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Chase Away the Cold Winter Blues with Indoor Crafts Made from Natural or Recycled Materials

Chase Away the Cold Winter Blues with Indoor

Crafts Made from Natural or Recycled Materials

By Karen Overgaard, L.P.N., Clinical Coordinator
The Whole Child Center ( 
Here are three quick crafts to put you and your children in touch and in the spirit -- plus a "nutty" recipe to enjoy at the same time:  
Create a Natural Centerpiece 
Have a nature hunt and gather materials from your own back yard or neighborhood, such as pine cones, acorns, pine branches, leaves, colorful  stones.  Arrange your materials on a tray or plate. Accent with berries, bows or candles. Enjoy! 
Express Yourself!  Make a Collage 
Create collages using a sheet of poster board, a glue stick, recycled magazines and newspapers. Choose a theme or just select pictures and sayings that best express your feelings at the moment. A fun accent for your room or a great gift for your friends. 
Feed the Birds 
1.Recycle a plastic gallon bottle.  Puncture holes in the bottom for drainage, a round hole in the side so the birds can have access to the seed.  Suspend  from a tree using some twine through the handle. 
2.*Please note: This craft suggestion is not for children with peanut allergies.  Choose a pine cone, the bigger the better. Tie string or twine around the top layer of the cone. Roll the pine cone in peanut butter. After the cone is coated with peanut butter, roll it in bird seed. Suspend it from a tree close to a window so that you can observe all of the activity and try and identify some of the different bird species.
Snack on “Balls of Nuts” While Making Your Creations! 
6 dates
½ cup rolled oats
¾ cup almonds
½ cup sesame seeds
½ cup apple juice
¾  cup poppy seeds 
½ cup brown rice syrup
Soak dates and oats in water for a few hours.  Then drain excess water. Pour all remaining ingredients, except poppy seeds, into a blender.  Blend until chunks become very small, but, are still apparent. Form into small balls, then roll each ball in the poppy seeds.
Note: Optional-squeeze lemon or ginger juice into the mixture
Posted: 11-17-08
1. Lapine, Missy. The Sneaky Chef. Copyright 2007 Running Press publishers. 
2. Rosenthal, Joshua. Integrative Nutrition. “The Future of Nutrition”. Copyright 2006 by Integrative Nutrition Publishing, Inc. 
3. Newman, Catherine.  Family Fun. November 2008; “Family Fun 123” Seasonal Activities Just for Parents of Babies and Toddlers.  
Karen Overgaard is a recognized expert in the field of holistic nursing, a member of the American Holistic Nurses Association, and serves on the Advisory Board for Integrative Touch for Kids. She has over 20 years in clinical nursing experience. In addition to her position as a primary care nurse working in Old Tappan with Dr. Lawrence Rosen, Karen is certified as an instructor in infant massage, yoga, fitness and dance; and is a Reiki Master. Most recently, Karen coordinated the Kids’ Weigh to Health program at Pascack Valley Hospital for children with weight and nutrition issues. She is currently a student at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in N.Y.C.
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