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Showing posts with label art. Show all posts

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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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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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.

*Sigh!*

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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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Masking Tape Mummies



While browsing on Pinterest I came across these masking tape mummies.  I thought they were pretty cute, but I wanted to personalize them a little more for my kids.


I printed off black and white pictures of my kids.  You could print them directly onto cardstock.  I glued mine to some cardstock and then cut them out.  Give each child their own little picture.  Let them put masking tape all over.


They will love having their own, personalized mummy.




My kids decided they wanted their mummies to have scary eyes.  I let them use markers to add the finishing touches on their mummies.  These little guys followed my kids everywhere they went that day.

Do you have a favorite Halloween craft?  Leave a comment or a link to your craft below!

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Halloween Treat Bag Q-Tip Painting



I remember decorating a pillowcase to hold all of my Halloween candy when I was younger.  My kids are little and don't need a whole pillow case, but I thought they would enjoy decorating their own  treat bags.


All you'll need is some paint, tape, a paper plate, Q-tips, Halloween silhouettes (I made mine on PicMonkey), and treat bags.  I found bags at the dollar store that were exactly what I was looking for.


I cut out the silhouettes and let the kids tape them wherever they wanted on their bags.  Squirt the paint onto a plate, give your kids Q-tips, and let them go to town.


Two-year-old's love this activity!  Bud loves getting dirty.


Let them dry, take off the silhouettes, and you're all done!  We used glow-in-the-dark paint too.  The kids loved seeing their designs shining in the black light.

What do your kids put their candy in?

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Slime Creatures



My kids have a strong aversion to slimy, dirty, squirmy things.  Halloween is a fun time to try something new and somewhat gross.  I like my children to learn about different textures, so I decided to make slime creatures with them.


I used THIS recipe from Lolly Jane (mostly because their slime is Maleficent-themed; anyone who knows me knows that Maleficent is my favorite Disney villain).  I used enough Borax to make our slime thick and moldable.


I was surprised by how much fun my kids had squishing the slime.


After they had their fill of squishing, they rolled the slime into little balls and added eyes to their creatures.


Each creature was given a name and lovingly played with.  When it came time to put them away MANY tears were shed.

There are so many different slime recipes to try.  Here are a few that are on my list:

  1. Glow in the Dark Slime - A Pumpkin and a Princess
  2. Sparkly Slime - Learn, Play, Imagine
  3. Winter Snowflake Slime - Little Bins for Little Hands
  4. Chocolate Stretchy Slime - Fun at Home with Kids
  5. Borax Free Galaxy Slime - Twodaloo
Do you have a favorite slime recipe?  Share in the comments!



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