Dinosaur Paper Crafts

Paper crafts are an easy and inexpensive means of keeping your kids engaged in learning the fun way. Use the exciting activity to start teaching your little ones about the prehistoric age by having them craft some adorable creatures of their own with our exciting dinosaur paper plate craft. Best of all, you can find most of the materials needed to complete this DIY project from around your home or from the kids’ supply to arts and crafts tools.

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Stop by our official Pinterest page for more dinosaur paper craft ideas!

Materials –
• Paper plates
• Construction or craft paper
• Scissors and a hole punch
• Paper fasteners
• An array of decorative craft supplies for decorating – googly eyes, markers, colored pencils, crayons, foam shapes, paints and brushes, glitter, glue, etc.

Instructions –
• Fold the paper plate in half to act as the body of your dinosaur.
• Punch holes in the folded plate to fasten your dinosaurs ‘head, legs, tail and arms that you can fashion out of construction paper of cut up foam pieces.
• Fasten the limbs and attachments using the paper fasteners to completely form the dinosaur’s shape.
• Decorate your dinosaur using your drafting supplies to create fun patterns and a unique look.

Celebrate National Hobby Month

Did you know that January is commonly known as National Hobby Month? Celebrate this exciting time of year with families across the nation by introducing your kids to a few new activities that they might find interest in during the New Year! From crafting to physical activities like biking or intramural sports, a hobby is activity that you might take up in your spare time to explore interests in various fields.

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The period of time accompanying the start of a new year is the perfect time to begin new traditions and signal change in your family’s regular routine. And with the stress of work, schedules, and your child’s education, leisurely activities often take a backset to some of your family’s more immediate priorities. Take the time to talk to your kids about activities they might have interest in and give them the opportunity to explore these ideas through clubs, classes, meet ups, or scheduled family time.

Some popular family friendly hobbies include:

  1. Weekend nature walks or hikes – teach your kids about science and nature by taking then to local parks or nature reserves where they can not only learn but also get in some regular physical activity.
  2. Crafting projects – An umbrella term for creative activities and forms of expression, crafting can include all kinds of projects for kids and adults. From crocheting and knitting to paper crafts and the like.
  3. Puzzles and games – Whether you’re looking for activities that stimulate the brain and challenge your strategy skills or are more interested in some “just for fun” games, these types of hobbies come in all kinds of forms.
  4. Outdoor activities – While technology might prove to be helpful in your household, you might benefit from having the kids to unplug from time to time. Encourage outdoor hobbies like kite flying, boating or even intramural sports.
  5. Starting a collection – Depending on our family’s interests, consider starting a collecting with your kids. Whether you collect souvenirs from family vacations or sports memorabilia to seashells or toys, where you start is up to you!

What are some of our favorite hobbies and what new activities do you plan on taking up for 2014?

Explore The Winter Wonderland Snow Globe

During the winter holiday season in JumpStart, one of the most popular stops for Jumpeez is the Winter Wonderland Snow Globe, which is why you’re able to access them from multiple portals in the game.

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Taking center stage in the Central Park and the MainStreet FunZone areas, this exciting winter themed adventure is on you won’t want to miss. With all the fun that there is to be had, there’s even an entrance from DownTown!

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Walk into this area and you’ll automatically be morphed into a festive little elf so that you can ride the holiday train around this snowy mountain or race Rico in a sledding competition filled with high speed twists and turns. Just walk through one of the glowing green gifts to see where you end up.

Click here to learn more about our Winter Wonderland!

JumpStart’s Worksheet of the Week

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Looking for Adventure?

Have you begun your journey through AdventureLand? Since going multiplayer, this vast land of learning has been quite the talk of the JumpStart World. There, explorers just like you must begin training on Training Island before advancing to more challenging missions on Lost Island! Have you been able to board the ship to the island of the punks-punks?

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Designed for elementary level learning, AdventureLand provides activities for Jumpeez of all ages. Explore this interactive area with your Jumpee pals and see how many coins you can earn by helping us send those pesky punk punks away! There’s so much for you to do and see while embarking on new adventures in this part of the JumpStart World with Frankie and friends.

If you’ve already completed your adventure and have been looking to extend the exciting journey through this area of the game, let us know about some of the types of missions that you’d like to see! Put your explorer’s thinking cap on and submit some of your ideas to Frankie and the team, today!

Miya MacKenzie Now Featured in JumpStart!

To help put our Jumpeez in the fun summer mood, we have added some Miya MacKenzie songs to our Jukeboxes all around JumpStart! Hang out with your buddies and listen to all the hot music from Miya. Frankie has added some of her top songs including “Addicted to You”, “The BFF Song”, and “I Feel Free”.

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Miya is a top international pop star and we wanted to share all her great music with you! Listen to all her songs and decide which one is your favorite. You can listen to these songs all day long and simply find a JukeBox to select a new song! This is the perfect summertime album, so enjoy it while it is available in JumpStart.
Learn more about this great update!

Springtime Egg Decorating Craft

Decorating eggs is a long-time tradition for the beginning of spring. It is a great way to encourage a child’s creativity and foster imagination and self-expression, while also creating seasonal decorations you can display around the house. While most people simply dye their eggs a single color using food coloring, there are also many other ways for you and your kids to decorate eggs.

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Materials
- Eggs
- Water
- Paint
- Paintbrush
- Glitter, glue, googly eyes, rubber bands,
   food coloring, construction paper, and other craft supplies
  you might want to use

First, be sure to hard boil the eggs. This will prevent huge messes when an egg is inevitably dropped. To hard boil eggs, place the eggs in a pot full of cold water. Put the pot on the stove and bring to a boil. Once boiling, slowly reduce the heat for ten minutes. Remove the eggs from the pot and let cool before decorating.

Be sure to cover your workspace with old newspapers and paper towels to make for an easier clean-up after the decorating is done.

Once the eggs are cooled, it is time to start decorating. The decoration possibilities are virtually endless, but in case there needs to be a creative push, here are a few egg decorating ideas.

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Paint splotches and lines of paint all over the egg. Layer different colors and leave some areas empty of a certain color to create an awesome multi-colored egg. Have the kids explore using complementary and contrasting colors, discovering which colors naturally go together and which ones do not. Encourage them to mix colors to create news ones. While the paint dries, they can roll the egg in glitter to get a glittery, messy colored egg.

Superhero Egg

Paint an outfit or a pattern onto the egg. Make sure to not forget the unique superhero logo. Cut out a piece of construction paper and glue it on the back of the egg like a cape. Glue googly eyes on the egg to complete the look.

Striped Egg

Squeeze a few drops of food coloring into a bowl with water and mix well. Wrap a few rubber bands around an egg to create a pattern. Dunk the egg in the bowl of colored water for a few minutes, until the color looks right; the longer the egg is in the colored water, the more vibrant the colors become. Take the egg out of the water and remove the rubber bands. You can repeat this process, putting rubber bands in another pattern and dye the egg in a second color to create a cool multi-color stripe effect.

There are tons of other ways to decorate eggs, this list barely even scratches the surface. Whatever method of decorating you choose, you will end up with colorful, seasonal decorations you can display around the house. This craft can help younger kids refine their motor skills, and older kids to express themselves creatively. Be sure to tell us how you and your kids decorated your eggs.

JumpStart’s Worksheet of the Week

Practice your ABCs with Alex, Marty, Melman, Gloria and this fun printable worksheet! If your kids are struggling with learning the alphabet be sure to give this worksheet of the week  a try or check out JumpStart’s latest mobile app, Madagascar: My ABCsWorksheet of the Week

Easy Crafts for Kids: Modeling Dough

Creating crafts with kids is a great way to foster their creativity and allow them to express themselves in unique and insightful ways. Both parents and educators would agree that crafts can be an extremely helpful tool for making learning a fun and more memorable experience for kids.

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More specifically, projects like the one below that involve creating a non toxic and completely all-natural type of modeling dough are extremely versatile and can be applied to a number of simple crafts or educational projects. At the least, being able to customize and design their own creation could help any kid avoid falling into the traps of boredom. Next time you find yourself in a pinch for a fun activity, consider using the following recipe for salt dough to get your kids started on a project of their very own.

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Ingredients:
2 cups of flour
1 cup salt
1 cup water

Directions:
1. Mix dry ingredients (salt and flour) thoroughly in a large bowl
2. Slowly stir in water
3. When dough begins to form, begin to knead by hand on a flat surface
4. Divide dough for kids and allow them to start sculpting. For ornaments, flour a flat surface and roll out dough into a flat sheet to cut out shapes.
5. When salt dough sculptures are complete, bake them at 200 degrees, until dough is firm. Time will depend on the size of the figurine.
6. Let dough cool and then paint

Salt dough projects come in all shapes and forms, including fun activities like creating hand or foot print molds or even small figurine sculptures of people, animals, or objects. Playing with modeling clays like this can even help the youngest of learners refine simple motor skills and strengths. For other educational pursuits, salt dough sculptures can even be a great visual example to accompany reports or other school projects.

New Things Are Brewing in Windy Hollows

Send your Jumpeez into Windy Hollows for some high flying adventure because it looks like a few updates have blown into town. Have you noticed any changes in this part of the JumpStart World? Take a trip with your Jumpee and let us know what you think of this mysteriously magical land.

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As you take to the streets, you might find that a few of those traveling tourists have made their way over from JumpStart, New York. Now, you can strike a pose in your very own Photo-Bomb while out on those magical missions around Windy Hollows.

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There have even been recent updates to popular games like the Bubble Maze and Broomball. In both of these games your Jumpee will be taking to the skies, so get ready for some high flying adventure like never before!

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But, if you are looking for some fun a little closer to the ground, be sure to stop by the Windy Hollows fire pit because this fortune telling fire is ready to give you some answers. Think really hard about your question and then click on the fire. In a blink of an eye, you’ll be given a little advice. Give it a try and let us know what you have to say about these most recent updates!

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