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Easy Fourth of July Activities

Our fourth of July was pretty low key. We stuck around the house for most of the day. I was basically out of commission with what I thik was a kidney stone.

Once I did start feeling better, we did an easy craft and put together a red, white and blue treat to enjoy while watching fireworks from the front yard.

First we did our craft… fireworks painting. We dropped little blobs of finger paint around the paper… then the kids took straws and blew the paint around so it spread out… like fireworks.

When the blowing through a straw got old, I gave them star shaped cookie cutters to use as stamps. As Big Brother found out, you’re going to want to be gentle with the cookie cutters… if you stamp to hard or twist them on the paper, it will rip!

For our patriotic treat, we made fruit parfaits using blueberries, strawberries and whip cream… yum!

We were able to see LOTS of fireworks from our front porch. The kids were excited to do sparklers and run around WELL past their bedtime!

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The Snip Snip Box and Recycled Crafts

What do you do with all the scrap paper that accumulates in your house. My kids are constantly cutting and gluing and leaving a trail of paper scraps in their paths… and then, there are all the magazines and circulars that come…. plus cereal boxes and other cardboard scraps.

When I was teaching in the public school system, I had a snip snip box in my art center. The kids could use the scraps to practice cutting or create some masterpiece collage or deposit their unused scraps. I decided to add a snip snip box in our house to accommodate my budding artist.

I have this box tucked on a book shelf, next to the scissors, glue and crayons. When the kids are feeling creative, they dig in and make a masterpiece. I encourage them to look in the box for paper before pulling out a new sheet.

Big Brother and Big Sis made their own pencil holders from the materials they found in the box:

The kids’ interest in the snip snip box was renewed when our local children’s museum had a recycled art center. They got to see what other people were doing with different materials!

 

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Pinterest Made Me Do It- Kids Bathroom

I came across this on pinterest the other day:

I thought it was a really cute idea for the kids’ bathroom. We don’t have a lot of space in our house. In fact, the kids’ towels have been hanging on a small coat rack in the hall just outside of the bathroom for the last couple of months. It’s been driving me crazy. So… I took the idea pictured above and put my own twist to it…

Instead of pictures hanging above the towels, I used names/ initials. I have scrapbooking software on my computer, but really, you can use word just as easily. I picked up the frames from the dollar section at Target. The towels are hanging from nails I raided from my husband’s workshop in the basement.

Total cost: less than $3

I am pretty pleased with the way it turned out… the kids are excited too.

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Pinterest Made Me Do It- Messless Finger Paint

Wow.. having a baby really takes a toll on your ability to blog!

 

Oh well…

I was looking around on Pinterest the other day and came across this:

From the Hippie Housewife

 

My kids love painting… I don’t love mess… so.. what a great compromise this is!

Here’s how it went down at our house:

Insert Finger Paint and Tape bag to table with Paper underneath

 

squish paint with fingers and push it around

 

use cars to make tracks in the paint

 

use My Little Pony, dinosaurs, etc. to make tracks in the paint

 

Fun times for everyone

 

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DIY Christmas Part 2- Memory Game Tutorial

Here’s an easy little gift to make from your fabric scraps. Use your scraps to make a classic memory match game. It’s super cute and one of a kind. This does not take much in terms of sewing ability. It’s very simple.

Materials needed:

Fabric Scraps

Felt squares (about 3 inches by 3 inches… all the same color)

Coordinating thread

sewing machine is nice to have, but not necessary.

1. Prepare your fabrics- Cut 3 in by 3in squares of felt (all the same color)… cut your fabric slightly smaller, 2 1/2 in by 2 1/2 in. I used about 10 different fabric patterns… I cut two squares from each pattern… so ended up with 20 squares (10 pairs).

2. Layer the fabric square on top of the felt, right side up. Lock in your stitch (using a straight stitch, sew one or two stitches and then reverse for one or two stitches)

3. Zig Zag stitch around the entire piece. Repeat for all 20 squares

 

 

Now you are ready to play memory match. Shuffle the pairs and place them face down on the table. Take turns picking two at a time to find matches. My kids totally LOVE playing this game!

You can totally make this game to fit your style or the style of the person you are making it for. You can use random fabric scraps or go for a theme (colors, cars, bears, etc.). Be creative and have fun!

 

Was this tutorial helpful for you? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Been Pinning- More Christmas Crafts

These crafts/ projects are on the docket for the next couple of weeks…

 

Footprint Manger

 

Pipe Cleaner Ornaments

 

Sewn Paper Ornaments

 

Thumbprint Lights

 

Ribbon Christmas Tree Shirt

 

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What Christmas Crafts are happening at your house?

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Christmas Printables

Things have slowed down with school around our house. I don’t know how it is at your house, but it is hard for us (well, me) to get motivated to do our regular school routine during the holidays. So.. in order to keep some sense of school going without sticking to a rigid routine, I’ve been looking for Christmas Printables and other activities.

Here are a few I’ve found so far:

Super Teacher Worksheets

I’ve sorted through a few that Super Teacher Worksheets offers and these are a couple of my favorites:

Graphing Mystery Picture- Christmas Tree

Word Scramble

Christmas Crypto- Code

Addition Color by Number

DLTK

Christmas Themed Mazes

Christmas Themed Word Searches

OR… if you’re looking for more than just some printables, I found these studies on Pinterest:

Christmas Around the World

Preschool Nativity

And of course, there are always TONS of Christmas Crafts this time of year!

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Holiday Shopping Guide from Happy2Knit

If you’ve read the about me section of this blog, you know I am a crafter and have an etsy shop. If you’ll indulge me for a moment, I’d like to spotlight a few of the items you’ll find in my shop this season.

Most of the items I carry are geared for kids, but there are a few things for the grown ups too.

Crochet Dress Up Doll

Artist Aprons- Great for Ages 18 mo- 7

Quiet Activity Book

Crayon Totes and Crayon Rolls

Crochet Christmas Ornaments

Organizing Rolls for Knitting and Crocheting

Super Soft Baby Gifts

I stand by all my products as they have been kid tested by my three kids. I know kids enjoy these things because my little ones do!

If you use GIVETHANKS10, you’ll save an additional 10% on already marked down handmade items.

My shop includes the following sections: Amigurumi and Dolls, Needle/ Hook Organizers, Baby Gifts, Crayon Accessories, Bags, Hot/ Cold Packs, Christmas Ornaments and Toys.

Thanks for indulging me. Shop Small Business! Merry Christmas!

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Been Pinning- More Thanksgiving Activities

I’ve been collecting crafty ideas, printables, games, etc on my pinterest Thanksgiving board. 

I know Thanksgiving is only a couple of days away, but if you’re still looking for ideas… or if you need something to put at the kids table to keep little fingers occupied… maybe some of these will help.

Thanksgiving Sudoku

Word Scramble

Thanksgiving Placemat... Love this!

Color By Letter Turkey

So many great ideas are out there. One day I’ll learn how to put my own printables out there for you… but for now, I’ll rely on the other great stuff on the internet.

A couple of weeks ago, I posted some other Thanksgiving Printables we’d be using. Be sure to check it out.

Some games and activities you could do  might be:

Spin the bottle (not the kissing version… let’s keep it G rated people)… spin the bottle and whoever it lands on has to say something they are thankful for or share a Thanksgiving day fact.

Baking Include your kids in baking for the day- let them help with measuring, pouring, etc. It’s messy, but it’s fun! Cookies are an easy place to start.

Place Cards- If you are having family or friends over to your house for a feast, let your kids make the place cards for the table. If they can’t write, let them draw pictures on the card.

Thanksgiving Charades- Take turns acting out thanksgiving things… mayflower, pilgrims, turkey, native Americans, harvest, etc.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving Activities?

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Market Preview

My sis in law, a.k.a crafty partner in crime, and I will be in Atlanta this weekend doing a holiday market at Northside Methodist Church.

Here’s a little preview of what I’ll have at the show:

Plush Friends and Softies

Dress Up Dolls, Nesting Dolls, Ribbon Toys, and more!

BAGS! Crochet, Quilted, Recycled Plastic Bags, Upcycled Pjs!

 

Organizers for Knitters and Crocheters

 

Crayon Accessories- Aprons, Rolls and Totes- Great for little artists!

 

Busy Bags- Eye Spy Bags and Marble Mazes- Great for Travel

 

Christmas Ornaments

 

I have a few more items that aren’t shown. You’ll just have to stop by the show to see what else is there.

Now… my sis has some pretty awesome items as well.. and… she can PERSONALIZE!!!

Here’s just a couple of the wonderful things she’ll have:

Redneck Wine Glasses

 

Insulated Tumblers

 

Are you intrigued? Are you excited? Are you ready to get some Christmas Shopping done?!?

We’ll see you Friday or Saturday at Northside Methodist in Atlanta! 9- 3 Both Days.

 

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