Thursday, October 1, 2015

Foam Dragon Feet

Every little boy I have ever met loves dragons.  Let's face it, dragons are cool.  My son wanted a dragon-themed birthday party this year, so I thought I'd make some dragon feet for him to stomp around the house in.  These foam dragon feet are SUPER easy to make.

You Will Need:

  • 2 same-colored sheets of craft foam 
  • 1 sheet of white craft foam
  • Scissors
  • A pencil
  • A glue gun & glue
  • A cup or something round to trace
How to Make Your Dragon Feet:
  1. Using your pencil, draw a dragon foot shape on your colored foam.
  2. Cut out your foot and trace around it on your other sheet of colored foam.
  3. Trace around the bottom of the cup where the dragon's foot would meet its leg and cut the circle out.
  4. Cut out 6 triangles out of the white foam (these will be the claws).
  5. Using a glue gun, glue the claws to the foot.  
  6. Put the feet on around the ankles and have fun.  (You might need to tape the foam foot to the child's actual feet so that they don't spin around.)

Bud had a blast running around the house like a big, scary dragon.  

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Dragon Birthday Cake

I always ask my kids what they would like me to make for their birthday cake.  Bud said he wanted a green cake.  Easy enough.  He chose to have a dragon-themed party, so I couldn't resist making a dragon birthday cake for him.

Thank goodness for Pinterest, because I wouldn't have known where to even begin to make a dragon shaped cake.  I found this dragon cake tutorial to make my little green dragon.  The only thing I did differently from the tutorial is that I used 2 mini doughnuts for the snout of the dragon.

One thing I learned while making this cake: spice cake is really hard to work with.  Bud picked out the spice cake himself, so I had to use it.  Even after being in the refrigerator it was super moist and crumbly.  I would suggest putting it in the freezer before trying to cut and frost a spice cake.

I used my vanilla butter frosting recipe (you can find it at the bottom of THIS post).  I seriously use this recipe for EVERY cake.

Once the frosting was on it was time to decorate!  I used a large marshmallow cut in half and brown M&M's for the eyes.  I then used banana runts for the eyebrows and claws.  Making the wings, horns, and scales was the trickiest part.  I followed these directions for candy melt wings and they worked out perfectly.  Make sure to make a few extra wings because one will inevitably break.  To make the scales I dipped Vanilla Wafers in the extra candy melt and let them harden on wax paper.

The final touch on this cake was the fire coming from his mouth.  Using Starbursts, I followed the directions HERE and it worked perfectly.

All done!

Bud absolutely LOVED his green dragon cake.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Dragon Birthday Party Decorations

My kiddos are growing up WAY too fast.  Bud is now officially 3!  I asked him what kind of birthday he wanted and he did not hesitate, "DRAGONS!"

I must admit I was super excited about this theme.  Castles, dragons, and knights are some of my favorite things to read about, watch movies about, and basically geek out about.  As usual, I went overboard on the decorations for his birthday, but I just can't help myself.  Decorating is my creative outlet.

I am going to walk you through all of the decorations I put up in the house and let you know how you can make your own.

Front Door:

Here is a look at the front door.  Let's get a little closer...

I made all of the banners with my Cricut machine, but I bet you could find some online.  I made the torches using brown cardstock, red/yellow/orange tissue paper, scissors, a hot glue gun, and a stapler.  I rolled the construction paper into a cone and stapled the top.  Then, I used the hot glue gun to glue down the rest of the cone so it wouldn't pop open.  I cut the tissue paper into flame shapes and glued them inside the cone at the front.  To stick them on the wall I used command strips.  They worked like a charm and didn't peel any of the paint.

I made this little sign and stuck it on the door.


I cut out a bunch of dragon feet from construction paper and put them all over the house.  I printed and cut out some dragon silhouettes as well.

We had torches all over the "castle"

Using paper mache, I made a couple of dragon eggs and put them throughout the house.  Using THIS flour and water paper mache recipe, I put newspaper all over a few balloons, let them dry, popped them, and painted them.  I love the little dragon feet coming out of the egg.

I hung these banners all over the house.  I am all about no-sew projects.  All you need is green, yellow, blue, and black fabric/felt, scissors, a piece of paper, a pencil, and tacky glue.  I cut out the banners first.  Then, using the piece of paper and pencil I made a shield template.  After I cut out all of the shields, I glued them onto the banners.

Living Room:

Using gray construction paper, I made each window look like a castle turret.  Simply cut out the bricks and tape them around the window.  Add torches, a banner, a couple dragon silhouettes and you're done.

I put some more small banners around the TV next to the presents.


The kitchen was my favorite place to be during the party.  I just love how everything came together.  All of the decorations were super inexpensive too.

More of the kitchen.

Here is the dragon's nest.  This was probably the most expensive decoration to make.  To make a dragon's nest you will need a cardboard box, scissors, plastic water bottles, orange lights, black spray paint, spray foam, a hot glue gun, and tulle.  I followed THIS tutorial to make the burning embers.  It worked perfectly and was actually easier than I expected.  I stuck a few of my paper mache eggs on top and Ta-Da!

My kids begged me to turn the nest on days after the party was over.

We also had some dragon feet coming from the nest as well.

Bud had a wonderful birthday.

He even got his very own green dragon (okay, so It's a dinosaur) that growls, chomps, and has glowing eyes.  He was thrilled!

Be on the lookout for my post about how to make this super cute dragon birthday cake.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Fall Leaf Printing

IT'S AUTUMN!  My favorite season is finally here!  The sweaters, the crisp air, the leaves changing colors, the pumpkin-flavored everything.


To celebrate, I talked about Autumn with my kids.  We talked about the days getting colder, apples and pumpkins getting ripe, and leaves changing colors.  After our little lesson, we created some Fall leaf prints.  This craft is super easy, somewhat messy, and your kids will love it.

You Will Need:

  • Leaves (pick some that are not old and won't break when pressure is applied)
  • Paint in various Fall colors (red, yellow, orange, brown)
  • Paint brushes or foam brushes (we used foam)
  • Pieces of paper
  • A paper plate
  • Water (to clean off the brushes)
  • Aprons/paint shirts

Give each person participating a piece of paper, a couple of leaves, a brush, a paper plate with paint on it, and an apron or a paint shirt.  

Using the brush, paint the leaves different colors.  Press the leaves to the paper and then lift.  Wash of your brush and try another color.  Your kids will want to do this over and over and over and over...again.  Trust me.  

They will love, not only their Fall leaf prints, but turning the leaves different colors with their paint as well.  

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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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