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Holiday DIY Feet painting craft is here again! It’s time to crank out the acrylic paint, construction or Scrap paper to make a festive Thanksgiving Turkey with your toddler.

Supplies:

Brown, dark brown, red, white, pink, black, Acrylic Paint.

Canvas: 9x12 inch white canvas if you want to go all out, or a white piece of paper will work fine too (if it turns out you really like your craft and you had chosen the white piece of paper option, you can always cut it out and put it in a picture frame, or laminate it and turn it into a decorative placemat). 

Small and Medium round Paint Brushes

Glue

Construction and/or Scrapbook paper

Instructions:

  1. Decide if you want to put your turkey on a canvas or paper. Whichever choice you made, set aside for later use.
  2. Give your child a few choices of construction or scrapbook paper to create the feathers. After 5 papers are selected and decorated, draw and cut the desired feather shape on the back of each paper. Set aside to later place on final paper or canvas.  
  3. Get your paints out and squeeze paint onto a paper plate (nickel to quarter size for each.)
  4. Have your child sit on a surface where you can paint their feet. Accessible to somewhere you can rinse their feet is always a perk. Easy clean up always makes for a good project.
  5. Paint your child’s foot. Special note: You are creating the body of the turkey. Do not place the footprint (turkey body) on your canvas or final piece of paper. You will cut your footprint out and place it on top of the feathers, on top of your canvas or final paper.  Press paper against your child’s painted foot creating your desired shape. Be sure to wiggle and press each toe onto the paper so nothing is missed. If you feel you need to practice on a plain sheet of paper first, do so.
  6. Set the footprint paper somewhere safe and go and wash your kid’s feet. You can do partial clean up at this point while you wait for paint to dry.
  7. After the paint on the turkey body has dried, you can move to part two of the project. Complete the feet design as pictured. Create the eyes, cheeks, gobble, beak, turkey legs, and feather placement on canvas. Drawing lightly with a pencil first is a good policy to allow for redo’s. Include highlights around feathers by using acrylic colors and the small paint brush. 
  8. Add a background and/or phrase to canvas. EX: trees, sun, dirt, grass EX: “Gobble ‘Till You Wobble!”  “Happy Turkey Day,” or “My Little Turkey”.
  9. Finalize your craft by writing your child’s name or initials, year, and age on the front or back of canvas.

Cooking up a toddler DIY craft turkey is no small FEET! Best of luck this Thanksgiving with your turkey cooking endeavors from your podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe NJ.

 

At our house my wife is a sucker for anything homemade by our kids. If our son takes on the endeavor to pick up rocks, leaves, acorns, flowers, seashells, or anything really for that matter, if he picks it and then gives it to my wife, that very ordinary rock becomes special. It's a guarantee she is keeping the special whatever it is and will find a little place for it to be on "display" somewhere in the house. 

Halloween costumes, crafts, candies, and decor displays line the walls of stores reminding us the Halloween spirit is in full swing. Since mom always loves those special homemade crafts, it is great to let the kids create a little homemade something special of their own for "display" in the house to add to the Halloween spirit. Using acrylic paints, you will make your child’s foot prints on a canvas look spook-tacular.

 Years down the road when the canvas has seen more Halloweens than you can remember, this “batty” canvas will remind you of your child’s precious “littler” moments. Big or little, here at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe NJ, we remind you to be safe when out this Halloween and hope this year’s Trick or Treat, Paint My Feet is a success!

Supplies:

Black, white, and orange Acrylic Paint.

Canvas: 9x12 inch white canvas if you want to go all out, or a white piece of paper will work fine too (if it turns out you really like your craft and you had chosen the white piece of paper option, you can always cut it out and put it in a picture frame). 

Black Sharpie

Small and Medium round Paint Brushes

Instructions:

  1. Get your paints out and squeeze paint onto a paper plate (nickel to quarter size for each.)
  2. Have your child sit on a surface where you can paint their feet. Accessible to somewhere you can rinse their feet are always a perk. The wife is always happy if you do well on clean up.
  3. Paint your child’s feet and then press the canvas onto each foot forming the child’s desired shape. Be sure to wiggle and press each toe onto the canvas so nothing is missed. If you feel you need to do a practice run on a plain sheet of paper first, go ahead and give it a go so you get the hang of it.  Be thoughtful for foot placement to allow room for wings to be later added to the craft.
  4. Set the canvas somewhere safe and go and wash your kid’s feet. You can do partial clean up at this point while you wait for the paint to dry.
  5. After the paint on the canvas has dried, you can move to part two of the project. Time to create the bat ears, eyes, wings and fangs. Complete the feet design as pictured. Drawing lightly with a pencil first is a good policy to allow for redo’s. Include highlights around wings by using white and the small paint brush.  Add “Trick or Treat” to the canvas.
  6. Finalize the craft by writing your child’s name or initials, year, and age on the front or back of canvas.

By Varun Gujral

 

By Varun Gujral
October 01, 2014
Category: Community Service

Today marks the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness month and I would like to pay tribute to all of the cancer survivors out there by saying ‘Keep Strong and Battle On’! I could not imagine what it’s like to have to deal with breast cancer or any type of cancer for that. But I do know that the people who do deal with it are some of the strongest people I have come across. With that are the people who support these survivors. They are among the most beneficent and loyal a person can be. And that’s all cancer survivors and all of their supporters throughout the world, in my opinion.

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. It is also the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and the second most common cause of death among women. Breast cancer, interestingly enough, can occur in men but very rarely. It’s said that each year 2,150 men will be diagnosed and 410 will die. Breast cancer also has the potential to metastasize and the most common sites are bone, brain, lung, and liver. While bone is one of the most common sites, metastatic tumors are rarely found in the foot and ankle but your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Monroe and Edison, NJ are highly trained to manage and treat metastatic tumors of the lower extremity if need be.

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women today and the second most common cause of death. You can perceive those numbers however you want, but when it comes down to it the women fighting this disease are among the strongest out there! To help these women fight it you can visit the following sites to either make a donation or to volunteer in your local area:

http://www.breastcancer.org/

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/

Like I said previously, ‘Keep Strong and Battle On’!

By Varun Gujral

Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care is eager to have a positive impact in and around the communities that surrounds them.   “People do not think about foot and ankle pain until it interferes with their quality of life,” says Dr. Nrupa Shah.  “Our mission along with providing top quality foot and ankle care is to educate people on how to prevent pain in their lower extremities whenever possible.”  On Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 10:00am – 11:00am at the South Plainfield Senior Center, located at 90 Maple Avenue in South Plainfield, Dr. Shah will be providing a presentation on preventative steps that can be taken to protect the foot and ankles, and how to be proactive should any issues arise.  Following this, Dr. Shah will be providing complimentary foot and ankle screenings for those who are interested from 11:00am – 12:00pm.  This educational event will cover the most basic of foot and ankle care such as cutting toenails or what creams are safe to use, to the more serious aspects of foot and ankle care such as those with diabetes or arthritis.  “The goal of this presentation and providing the foot and ankle screenings is to educate our community on how to avoid serious complication of the foot and ankle.  This free event will be taking place at the South Plainfield Senior Center on Wednesday, 9/10/14 from 10:00am – 12:00 pm.  If you plan to partake in the foot and ankle screenings, please RSVP by calling the South Plainfield Senior Center at (908) 754-1047 to make sure you reserve a space to be seen by the doctor.  For more information about Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, they can be contacted at (732) 662-3050 or by visiting http://www.footandanklenj.com/.  Their practice is located at 2163 Oak Tree Road, Suite 108 in Edison, NJ.

Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care is eager to have a positive impact the community that surrounds us.  “People do not think about foot and ankle pain until it interferes with their quality of life.” says Dr. Nrupa Shah.  “Our mission along with providing top quality foot and ankle care, is to educate people on how to prevent pain in their lower extremities whenever possible.”  On Tuesday, 3/19/13 from 9:00am – 10:00am at the South Plainfield Senior Center located at 90 Maple Avenue in South Plainfield, Dr. Shah will be providing a presentation on preventative steps that can be taken to protect the foot and ankles.  Following this, Dr. Shah will be providing free foot and ankle screenings for those who are interested from 10:00am – 11:00am.  This educational event will cover the most basic of foot and ankle care such as cutting toenails or what creams are safe to use, to the more serious aspects of foot and ankle care such as those with diabetes or arthritis.  “The goal of this presentation and providing the foot screenings is to educate our community on how to avoid serious complication of the foot and ankle.  People tend not the think of their feet until there is a problem, but your feet are like the tires on a car; if you get a flat tire, you cannot get anywhere you want to go”, says Dr. Nrupa Shah.  This free event will be taking place at the South Plainfield Senior Center on Tuesday, 3/19/13 from 9:00am – 11:00am.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP by calling the South Plainfield Senior Center at (908) 754-1047 and make sure to reserve a space if you would like a free foot and ankle screening by the doctor.  For more information about Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, they can be contacted at (732) 662-3050 or by visiting www.FootandAnkleNj.com.  Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care is located at 2163 Oak Tree Road, Suite 108 in Edison and have a second location at 294 Applegarth Road in Monroe, NJ.