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Happy Snowman

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Posted on Jan 01, 2017 in For Youth, Power Kids Projects

What you need: Craft glue or a low-temperature hot glue gun Two white pom poms (We used a 1.5-inch and a 2.5-inch pom pom for each snowman.) Assorted beads One pipe cleaner Twigs What to do: Glue the smaller pom pom on top of the larger pom pom. Decorate your snowman with glue and assorted beads for eyes, a nose and… Continue reading.

Monster pencil toppers

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Posted on Aug 01, 2016 in For Youth, Power Kids Projects

What you need: 1 pencil 1 removable pencil eraser 1 hot glue gun and glue 1 (1-inch) pom pom 1 pipe cleaner 1 pair of scissors Googly eye(s) What to do: Place a removable pencil eraser on a pencil. Using a low-temperature hot glue gun, apply glue to one side of removable pencil eraser. Quickly press and hold… Continue reading.

Mascot contest winners

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Posted on Jul 08, 2016 in For Youth, Power Kids Projects

Electric Consumer challenged its young readers to create a mascot that focuses on electrical safety or energy conservation. Our four winning mascots are listed below:   Mailee Pearl Sewell, Bringhurst, Indiana: “You can splash and play but don’t get hurt by electricity any day! Hi! My name is Ellie, the electric eel. I think I could… Continue reading.

Watercolor silhouette

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Posted on May 01, 2016 in For Youth, Power Kids Projects

What you need: Printout of subject with interesting silhouette Xacto knife or scissors Watercolor paper Pencil Masking tape Cardboard Brush Watercolor paints Water   What to do: Cut out your printed object, including as much detail as possible. Position your cut-out on the watercolor paper and trace with pencil. Try to keep your pencil line light. Tape your… Continue reading.

Petite pots

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Posted on Apr 01, 2016 in For Youth, Power Kids Projects

Celebrate Earth Day by creating a seedling pot using a recycled toilet paper tube. Plant the pot as is. The tube, wrapping and string will eventually compost and will protect the roots in the meantime! What you need: One recycled cardboard tube (at least 3 inches in height) One square piece of brown packing paper… Continue reading.

Marble run

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Posted on Mar 01, 2016 in For Youth, Power Kids Projects

What you need: One pair of scissors One cardboard box or lid Wrapping paper or construction paper (optional) Large craft sticks Low-temperature hot glue gun with glue sticks Utility knife Marbles What to do: If using a cardboard box with flaps, cut off flaps. Cover inside of box with wrapping paper or construction paper to make box colorful… Continue reading.

Leaping frog

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Posted on Feb 01, 2016 in For Youth, Power Kids Projects

Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding. Origami paper, available at craft stores, is key to creating a nimble, high-jumping paper frog. Though you’ll want to watch a tutorial below to guide you through the process, you can also review the following instructions to help you create your leap frog. Fold the paper in half… Continue reading.

What is your dream?

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Posted on Jan 04, 2016 in For Youth, Power Kids Projects

Electric Consumer encourages students from first to 12th grade to submit a personal essay, poem, short story or creative writing piece that answers the question “What is your dream?” for its writing contest. Please submit your entry to ec@electricconsumer.org by noon on Jan. 22 for consideration. The top five winning submissions will be published on… Continue reading.