Last week we had a little coloring fun with markers, paints and outfits that Pretend Wear sent us to try out. The play clothes can be washed and recolored again, letting the kids create colorful creations multiple times. Emma and Noah had a blast. They were SO excited to try on their wearable artwork, and we had a lot of fun spending time together… and finished our painting right before the rain arrived. 🙂
Hello to all of the last-minute crafters out there! Don’t tell me I’m the only one, right? I know it would be so much simpler to go and buy a few boxes of Valentine cards for the kids to take to their class parties, but I guess I just have to do things the hard way around here. The past couple of days (okay and mostly this evening) Anika and I were busily creating 66 of these little hearts for three different classrooms.
I don’t know about you, but this year Halloween has totally crept up on me way to fast. Have you ever found yourself sitting down and looking at the calendar and realizing that you only have a couple of days until the big event!?
It may sound like an odd source to use, but I have got to tell you, in a pinch for last-minute Halloween decorations there is one thing we all have in our houses that can be used: Toilet Paper. I happened to buy an extra package at Target the other day so I could create some cheap decorations to share!
I came up with a few examples of things you can quickly create (and have the kids help with) so you can spook up your house before the ghosts and goblins arrive.
I’m always trying to think of new twists on old traditions. If you know me at all, you know I love everything fall, especially taking the kids to a pumpkin patch. (Read about a recent trip HERE).
Well, if you have ever been to multiple pumpkin patches before, you know that there are usually a few staple activities that are a guarantee at most farms. But there are some festivals that offer a variety of different activities that aren’t available everywhere. So I encourage you to sit down a make a scavenger hunt for your trips to pumpkin patches! Each time you do/find an activity, check it off and take a picture. It may take a couple of visits, but in the end, you will have some great photos and kids love crossing off activities they’ve accomplished.
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Ideas That Spark: Mom2Mom
Fall Crafts for Kids
By Caitlin Boyle for Ideas That Spark
Get the entire family in the seasonal spirit with these simple craft ideas for fall. Together, you’ll create beautiful decorations to display and treasure for many autumns to come.
Autumn Trees: For this project, you’ll need white construction paper, non-toxic finger paint in a variety of fall foliage colors, several paper plates, and a brown marker. Squirt one color of paint in the center of each paper plate. Use the brown marker to draw a tree trunk on the paper, and then add ‘leaves’ by dipping your hands in the paint and pressing them onto the paper.
Pumpkin Art: Paint stripes, stars, and swirls on pumpkins. After the paint dries, use a black permanent marker to color in a cheerful (or scary!) face, your child’s name, or the first initial of your family’s last name.
Acorn Art: Your children will love collecting fallen acorns! After gathering the nuts, you’ll want to de-bug and dry the acorns before using them in crafts. To clean the nuts, soak in water for an hour, spread out on a cookie sheet, and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees (stirring once). Check the nuts regularly to ensure they don’t burn. Let cool completely. Hot-glue the acorns onto picture frames, wreaths, or baskets.
Pumpkin Plates: Paint six to eight paper plates orange. Depending upon your child’s age, you can either provide a variety of eyes, nose, and mouth shapes cut from black construction paper or they can design and cut their own. Once the paint dries, select and glue down the eyes, nose, and mouth shapes. String the plates together vertically to create a beautiful door decoration.
Pine Cones Décor: Like acorns, children love collecting pine cones, which can be placed in baskets or glass jars to decorate entryways, tables, and fireplaces. To de-bug and open pine cones, bake at 200 degrees for 30 minutes; like acorns, be sure to regularly check the pine cones to ensure they don’t burn.
Scented Pomanders: Pomanders are
clove-studded fruits displayed in glass dishes or hung off mantels with pretty
ribbon. This decoration is not only fun to make; pomanders also release an
earthy, spicy scent. To make a pomander, use a wooden skewer to press whole
cloves into the skin of a citrus fruit (grapefruit or orange works best). Covering
the entire fruit with cloves keeps the pomander fresh for longer.
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|me and my two long lost uncles|
|my little Noah|
|this ones perfect…its dark so you can’t see my exhausted face after taking care of sick kiddos!|
|my beautiful 9 year old|
|daddy with his princess Emma|
|My fruit Kabobs – complete with cantaloupe polkadots on top 🙂|
|my handsome little man enjoying all of the girls, and cake!! 😉|
So, I have an old sewing machine that was given to me by my Mom, but it is missing a piece and I need to take it in. So I was super upset that I couldn’t finish my project….until I remembered that I bought my daughter a cheap-o Hello Kitty sewing machine last Christmas, and it had just been sitting there in her closet! So yes, it was a total pain, but I managed to sew the banner with a battery operated machine for little girls!
So I sewed the hems of the pink fabic strip, but didn’t bother with the triangles. I’m not a perfectionist and am pretty sure a little ADD, because I just can’t do a project that takes me longer than a day….it turned out fine though for what we are using it for!
I’ve also made a couple tablecloths for her party, and am also working on a Bean Bag toss board…. I will be sure to post pics of those soon, and of course pictures from her slumber party!