Rarely does a child exclaim “Mom, I’m bored!” and not suddenly change their mind when mom replies, “OK, then let’s do an arts and crafts project, together.”
Perhaps what the child is actually saying is that they would like mom or dad to spend a little time with them. Now that you have gained their attention, and they yours, here are some ideas and tips for getting started on that arts and crafts project.
Let’s begin with a few ideas for materials that may be used, many of which can be found around the house. Other supplies may be purchased from your local craft store.
Basic Craft Materials
- Paper Scissors
- Magic Markers
- Play Dough
- Foam Craft Sheets
- Paint Brushes
- Popsicle Sticks
- Wooden Clothes Pins
- Pipe Cleaners
Recycled & Household Items
- Packing Peanuts
- Dryer Sheets (unused)
- Coffee Filters (unused)
- Hair Ribbons
- Bottle Caps
- Fabric Remnants
- Cardboard Canisters (Oatmeal, Grits etc.)
- Plastic Soda Bottles
- Coffee Cans
- Wall Paper Scraps
Kitchen Cupboard Items
- Dried Beans
- Dried Peas
- Raw Pasta (macaroni, spaghetti, rigatoni, shells etc.)
- Flour (for home made play dough) Cookie Cutters
- Food Coloring
- Small Rocks
- Sea Shells
- Pine Cones
- Autumn Leaves
Decorate with Beads
1. Find objects around the house or from the dollar store, such as a picture frame, beauty hand mirror, vase, or anything that can be fancied up.
2. Spread glue on the surface to be beaded, a white glue works best.
3. Sprinkle or place the beads onto the glued surface and allow to dry.
4. Shake off any loose beads.
Most Americans have hundreds or even thousands of songs in their personal music collection, and real die-hard music fans often have hundreds of thousands of songs in their own collections. In the past, that meant that people bought several records, 8-track tapes, cassette tapes or CDs, but these days, it means that people download all of those songs directly onto their computers, smartphones or portable music players. Music files can be quite large, especially if you purchase a whole album. Accordingly, people have to have fast and reliable wireless internet service in order to ensure they don’t run into problems while their songs download.
All wireless internet service will enable music fans to download new songs from anywhere they can receive a signal, but some services are better than others. The best Wi-Fi service that is currently available, is the latest fourth generation of service. This new service, which really came into its own in 2010, is projected to become the standard service that everyone wants in 2011. It’s easy to see why everyone prefers 4G internet service because its four times faster than the previous generation of service, which itself was much faster than older Wi-Fi networks. With such a fast service available, music fans can download songs and albums in a matter of minutes rather than having to wait for half an hour to several hours. When people are downloading large amounts of music or other files, that kind of speed becomes essential not only because it makes downloads take less time, but also because it helps them happen more smoothly and reliably. If you’ve ever tried to download music with a slow internet connection, then you know what it’s like to have your network crash and have each song pause for several minutes. Avoid all of those download problems by simply getting the latest and best Wi-Fi service that is available.
In addition to downloading songs and albums, many music fans like to stream music or watch music videos over their wireless internet connections. Often, people choose to stream their music because they want to listen to internet radio channels in order to be exposed to new music artists or because they don’t want to spend a fortune on their music libraries.
Since the Wii revolutionized home gaming with their innovative use of motion sensing, Nintendo have sought opportunities to branch out on the core control system for the console. The basic Wiimote and nunchuk have worked well as a basis for more elaborate control efforts. A clear example of this is the Wii wheel, used by slotting the wiimote into a steering wheel frame to allow accurate portrayal of actual driving. Further to this, Nintendo have developed the Wii zapper- an updated version of the fan favourite Wii light gun.
Since the Wiimote itself is used to simply point and ‘shoot’ at the screen, many wondered if the Wii gun was surplus to requirements, but fans called out for development. Gaming guns like these are nothing new- they’ve been around for years now, especially in arcades, but the notion of pairing the lauded technology of the Wiimote into a light gun is certainly a masterstroke.
Similar to the Wii wheel, the Wii gun is essentially a frame into which the Wiimote snugly fits, and is simply used to emulate the feel of using a gun. Therefore the Wii version is not a light emitting gun in the traditional sense. This can be seen as an advantage as many plasma and LCD TV’s have difficulty registering the light projections of existing light guns, but the Wiimote is designed with current technology in mind, and so offers no such problems.
Many recent Wii gaming releases have been bundled with the Wii gun, such as Resident Evil: Darkside Chronicles. The gun is very popular with rail shooters such as this game, and is promoted alongside other new games, such as Dead Space: Extraction.
It’s definitely worth trying out the Wii light gun; it is lightweight, comfortable and really brings back the nostalgia of FPS arcade machines. It also helps to throw you into the action and suspense of the game, as you see and feel exactly what you would in the real situation. So take up your Wii light gun and enter the fray!