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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Archive for the ‘Crafts’ Category

Halloween crafts: An all-seeing pumpkin

All-Seeing-Pumpkin

It’s time to pull out the Halloween crafts, and this one “wicked” easy! A handful of googly eyes and regular school glue is all it takes to elevate an orange squash to front-porch scare status. In our hot climate, carved-pumpkins have a surprisingly short life. So this knife-free decorating method is ideal, not to mention […]

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Preschoolers can paint a watermelon wedge

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My kids are watermelon addicts! Once summer hits, it seems nearly impossible to keep enough watermelon around in our house.  I love being able to just cut it up and pop it in the fridge for my kids to grab at will. Because watermelon is part of our daily summer life, I wanted to incorporate […]

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Kids can paint fireworks to extend 4th of July fun

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Kids are fascinated by fireworks! Continue the fun well past the 4th of July with this painting project. You’ll need: Brightly colored paints Black construction paper Empty toilet paper rolls Scissors Posted by Mandy Bopp, a professional musician and the mother of three children. She also blogs at almondplace.com.

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Festive poppers for the 4th of July

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My kids love anything tactile and messy. This homemade popper was super easy to make and really inexpensive because I had most of the supplies on hand. You can very easily customize poppers to any holiday that is coming up. I made one of these for each of our kids and I know they will […]

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Make a fingerprint gumball machine

gumball-machine-craft-progress

My daughter has become obsessed with gumballs. She loves everything about them! She enjoys exploring different types of gumball machines and we always carry a quarter with us in the event she spots one. This summer, as we head toward her first days of preschool, we’ve been looking for some activities to do that help […]

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Make a paper flower garden

paper flower craft

The idea behind this craft is to let your child use the materials freely, with as little interference as possible. It took a little bit of prep ahead of time to make sure I had enough pieces ready prior to starting. SUPPLIES Construction paper cut into various shapes: circles, squares, triangles, etc Glue Poster board […]

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Painting cherry blossoms

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This was one of my favorite painting activities to do with my daughter. I had seen a version on Pinterest but wasn’t quite ready to commit to buying a piece of canvas to hang on the wall. This method is cheap and easy and kept Grace standing and moving around while she did the stamping/painting. […]

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Painted fork flowers

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With the desert in full bloom, we decided to create some flowers of our own. This simple art project required very little prep work or guidance. Once I gave 3-year-old Grace the basic instructions (starting with painting the green grass), I added the flower stems. She enjoyed using the different colors of paint and it […]

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“B is for Butterfly” sun catcher craft

butterfly-sun-catcher-craft-progress

Our daughter Grace is 3 years old and still at home with me. She’ll be headed to preK in the fall, so we’ve been working on some preschool readiness activities. She is eager to learn and I’m thrilled to help her along! One of the things we’ll be focusing on these next few months is […]

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Dot-painted rainbow craft

rainbow craft

Our kids love anything and everything to do with rainbows. I was looking for something that at least two of my kids would enjoy doing and this rainbow craft fit the bill. It requires a little preparation, but cutting out the pot of gold was easy and took very little time. The activity became a […]

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