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.


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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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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Cupcake Liner Umbrella Craft


We have been learning about seasons in preschool.  While we stay cooped up inside to avoid the cold snow outside we can dream about warmer weather.  This lesson focused on Spring.  We talked about how spring is different from the other seasons: flowers grow, it rains, many baby animals are born, and the earth is getting warmer.  Naturally, we needed to do a craft to celebrate spring, so the kids made cupcake liner umbrellas.

Cupcake Liner Umbrellas
Materials Needed:
  • Paper
  • Cupcake liners
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Blue construction paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Tape
How to Make the Umbrellas:
Create a "J" shape with your pipe cleaner by bending the end into a hook.  Fold your cupcake liners in half.  Then, fold them back about another fourth.  Tape the cupcake liner and pipe cleaner together.  Glue your cupcake liner umbrellas to a piece of paper.  Cut out some raindrops from the blue construction paper.  Glue around the umbrellas.  Let glue dry and hang up your new art work.

The cupcake liner umbrellas were such a simple craft, but my kids had a blast making them.  They couldn't wait to display them in the house.  

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Monday, January 25, 2016

It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown - Halloween Decorations


As I was flipping through my blog, I realized that somehow I had forgotten to post about Halloween.  This is a crime!!!  How could I have forgotten my favorite holiday?!  This Halloween was especially great.  I got to wear a costume that I have ALWAYS wanted to wear (a post about that to come later).  I am particularly proud of how my yard decorations turned out.  The theme this year was: It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.  Who doesn't love Charlie Brown?  This movie is a classic!


I created 3 of the characters from the It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown movie: Lucy, Charlie Brown (of course), and Pigpen.
To make our friendly ghosts I needed:
  • Sheets of white fabric
  • Tomato cages
  • Foam balls for the heads
  • Paper bags
  • Safety pins
  • Black felt
  • Scissors
  • A hot glue gun
  • White Christmas lights
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Black Sharpie marker
  • A foam mask and witch hat for Lucy 
First, I attached the Christmas lights to the tomato cages using pipe cleaner.  I tied the top of the

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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Monday, November 16, 2015

Pioneer Day Covered Wagon and Oxen



I am going to attempt to do some major catching up on the blog as well as putting up some crafts for the holiday season.  Here is my first catch-up post:


In Utah the 24th of July is celebrated to remember our pioneer ancestors coming across the plains for religious freedom.  Each year our we have a pioneer parade and with our neighbors.  The kids are encouraged to decorate their bikes, scooters, etc. for the parade.  This year, we decided to make a covered wagon.

First, we made our covered wagon by tying an old sheet to the top of the stroller.  We needed some oxen to pull the wagon.  Luckily, the kids were willing to accept the job.  Using construction paper, I made a headband for each of my kids.  I cut out the horns and ears from craft foam and stapled them to the headbands.  My kids were so excited to put on their hats.  I couldn't get them to take them off!  Finally, we attached a jump rope to the stroller so the "oxen" could pull the wagon.

The girls had to work together as they pulled our littlest oxen in the covered wagon to the park.  It was a great opportunity to teach the children that the pioneers also had to use teamwork to get to Utah.

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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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