Showing posts with label activity. Show all posts
Showing posts with label activity. Show all posts

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Summer Bucket List 2016

School's almost out!  I love having all of my kids home with me.  Inevitably, after the nuance wears off, I always end up hearing the same thing:

"Mom, I'm bored!"  

I prepare for the boredom by creating a bucket list of things to do in the summer with my kiddos.  

Here is this year's list:


Feel free to print it off and share it with others (just give credit where credit is due please).  

What do you like to do in the summer?  Is there something you love doing that I missed?  Leave a comment.  Have a happy summer!

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Groundhog's Day Foam Masks


Tomorrow is Groundhog's Day!  I am seriously hoping for an early spring this year; (seems like good 'ol Punxsutawney Phil always sees his shadow).  My kids had never heard of Groundhog's Day before, so I taught them a little bit about how the groundhog predicts early spring if he doesn't see his shadow.  Naturally, I had to whip out some materials to do a craft to celebrate Groundhog's Day!  This year we made groundhog foam masks.


Groundhog Masks
Materials Needed:
  • Craft foam (white, brown, & black)
  • A pencil
  • Scissors
  • A craft stick
  • Hot glue gun
Directions: Using your pencil, draw a groundhog's head onto to back of the craft foam (see above).  Cut out the head.  Measure out where the eyes need to go on your child's face.  Draw where you need to cut out the eyes.  Cut out the eyes.  Draw two white circles for the eyes.  Hot glue the white circles to the mask and cut out the eye holes again.  Cut out a large black oval for the nose.  Hot glue it onto the mask.  Finally, cut out two long, white rectangles and glue them on behind the nose for the groundhog's teeth.  Glue on your craft stick and you are done!


Aren't the groundhog masks so cute?!  


My kids ran around the house laughing at how silly they looked.


Like this idea?  Make sure to share it and pin it!

The groundhog's masks were a huge success.  Make a mask with your kids!  They are so simple and inexpensive.  What do you do to celebrate Groundhog's Day?  Share in the comments.  I'd love to hear from you!

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Ice Cream Jack-o-lantern Faces


If you're like me, I have to steer clear of the Halloween candy aisles all throughout the month of October.  I have no self control.  All of that chocolate on sale...dangerous!  I love making Halloween treats with my kids.  This year we decided to make ice cream jack-o-lantern faces.


Each of my kids got a scoop of orange ice cream.  I then gave each of my kids a handful of chocolate chips and let them go to town making faces and designs in their ice cream.  Such a simple treat, but the kids loved it!


For fun, I thought I'd share some of the faces my kids make when it's time to carve jack-o-lanterns.  We have "utter disgust" brought to you by Goofy.  Princess is making "sheer nastiness."


Bud's face says, "Gross!  Gross!  Gross!"  Don't worry, they all got past the initial disgust at the slimy pumpkin insides.


 Can you guess whose is whose?


Did you get it right?


Let your kids make some ice cream jack-o-lantern faces of their own. They will "eat it up!"

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Monday, November 23, 2015

8 Fall Corn Crafts


Corn is one of the best vegetables in the world.  I dare you to deny it.  Cook it, smother it in butter, sprinkle it with salt, and chow down.  Yep, heaven on a cob.  And, let's face it, if you don't like it in its original form you'd have to be crazy not to like popcorn.  Have you ever tried cheesy barbecue popcorn?  Or there's my absolute favorite - white chocolate orange popcorn.  It is as good as it sounds.  I promise.

Fall/Thanksgiving is a great time to appreciate corn in all its glory.  Try out some of these fun corn-themed crafts with your kids.  They will love them!


#1. Popsicle Stick Corn
  • 3 yellow craft sticks (or you could paint them; try making them look like Indian corn)
  • Green construction paper
  • A black Sharpie marker
  • Glue/masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Magnet and hot glue (optional)
Directions: Place the three crafts sticks next to each other vertically.  Glue or tape them together.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Rainbow Magic Fairy Party




My Princess turned 7!


She looks way to grown up!  *sob*

Princess loves reading the Rainbow Magic Fairy books.  When I asked her what kind of birthday party she would like, I wasn't surprised when she said a Rainbow Magic Fairy party.  I was concerned that her friends wouldn't know the Rainbow Magic Fairy books.  After fretting about it a few days, I came up with the idea to introduce the kids to the books.  I wanted to make them feel like they were inside one of the books and had to act everything out.  Let me show you how I did it.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

5 Candy Corn Crafts




There are two kinds of people in this world: the people who can't wait for autumn when the candy corns come out, and those who avoid candy corn like the plague.  I bought a bag of every different kind of candy corn at the store (so you can probably guess which kind of person I am).  Did you know they have s'more, caramel apple, peanut butter, and apple pie candy corn?  They are all pretty good, but I'm a fan of the original.

What better way to share my love of candy corn than by making candy corn-themed crafts?!  All of the following crafts are simple, inexpensive, and easy for kids to do.  If you need more holiday ideas check out my list of over 100 kid crafts.


#1. Candy Corn Turkey

  • White paper
  • Construction paper (brown and orange)
  • Candy corn (6-10 pieces)
  • Elmer's glue
  • Scissors
  • Jiggly-eyes (optional)
  • Orange crayon
Directions: Cut a body and a head out of the brown construction paper.  Cut out a beak and feet using

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

100+ Holiday Crafts for Kids




Looking for crafts to do with your kids this holiday season?  Look no further!

I was asked to teach a class on holiday crafts for kids.  My kids and I put together as many crafts as we could in a week and I thought I'd share the results.  The point of this post is that you'll find something you like and try it out with your kids.  Click on the links for materials and instructions.  (I will update the links as I write the posts.)  Enjoy!


THANKSGIVING
  1. Paper plate candy corn banner
  2. Candy corn flowers
  3. Candy corn turkey
  4. Pom-pom painted candy corn
  5. Footprint candy corn
  6. Button pumpkin
  7. Popsicle stick corn
  8. Bubble wrap Indian corn
  9. Beaded Indian corn
  10. Paper pumpkin ornament
  11. Textured crayon pumpkin
  12. Fruit loop Indian corn
  13. Button Indian corn
  14. Thumbprint pumpkin patch
  15. Paper plate pumpkin wreath
  16. Apple stamp pumpkins
  17. Popsicle stick pumpkin puzzle
  18. Footprint Indian corn

    19.  Thankful leaf garland
    20.  Leaf prints
    21.  Leaf rubbings
    22.  Q-tip autumn leaf tree
    23.  Leaf feather turkey
    24.  Turkey bookmark
    25.  Painted leaves
    26.  Hand print sunflower
    27.  Fingerprint feather turkey
    28.  Paint resistant glue owl
    29.  Craft stick pumpkin pie magnet
    30.  Celery print owl
    31.  Craft stick scarecrow
    32.  Tissue paper leaf wreath


    33.  Paper bag teepee
    34.  Felt owl pillow
    35.  Corn I-spy bottle
    36.  Pine cone turkey
    37.  Corn luminary
    38.  Apple cider play dough
    39.  Give thanks blocks
    40.  Pine cone owl
    41.  Toilet paper roll pumpkin
    42.  Paper plate beanbag/pumpkin toss
    43.  Paper Mayflower
    44.  Owl balloon
    45.  Pine cone pumpkin
    46.  Turkey cone hat
    48.  Pilgrim hat crayon holder
    49.  Quills for kids
    50.  Pilgrim hats
    51.  Indian headbands
    52.  Egg carton pumpkin
    53.  Popsicle stick football game


CHRISTMAS
  1. Q-tip snowflakes
  2. Fuzzy tissue paper mitten
  3. Gingerbread man garland
  4. Santa hand print
  5. Popsicle stick Santa/Elf
  6. Hand print mitten
  7. Foam antler headband 
  8. Craft stick Rudolph bookmark
  9. Rudolph nose picture prop
  10. Clothespin reindeer
  11. Fruit loop candy cane
  12. Pom-pom candy cane
  13. Craft stick Santa hat
  14. Melted snowman ornaments
  15. Marshmallow snowman
  16. Pony bead candy cane ornament
  17. Scrap paper Christmas tree
  18. Fingerprint candy cane
  19. Plastic spoon snowman
  20. Fingerprint snowmen
  21. Tea light snowman
  22. Paper plate and cotton ball snowman
  23. Craft stick Christmas tree ornament
  24. Spinning paper Christmas tree
  25. Spinning paper snowman

    26.  Hand print penguin
    28.  Hand print snowmen ornament
    29.  Jesus in the mirror ornament
    30.  Wooden name tag ornament
    31.  Doily angel
    32.  Craft stick star ornament
    33.  Craft stick nativity
    34.  Hand print camel
    35.  Fingerprint nativity
    36.  Coconut polar bear
    37.  Stained glass nativity
    38.  Craft stick holy family
    39.  Paper plate baby Jesus
    40.  Fork painted polar bear
    41.  Paper plate and cotton ball polar bear
    42.  Paper snowflakes
    43.  Paper plate snow globe



    44.  Plastic cup snow globe
    45.  Paper bowl and cotton ball igloo
    46.  Pom-pom lamb
    47.  Plastic cup polar bear puppet
    48.  Let it snow blocks
    49.  Stand-up paper nativity
    50.  Nativity Popsicle stick puppets
    51.  Nativity finger puppets
    52.  Snowstorm in a bottle
    53.  Pine cone Rudolph
    54.  Garland Christmas tree
    55.  Doily Christmas tree
    56.  Pine cone Christmas tree
    57.  Felt Santa candy bag

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Dinosaur Stomp File Folder Game




When school is out for the summer the kids think that their learning is done until school starts again.  But I find ways to secretly teach new concepts.  Usually, I do this through games.  This summer I decided to make some file folder games for my kids to play to help them keep learning.

Bud needs to work on the knowing his left from his right.  I created the dinosaur stomp game to teach him this concept.


I made these little dinosaur feet, some with an L and some with and R on it (representing left and right of course).  After cutting them out and laminating them, I threw them all over the living room.  I turned on some good stomping music.  Then, I would call out either left or right and Bud would try to step on a foot with the correct letter on it.  Goofy played along as well.


These are the little dinosaur footprints.  Feel free to save the picture to your computer and make your own dinosaur stomp file folder game.


Here is the cover I created for the file folder.  Now, if I make more dinosaur games I have a place to keep them.  (Again, feel free to save your own copy.)

Do you have any favorite summertime learning activities?

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Red, White, and Blue Paper Swirls




4th of July is right around the corner.  That means it's time to DECORATE!  My kids always enjoy being part of the decorating process.  Last year we made paper chains for the windows.  This year I thought we'd make some paper swirls to spin in our entryway.


All you'll need is some colored cardstock, scissors, a pencil, a bowl/plate, tape, yarn/string, and stickers/glitter glue (optional).


Pick your favorite color of cardstock.  Trace around the bowl/plate to get a nice circle.  *Tip: don't use one that's too big.  I tried a plate that filled the whole 12 x 12 cardstock and my swirl didn't spin as well as the others.


Draw a swirl ending in the middle of the circle.  Cut out the circle and then cut along the line until you get to the middle.  This was wonderful scissor practice for Goofy.


Tape a piece of yarn to the middle of the circle.  After that it's time to decorate the swirl.


The stickers were fun, but my girls especially liked squirting glitter glue all over their swirls.


We love sparkly swirls!


This craft also helps children work on their fine motor skills.  Bud was very meticulous about putting his stickers exactly where he wanted them.


Here are a couple of our completed swirls.


Another look at the swirls.  Can you see all of the pretty glitter?


Bud couldn't wait to hold them up and watch them spin.


Here they are in our doorway.  The kids sat and watched them spin and spin!


What are some of your favorite 4th of July crafts?

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