If you are ever looking for something to lift your spirits… spend the morning with 30 five year olds and make Valentines.
It’s even more funny when they proudly try to pronounce your last name the whole time.
It will make you smile when they happily show you their hand-cut heart which really looks like a banana or a guitar.
How about when one of them gives you a valentine? (sigh) How sweet… but too cute to accept so I politely persuaded him into giving it to his momma.
Or when Avery was SO proud after the boy next to her said: “Your mom has a lot of yarn.” Avery: “Yes, she does!!”
Yep, aside from all the nose picking, it was just what I needed!
Sometimes after one of these craft projects there is such a mess…! Last night was no exception. Glitter was everywhere. At dinner there was glitter on a pieces of Avery’s cucumber and specs on Lola’s cheeks. But who cares? It’s so fun to see them being creative, helping each other, & the daily battle of learning to share. Who cares that my kitchen floor rug is sparkling with glitter…? It’s festive right?!
Supplies needed: Plastic ornaments. I’m not brave enough to use glass. Bowls of fillers including: ribbons, tinsel, feathers, glitter, snow (I used white embossing powder cause that’s what I had on hand), glitter star stickers, some felt balls I made, mini bells, ornaments metal flowers, knitted flowers, and more glitter.
A funnel for adding glitter and snow. Only put out as many spoons as you have funnels… I learned this the hard way. We also added 2.5″ photos punched into circles rolled them up to fit inside they look best in the flatter ornaments versus the round ones. Then we used a popsicle stick to flatten out the picture once it was inside. The girls also used the popsicle sticks to push the ribbon inside and stir them up. They don’t need to stir but it just added to the fun and extended the time they worked on their ornaments.
Patiently waiting for me to stop taking pictures so she can start.
The aftermath. They sucked me dry.
When we were finished I added some trims to a few of the tops and rub-on sayings to the outside. Have a hot glue gun ready to glue down the tops when finished. We are going to save a couple and then send some to Great-Grandma and Great Auntie in San Diego. They turned out so cute and would brighten their day.
While browsing a magazine in the doctor’s office my sister told me about this kids’ craft. She told me she probably saw it in Family Fun & that her kids enjoyed it… so we gave it a go.
One of our annual Halloween traditions is to carve pumpkins
at my sister’s home, this will tide us over until that night. Collin’s pumpkin usually wins for uniqueness: one year he carved H1N1 and has carved other clever, current issues. My pumpkins, for some reason, haven’t changed since the 3rd grade and always have one big buck tooth. See below…
Supplies needed for this:
-I lay down wax paper or freezer paper or butcher paper… any kind of paper to limit the mess. That way you won’t want to kill me when your kids paint all over your table.
Just make sure they don’t paint the inside. You may want to add tape to the opening of the jar to avoid that.
I joined in the fun and added stickers to a couple jars. Then turned them upside down, to make sure no paint got inside, then spray painted them. One white and one black. Lastly, wait for them to dry and remove the stickers.
Tonight I added candles to the inside. I think I dropped about 10 lit matches inside the large jar missing the wick every time. Collin pulled through with his MacGyver skills…
FAVORITE HALLOWEEN SUPPLIES:
My diy: Art Kit
ended up being a success for our trip to Lake Powell. Usually in the afternoon around lunch time when the kids had enough sun for a while we came inside onto the houseboat. We sat on the second level with a gorgeous view and spent time with the art kit
and journal. I brought a larger fabric bag to hold everything along with my paints, scissors, Elmer’s glue, stuff for me to supervise-otherwise known as damage control. 😉
I wouldn’t say that I stole
the art kit from Avery, like I joked before our trip
, but it worked out perfect because I scrapped the Instax
pictures while they watercolored, painted shells & drew pictures. It was kinda fun to only use, scissors, Elmer’s glue, construction paper & the kit.
Everything in this art journal I brought in the art kit. When we got home I added the metal rim tag, a 2″ punched sun, sticker letters
, ELASTIC ribbon (I’m obsessed)
, the vellum envie, fabric scrap and some staples. I love the Tim Holtz mini stapler
. Mine wasn’t working but I McGyver’d it & it works like a charm again. It even staples through acrylic & chipboard. Did I mention I love it
Inside the envie I added extra Instax
photos, a shell Quincey gave me, a painted wood dog from Avery, a tag with journaling and extra chipboard shapes. Plus, I added the feather because the girls were so funny whenever a duck came waddling along. This I added at home as a reminder of those ducks.
Precious drawing of Avery & Alfie… and she drew a “toy snowman” too. What I would do to have a peek inside her silly mind? haha
More pages of Avery & Quincey’s art. There’s journaling behind the flashcards. It’s basically a colorful mess but I adore it!
This is so perfect for a vacation… or even if your kids are out of school because it’s all in a bag so when they are done for the day just put it all away and it’s ready for next time.
Congrats if you made it to the end of this post!
Along with the memory game I posted on Wednesday I put together an art kit for both girls on our trip. The contents:
1 Art Journal: full of construction paper, pages from coloring books, cardstock, flash cards and other fun stuff. I will show more of the inside when we fill the pages.
3 A stamped fabric bag to hold it all
5 Journaling Cards and tags
7 A wood circle I painted with chalkboard paint + chalk
8 Paint Brushes (To paint rocks. the paint is in my stash.
11 A glassine bag full of chipboard shapes, foam heart and paper flowers.
I was seriously giddy putting this together! I might steal it from Avery on our vacation.
Which wouldn’t be nice since this will post on her birthday! (love you avery girl! I don’t know why I just wrote that since she can’t and doesn’t read my blog. But maybe someday she will.)
Happy Easter… a day late!
We dyed eggs not only because the girls are always up for a colorful mess but I was craving deviled eggs. And usually my decisions revolve around whether or not there will be something good to eat. ;P
Recently Avery became very interested and curious about Jesus, after looking through a book of pictures we use to teach our primary class lessons. She was very concerned when she heard that people were mean and sad about his ‘owies.’ She loves him, our Savior.
This Easter I thought about His sacrifice. How His plan can be simple enough for a little girl to understand yet it is grand enough to save us all.
Happy Monday to you! Did you do anything fun?
Whenever I am (im)patiently waiting in a doctor’s office I flip through a Family Fun magazine because they will often have a fun kid’s craft idea. For February they showed how to make yarn hearts. They were cute but I knew I would end up throwing them away as soon as we were done. So I took the idea a step further and made magic wands with the hearts that way they can enjoy the craft when we are finished. Since it is still pretty cold here to play outside we are looking for anything to fill our time during the day.
You need basic supplies you probably have around your house.
To make the hearts: ·
yarn ·cookie cutters ·
1/4 c. cornstarch or you could use watered down glue ·
How-to MAKE THE HEARTS: Heat up 1/4 c cornstarch with 1/2 c water over medium heat until it is translucent. Wait until it cools before starting. (I used watered down glue, since that’s what I had on hand & it worked great.)
Cut yarn into 12 inch pieces and have the kids dip into glue and then place into cookie cutter
heart or any other shape. It takes a while to dry so if you want to speed that up–set them in the oven on parchment paper set to warm for an hour or so.
How-to make the MAGIC WANDS: I used lollipop sticks that I had on hand, tulle, ribbon, jewels, sequins and pearl strings. If your daughter is old enough she could help with this part but I used a hot glue gun and threw it together in a couple minutes.
The girls were so excited to play with their princess wands they hardly even let me snap a photo. The craft kept them busy while we made it and busy playing after=happy momma.