faster or flower, even shaking the brush at the paper instead of running the thumb on the bristles. How does this change the splatter pattern?
    9. What if there's more or less water in the paint? How does that change the splatter?
    10. When done, set aside to dry, being careful to not tilt the paper so that the splatter dots don't drip.
    11. When dry, sign the artwork and add other features (maybe even cottonball snowpeople).
    ©BYOMyoga in cooperation with Mindful Behavior, LLC. All rights reserved. 

    Kids Krafts Wednesday December 9, 2020

     Salt Clay Ornaments


    • Salt Clay (or store bought clay that hardens when dry)
      • Prepare ahead of time: 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 1 cup water. Stir until combined. Store in airtight container.
    • Thick dowel or small rolling pin
    • Cookie cutter(s)
    • Leaves/Fabric/Coins (to make prints)

    • Pencil, bamboo skewer, or small paintbrush (for design and making hole)
    • Butter knife/Spatula
    • Tempera/Watercolor Paint/Paint Makers and Glitter (for painting after dry)
    • Ribbon, string, or ornament hooks (for hanging after dry)

    1. Lay parchment paper or plastic wrap on a surface. If clay is sticky, sprinkle flour down as well.
    2. Roll out clay to about 1/4" thick.
    3. Cut any shape with cookie cutter or butter knife.
    4. Press fabric, coin, or leaf gently into surface to make an imprint. Peel gently away.
    5. Using the pencil, skewer, or paintbrush end, press a small hole at least 1/2" from edge all the way through the ornament. Make sure to gentle move the pencil in circle to wide the hold to 1/16".
    6. To smooth edges, dip a finger in water and rub gentle on the clay. Do the same to stick two pieces of clay together.
    7. Make different shapes, Try cutouts, and even layering shapes (reminder that thicker shapes will take longer to dry).
    8. With a spatula gently lift ornament and place on flat surface elsewhere to dry. This may take a week or more.
    9. Once dry, paint! Option to add gloss using ModgePodge. 
    10. Add string/ornament hook through hole and hang to decorate.
    ©BYOMyoga in cooperation with Mindful Behavior, LLC. All rights reserved. 

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020

    Kids Krafts Wednesday December 2, 2020

    Cotton Ball "Snow People"


    • Cotton Balls (or pompoms)
    • Geometric craft stickers
    • Googly eyes
    • Glue Stick and/or glitter/school glue
    • Glitter (optional)
    • Scissors
    • Construction paper/felt or Foamie Square
    • Misc craft items for snow people accessories, like pipe cleaners.


    1. Use the paper/felt/foamie square as the scene background.
    2. Lay out the snow people/critter before glueing. Try different shapes. Try tearing apart a cotton balls to make smaller sizes!
    3. Put a dab of glue on the paper for each cotton ball, then stick (remember, glitter or school glue will take a while to dry).
    4. Add googly eyes as wanted to the snow person/critter. Put the glue on the piece, then stick to the cotton ball/pompom.
    5. Add geometric shapes stickers for noses, hats, scarves, buttons, feet.
    6. Try cutting pieces of pipe cleaners for arms.
    7. Use extra cotton balls/pompoms for ground snow.
    8. Put drops of glue on the background and add tiny bits of glitter to make it sparkle!
    ©BYOMyoga in cooperation with Mindful Behavior, LLC. All rights reserved. 

    Wednesday, November 25, 2020

    Kids Krafts Wednesday November 25, 2020

    Origami Cornucopias

    (these are also called "cootie catchers" and "fortune tellers")


    • Origami paper (or thin foldable paper like notebook paper)
    • Markers, crayons
    • Small candies or finger treats like grapes or raisins (or non-candy items like marbles or stones)
    • Stickers


    1. Start with a square of paper
      • If the paper isn't square, create a square by folding one corner over to the opposite edge of the paper, and align the two edges. Crease. Cut off the remaining edge of the paper that is not contained under the fold.
    2. Fold the paper diagonally from one corner to another, matching edges, and crease carefully. Open the paper.
    3. Choose the next corner to the right, and fold the paper again to the opposite diagonal corner, matching all edges, and crease. Open the paper.
    4. Fold the paper in half horizontally, matching edges, and crease, then open.
    5. Fold the paper in half vertically, matching edges, and crease, then open.
    6. The paper will have four lines, two going corner to corner, and two going down the middle from top to bottom, and side to side.
    7. Take one corner, and fold it just to the middle point (the "belly button") of the all the folds, and crease. Do the same with the other three corners.
    8. Flip the folded paper over.
    9. Take one of these corners, and fold just to the middle point, and crease (it might be a little harder to crease so go slowly). Do the same with the other three corners.
    10. This side of the paper has many folded shapes, the other has four flaps. Keep this new square shape with the "many folds" side up and the flaps side down.
    11. Fold this shape in half horizontally, then unfold.
    12. Fold it in half vertically, and keep it this way.
    13. Pick up the shape, and wiggle fingers into the flaps to pull them away from the "body." The shape will start to open on all its folds, and eventually it can be flipped over onto the fold points. 
    14. The flaps open up to reveal the cornucopia "pockets" for holding goodies!

    ©BYOMyoga in cooperation with Mindful Behavior, LLC. All rights reserved. 

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020

    Kids Krafts Wednesday November 11, 2020

     Leaf Rubbing Art Prints


    1. Crayons
    2. Art Paper (or tracing paper)
    3. Leaves, Coins, Bark, Fabric or any textured, flat object
    4. Paperweights (rocks, soup cans)


    1. Peel paper off (a few) crayons.
    2. Place object under paper. 
    3. Secure paper with weights to prevent shifting while rubbing.
    4. Rub side of crayon with varying pressure over the paper area of object.
    5. Notice the pattern that emerges!
    6. Try both sides of the object, different colors, layering objects and other variations.

    ©BYOMyoga in cooperation with Mindful Behavior, LLC. All rights reserved. 

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    Wednesday, November 4, 2020

    Kids Krafts Wednesday November 4, 2020

     Salt Clay Leaf Print Bowls



    • Salt Clay (or Substitute ready-made art clay or Playdough) 
      • 2 cups flour 
      • 1 cup salt
      • 1 cup water
    • 6" bowl
    • Butter knife
    • Rolling pin
    • Plastic wrap/wax/parchment paper
    • Fresh leaves (or other textured items like coins, fabric, plastic pieces)

    1. Make Salt Clay
      • Stir all three ingredients. until combined. If very sticky, add more flour. Store excess dough in airtight container.
    2. Lay sheet of plastic wrap onto counter to prevent dough sticking. 
    3. Roll a ball of dough into1/8"-1/4" pancake. 
    4. Cut a 6" circle using a cookie cutter or bowl edge. Peel away excess dough. 
    5. Place textured items onto pancake. 
    6. Place another piece of plastic wrap over dough. Gently roll.
    7. Lift paper when design complete; remove leaves. 
    8. Place bowl design side down or plain side down on bottom side of bowl. 
    9. Help edges drape and/or pinch sides slightly. 
    10. Allow to dry, then paint!

    ©BYOMyoga in cooperation with Mindful Behavior, LLC. All rights reserved. 

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    Tuesday, November 3, 2020

    Kids Krafts Wednesday October 28, 2020

    Spooky Spiderwebs

    Supplies and Instructions

    Option 1: Pipe Cleaners, Yarn/String, Scissors

    1. Bend two pipe cleaners at center, cross and twist together. 
    2. Twist another around center of those, and then another. 
    3. Cut length of string, tie one end on a web "spoke" close to center, and weave/loop/wrap from spoke to spoke (once or many times). 
    4. Tie to secure end. Add more lengths of string, different colors, spacing them out along spoke as you wish.

    Option 2: Sticks, Glue, Yarn/String, Scissors

    1. Glue (or tie) two sticks together at center. 
    2. Starting close to center, tie one end of a piece of string then weave/loop from spoke to spoke (going over one and under the other .working your way outward from the center.
    3. Use different types of string/fabric!

    Option 3: Origami Paper, Scissors

    1. Fold the paper corner to corner three times (or in half multiple times). 
    2. Cut out shapes along the edge, trim the edges to create uniquepatterns.
    3. Take care to not cut off all of one fold.
    4. Open to reveal your web!

    ©BYOMyoga in cooperation with Mindful Behavior, LLC. All rights reserved. 

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    Friday, October 23, 2020

    Kids Krafts Wednesday October 21, 2020

    Creepy Mobiles


    • Popsicle Sticks (or chopsticks or short branches)
    • Yarn or Pipe Cleaners
    • Halloween themed trinkets/small toys (spooky rings, spiders, etc.)
    • Spooky Stickers
    • Your Yoga Spider (see 10/14 class)


    1. Cross the sticks at center
    2. Use yarn/pipe cleaner to tie/twist across center in both directions to secure
    3. Use loose ends as the hanger
    4. Cut a 6" piece of string or 1/2 pipe cleaner
    5. Tie/wrap one end around a spooky item (through a wring, around a spider, etc.)
    6. Tie the other end to an arm of the mobile
    7. Repeat steps 4-6 to add more dangling items to your mobile 

    Songs "Peace Like a River" and "Little Bird, Little Bird" appear courtesy of Elizabeth Mitchell Music.

    ©BYOMyoga in cooperation with Mindful Behavior, LLC. All rights reserved. 

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    Wednesday, October 14, 2020

    Kids Krafts Wednesday October 14, 2020

    BOO! Tubes


    • Cardboard tube (from TP or Paper towel) 
    • Duck tape and/or Washi Tape
    • Stickers         
    • Colored paper
    • String
    • Regular tape/glue stick       
    • Scissors 
    • Single Hole Punch
    1. Wrap colored tapes around tube. Use as much or as little as you want!
    2. Add stickers to decorate
    3. Finish the end of the tube, choosing one or all of these:
      • Punch holes & tie strings in holes for "hair" 
      • Cut strips of paper & tape them like streamers
      • Make small cuts with scissors & bend them to make fringe
    4. Put the tube up to your mouth and say BOOOOO!
    5. What else can you do with your Boo Tube?

    ©2020 BYOMyoga in cooperation with Mindful Behavior, LLC . All rights reserved.

    If you want to join our live classes, email me for the waiver and the link. You can also access the class by reaching out to the Mindful Behavior Facebook Group !

    Wednesday, October 7, 2020

    Kids Krafts Wednesday October 7, 2020

    Yoga Spiders

    • 1 Cotton ball (or 1 small pompom)
    • 4 pipe cleaners
    • 2 to 4 pre-glued googly eyes (or 1/8" round stickers to use as eyes)
    • Kid-safe glue (if using googly eyes that aren't sticky
    • Burlap roll (or fabric)
    • Scissors (for cutting fabric or burlap roll) - precut piece fine for those that don't want to deal with cutting.
    1. Place the cotton ball or pompom at the center of one pipe cleaners. Tightly wrap the pipe cleaner once around the ball, then twist a few times to secure .
    2. Place this at the center of another pipe cleaner, wrap it once around then twist ends a few times to secure.
    3. Repeat with third and fourth pipe cleaners.
    4. Bend pipe cleaners like jointed spider legs.
    5. Glue a few (or more) googly eyes to the ball. 
    6. Cut a swatch of fabric or burlap.
    7. Push the pointed ends of the spider's feet (ends of the pipe cleaners) through the fabric and bend slightly to secure it on the mat. 
    8. Experiment with how many "feet" the spider needs to stand, and how you can configure it's "arms" and "legs" to make yoga poses.
    This class was pre-recorded. All others will be recorded live and edited before posting.

    If you want to join our live classes, email me for the waiver and the link. You can also access the class by reaching out to the Mindful Behavior Facebook Group !