Craft Ideas For Kids

Are you looking for craft ideas for kids? Do you want a fun activity for a birthday party or something to keep them occupied during the summer vacation? Whatever reason you have for looking for fun ideas, the Internet is a great place to start.

You can find more free craft ideas than you ever imaged from the many different resources online. Here are some examples:

·         Forums and message boards


·         Craft websites


·         Articles about crafting

·         How to sites

·         Article directories

·         Social networking sites

These are just some of the main examples of places to find craft project ideas. When searching for ideas from the many that are out there, you might look according to the ages of the children. What works for preschoolers may not work for older children and vice versa.

Some examples of crafts and art ideas for kids include:

·         Friendship bracelets


·         Hand puppets


·         Painting and fingerpainting projects

You can find more specific ideas and specific instructions for craft ideas for kids online in a variety of places. One fun idea you can do with your family is to create a craft idea book. You can print out the craft projects you find online for free, those your children learn at school or even those you hear about on television and put them all in a notebook or 3-ring binder. When you do these activities with your child, take a photo and add it to the book as well.

Your craft ideas book will grow as your children grow and you can also go back and do favorite crafts and activities again and again. The book will still come in handy when you need ideas for younger children or other children, such as if you volunteer at a preschool, daycare or if you just have children over to your house and want to keep them entertained.

Source by Lisa A Mason

In Porto it's easy to feel you are only a step away from Hogwarts. And indeed in this fine old city in the north of Portugal the first of the phenomenally successful Harry Potter yarns took shape.

It's a place of fog-wreathed, cobbled alleys and granite wine cellars, of Gothic, Baroque and Art Deco extravaganzas. All human life is here, in the bustling streets and also depicted on elaborately tiled building facades.

Portugal's second city used to have a down-at-heel air, but it has been spruced up and offers enough attractions to keep a visitor busy for days.

An old saw has it that, while Lisbon shows off, Porto works. Even the favorite local dish has an unpretentious air in this down-to-earth trading and industrial center. Because of their affection for stewed tripe, Porto folk are known as the "tripeiros" (tripe-eaters).

But take heart. There are plenty of other dishes on local menus, not least fresh seafood and the national obsession, "bacalhau" (salted cod), cooked in scores of different ways.

Oddly enough, tripe's popularity can be blamed on the son of an English aristocrat. It originated when Henry the Navigator, born in Porto to King Joao 1 and Philippa of Lancaster, daughter of John of Gaunt, was about to sail for North Africa and local citizens donated their meat to the fleet. That left only tripe for the locals.

CK Rowling reportedly drew inspiration for her Harry Potter saga from Porto wile employed as a language teacher here in the early 1990s. In her spare time she worked on the first of her novels, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone .

One place where she certainly lingered was the Livraria Lello, an Art Deco fantasy on Rua das Carmelitas. Some claim this is the world's most beautiful bookshop. Behind a neo-Gothic façade shelves of books rise to the heavens, framed by carved staircases and leded windows. A place of dreams indeed.

Less dreamy are the massive walls of the Sé, Porto's cathedral, brooding over the city from a hilltop. The structure, dating back to the 12th century, boasts a cloister with fine tilework.

However, for truly impressive tile craftmanship, take a look at churches such as the Igreja do Carmo and Capelo das Almas. And visit Sao Bento railway station's entrance hall with its colossal, breath-taking murals of battle scenes.

Take time to enjoy tea at one of Porto's upmarket cafés in the shopping area of ​​Rua Santa Catarina. White-jacketed waiters glide about the tables amid the Majestic's mirrors, polished woodwork and cavorting cherubs.

But first things first. The "adegas" (wineries) are waiting. On the south bank hundreds of thousands of bottles of port are maturing in the vaults of such shippers as Cockburn, Croft, Dow, Ferreira, Osborne, Sandeman and Taylor.

In the 17th century Britain's ban on imports of French wine led to increased demand for the Portuguese product. English and Scots traders set up shop in Porto.

Because the long voyage to England often spilled the wine, alcohol was added to stabilize it. This intensified the aroma - and that was developed as we know it. And Porto is the place to sample

Source by David C Baird