Paper plate crafts for kids can befashioned out of left over paper plates from a birthday party! This is a great way to keep naughty kids busy and engaged. Look at this paper plate hat – It makes up for a great best out of waste project as well.
A paper plate hat with a smiley face on top is the easiest among various paper plate crafts for kids. Let us see how to make this funky paper plate hat. You can use left over paper plates from a birthday party or any other occasion. Team it up with colored paper, paints and unleash your creativity.
Paper Plate Crafts For Kids
You will need:
2 Plain white paper plates – medium or large size
Compass circle and pencil
Marble papers – (optional)
How to make a paper plate hat
1. Take a plain white paper plate. Draw a circle with a compass, leaving the rim of the paper plate.
2. Using the center point marked by the compass, draw 3 diameters to the circle. You get a set of six triangle shapes. Cut along the lines avoiding the triangle bases. Bend these triangles upward to form a crown, as seen in the picture above.
3.Use poster colors and color this in different designs and patterns. You can cover the triangular shapes with glazed marble paper or color them plain.
4. Take a second paper plate. Cut out a circle, same size as the circle you drew on the first paper plate. Color the plain side with any bright poster color and make a smiley face out of it, with eyes, nose and a cute smile. Highlight the borders of the smiley face with a black marker. Paste some pieces of paper plate cuttings for the hair.
5. Now take the first paper plate and slightly bend the tips of the triangles, outward. Apply glue and paste the smiley face on these.
6. You can add your own embellishments or decorate using glitter, to make the paper plate hat more lively.
This paper plate craft is sure to get keep kids busy and enjoy what they are doing. Try out other best out of waste ideas that make up for great craft ideas for kids.
Amruta Deshmukh is like any other cheery and happy-go-lucky college goer but with a difference. This highly creative, artistic young lady takes art seriously. She has put to good use, her passion for creativity and strong desire for financial independence by converting it into a profitable business. Her amazing collection of college handbags, creative bags, clutches, sheet bags, photo frames and portfolio holders is often sold within hours of being put up on her website.
Amruta is a graduate in Mass Media and Communications. She has also done certificate courses in photography, photo editing, film making, vfx, editing and MAYA animation basics. She has been learning to draw since grade IV, has cleared elementary and intermediate drawing exams at school level in addition to signing up for constant hobby classes. Quite impressive!
So what fueled her passion for making business out of art?
Well, this is what she has to say ” It is quite a story, actually I love bright colors. I had a good collection of t-shirts. Since they were getting old, my dad was forcing me to get rid of them. I loved them and did not want to throw them off. I suddenly got an idea and converted it into a bag. I had no idea about sewing machines, so my first ‘t-shirt bag’ was made up of stapler pins and cello tape. It was a bright green bag and I was feeling very awkward to carry it to the college. but people loved it, and my friends forced to make similar stuff for them”
She does not restrict herself to any single product, experimenting with trendy handbags, college handbags, handmade clutches, accessories, wallets and much more at affordable prices.
Check out her wonderful collection!
Her primary source of inspiration is her best buddy ‘Kusum’ and her family. And she adds “Every person who likes my artwork is an inspiration.”
She loves experimenting with colors and is constantly innovating new stuff.
Check out her artwork at Artist Collections
A true inspiration for many home makers and college students who wish to make a business out of their hobbies, passions or avid interests.
A recycled alien space ship made from waste materials is a great best out of waste kids craft idea. Not only is it easy to make, but the materials used are waste materials found easily at home. This is an excellent idea for kids craft competition at school.
You will need:
An old CD
Old magazine cover
Glue – (Fevicol or any other strong kid friendly glue)
Waste paper cup/transparent plastic cup
Clay dough – 2 different colors
Glitter – 2 different colors
A pair of scissors
Black marker pen
Best of waste – An alien spaceship from old CDs
Place the CD on the old magazine cover. Cut out a circle in the shape of the CD. Paste this paper circle on the printed side of the CD(not on the glossy surface).
How to make an alien?
Make 3 small balls from the play dough, in decreasing sizes. 2 of one color and 1 of a different color. Place the largest play dough ball at the bottom, a different colored one in the middle and the smallest one at the top. Insert a matchstick thru all the three clay balls, to keep them in place. The striking tip of the matchstick must protrude from the topmost clay ball – resembling an alien antenna. Insert the other two matchsticks on the sides of the middle clay part, resembling alien arms. Make 2 eyes and a nose with a black marker. Paste this alien in the centre of the glossy side of the CD.
Apply glue to the rim of the transparent plastic cup and paste it, inverted over the alien, on the glossy side of the CD. The dome of your spaceship is ready with an alien sitting inside! Allow it to dry.
Now for some decoration!
Take out your glitter tubes and make large circular dots near the rim of the glossy surface of the CD, a little away from the inverted plastic cup. This adds some bright lights to the spaceship. Apply a differ colored glitter on the top of the dome i.e. the plastic cup.
This is an easy to make craft idea from waste materials, for kids craft competitions.
You can cover the matchsticks with glitter.
You can even make a landing spaceship with an inverted bottle cap pasted below the CD for the lander and a small ladder made of old rope or an old toy ladder.
If using paper cup for the dome, color it appropriately and cut out a window to show the alien inside.
There are many more kids craft ideas for best of waste competitions here – Kids Crafts
Do you often forget to water your plants? Or do you wish to go on a vacation without having to bother about watering your plants? Then why don’t you check out how to make a self watering plant pot? These intelligent planters do not need manual watering daily, you just need to water your plants once and then these self watering plant pots will take care of the rest, say for a week or even two. Your plants will be just as fresh, when you return from work or from a week long vacation.
Let us check out how these intelligent containers work. Self watering planters have a container that is filled with water. This is the water reservoir from which the soil draws water every time it dries up, by the basic principle of Osmosis. This also ensures that plants get just the right amount of water and not a lot of it. You can add a dilute solution of fertilizer to the water in the reservoir to achieve optimum results. These innovative planters save prevent wastage of water by way of evaporation and excessive watering. You can make eco-friendly, self-watering planters from recyclable materials instead of going for the more expensive ready-made ones.
Points to note
1. This works wonders for many herbs, climbers and flowering plants. But some plants need drier soil conditions and cannot be planted in self watering plant pots. You have to ascertain this before planting.
2. Mosquitoes may grow in the water reservoir. You can prevent this by adding some drops of light weight vegetable oil to the water. The oil will float and suffocate the mosquito larvae.
How to make a Self Watering Plant Pot
Here is a very informative and useful video by GrowVegthat precisely tells you how to build a self watering plant pot.
Now these self watering planters need not be all drab and ugly. You can add a dash of creativity by spray painting the outer container with some nice Krylon paint or arranging containers of different shapes and sizes on beautiful planter stands.
You can user beautiful pots made of terracotta, stone and ceramic for making these planters. Large patio planters can be made from large buckets and barrels. By proper arrangement of these self watering planters, you can add a beautiful design to the landscape of your garden.
What is Pica syndrome?
Pica is an obsessive eating disorder where a person feels like eating inedible substances like mud, chalk, soap, paper, ice, paint, burnt match stick heads, cigarette butts etc. In some cases, the person may be inclined to eat large quantities of raw rice, cornstarch, salt etc. Pica is named after the bird ‘Magpie’ which is known to eat almost anything. Pica syndrome may also occur due to other factors like mental disorders, celiac disease or stress. But if these factors have been ruled out and a person is anemic, then the cause of Pica is mineral deficiency, largely iron and zinc. A person suffering from Pica syndrome loves to inhale smells like those of Petrol fumes, turpentine, paint, naphthalene balls and may give in to the urge of consuming these things as well! That is the point when it gets dangerous. Eating stuff like paint may cause lead poisoning, inhaling petrol fumes and smelling naphthalene can affect your lungs. Pica eventually makes a person less hungry and dull. In many cases, a hardened mass is formed in the stomach from all the non-digestible substances that a person consumes.
Causes of Pica syndrome Anemia resulting from iron-deficiency is a major cause of concern among women, all over the world. In women, anemia is largely due to pregnancy, breast feeding and menstruation that render the body devoid of essential minerals like iron and zinc. Anemia is characterized by fatigue, weakness, pallor i.e. pale hands, eyes and nails in addition to hair loss. The problem here is that anemia often goes unnoticed till the symptoms get more severe. When a person is very anemic with low hemoglobin levels, Pica syndrome sets in.
Pica Treatment Do not hesitate to consult your family doctor or general physician if you crave eating inedible substances listed above. There is nothing to be ashamed of. There are many women who suffer from this problem.
Your doctor will conduct blood tests to determine the cause of Pica. X-rays may be done to check the presence of foreign substances in your digestive system and chest.
If you are anemic with sever malnutrition, iron and zinc supplements in addition to other nutritional supplements will be prescribed. In severe cases, doctors may prescribe hemoglobin injections which bring back blood hemoglobin levels to normal, faster than iron supplements or tablets.
Pica syndrome may also result from other factors other like mental retardation or Obsessive Compulsive Disorders. In such cases, it is best to consult a psychiatrist. People suffering from pica due to developmental disorders can avail of psychological and psychiatric treatment that will help to rectify the disorder. It is best to consult a mental health care provider for the same, if required.
In addition to iron supplements, women need to take proper care of their daily diet. Fresh fruits, green vegetables, fish, nuts, iron rich foods – in short, a proper balanced diet is very important. Eliminate stress and depression by practicing relaxation techniques and physical exercises like yoga.
Pica resulting on account anemia and nutritional deficiency, disappears completely with a nutritious diet, health supplements and counseling.
Women need not be disheartened if they suffer from Pica syndrome. You can absolutely get rid of this eating disorder.
Money management for kids must be taught at an early age. Have you seen kids who always insist on buying the latest toys and gizmos? Or kids who who make a huge fuss at supermarkets for buying everything they see? Well, some parents may argue that they are financially well off and there is no harm in pampering kids and meeting their demands and so on, as it keeps them happy. But have you heard of the saying “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime” The same goes for kids.
Now the next question would be, “How do I teach my kids money management?” The answer to this is not akin to studying rocket science, you just need loads of common sense.
Money Management Tips For Kids
Start At The Right Age
The best age to start teaching kids about money is from 5yrs-6yrs onwards. Smaller children are likely to accidentally swallow coins. So you need to be very careful.
Get A Piggy Bank
First and foremost, you need to buy an interesting money bank for your child. It may be a small toy house, you keep a coin at the doorstep, the door opens and a dog collects the coin before closing the door. The coin gets collected at the bottom of the toy house. Kids have short attention spans. The more interesting you make things for them, the more they will be keen on accomplishing tasks.
Teach Kids The Value Of Money
Next you have to tell them the reason behind parents going to work. They have to understand that you have to pay money for food, school fees, household expenses, petrol etc. Tell them nicely that people have to work and only then do they get paid.
Introduce kids to coins first. Encourage them to put coins in the piggy bank. Also make sure it is locked. You can tell your child that it will be opened on the first day of every month. This also inculcates some discipline in the child.
Play Money Games
Make them notice when you pay for groceries at the local grocery store. Show your kids that you have allocated a budget for groceries and you are going to spend within the limits. Any loose change that you get after paying for groceries can be given to the child as savings meant to be put into the piggy bank. Introduce role plays for money games like monopoly.
Teach Kids To Save
Encourage teens to go for summer jobs. For instance, if they want a trendy new bicycle, they can use their salary to get it and you may even chip in some more money if needed. This will inculcate self-esteem in the child, in addition to learning how to save.
A rule of the thumb is to teach a child to set goals for saving money.You need to explain the actual cost of a toy that he may want, for instance, and the rate at which he needs to save and the time after which he can take money out of the piggy bank to buy that thing. Put up a money tree on the notice board in your kid’s study. For every penny saved, put up a coin sticker on its branches. You may even put up stickers on money worksheets.
Start Off With A Monthly Allowance
All said and done, you can begin by giving a monthly allowance for your child. Initially, make sure you are present when he spends the money. Advise him on the quality of the product he is buying. Teach him to understand if he is spending wisely on the right product. Let him not spend the entire money, you see, the purpose of this exercise is to make him save. So that has to be kept in mind.
As your kid grows, you can explain the concepts of debit cards, credit cards, ATMs, aspects of financial management and more.
Now you have something to start with. So go ahead and teach your kids the proper tricks of money management. And remember, this is a long process, you have to be there for kids to guide them on money matters till they are mature enough to take their own decisions. Photo Credits – kenteegardin
Coming back to health benefits of more Indian Spices, their English and Hindi names and health benefits.
Tej Patta: Bay Leaf
Bay Leaves or Tej Patta have nutritional and therapeutic benefits. Dried Bay leaves are generally used in Indian cooking. They lend a strong aroma and unique flavor to food and are added to food by tempering in hot cooking oil.
Health benefits of Bay Leaves
Bay leaves are a good source of Vitamin C, Folic acid and minerals.
Bay leaves have anti-oxidant and diuretic properties.
Essential oils of bay leaves have insect repellent properties.
Rubbing essential oils of bay leaves on to the affected area helps reduce swelling and pain due to sprains, arthritis, headaches and migraines.
Bay leaf tea is an excellent remedy for respiratory problems, colds and aids digestion and removes flatulence.
Cinnamon or Dalchini is both a culinary spice and a medicinal herb. It isnormally used whole for flavoring rice dishes like Pilafs and Biryanis. Cinnamon is also used as a powder for flavoring desserts like cinnamon rolls.
Health benefits of Cinnamon
Cinnamon is good for controlling blood cholesterol levels.
Cinnamon lowers high blood sugar levels and controls diabetes.
Cinnamon inhibits bacterial growth and is a kind of natural food preservative.
Cinnamon tea is used to treat nausea and diarrhea.
Nutmeg or Jaiphal is used in desserts as well as savories. Nutmeg is used in powdered form.
Health benefits of Nutmeg
Nutmeg has anti-inflammatory properties and can provide relief from joint and muscle pain.
A large pinch of nutmeg powder taken with milk at night induces restful sleep.
Nutmeg when taken internally helps soften and dissolving kidney stones.
Nutmeg powdered and taken internally with some warm water provides relief from menstrual cramps.
Asafoetida or Hing is used in powdered form mainly for tempering. It is used extensively in curries, gravies and pickles. If used without tempering in hot cooking oil, it will lend a bitter taste to the food. Hing is also used as part of other powdered spice mixes like sambhar masala powder, chaat masala powder and curry powder. Asafoetida lends a unique fragrance to food.
Health benefits of Asafoetida
Hing is used for providing relief from indigestion, colic and flatulence.
It is used as an expectorant for dry cough.
Hing is used for relief from menstrual cramps and menstrual disturbances.
Hing is effective against cough, cold and sinusitis.
Cardamom or Elaichi is used to flavor food, desserts, payasam or kheer. In India Elaichi is often used to flavor tea.It is also used as part of different masala powders like Garam Masala. Elaichi imparts a uniquely strong flavor and has a beautiful aroma that stimulates taste buds.
Health benefits of Cardamom
Cardamom is a very good breath freshener.
Cardamom is an excellent diuretic.
Cardamom provides relief from indigestion.
Cardamom when taken with milk in powdered form, is a good remedy for impotence.
Regular use of cardamom flavored tea alleviates depression.
We come across a whole lot of spices in Indian cooking. These traditional Indian spices lend a delectable and unique flavor to food. These popular Indian spices have many health benefits in addition to being excellent immunity boosters. An Indian curry is a gravy made from traditional Indian spices in addition to stock, vegetables and meat(optional). Let us check out the benefits of some commonly used Indian spices.
Fenugreek seeds aka methi seeds are used in the preparation of pickles, curry powders and in tempering (tadka in hindi). Fenugreek seeds are bitter and so must be used in small amounts while cooking. They impart a wonderful aroma to the food when used for tempering.
Health benefits of Methi
Methi seeds are an excellent source of amino-acid 4-hydroxy isoleucine which supports healthy blood sugar levels in diabetes patients. Fiber present in Methi seeds reduces rate of glucose absorption in the intestines thereby controlling blood sugar levels. Boil a glass of water with a tablespoon of methi seeds. Allow this to cool down till warm and drink. Blood sugar levels can be controlled with regular use of methi seeds.
It is a good remedy for sore throat, cough and mouth ulcers. Boil 2 glasses of water with 1 tsp of methi seeds. Let this water cool till it is suitable for gargling. Gargling with methi boiled water provides relief from mouth ulcers, sore throat and cough.
Regular use of methi seeds in cooking improves appetite and aids digestion.
Use of Methi seeds increases milk production in nursing mothers and addresses the problem of insufficient lactation.
Zeera: Cumin seeds
Cuminseeds or Zeera are used as whole for tempering and in powdered form to lend a unique flavor to curries, snacks, dals, dips, raitas etc.
Cumin is excellent for flatulence,indigestion and morning sickness.
It is rich in iron and is good for people with anemia.
Cumin helps build immunity against common colds and flu.
Cumin has anti fungal and disinfectant properties. Cumin paste is used as treatment for skin disorders.
Coriander – dhania is mostly coarsely ground or finely powdered before use, depending on the texture you desire!
Coriander seeds lower blood sugar and bad cholestrol(LDL) levels.
Coriander seeds are a good source of dietary fiber, magnesium and iron.
Coriander is aids digestion and eliminates flatulence.
Coriander juice, mixed with a pinch of turmeric powder cures blackheads and pimples.
Cloves – laung are used whole in several curries, pilafs and biryanis. Cloves are used in powdered form in combination with other spices for different types of masalas like Garam Masala. Ideally cloves must not be powdered and used alone, as clove powder loses aroma over time.
Clove oil has analgesic or pain relieving properties. It provides relief from sore gums and tooth ache.
Clove oil is antiseptic in nature. It is used for relief from cuts, wounds,fungal infections and bruises.
Cloves have digestive properties. Cloves provide relief from flatulence, indigestion, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.
Before you decide on how to decorate your kids room, get this straight! Designing a kids room needs careful consideration of several facts. Kids dabble in the art of imagination, especially kids in the age group of 5 years to 12 years. They are still exploring the world in their own sweet little way. For them, Disney cars, aliens, mermaids, sea creatures, cartoons and their favorite TV characters are hot topics of discussion. They love role playing and games. They have many activities like drawing, painting, jigsaw puzzles, paper plane making and other crafts, music etc. Kids room decor must accommodate a vibrant and colorful atmosphere complementing the tremendous energy kids have. Keeping this in mind, you can plan an awesome looking yet super functional kids room. Photo Credits:Shanti Iyer – Interior Designer,Mumbai
Note how this kids room has been done up in bright yellow and blue. I liked the steps leading to the bed. Optimum use of space is a plus point here with drawers on the bed side and under the steps leading to the bed. The study area is comfortable and convenient, with a funky chair kids will love!
How to decorate kids room – Top Tips
For a kids room accommodating more than one child, bunk beds, wall beds or triple bunk beds would be ideal as they save floor space. Use bedroom furniture that can be folded away or space saving furniture, like foldable trundle beds. Photo Credits: Jingdianjiaju
Play area / activity area in the kids bedroom must ideally be free from furniture. Lay a colorful rug on the portion of the floor meant to be the activity area for kids. Rugs prevent injury from fall and lend a soft touch to the floor and the overall kids room decor.
Decorate walls with colorful murals related to a theme which your kid loves. Note that it is important to make the child a part of your discussion on the theme to be selected. Your kid(s) may come up with many suggestions like Underwater theme, Jungle theme, Soccer theme, Walt Disney World theme, Finding Nemo theme, Magic kingdom and many more. Take a look at the beautifully done wall murals below.
This wall is painted to resemble the cockpit of an aeroplane with a beautiful blue sky and two cute little planes flying in the sky. Bright colored curtains complement the cockpit look! Ideal for boys bedroom.
The Ultimate Wave Adventure
Photo Credits: Jeffery Wong
Look at the giant wave and the surfing turtle, the jolly surfboard and the distant lighthouse! This mural looks great for a kids room with a beach theme.
You can have lots of knick knacks and lights dangle or hang from the ceilings. Go for bright colors if your kid loves it.
Teenage Bedroom Design
For grown up kids, bedrooms can be a little more sober with neutral or muted shades of wall colors. They need a dedicated study area and space for pursuing hobbies like music, painting, reading and the like. Teens love dressing up as they are more image conscious. There has to be a dedicated wardrobe and appropriate bedroom furniture for this purpose. They love inviting friends over. Unlike younger kids who love squatting on the floor rug, grown up kids need appropriate seats like may be small ottomans or bean bags. Keep a provision for additional bean bags or foldable stools(for smaller spaces).
Storage chests for toys which double up as a small stool for sitting.
Chalkboard walls that are writeable, made of dry-erase decals or chalkboard paint. You can paint a small part of a whole wall with chalkboard paint. The kid can write, draw and do math on this chalkboard wall.
The kids beds must be quite low. Use plump and soft mattresses as kids love to jump on them. These will also help your child sleep comfortably.
Use long lasting and washable rugs and curtains in the kids room. You can get stunning curtains with cute glow-in-the-dark designs on them. Fairies, aliens, angels … you can use curtains with these glow-in-the-dark designs.
Asian Paints take up kids bedroom decor work. You can visit
for lots of fun ways to plan creative and functional kids room decor.
A staircase is a connecting element between two floors. Staircases maybe constructed from metal, timber, bricks, stone or reinforced cement concrete.
It is the portion of a stair which allows ascent and descent. A step is composed of a tread and a riser.
It is the upper horizontal surface of a step on which the foot is placed during ascent or descent.
It is the vertical portion of a step which supports the tread.
It is an unbroken series of steps between landings.
It is the level platform at the top or bottom of a flight, allowing for change of direction and taking rest during use of the staircase.
It is the vertical distance between two successive tread faces.
It is the horizontal distance between two successive riser faces.
It is the projecting part of the tread beyond the face of the riser.
Scotia It is a moulding under the nosing that improves elevation of the step and provides strength to the nosing.
These support the steps in a stair. They run along the slope of the stair.
Newel post It is a vertical member which is placed at the ends of flights to connect the ends of strings and hand rail.
It is a vertical member or wood or metal, supporting the hand rail.
Consists of a row of balusters surmounted by a hand rail, to provide protection for users.
It is a rounded or moulded member of wood or metal that is fixed on top of the balusters.
Header It is the horizontal structural member supporting hair stringers or landings.
Desirable qualities of good staircase designs
In domestic buildings, staircase must be centrally located to provide easy access to all rooms. In public buildings, staircases must be closer to the entrance. Staircases must be enclosed by fire resisting walls, floors, ceilings and doors.
The stairs must be wide enough to carry the user without much crowd and inconvenience. 35 inches wide stairs are good enough for domestic buildings while in public buildings, 60 to 70 inches width may be needed.
Length of the flight The number of steps in a flight must not be more than 12 and less than 3, in a straight flight.
Pitch of the stair
The labor of moving vertically is twice as much as moving horizontally. The best pitch is that inclination which is got when doubling the rise and adding the going equals 23(when rise and going are measured in inches). Pitch should be limited to 30o to 40o.
The clear distance between the tread and the soffit of the flight above it must not be less than 82 inches to 90 inches so as to accommodate even tall persons walking with some load on their heads.
Step Dimensions The going must be between 9 inches to 11 inches. The rise can be between 3 inches to 5 inches. The width of the landing must not be less than the width of the stair.
Straight Flight Staircase Here the stairs run straight between two floors. These may have one or two flight of stairs with a landing.
Quarter Turn Staircase
This type of stair changes its direction either to the left or to the right, the turn being affected by either introducing a quarter space landing or by providing winders.
Bifurcated staircase Bifurcated stairs are commonly used in public buildings at the entrance.The stair has a wider flight at the bottom which then bifurcated into two narrower flights, one turning to the left and one to the right. Photo Credits:Gary Birnie Spiral staircase
Spiral staircases are usually made of R.C.C or metal, and used in locations with space limitations. Sometimes used as emergency stairs, they are also provided at the backside of the building. All the steps are winders.
Stairlifts are for the aged and wheelchair bound to move up and down stairs without having to climb them. You can even install a stair lift for dogs and pets – especially for overweight dogs.