Emoticon Magnets

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Emoticon Magnets
Total Time 1 hour Ages all-ages

Here's a fun gift idea for a computer buff: turn those symbols that express feeling in cyberspace into funny-faced refrigerator magnets.

What you'll need

  • Computer and printer
  • Colored markers
  • Scissors
  • Clear, flat decorative gems (available at craft stores)
  • Glue
  • Small, round self-adhesive magnets
Helpful Tip:

The magnets shown here were made with some of the more familiar emoticons, or "smileys." Encourage your child to see what other expressions she can create.

How to make it

  1. Use a computer to create a variety of emoticons slightly smaller than the gems. Leave plenty of space between them. Print them out.

  2. Use the markers to decorate and color the different faces. Then cut out the faces, trimming them into ovals or circles slightly smaller than the gems.

  3. Glue each cutout (facedown) to the back of a glass pebble and then affix a magnet. Make sure the glue dries completely before you wrap the magnets as a gift.

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