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November 11th, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Fun Thanksgiving Activities

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Thanksgiving is a great time to do some fun crafts and activities. These ideas make nice gifts to bring to family and friends on Thanksgiving, or to have the kids do at the Thanksgiving table.

One year we made a turkey centerpiece. We filled a brown lunch bag with popcorn and stapled it shut. We then used colored construction paper to make feathers and the turkey’s head. The kids could later cut open a slit in the bag to eat the popcorn as a snack.

Lego Turkey

Paint Chip Turkey

Handprint Turkey Hat

Leaf Turkey Craft

Mayflower Craft

Handprint Turkey

Candy Corn Turkey

Paper Bag Turkey

I am Thankful Pumpkin

Paper Plate Turkey

Tissue Paper Turkey

Fun Activities for the Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving Word Search

Turkey Color & Number Patterns

Thanksgiving Mad-libs

Thanksgiving Bookmarks

Thanksgiving Coloring Pages

Thanksgiving Conversation Cards

Thanksgiving Placemat & Activity Sheet

A Thinking Turkey Game

Thanksgiving Sudoku

Thanksgiving Jokes

Interview Questions for Grandparents

Max & Ruby Placecards & Table Labels

MORE….

More Thanksgiving Coloring Pages

Free Printable Activity Pages

 

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October 20th, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Halloween Games and Activities

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Halloween fun isn’t only about dressing up and trick-or-treating. Playing halloween games is a nice way to have fun as a family, or celebrate with friends at a party.

  • Witches Hat Ring Toss – Purchase some witches hats from the dollar store and stuff with newspaper. Use rings of some sort (I used glow necklaces) to throw around the hats.
  • Tic Tac Toe – A great game for people of all ages this printable is an easy way to make it Halloween worthy.
  • Costume Paper Doll Dress-Up – An easy activity to keep kids occupied is by drawing a cut out of a person. I usually just trace a the largest gingerbread man cookie cutter I have. The kids love to transform the shape by drawing a costume on it. They can draw on clothes to make it a pirate, Frankenstein, Dracula, a princess, a fairy, etc. Be ready to provide lots of papers with the initial drawing because the ideas can be endless! You can even make these life-size by tracing your child.
  • Leaf Rubbings and Other Drawing Fun – Another craft idea is to take some leaves and stick them under a piece of paper. Use a crayon with all the paper off to make a leaf rubbing. Create a fun picture or use the design to be the background to a fun shape that you cut out. Or, did you ever notice that your foot upside down looks like a ghost? This is a great craft for really young ones. Paint the bottom of their feet and toes and place down on paper. Add some eyes once it dries and you have a spooky, but cute ghost!
  • Mummy Wrap –  Each  child gets a roll of toilet paper and they get to wrap up their friends.
  • Pumpkin Ping-Pong – Cut out some shapes to make them look like Jack-O-Lantern faces and line them up in a row away from you. Give the kids ping pong balls to throw at the buckets one by one. First person to get them in all the buckets wins!
  • Halloween Sensory Boxes – Take a box, cut a hole in it, and cover it with a cloth. Fill it with stuff and have the kids pass it around to touch. Some of the fun things you can add are popcorn kernels for “witches teeth, bologna for “tongues,” peeled grapes for “eyeballs,” and spaghetti for “brains.”
  • Costume Race or Dress-Up –  We’ve got tons of costumes and props lying around from past years. See how many different costume ideas can come out of that box. Have a timed race to see who can put the best costume together the quickest. Have little ones? Then do a Halloween fashion show complete with pictures.
  • Pumpkin Bowling –  Take some toilet paper and make it look like ghosts with cutouts from construction paper that you attach. Take an extra pumpkin and drill three holes in it, just like a bowling ball. Hours of entertainment!

Have a great time celebrating Halloween!

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September 12th, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Fall Burlap Wreath

The onset of fall weather and the smell of apples cooking makes me want to start bringing out my fall decorations. This year, I decided to make my own wreath out of burlap. It was really easy and very customizable, so it can be used year-round.  I love the way it turned out with a couple of fall additions.

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First you need a Metal Wreath Ring. It’s only a couple of dollars and is sold in many different sizes.  You also need a couple spools of wired burlap ribbon, which come in all kinds of patterns, colors, and textures. I used the 2.5 inch x 7 yard spools and went through 2 of them. At our local hobby store they sell 30 foot spools which probably would have been a better option in hindsight…it depends on how many wreaths you want to make. When I looped my burlap I did smaller, tighter loops, so if you like it more loopy then you will want more feet of ribbon.

The first step is to tie the ribbon onto the wreath frame. I looped it through the wire and then tied a knot to hold it. Every time I added a new spool of ribbon I repeated this step.

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The next step is to pull the burlap up through the first space. Pull the burlap through to make a loop. Once you complete a loop, take the end, twist, and do it in the next slat. Once you have finished the first row, weave and loop in the other direction to make a second row. I used this video to help to demonstrate the process.

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You keep this process up until you go all the way around the wreath. At the end, I tied another knot (just like I started), and concealed it under the loops.

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Then I picked up some decorative pumpkins and fall berries on sticks to weave into the wreath, and made a bow with some fall ribbon that I had on hand. I didn’t want to glue anything on the wreath so I can change out the decor for different holidays, but feel free to make yours permanent. I am thinking about adding a painted “R” in the middle at some point for our last name initial.

Here are some other wreath inspirations for you to make one all your own!

 

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July 25th, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Labeling Your School Supplies

With 32 days left of summer vacation, my family needs to start thinking about school and getting school supplies. Buying the supplies are the fun part, but the labeling of them can take forever! You can go the simple way of labeling with initials or first name using a pen or marker, but I wanted to share some fun ways to label your supplies without all the hassle.

Print some labels like in the picture above. I love these little labels to print names and attach to items. They can also be found in neon colors. I have found that you sometimes need to cover with tape when labeling crayons and markers and others things that are curved.’

Check out these Property of stickers. These would be great for books, folders, and other large items.

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Your child can really add personality to their labels when you print these personalized labels.

 

Mabel’s Labels offers labels for school supplies, lunch boxes, and even clothing and shoes. These offer a great alternative to the printed labels because they are made with labeling items as a sole purpose.

If you have the ability to cut vinyl lettering you can label things like this. This would take a bit of work but makes a big statement. Check out how they labeled pencils with vinyl.

Once you decide what option you are going to use stick a good movie on the tv and go to town! It’s a tedious task, but once you see all those labeled items you will feel like you really accomplished something!

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July 24th, 2014 at 10:27 am

Fun Summer Crafts for Kids

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When school is out during the summer, it’s the perfect time to ready a list of crafts that will allow your kids having fun and being creative! Some of these crafts can be made from materials found in the great outdoors…have an adventure with your little one to collect the items before you make it. You can also make it educational by using it as a way to teach your kids about animals and nature.

 

Sandpaper Starfish from Meet the Dubiens

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Paper Plate Tropical Fish from Crafts By Amanda

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Nature Collage Suncatcher from Hands On As We Grow

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Turtle Herb Planters from Reading Confetti

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Tissue Paper Fish Bowl Lanterns from Juggling With Kids

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Beaded Wind Chimes from First Palette

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Glow-In-The-Dark Hanging Jellyfish from Craftiments

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Seashell Turtle from The Chirping Moms

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Hand and Foot Print Lobster from Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

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Styrofoam Cup Sea Crabs by Crafts By Amanda

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June 9th, 2014 at 9:08 am

Handmade Father’s Day Cards

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Father’s Day is a great day for your kids to show everyone how much they appreciate what their Dad does for them.  A simple but special treat for Dad is a handmade card. Below are some examples of everything from printables to handprints, and even specially cut cards. Your little one will enjoy being creative, and Dad will love a card lovingly created by them.

Fishing Card

Footsteps Card

Daddy’s Little Monster Card

Collared Shirt Card

Dad Jokes Card

Fathers Day Letter

Printable Cards To Color

Fingerprint Monkey Card

Dad Typography Glasses

Grilling Card

Dollar Bill Father’s Day Card

Football Father’s Day Card

Father’s Day Coupon Book 

Another great option is a tie card. Fold a sheet of paper in half cut into the shape of a tie. Decorate that tie and have dad “wear” it for his special day.

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May 27th, 2014 at 10:16 am

Make A Piñata In 7 Easy Steps

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My kids are summer babies, so we’ll be celebrating their birthdays in the next couple of months. And the thing I love the most is that we get to celebrate them in our own backyard. For the past seven years, there hasn’t been one birthday without a piñata, but this year, we’re going to do something different. Instead of getting one to match the theme of the birthday party at the store, we’ve actually decided to make our very own piñata.

Although I’m not the most crafty person in the world and a making a piñata from scratch sounds pretty complicated to me, I found what looks like an amazingly easy tutorial on YouTube and I can’t wait to try to make a piñata with my children.

MATERIALS

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1.5 cups water
  • Large bowl
  • Mylar ballon in the shape of a star
  • 5 party hats
  • Crepe paper of different colors
  • Lots of newspaper
  • Masking tape
  • Glue stick
  • Candy
  • String
  • Scissors

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Mix water and flour in the bowl until you get a smooth paste.
  2. Inflate balloon and place a party hat on each of its points and attach with a bit of masking tape.
  3. Cut the newspaper into long, 2-inch wide strips.
  4. Grab the newspaper strips and soak them in the paste. Once both sides of the strips are wet, place them on the balloon until you cover it completely.
  5. Wait for strips to dry out completely (this can take up to a day) and then make a hole on the top so you can take the balloon out and be able to fill the piñata with candy.
  6. Then, you can start decorating with the colored crepe paper. Cut into 3-inch pieces and make fringes on the end. Then paste these pieces all around the balloon starting at the bottom and going round and round using the glue stick until.
  7. Fill up the piñata with candy and then make two tiny holes at the top on each side of the big opening and put the string through these so you can hung the piñata.

Photo Credit:  BeforeAndAfterTV

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May 27th, 2014 at 10:15 am

Haz una piñata en 7 simples pasos

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Mis hijos nacieron en el verano, así que vamos a estar celebrando dos cumpleaños en los próximos meses. Y lo que más me gusta es que podemos celebrar en nuestro propio patio. Durante los últimos siete años, no ha habido un cumpleaños sin una piñata, pero este año, vamos a hacer algo diferente. En vez de comprar uno para que coincida con el tema de la fiesta de cumpleaños en una tienda, hemos decidido hacer nuestra propia piñata.

Aunque yo no soy la persona más talentosa en lo que a manualidades se refiere y un hacer una piñata desde cero suena bastante complicado para mí, me encontré con este tutorial en YouTube y se me hace que no es tan difícil. Además estoy segura que a mis hijos les va a encantar.

MATERIALES

  • 1 taza de harina
  • 1.5 de agua
  • Un bol grande
  • Un globo de Mylar en forma de estrella
  • 5 sombreritos de cumpleaños
  • Papel crepé de diferentes colores
  • Periódicos
  • Cinta adhesiva
  • Pegamento
  • Dulces
  • Cuerda
  • Tijeras

INSTRUCCIONES

  1. Mezcla el agua y la harina en el bol hasta obtener una pasta homogénea.
  2. Infla el globo y coloca un sombrerito en cada uno de las puntos con un poco de cinta adhesiva.
  3. Corta trozos de papel periódico de 2 pulgadas de ancho.
  4. Coge las tiras de periódico y mételas en la mezcla de agua y harina una por una. Una vez que ambos lados de las tiras están mojados, ponlos sobre el globo hasta que lo cubra por completo.
  5. Espera a que las tiras se sequen completamente (esto puede tardar hasta un día) y luego haz un agujero en la parte superior para que puedas sacar el globo hacia fuera y llenar la piñata con dulces.
  6. A continuación, puedes empezar a decorar con papel crepé de color. Corta trozos de 3 pulgadas y haz flecos en el extremo. A continuación, pega las piezas por todo el globo a partir de la parte inferior y dando vueltas y vueltas con el pegamento.
  7. Llene la piñata con dulces y luego haz dos pequeños agujeros en la parte superior de cada lado de la gran apertura y pon la cuerda a través de ellos para que puedas colgar la piñata.

Photo Credit:  BeforeAndAfterTV

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May 26th, 2014 at 9:00 am

Summer Fun Bucket

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One of my favorite things to surprise the kids with is a summer fun bucket! I take a bucket and stuff it with all the fun items we need for summer vacation. Here is a list of fun things to fill your bucket with:

  • Sandals or flip-flops
  • Inner tube or pool float
  • Goggles
  • Beach towel
  • Water balloons
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Bubbles
  • Fun craft set
  • Tickets to the zoo, pool, or another local attraction
  • Popsicle sticks and dixie cups
  • Water gun
  • Sparklers
  • Journal to document summer activities
  • Water bottle
  • Sandbox toys
  • Frisbee
  • Cards – to play War, Go Fish or other games
  • New coloring book and crayons
  • Sporting items
  • Glo sticks

What other things would you fill your bucket with?

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March 28th, 2014 at 8:23 am

Multi-Use Foam Bath Letters

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When they were younger, my boys loved playing with foam bath letters during bath time. They helped them learn to spell and read simple words, as well as recognize letters. Now that they take showers, we don’t play in the bath tub much, but we still love to play with the letters. I want to share with you some ideas for using this great learning aid outside of the bath!

  • A great way to repurpose foam letters is to glue magnets on the back. Use them with a magnet board to make word play fun!

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  • You can also use them to practice words on the kitchen table, floor, or other flat surfaces.
  • Sensory bins are a great way for children to explore shapes and other items. Ever think of using the letters inside of a sensory bin?
  • Make baby photos cuter by using the foam letters to spell out their name or current age in months.
  • Decorate your child’s room by mounting words like FUN, PLAY, or even SLEEP in shadow boxes to make word art.
  • Let your kids use them in art projects by gluing them to their pictures.
  • Make letter flash cards by gluing the letters to one side, along with a picture of a recognizable item that starts with that letter.

Our foam letters are well used and loved at our house…how do you use yours?

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