Celebrate your girl’s love of astronomy, biology, and geology with this trio of science-themed craft projects from CREATE, a special issue of American Girl magazine that celebrates science, art, creativity, and—as always—girls!
Is your girl fascinated by planets, stars, galaxies, and all things beyond Earth’s atmosphere? Set her up with what she needs to make galaxy art !
- Cover her work surface with a disposable tablecloth.
- Use a paintbrush to completely cover a canvas (available at craft stores) with dark blue acrylic paint. Let dry.
- Use a foam pouncer to dab light blue acrylic paint on top of the dark blue. Don’t completely cover up the dark blue paint. Just add small areas of light blue here and there. Let dry.
- Add a little bright pink paint to the canvas with the foam pouncer. The more random the pattern, the better. You can also layer more dark blue over the top. Let dry.
- Dip a paintbrush handle into white acrylic paint. Create small dots (the stars!) all over the canvas. Let dry.
If the study of life and living things is what gets your girl excited for science, let her take a bit of biology with her everywhere she goes. She can curate her own collection of favorites with a nature necklace.
- Start with a small clear bottle charm that has a cork top (available in the jewelry section at craft stores).
- Place a small collection of tiny objects—like small crystals or rocks, paper butterflies, tiny shells, fine twigs, or pine needles—inside the bottle and close the top.
- Glue the cork in place. Let dry.
- Thread the pendant onto some cording to make a necklace.
If it’s crystals, rocks, and minerals that make your girl’s eyes sparkle, help her create her own crystals!
- Tie a length of string around the end of a chenille stem. Wrap the chenille stem around itself until it forms a ball. Wrap 3 more chenille stems around the first.
- Use a paintbrush to coat the ball with glue. Holding the ball over a disposable plate, sprinkle alum powder (available at grocery stores) over the ball until it’s covered. Let dry overnight. (Be sure your girl washes her hands afterward.)
- In the microwave, boil 2 cups of water in a one-quart mason jar. Add 40 drops of food coloring and stir. Then stir in ¾ cup alum, ¼ cup at a time, stirring well each time.
- Tie the ball to a pencil. Make sure the string is long enough so the ball will be submerged in the water. Set the pencil across the top of the jar and let the ball sink into the water. Let sit overnight.
- Wearing disposable gloves, remove the crystal from the colored water and rinse it with cold water. Let dry.